How to save lives with social media

Campus emergency expert discusses the importance of social media, text messaging

social-media-campusThe night before Byron Piatt was scheduled to speak about campus emergencies at the 2014 ACUTA conference in Dallas, Texas, his campus was experiencing an emergency of its own.

Protestors clashed with Albuquerque police on March 30 following days of demonstrations over a series of deadly police shootings. The University of New Mexico, where Piatt works as an emergency manager, lies at the heart of the city, and the confrontation spilled onto campus.

At 9 p.m., the university’s Twitter account sent out a tweet to its 19,000 followers.…Read More

ACUTA’s annual conference to focus on new technologies, thinking, leadership

Conference topics will focus on how technology's changing nature impacts students and edcators.

The Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) will kick off its 41st Annual Conference and Exhibition on April 29, 2012, in Indianapolis.

Three featured keynote speakers will cover a wide range of topics relevant for today’s higher education technology professionals.

Brad Wheeler, vice president for Information Technology and CIO at Indiana University, has focused on understanding and leading in the use of digital networks. As colleges and universities rethink their approach to reliable, policy-aligned services through means of aggregation, scale, and unprecedented agility, we must also rethink our approach. What new models should we favor and why? At what pace? What are the risks and rewards of stewardship and leadership in an era of shifting economics for education? Wheeler will speak on April 30 at 8 a.m.…Read More