In Control

A world-class research university that prides itself on its diversity and competitive academic programs in hospitality, law and many other disciplines, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) was faced with an unprecedented set of technical challenges amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. With a diverse student population from around the world and a lingering uncertainty of how the pandemic would impact in-person learning, the university moved decisively to implement a hybrid, flexible classroom scenario that could accommodate both in-person and remote learning. 

UNLV Sees WiFi Blossom Outdoors

If you have strolled through campus lately, you may have noticed your wireless connection is coming up roses.

During the spring semester, the office of information technology (OIT) expanded WiFi service to outdoor areas on UNLV’s main campus on Maryland Parkway. The areas encompass the east and north malls, including the Alumni Amphitheatre and rose garden.

Project Underway to Update Technology Enhanced Classroom Photos

The office of information technology is updating its photo inventory with current images of technology enhanced classrooms on the main campus after most of the rooms were renovated.

The new photos will be added to each classroom page on the IT website. Each room will also feature a 360-degree tour of the space and available technology, including RebelFlex or lecture capture equipment.

UNLV Reels in Dolby Atmos Movie Theater

Turns out they did need a bigger boat, or just a high-tech movie theater, depending on how you tell the story. 

UNLV is the first university in Nevada to have a Dolby Atmos theater, where film professor Francisco Menendez teaches the next generation of Spielbergs.

A former auditorium in the Flora Dungan Humanities (FDH) building, the 254-seat theater allows Menendez to screen cult classics like Jaws for his students. 

Week in Review is Now The Download

The Week in Review, the office of information technology’s weekly newsletter, is getting a major overhaul, rebranding as The Download. The newsletter will be released on the first and third Thursday of each month, with the first issue coming out June 2.

Based on employee feedback, the new look reflects the organization’s growth and commitment to its employees’ interests. It will feature more original content, with a focus on IT initiatives, new technology, and unit updates. 

OIT Names First-Ever Chief Information Security Officer

After a nationwide search, Vito Rocco is the office of information technology’s first chief information security officer, effective May 2. He was selected for the position after serving as interim chief information security officer (CISO) since August.

As the new CISO, Rocco will oversee cybersecurity operations for UNLV. Leading a team of information security analysts, he will help prevent security risks that could potentially compromise institutional data and systems.

OIT Celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 19 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a celebration of digital accessibility and inclusion efforts across the world. In recognition of the occasion, the office of information technology is making more digital services and resources accessible.

Additions include how-to guides for its employees to build accessible documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Each resource provides common accessibility elements and tips to address accessibility issues.