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IT department’s generosity blesses ANU

Posted: Sep 10, 2013

Loading a 20-foot container with nine crates of computer equipment on a steamy September day might be a job many would avoid. But for Olivet’s information technology (IT) department and volunteers, this was a labor of love.

For the past two months, IT staff members have collected and packed computer equipment as a donation to Africa Nazarene University (ANU), Nairobi, Kenya.

On Monday, September 9, 2013, the following usable equipment was shipped to ANU: 114 computers, 99 monitors, 29 monitor stands, 51 keyboards, 18 network switches, eight servers, six boxes of CAT-6 cables, 70 seven-foot CAT6 patch cables, a Norco server box, two wall mount network racks, 78 power cables, a roll of 50-meter multi-mode fiber, three Panasonic projector remotes, three projectors, 50 computer mice, a network core, two scanners w/cables and manuals, 30 VGA cables, two iPads, a Webcam, a server PSU, fiber G-biks and server mounting hardware.

ANU currently has 4,300 students and 17 buildings. Before this shipment, its campus had only 274 computers and three computer labs, compared to 1,700 and 30 computer labs at Olivet. There are four full-time IT staff working there, compared to Olivet’s full-time IT staff of 37.

“We were also pleased to assist ANU with consulting, troubleshooting and best practices for their environment,” says Dennis Seymour, Olivet’s chief information officer. “On the server side, we consulted on implementation of VMware environments, storage troubleshooting techniques, VMware view and server architecture design, and various server configuration best practices.

“On the network side, we consulted on network segmentation, best practices of network operations, physical and logical network designs, DHCP services configuration, and provided an example of network use policy.”

IT gives special thanks to University President John C. Bowling; Dr. Doug Perry, vice president for finance; Dr. Larry Vail, professor in the computer science department; and Matt Whitis, physical plant director, for their support and leadership in this effort. Leading the project from the IT department were staff members Robert Blystone, Noel Slaby, Thane Moore, Jacob Garrett, Richard Tran, Jeffrey Rice, Lisa Wilson, Justin Marshall and John Krasnichan.

“Without the direct support of our Olivet staff, faculty and students, this mission would not have been accomplished,” Dennis added.

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