In a Mac World: Students enjoy state-of-the-art technology

WILMORE, KY—When students started class on Aug. 28, many had the privilege of using new 20” iMac Intel computers, which were released from Apple Computer, Inc., on Aug. 7.

According to Bert Walther, help desk manager, purchasing this state-of-the art equipment is part of the College’s effort to put the best technology in the classroom. The College purchased 63 new computers, which are distributed between the Kirkland computer lab, Corbitt Hall lab and the Kinlaw library classroom.

Walther says the student and faculty reaction to the new technology has been very positive, saying, “The Mac classroom is constantly booked solid.”

The information services department configured all of the computers the week before classes so the technology would be ready for the first day. Each machine will run cutting edge software including Abobe Creative Suite 3 and other programs to support the College’s two largest departments, communication arts and education. Walther said that several education software programs are only Macintosh based.

“These computers will provide solid Mac technology to support Asbury College’s education program, which is No. 1 in the state for teacher preparation,” he said. The music department has also started using Macintosh technology for instruction.

Walther said the College strives to keep on top of technology advancements and will be adding OS X v10.5 “Leopard” slated for release in October 2007 to the Macintosh systems. Windows Vista will be added to all other systems

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