Technology progress seen around camus

As Grambling State University continues its transformation, many buildings go up and others come down. Grambling is also attempting to advance itself academically by implementing things to make the campus more technology friendly.

More and more areas of campus are becoming wireless and many more transformations are to come with the 2009-2010 school year.

A blue light emergency system has been activated on campus, making it easier for students to be contacted all over campus. The lights are turned on when someone in an emergency situation presses the button, and campus police are immediately notified.

The Student Government Association is seeking to add 10-12 more of these lights around campus to make the campus safer.

Students attending classes in several of the academic buildings may notice a slight modification to the lobbies. Some buildings around campus have been equipped with monitors with the intention to promote a sort of digital signage.

Each monitor is 32 inches and resembles a television, but the information provided by them can’t be found on cable. The monitors are designed to keep the students aware of campus events and activities that many may find interesting on campus.

The monitors were implemented as of June in three major academic buildings: Jacob T. Stewart, Carver Hall and Woodson Hall.

The digital signage was brought to campus by the Student Government Association and the Student Technology Committee.

“The monitors are an effort to make Grambling State University more tech savvy” said Student Government Association President Steven Jackson.

The monitors have been placed strategically in order to reduce the need for fliers to be posted around campus. Students may submit events they would like to have advertised on the digital signage to the SGA as well as the vice president of Student Affairs.

The monitors will be used primarily to serve academic purposes, according to Jackson. Emergencies and information on class cancellations will also be readily available.

“We are attempting to meet the students’ half-way by getting the word out,” says Jackson.