Thomas L. Franke, chief information officer at Western Carolina University since December 2001, is leaving that position immediately to begin a special assignment in the University of North Carolina system's division of information resources.
Western Carolina University is carrying out a $1.5 million project to upgrade computer capability in university residence halls and classrooms, and is partnering with its network hardware manufacturer to install wireless networking in the public areas of residence halls.
Western Carolina University is one of four University of North Carolina system institutions participating in a pilot project this fall aimed at studying new methods of downloading and distributing copyrighted music files from the Internet.
Western Carolina University is taking its next step in enhancing existing university network security with the implementation of a firewall. A device that allows the network to be filtered and controlled by the system administrator, the firewall will protect faculty, staff and students' personal information from intrusion and bring greater security and services to the university.
A collaborative effort involving Western Carolina University faculty, staff and students, along with Jackson County health officials, has resulted in a comprehensive examination of the state of health care in Jackson County.
For the second consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been named one of the 100 “most wired” colleges in the nation by Yahoo! Internet Life magazine, a national publication and guide to the World Wide Web.