The residence halls at Colorado State University-Pueblo will have updated Wi-Fi this year. The rest of campus will also see improvements in the system in the coming months.
The improved Wi-Fi is a result of efforts by the Associated Students’ Government and the IT Fee Committee.
“This summer, there was a monumental meeting in order to get better Wi-Fi for our students in the residence halls,” said ASG President Sarah Zarr. “We pushed hard to get this for our students and now you can expect better Wi-Fi by the end of semester in the residence halls.”
In April, CSU-Pueblo received a $1.8 million grant from the state to upgrade its information technology systems. Last year’s ASG administration was instrumental in helping the university secure the funding. Zarr said the results of those efforts will be evident campus-wide.
“You should also expect the technology and Wi-Fi to get increasingly better all over campus as the grant ASG helped the university secure from last year will be starting to be implemented,” she said.
The initiative taken by ASG to improve the system was influenced largely by student concerns about the Wi-Fi.
Zarr said it was a task she and Vice President Gene Wilson, “wanted to continue to work on for the students as we know it is a problematic issue we have and that students need to be able to get online to do homework, face time their friends and family back home, and etcetera,” she said.
The IT Fee Committee met with Zarr, Wilson, Public Relations Director Jonothan Stephenson and Student Affairs Director Anthony Schievelbein. The group “pushed hard and got the vote passed for updated Wi-Fi in the Residence Halls,” Zarr said.
“We pushed to secure funds for two residence halls which will be done by the end of the semester and we will keep working hard to make sure all the residence halls are updated,” she said. “The university Vice President of Finance Karl Speicker showed great support for this initiative and is helping us moving forward.”
Zarr said she encourages students to attend ASG senate meetings, which take place in their chambers, located in OUC 201, on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Students may also stop by the ASG office in OUC 217, she said.
“In today’s ever increasing technological society, ASG recognizes and hears the voice of students about issues that are important to them, and it’s important to us too,” she said.
UPDATE: The residence halls will see improvements in Wi-Fi starting in the spring 2016 semester, according to ASG. The updates were pushed back due to problems with wiring.