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Having ANGEL Problems? SAC-ITS Wants YOU

unclesamWithin ITS exists a clandestine “open” committee of students that get together and discuss Information Technology issues, such as the future of ANGEL, how to instruct faculty (especially those who have just only acclimated to the calculator, or coaches who don’t know what email is) to use the course management system to the best of its ability, and how to best make ITS and the IT fee serve the students of Penn State.

The Student Advisory Committee could be described as sort of a Knights of the Round Table, without swords or shields (and I’m not even sure about the shape of the table) but instead of whatever knights talk about, SAC-ITS meeting attendants set agendas and bring up issues in order to further obtain research about them. Essentially, they’re the bridge of information regarding technological issues on campus that lead to decisions within UPUA.

What’s most interesting about the SAC-ITS is that its meetings are “open enrollment” and any student is able to attend and bring up important issues within IT so that SAC-ITS can gather information and then submit their reports to the University Park Undergraduate Association so that these round table ideas can gain some traction.

If you’re upset about something on ANGEL or any other aspect of the IT sector (besides problems with downloading porn on the Penn State network) and want your voice heard, SAC-ITS makes it incredibly easy to get involved. All you need to do is contact UPUA Academic Affairs Committee at [email protected] or contact the ITS public relations person, Jenn Struble, directly at [email protected]. It should be mentioned as well that there aren’t any membership requirements, so if you’re just interested in one particular issue, you won’t be obligated to attend every SAC-ITS meeting. You can just show up, bitch about something or raise an issue, and SAC-ITS will hear you out.


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Tom Kent

I was born in Virginia Beach, raised in Westfield, NJ, went to college at Penn State, moved to Miami, FL. Peruvian on mom's side and English on my Dad's. I'm a Journalism major and Political Science minor. I do not currently own any reptiles.

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