Jerome Waldron, one of the three candidates that is being considered for the College’s chief information officer position, spoke and answered questions in the Library Auditorium on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The question and answer session came at the end of a two-day period in which Waldron met with the College’s faculty, staff, Student Government Association, deans, IT staff and cabinet.
Waldron has had an extensive career at Salisbury University, doing everything from academic counseling and lecturing in classes, to rising from an Associate Registrar to Salisbury’s current Chief Information Officer.
Many students expressed their concerns to Waldron about the lack of wireless internet in some of the College’s buildings, as well as unreliable cell phone coverage in certain areas on campus, such as the lower basement floor of the library.
“Inconsistent was the word I heard a lot,” Waldron said.
Waldron noted a possible solution to the problem, where at Salisbury University they recently installed a cell-phone tower to improve students’ connectivity.
Waldron also fielded questions and concerns about the College’s SOCS system, a student resource that has given individuals trouble recently.
Salisbury University uses Blackboard, an alternative option to SOCS, and Waldron stressed that there were many other options available, such as open source programs like Saki and Moodle.
“A lot of these things operate the same way but they are different,” Waldron said, “And then there’s always the campus policy.”
During his visit to the College, Waldron also met with SGA and IT, who had voiced concerns about Safe Connect, the College’s infamous internet connection interface that has garnered numerous complaints recently.
“We use a different system,” Waldron said, noting that their system doesn’t quarantine users or time out its connection in the middle of a browsing session, but he stressed how similar Salisbury’s interface is to Safe Connect, and how relevant Safe Connect is.
According to Waldron, systems like Safe Connect exist to protect the campus’s extensive internet network.
“There are some configuration adjustments that can be made,” Waldron said, but warned that certain adjustments can compromise network security. “It’s a policy decision,” Waldron said.
Waldron commented on how surprised and excited he was to see how many people of the College were interested about the future of the College’s technological progress.
“I was blown away by the number of people I met in those two days.” Waldron said. “This is something that your school is taking very seriously.”