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CedarNet Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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by Public Relations Office

December 17, 2002

Cedarville, Ohio-This year marks the tenth year since CedarNet, Cedarville's campus computer network, revolutionized education at the University. It all began in 1992, when Cedarville partnered with IBM to complete Phase I of its campus networking project. Cedarville was one of the first universities to provide computers in residence hall rooms, and the school has been an example of the use of technology within higher education ever since. "CedarNet has more transactions and heavier use than most schools," said Dr. Dave Rotman, director of computer services at Cedarville. Today CedarNet connects more than 2,300 computers in residence hall rooms, classrooms, offices, laboratories, and the library and provides access to more than 150 software packages. With on-campus speeds of 100,000 kilobits and an Internet connection of 9,000 kilobits, the system also provides users with Internet access and e-mail. One of the most popular benefits of CedarNet is the library resources section. Students can enter the library's online catalog from their dorm rooms 24 hours a day. Also available are a variety of Internet based resources, including full-text newspapers and journals, periodical indexes, subscription research databases, and OhioLINK. Through OhioLINK, the University family can access 24.8 million resources from 75 college and university libraries throughout the state. In 1993, CedarNet was one of seven honorable mention recipients of the CAUSE Award. (CAUSE is the association for managing and using information technology in higher education.) In 1997, CAUSE recognized CedarNet as the best network among universities with an operating budget under $100 million. In addition, Cedarville has been listed as one of America's 100 most wired colleges by Yahoo Internet Life magazine. Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional, and graduate programs. Offering 100 areas of study to approximately 3,000 students, the University features an award-winning campus computer network and a worldwide Christian ministries program. Visit the University Web site at www.cedarville.edu. -30-