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Communication Technologies honored

ConnectKentucky has honored WKU’s Communication Technologies Department, part of the Information Technology Division, as a technology leader.

WKU's Communication Technologies Department was among the award winners recognized by ConnectKentucky during the 2011 Tech Day April 29 at The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

The department received the Postsecondary Institution Technology Award during the 2011 Tech Day April 29 at The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. WKU was honored for its leading-edge use of broadband technology to expand and enhance the educational opportunities provided to students across the Commonwealth. By providing hundreds of video conferencing courses per year, thousands of students across the Commonwealth are able to access classes that would otherwise be unavailable.

Tamela Smith, manager of Interactive Video Services (IVS) at WKU, said the award reflects the efforts of the IVS area of Communication Technologies and their support of the use of video conferencing technologies to distance learning courses at WKU.

Joining Smith at the ceremony were Director Edwin Craft, IVS Engineer Todd Hughes and IVS Technician Jason Owen. Al Lind, vice president for Technology and eLearning for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, presented the award.

“These annual awards offer us an opportunity to publically acknowledge the people, companies, and organizations working to improve the quality of life for Kentuckians through technology,” said ConnectKentucky Executive Director René True.

The annual Tech Day event also featured several speakers, including David Couch, associate commissioner, Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services, who spoke on the technology readiness of Kentucky schools; Lind, who spoke about broadband and higher education; Phil Baughn, executive director of the Commonwealth Office of Broadband Outreach and Development, who spoke about the office’s efforts to expand broadband in Kentucky; Tom Koutsky, Connected Nation’s chief policy counsel, who gave an update on national broadband policy; and keynote speaker Robert Andrews, director of Security Services for CBTS, who spoke about current Internet security trends.

The event was sponsored by CBTS and Humana.

About ConnectKentucky: ConnectKentucky, a subsidiary of the national non- profit Connected Nation, is leading the way into a new economy for Kentuckians. As an independent technology-based economic development organization, ConnectKentucky works to ensure that Kentucky remains the place of choice to live, work, and raise a family. ConnectKentucky is an alliance of technology-minded businesses, government entities, and universities working together to accelerate technology in the Commonwealth. Contact Jessica Ditto at jditto@connectednation.org or (202) 251-4749.

Contact: Tamela M. Smith, (270) 745-2625.

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