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LSCS employees pack IT conference as presenters

Lone Star College System personnel made a major showing at the international Conference on Information Technology (CIT) held in October in Detroit.

But in this case, the 10 employees from the Office of Technology Services were not on hand at the conference to attend the cutting-edge presentations about information technology, but to give them.

“This is a first in the history of Lone Star College,” said Link Alander, associate vice chancellor, technology services, as far as the OTS employees providing 12 presentations and two round table discussion groups.

The CIT was sponsored by the League for Innovation, an international organization “dedicated to catalyzing the community college movement.”

The conference offered adiverse program and “cutting-edge exposition” exploring the intelligent application of information technology in community colleges and technical colleges. Some of the topics that were presented Oct. 11-Oct. 14 by the LSCS practitioners included: Defining and Measuring Green Computing; Easing the Stress of Organizational Change; Governance and Strategic Planning; Leading the Way Under Fire; and Effective Executive Reporting and Key Performance Indicators. The presentations were portions of different, specialized tracks of study that were available as part of the conference content.

LSCS presenters included: Shah Ardalan, vice chancellor, CIO; Link Alander, associate vice chancellor, technology services; Jim Vasques, executive director, enterprise applications; Mario Berry, system/campus director, LSC-CyFair; Marian Burkhart, executive director, client relations; James Crawford, campus director, LSC-Montgomery; Butch Juleg, system/campus director, LSC-North Harris; Benjamin Leung, campus director, LSC-Tomball;  Jen Murillo, executive director, Web development; and Oscar Ramos, campus director, LSC-Kingwood.

The League of Innovation is an international association that hosts conferences and institutes, develops Web resources, conducts research, produces publications, provides services, and leads projects and initiatives with its member colleges, corporate partners, and other agencies in a continuing effort to make a positive difference for students and communities.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 59,000 students in credit classes this fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.