West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
July 19, 2007
WVU Parkersburg to receive national Campus Technology 2007 Innovator award.
CONTACT: Dave White, director of facilities and grounds, 304-424-8225.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is one of 13 institutions nationwide being recognized for innovative use of technology to solve a campus challenge.
Campus Technology magazine has selected WVU Parkersburg to receive its 2007 Innovator award for the campus’ emergency paging system project.
As part of an institutional safety initiative, WVU Parkersburg implemented a campus-wide broadcast system to provide classroom connections to college security and communications staff in emergency situations. The overhead paging system provides two-way communication in classrooms and key areas of the institution as well as exterior broadcast speakers at all college entrances, including the Caperton Center for Applied Technology.
The $131,000 system is part of a comprehensive safety plan for the college.
“Dave White, our director of facilities and grounds, is to be commended for taking the initiative to pursue a technology application which maximizes our capacity to respond to campus safety situations,” noted WVU Parkersburg President Marie Foster Gnage.
“The paging system is a key component of our safety plan to provide communication during a campus crisis,” she added.
Campus Technology’s nationwide competition sought exemplary colleges and universities, their visionary technology project leadership and their innovative vendor partners who developed solutions to campus challenges through the use of technology.
Institutions throughout the country submitted more than 330 proposals in the competition. WVU Parkersburg and 12 other winning Innovator institutions will be featured in the August issue of the magazine and recognized at the Campus Technology 2007 conference in Washington, D.C., July 30-August 2.
“The paging system is an excellent system for two-way communications between classrooms and security personnel and administration on campus,” said White who also serves as the college’s safety officer. “We are in the process of adding a similar system at our Jackson County Center in Ripley as well.”
The vendor partner in the WVU Parkersburg paging system project is ProCom Technologies of Parkersburg.