The notebook project will allow
students greater portability of data.
--Dr. Jon Rickman, VP of Information
By fall 2005, Northwest
will provide a new notebook computer to every enrolled student
living in campus housing.
The notebook initiative,
which was approved by the Board of Regents on February 7,
2004, is the brainchild of Dr. Jon Rickman, Vice-President
of Information Systems.
According to Dr. Rickman,
the pilot will be launched this fall for students living
in the new apartments and suites.
in the new apartments and suites will start receiving their
notebook computers in August," Rickman said.
The new notebook computers
will have the following specifications:
- Gateway 305e Notebook
- 14.1 inch LCD screen
- 20gb hard-drive
- DVD-ROM drive
- 2.5Ghz, 256MB RAM
- 10/100 Ethernet and 802.11b/g
wireless network adapters
- 56k modem
- Windows XP Professional OS
- Microsoft Office 2003
In addition to the notebook
computer, students will also be issued a backpack/tote bag
to carry it in. The backpack/tote will be black with a Northwest
Information Systems will
begin issuing notebooks to students on August 17-20 and
25-27, 2004. Distribution to students living in the other
residence halls will begin in 2005. Students will be notified
by email or campus mail about when they can obtain their
new notebook computer.
According to Rickman,
insurance will also be available for students who wish to
protect their notebooks in case of damage or theft. For
more information about Northwest notebook computers, go
to the following web site: