From Syed Ali ’13 (yeah brah, I know that’s me):
Printers in ST Lab got you down? Wondering if and how Wesleyan should make a foray into online education? Want to know the realm of possibilities new technology can introduce to Wesleyan?
If so, you might be interested in helping select Wesleyan’s next Chief Information Officer. The Chief Information Officer, who may go by the title of Vice President for Information Technology, heads Information Technology Services (ITS) and reports directly to President Roth as a member of his cabinet. Remember that ITS is not just the Helpdesk, but affects nearly all aspects of the University, from Moodle and ePortfolio to LaundryView and the Internet. This person, as a high-level executive, will help develop Wesleyan’s strategic direction and oversee a multimillion dollar budget. This is one of highest level hires, if not the most, that has been made since any of us have been at Wesleyan.
We want all students to have the opportunity to have a say in the final selection, not just WSA members. The CIO Search Committee (comprised of administrators, faculty, and a student), with the aid of a private firm, narrowed down from over a hundred applicants to three finalists. Now, these three finalists will each be spending one day on campus to meet with various constituencies, including students. The meetings will be next week:
- Tuesday, March 27, 12-1PM
- Wednesday, March 28, 12-1PM
- Thursday, March 29, 12-1PM
Please email sali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu if you would like to be involved by Saturday, March 24 at 4PM. There is limited space and it will be allotted on a first come, first served basis, so please let me know as soon as possible. To be fair to the candidates, you must be able to attend all three sessions.
From this really cool kid Syed Ali ’13:
Do you wish your professors knew how to use Moodle better? Is the Wesleyan Mobile app just not good enough? Does the Cisco sign-in system bother you? The committee that helped get you faster Internet, upgraded computer kiosks in Usdan, and much more could use your help. If you’re interested in innovation in everything from laundry to communications to academics, you should apply to join the WSA Information Technology Committee!
The Information Technology Committee (ITC) is a committee of students serving on the Wesleyan Student Assembly (WSA), but also meets frequently with Information Technology Services (ITS) administrators. The committee works on several of its own projects in addition to advising ITS on various items affecting daily campus life. We deal with issues like technology “in the classroom,” technology for student groups, and even the Internet connection you’re probably using to read this email. To learn more, go to wsa.wesleyan.edu/tech.
There is no required level of technological prowess or knowledge for this position; all you need is an interest in improving the state of Wesleyan through these means. Also, by serving as an ex-officio member, you will not serve on the WSA General Assembly, so you can keep your Sunday nights free!
To apply, send a one to two paragraph statement expressing your interest to sali[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by Saturday, February 18th at 5PM. After submitting your statement, you will be contacted about interview times. Please feel free to contact me with any questions as well. Hope to hear from you soon!