The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is taking another major step in creating a fully wireless campus with expansion planned for the campus’ townhouses and lodges. Work will begin next week to expand wireless connectivity into the townhouses, with service expected to be available by Thanksgiving. Installation will then begin in the lodges, but no firm completion date has yet been established for that phase of the project.
The expanded service is in direct response to a request by the Student Government Association, through its President Cliff Maloney. Pitt-Johnstown President Jem Spectar expressed appreciation to Maloney for presenting the request for expanded service on behalf of the students. The project is being completed by Pitt-Johnstown’s Information Technology department and will use Wireless PittNet service. Wireless PittNet is a state-of-the-art technology built on the strength of the University’s wired network, PittNet. It is supported as a full production service from the University community, meaning it will boast the same reliability and dependability as our wired network.
In March of this year, wireless service was expanded into residence hall common areas, which included the lobbies of Hemlock, Hickory, Laurel, Maple, and Oak Halls; third-floor study room of Willow Hall; third-floor common area of the Living-Learning Center; and the Larkspur Lodge commuter room. The first phase of the project focused on all academic buildings, the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Sports Center, Student Union, and Whalley Chapel. The service is also available from a number of outdoor areas adjacent to these facilities. Pitt-Johnstown students, faculty, and staff can access the service using their University usernames and passwords.
Founded in 1927, 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 in the Northeast” college, by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School,” and Pennsylvania Business Central as a "Top 100 Organization." Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the past three years.