University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Technology Council

Technology Council
Minutes of the meeting held 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
February 22, 2010

Present: Derryl Block, Kate Burns, Lisa DeLeeuw, David Kieper, Jacob Lopez, Dan McIver, Daniel Meinhardt, Kathy Pletcher (chair), Mike Stearney Christine Vandenhouten, Zach Voelz
Not present: Sharon Dimmer, Scott Furlong, Tim Sewall
Guests: Diane Blohowiak, Paula Ganyard

  1. Called to order by Kathy Pletcher 3:01 pm
  2. Minutes: Minutes of December 7, 2009 meeting were approved as written.
  3. Web Content Management System: Kathy shared a revised handout with the Council about content management systems. She also provided the Council with a brief overview on the status of the purchase options for a CMS for UWGB. Open source was considered, but was determined to not be an option, instead we would be looking at purchasing Commonspot from PaperThin, the same system that UW Milwaukee and many other UW campuses use. Mike Stearney agreed that this is the way we need to move forward and asked about how it would be paid for. Kathy explained that the annual maintenance costs would be something that could be covered by the Information Services budget, but that the initial costs would need to be covered by administration and that there may be a charge for the auxiliary units. Administrative oversight will reside with Web Services. Council approved moving forward with a CMS.
  4. Tech Plan 2015: The Council discussed the draft version (2.3) of the Tech Plan 2015. Christine felt that that the themes were very effective. There was some discussion regarding items 4.7 & 4.8 regarding laptops being available centrally or being purchased by departments. Some felt there was unfairness in that some departments have money to spend their S&E on laptops, while other departments have to cut labs to meet budget. Others indicated that there were many valid reasons for the department purchases. The draft of the Tech Plan 2015 will be made available on the Technology Council website so that others on campus will have an opportunity to give feedback.
  5. Green Print: Diane Blohowiak shared with the Council information about a software package called Green Print that might be useful in furthering our green IT imitative and save money on toner and paper. The software has an up-front cost of about $21,000 and that some businesses have seen cost recovery in 8-9 months. Savings will be realized in departmental S&E budgets. Unfortunately, Green Print is not available for the Mac operating system. The Council was asked to help test this software for the next month, for which everyone agreed. Further discussion took place regarding the possibility of changing the default font for the Microsoft Office products. It was recommended that something be put in the LOG about how much people could save if they switch their default font to Century Gothic.
  6. Next meeting: Monday, March 22, 3pm. Tech Plan 2015 will be put back on the agenda
  7. Adjourned: 4:00 pm