Archive for January 2017

Amazon Web Services (AWS) now available for research computing

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Thanks to a new agreement between CSU Channel Islands (CI) and Amazon, faculty and campus departments now have access to provision affordable, high-performance research computing resources through Amazon Web Services (AWS) on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis, including virtual servers, storage and databases and other services.

Because of our agreement, T&I's master AWS account and billing arrangement enables faculty & departments to create their own AWS linked accounts and facilitates management of central billing and cost-recovery by T&I.

CI's Computer Science program is an early adopter of the new service and has already seen a dramatic difference in reduction of processing time for their computing resources. We're glad to share in their immediate success, and excited to share this new opportunity with the CI community.

Please visit the CI Amazon Web Services web site for more details about AWS service and learn how to get started.

goCI v2.1: View your class schedule, grades and open lab computers

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We're excited to announce that on Monday, January 16, 2017 we officially launched v2.1 of our goCI mobile app.

The updated app now includes the following 3 new modules:

"Register": now you can view your class schedule, grades from previous semesters, and browse the course catalog.

"Pay Now": pay your tuition and other fees for your student account online through the app.

"Labs": view how many computers are available in the open labs on campus (currently only Broome Library labs are listed).

We are also working on an enhancement for the "Register" module that will enable you to find classes in the course catalog, as well as add, drop and swap those classes. Testing is currently underway, and we expect to launch these enhancements in February.

Have a great idea for the goCI mobile app? Let us know! Contact Peter Mosinskis, Director of IT Strategy at

Technology & Communication is now Technology & Innovation

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I'm pleased to share this note from Michael Berman, Vice President for Technology & Innovation:

Dear colleagues,

As you already know from President Beck’s announcement, our good friends in Communication and Marketing are moving over to the Division of Advancement. We are sorry to see them leave Solano [Hall], but we’re glad they won’t be far away. We will be able to build on our shared history to continue our successful collaboration in days to come.

This change also makes the name “Technology & Communication” obsolete, so we need a name to reflect our new identity as the division that supports technology and teaching & learning through innovation.

After consulting with our Division's leadership team and the Cabinet, President Beck approved "Technology & Innovation" (abbreviated as T&I) to represent the mission and vision of our division. I’m pleased that this name emphasizes continuity with “T&C” and honors the great work that we have done together over the past 5+ years.


Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, and thank you for all you do to support the students of CI – and each other.

Over the next few months, our Division will be working to update our web site, documentation, and all communication collateral to reflect our new identity. New logo extensions with the division's new name have already been created and are be available for those who need them.