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Making Ethical Decisions

September 24, 2013

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I gave a presentation today for Junior Achievement to 250 high school students from surrounding counties during their visit to UNG thanks to the BB&T Center for Ethical Business Leadership in the Mike Cottrell College of Business. It was an honor to be able to share my perspective on ethical decision-making with future college students […]

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Celebrating 30 Years of Computer Science at UNG

August 12, 2013

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This semester marks the 30th anniversary of the bachelor’s degree program in computer science at North Georgia. In September of 1983, the Department of Mathematics became the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at North Georgia College, offering a bachelor of science degree in computer science at a time when few universities offered complete degree […]

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MOOCs really can change the world

July 20, 2013

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Massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) have been a novelty trying to find a business model, but that could be changing. Having free, top-quality courses from Harvard, MIT, Georgia Tech, UPenn, has an obvious appeal. Until recently, though, there wasn’t a great deal of evidence that MOOCs were significantly contributing to educational outcomes for either traditional […]

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IT Industry Panel Shares Insights at UNG

February 27, 2013

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IT Industry Panel Speakers

We had a great number of our 350+ computer science and information systems majors turn out for the IT Industry Panel discussion at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. Seven industry insiders, from IBM and CareerBuilder.com all the way to local IT firms in Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Cumming shared their experience and insights with […]

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Computer Science at North Georgia

October 31, 2012

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Beginning January 2013, the Department of Computer Science will operate as a separate academic unit from the former Department of Math & CS, and I will be serving as the first Department Head of Computer Science (interim) at the new, consolidated university. The new Department of Computer Science will house Bachelor’s degree programs in computer science […]

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Leadership article published in CIO Magazine

September 15, 2012

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Last month, I made the transition from Chief Information Officer (CIO) here at North Georgia back to my tenured position as an associate professor in computer science & information systems. This month, an article I submitted to CIO magazine this past year was published. You can access the article here: What Would the Next CIO […]

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Leaving a Legacy of Leadership

May 25, 2012

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l3 summit

Closing speech for the 2012 University System of Georgia L3:Summit Student leaders, university system colleagues, thank you for the opportunity to share this closing speech to what has been an incredible week of leadership training here at the L3:Summit. You’ve heard advice from leaders like Chancellor Huckaby, you’ve participated in training and team-building exercises provided […]

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North Georgia Network lights the fiber in Dahlonega

May 2, 2012

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Today, I was joined at the podium by Senator Steve Gooch, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, NTIA Program Manager Scott Woods, NGN CEO Bruce Abraham, and others to celebrate the lighting of the 100 Gigabit North Georgia Network fiber project in Lumpkin County. All but two sections of the 260-mile Terabit-capacity communications network through 12 north […]

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Internet upgrade gives students room to breathe… for now

March 8, 2012

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Information Technology and Auxiliary Services are working constantly to improve students’ Internet experience on campus. On Thursday, March 1 at 11:30 pm, the Internet bandwidth to the residential and wireless network grew quietly and without interruption by 66% from 150 Megabits to 250 Megabits per second, or a quarter of a Gigabit per second in […]

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Leading from the Heart: 15 Character Traits of a 21st Century Leader

February 21, 2012

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It was an honor to speak at this morning’s Presidents’ Breakfast at North Georgia College & State University, with student leadership from almost 50 campus organizations, faculty sponsors, and Student Services staff. I shared a presentation I developed to honor President Emeritus Dr. David Potter upon his retirement last year. At the time, I was […]

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