I am pleased to announce that the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is nearing the much-anticipated completion of the fourth, and final, step of its wireless connectivity project. By early fall, wireless Internet service (via Wireless PittNet) will be expanded to include all residence facilities, creating a fully wireless campus. This final phase will expand wireless to all rooms and common areas of the Living-Learning Center, as well as Willow, Hemlock, Hickory, Laurel, Maple and Oak Halls.
This is a continuation of our strategic commitment to innovate and upgrade our technology infrastructure. Since we first introduced wireless connectivity in the academic buildings in 2007, I have always looked forward to the day when all campus facilities would have Wi-Fi access. I am very pleased that we are well on the way to achieving that goal by the end of September.
Last fall, Pitt-Johnstown completed phase three, which included the expansion of wireless connectivity into the townhouses and lodges. Phase two was completed in March 2012, when wireless service was expanded into residence hall common areas, including 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; the Larkspur Lodge commuter room; and the Buckhorn Lodge study area. The first phase of the project, which began in 2007, focused on all academic buildings, including Blackington Hall, Biddle Hall, Engineering and Science Building, Krebs Hall, Owen Library, the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center, Sports Center, Student Union, and Whalley Chapel.
Wireless Internet service is also available from a number of outdoor areas adjacent to campus facilities. Pitt-Johnstown students, faculty, and staff can access the service using their University usernames and passwords.
Wireless PittNet is a state-of-the-art technology built on the strength of Pitt-Johnstown’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.
I would like to express my gratitude for the efforts of Jeff Sernell, associate vice president for information technology, and his team for their hard work on the wireless connectivity project. I am also very appreciative to current Student Government Association (SGA) President Noam Berns and former SGA President Cliff Maloney for presenting the request for expanded service on behalf of the students.