Students in six area school districts are using 90 computers loaned to those districts this fall by the University at Albany. Judy Genshaft, interim vice president for Academic Affairs, said the equipment loan demonstrates one way in which the University is reaching out to the community. "This is an example of the collaborative relationships we have with area schools," Genshaft said. It is also a way to make maximum use of important equipment during a time of fiscal restraint for many school districts.
According to Dave Jarvis, manager of the University's public computing facilities, supplying the equipment was a matter of matching the local districts' need for computers with hardware and software no longer used in the U@Albany computing environment.
"Each computer package included a monitor, keyboard and the central processing unit," Jarvis said. "Not only did we loan them the equipment, we tested every single computer to make sure all of them worked. We tested the hard drives, the software and even helped them load the equipment into the trucks."
Through Nelson Armlin, associate director of the Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA), the computers were loaned to the North Colonie, Rensselaer, Schalmont, Schenectady, South Colonie and Mohonasen school districts.
"We have the tag numbers and lists of what equipment is out there and the name of a contact person at each school. We keep the records of what equipment we have out on loan. CASDA was the link between the University and the schools. We gave appropriate equipment
and we made sure it was operational," Armlin said. Most of the equipment had been gathered over the past 10 years when older model computers were upgraded or taken out of the computer user rooms. "It added up to 300 pieces of equipment, the complete sets of computers plus extras," Jarvis said.
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