Today marked the completion of the much-anticipated project to expand wireless connectivity to residence facility common areas. The project resulted in the expansion of the campus' wireless Internet service (via Wireless PittNet) to nine locations on campus: lobbies of Hemlock, Hickory, Laurel, Maple, and Oak Halls; third floor study room of Willow Hall; third common area in the Living-Learning Center; the Larkspur Lodge commuter room; and the Buckhorn Lodge study area.
In launching the service, President Spectar recognized the efforts of Jeff Sernell, associate vice president for information technology, and his team to expand coverage to the new areas. He also acknowledged the commitment of Student Government Association President Cliff Maloney in presenting the request for expanded service on behalf of the students.
Prior to today's launch, wireless connectivity was available only in academic spaces including Blackington Hall, Biddle Hall, Engineering and Science Building, Krebs Hall, Owen Library, Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Sports Center, Student Union, and Whalley Chapel. The service, which can also be accessed from a number of outdoor areas adjacent to the academic buildings, is available to all Pitt-Johnstown students, faculty, and staff at no cost.
Wireless PittNet has been designed to be robust, expandable, and adaptable. It uses state-of-the-art technology, and is built on the strength of the University’s wired network, PittNet. Wireless PittNet is supported as a full production service from the University community, meaning it will boast the same tremendous reliability and dependability as our wired network.
The official launch was marked by a tweet from President Spectar to all of Pitt-Johnstown's followers: "THIS MESSAGE IS BEING SENT VIA THE NEWLY EXPANDED WIRELESS PITTNET AT PITT-JOHNSTOWN." The same message was posted by Dr. Spectar to Pitt-Johnstown's official Facebook fan page.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College,” by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization" for 2011. Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Pitt-Johnstown…at the forefront of leading baccalaureate colleges…
Pictured: President Spectar tweets a message announcing the expansion of wireless connectivity (top); President Spectar and Student Government President Cliff Maloney (bottom)