Penn State Harrisburg

ITS Department receives 2013 IT Impact Award

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Department at Penn State Harrisburg was honored with a 2013 IT Impact Award for Out-of-the-Box Innovation in June.  Given by Penn State, the IT Impact Awards recognize the outstanding efforts of information technology professionals who have taken leadership roles in creating a thriving environment for IT collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

The department was recognized for its innovative transformation of several areas on the Harrisburg campus into new state-of-the-art collaborative learning spaces for students.  The campus now features a mix of classroom sizes, bright colors, modern furniture, study spaces, and the latest audiovisual equipment – including interactive whiteboards and projectors.

 “As our enrollment grew, our learning spaces were no longer able to accommodate a growing (undergraduate) student population and technology advancements,” Penn State Harrisburg Campus Technology Officer John Hoh noted.  

Hoh said that this was the first reason for making the change, along with the need to create new collaborative spaces for the students, including practice presentation areas and digital media production locations.

“The culture and makeup of our campus had gone through a radical change in less than a decade,” Hoh added.  “This project was a collective effort to completely modernize our learning spaces.”

The Out-of-the-Box Innovation award is one of the three types of IT Impact awards.  It recognizes an individual or group at Penn State that has developed or instituted innovative approaches to solving IT issues.

Along with Hoh, the team of awardees included - John Baskwill, systems analyst/administrator; Martin Caha, IT support specialist; Toni Chainey, IT operations specialist; Michael Lackey, systems design specialist; Gregory Madden, associate director; Justin Piro, systems administrator; David Schwenk, IT support specialist; Douglas Shreffler, multimedia specialist; and James Smith, systems administrator