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Subject: ResNet96: Day 3
From: [log in to unmask] (Scott Siler)
Date: Wed, 10 Jul 1996 02:07:13 -0500
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The final day of the conference again started with buffet breakfast in
Roble Hall, although many chose to eat and attend a DHCP BOF at the same
time. It was sunny this morning and had the promise of being just a little
bit warmer than the past few days. It's still very comfortable though.

The keynote address led off today's program. The speaker was Mike Godwin of
the Electronic Freedom Foundation. He gave a very interesting talk which
led off with him wondering what would have happened if the current press
and Congress had been around when the telephone was 20 years old (the
current age of personal computing). He also talked about copyright laws and
some court cases (he is a lawyer by trade) regarding privacy and 1st
amendment issues. He was very entertaining and I heard many good comments
about his speech.

During the break, sponsored by Anixter Corporation, those people interested
in helping with next year's conference met. There were about 25 people
there and several others who had to leave early to get ready for the next
session.

The first round of plenary session for the day finished up the morning.
Colleen Copus from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in the Support
Models track spoke about the evolution of their support methods. They first
tried a support team, went to hall consultants and now use the help desk as
the primary source of support. Stephen Sarrica from the University of
Michigan in the Educational/University Impact track led a discussion on how
residence hall computing can enhance student learning and forge campus
partnerships with academic faculty, library staff, student affairs
administrators and students. Jeffrey Lear from Lehigh in the Tech track
presented their existing Windows 3.1 support model, the Win95 model
currently under development and the implications in transitioning between
the two.

After eating lunch in the sculpture garden outside of Roble Hall, we
returned to Tresidder for the afternoon sessions. Brandon Hough and Glenda
Moum from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the Support Models track
presented their case study of Res computing. They discussed the history of
ResNet on the Mizzou campus, what they are doing currently and changes they
have planned for this fall. Howie McCausland from Middlebury College in the
Tech track gave a presentation on wiring closet design titled "Tales from
the Crypt". He dealt with the issue of setting up networking closets in
limited space. Garland Lewis from Kansas State spoke in the ResNet Startup
track about their experiences with providing direct ethernet connections to
students in 9 residence halls with over 1600 rooms.

The next session included two more Tech track presentations. Christine
Gressley from Illinois presented an overview of DHCP and BOOTP and their
experience in transitioning from BOOTP to DHCP. Jerry Copus from
Wisconsin-Platteville gave a technical overview of their residence hall and
campus networks, the problems they have encountered and their direction for
the future. In the ResNet Startup track, Rich Hughes from Bowling Green
State University reviewed the first year of Residential Computing including
the opportunities for collaboration with other departments and the unique
challenges during startup.

After a quick juice and roll break and a chance to bask in the sun for a
few minutes, we headed off for the final sessions of this year's
conference. There were again 2 Tech track sessions. Rich Graves from
Stanford discussed strategies and software for integrating Win95 and other
non-NT architectures for public labs and in-room connections. Scott Genung
from Illinois State gave a case study of the problems, tools, solutions and
direction for the residence hall and campus networks. Terry Miller from
Bowling Green State University in the ResNet Organizational Models track
gave an overview of how the Residential Computing area is organized
including topics such as budget, staffing, services and planning. Pattie
Orr led a panel in the ResNet Startup track which included Betsy Tippens
Reinitz from Wellesley, Donna Mazzella from Georgetown, Dianne Ricciardelli
from Tufts and Bill Dennen from Colby College. The panel discussed issues
such as printing, RCC support structure and setting expectations as well as
some stories of what worked and what didn't on their campuses.

The final official ResNet96 event was the dinner sponsored by 3-Com in the
Bectel International Center. The music accompanyment was a harp and a flute
which actually allowed us to carry on conversations while still listening
to the music. 3-Com gave away several cool prizes including a couple of
jackets, a couple of footballs and a hat. The RCC t-shirt contest (which we
all voted on) was won by Cal-Berkeley. Jeff Kreutzen was awarded a Stanford
sweatshirt for winning the contest (although no one actually saw him put it
on). Most of the t-shirts that were entered in the contest were then
raffled off including 2 of the winning Berkeley shirts. Jeff Merriman and
Sandy Senti, two of the driving forces behind ResNet since its inception,
then announced the formation of a Steering Committee which will pick sites
for ResNet98 and ResNet99 by this fall. (Stay tuned for application
information in early August.) The steering committee will be Jeff and Sandy
along with the following year's Conference Chairs (Pattie Orr and Betsy
Tippens Reinitz from Wellesley), the following year's Program Chair
(somehow I was conned into this) and the Conference Chair for the year
after (to be determined).  Sandy and Jeff then handed the ResNet banner
(which has graced the entryway to the ResNet conference sleeping quarters
all 3 years) to Pattie and Betsy to symbolize the change in location. The
final action was a standing ovation for Jeff and Sandy and the entire
Stanford group for a great conference this year and for all they've done
for ResNet these past  several years. Afterwards some were leaving for
home, some went back to Roble Hall to get ready for the morning and some
went in town to the Blue Chalk (a great smokeless bar with darts, pool and
table shuffleboard).

Coming to you live from 358 Roble Hall (for the last time),
Scott


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