OC Honored for Technology Initiatives

OC vice president for information technology John Hermes (93) was presented with the Laserfiche Visionary Award for his work in leading the campus in several key technology initiatives, including the implementation of a electronic content management (ECM) system across multiple areas of campus.

Oklahoma Christian earned the Laserfiche Run Smarter award for its work in streamlining information technology processes across campus.

Hermes, working closely with OC director of student financial services Clint LaRue (97), kicked off the Laserfiche project by enabling students to complete and submit financial aid documents through a student portal. Subsequent initiatives streamlined the systems in Admissions and the Business Office.

OC also partnered with AT&T to launch the Rave Campus Messenger, which connects students easily so they can receive university communications through Facebook, Twitter, email and texts. Students can customize how they receive notifications.

The system integrates with the Blackboard learning management system that professors use to post documents and grades, make assignments and even administer tests. 

Another feature allows anyone on campus to anonymously report a crime or inappropriate behavior via anonymous text messages.

“What makes us unique is that the students and faculty communicate easily, whether it’s face to face or through technology,” he said. “It’s a good community of learning, where the faculty is concerned not just about your grades, but about you as a whole person. And technology has made that a little bit easier.”

Spring 2012

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