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October 2, 1991

 

                                     MINUTES

                               Computer Committee

                             President's Board Room

                                 October 2, 1991

                                      3 PM

 

 

        PRESENT:     Jamie Evans (for Don Allison), Jim Bishop,

                     G. Wayne Clough, John Cosgriff, Erv Blythe,

                     Matt Jackson, Katherine Johnston, Allan Bloom (for

                     Gerry McLaughlin), Harlan Miller, Mary Miller,

                     Carolyn Moore, K. B. Rojiani, John Hoernemann (for

                     Ernest Stout), Mike Williams

 

        ABSENT:      Terry Rakes, Darrell Bosch, John Burton, Jan Carr,

                     David Goodyear, Jay Stoeckel, J. R. Webster,

                     Jeff Wilcke

 

        VISITOR(S):  Barbara Robinson and Bill Sanders (Computing Center)

                     Ed Fox (Computing Center/Computer Science)

                     L. A. Blankenship (Staff Senator)

 

 

        AGENDA ITEM 1:  MINUTES OF THE SEPTEMBER 4, 1991 MEETING

 

        Motion made, seconded and passed to approve the minutes of the

        September meeting.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 2:  COMPUTING CENTER ANNOUNCEMENTS (WILLIAMS)

 

        The Computing Center and Newman Library are in the process of

        working out an agreement to merge the library computer operations

        with the Computing Center.  The library's HP computer will be

        moved to the Information Systems Building. This will not only

        achieve economies, but also increase the ties between the two op-

        erations which are increasingly concerned with the same informa-

        tion service issues.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 3:  DISCUSSION OF SUBCOMMITTEE AGENDAS (CHAIR)

 

 

        1.  Personal Computer Subcommittee

 

            Items for this subcommittee's agenda remain from last year.

            They will continue to follow issues relating to site licenses

            and relations with the bookstore.  They will also pursue a

            response from the Provost's office regarding site license

            policy.  Other topics include using microcomputers in teach-

            ing, development of a University-wide program for dealing

            with obsolete equipment, bundling purchases across depart-

            ments to improve our position when negotiating with vendors

            and managing repair and a reasonable replacement cycle.

 

        2.  Capacity and Planning Subcommittee

 

            This subcommittee has been reviewing growth patterns and ca-

            pacity for the Center's mainframes.  Not much change is ex-

            pected this year, since the machines are expected to operate

            at capacity as they have for the past year.  The committee

            will follow usage of the Center's new high-end workstation

            (IBM RS/6000), which is just beginning to operate.

 

        3.  User Services Subcommittee

 

            This subcommittee has not been meeting and no agenda was of-

            fered.

 

        4.  Workstation Subcommittee

 

            A new subcommittee on workstations will attempt to identify

            workstation users and numbers on campus and investigate soft-

            ware and site license needs.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 4:  PROPOSAL TO FORM SUBCOMMITTEE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE

        ISSUES AND ACADEMIC ISSUES  (GOODYEAR)

 

        Discussion was deferred until Mr. Goodyear could attend the meet-

        ing.

 

        AGENDA ITEM 5:  ADDITIONS TO THE AGENDA

 

        none

 

 

        The next meeting will be held on November 6 at 3 p.m. in Burruss

        400.

 

        Meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

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