Center for Information Technology Services

 (Continuation of CIO’s Corner article from Front Page)

A campus-wide “Technology Classroom Committee” also has broad representation from individuals in the schools and central departments, e.g., facilities management, procurement services, and CITS.  This Committee meets monthly.  Its objectives include sharing inventories of classroom technologies, minimizing cost through leveraged procurements of classroom technologies, sharing needs, sharing personnel resources, sharing expertise, and sharing lessons learned.

Other ad hoc committees were formed during the last several years, e.g., a campus-wide HIPAA committee, which facilitated the planning, implementation, and completion of important HIPAA-driven projects.

In addition to the campus-wide IT committees, there are currently three important advisory groups:  the Wireless Technology Advisory Group, Portal Advisory Group, and the Directory Services Advisory Group.  These advisory groups have been given specific charges by the IT Leadership.  These groups meet as needed in order to complete the charges and make recommendations to the IT Leaders.  They have been successful in providing common solutions for the benefit of all UMB organizations. 

The IT planning and advisory groups bring together representatives of the UMB/UMMS/UPI organizations who share issues, information, and work on common solutions.  This planning structure enables people, as representatives of their constituencies, to provide input, feedback, and recommendations regarding priorities and the best IT solution for their respective area as well as for the University as a whole.  By taking advantage of and employing the right technologies, the schools and the University will be in a better position to remain competitive and meet strategic goals.

For more information regarding the IT Committees and Advisory Groups, please visit:

This UMB IT plan can be found at:

Message from the Editor
Brook Botvin
Welcome to the Spring, 2005 edition of CITS eNEWS ! This electronic publication is designed primarily to inform the students, faculty and staff of the University of Maryland Baltimore about activities directly involving members of the Center for Information Technology Services (CITS), the central information technology group on campus, but affecting the campus community as a whole.  The present edition offers a heaping helping of our specialty: "news you can use."  In these pages you will find articles about the new Campus Portal, the new Test Card Scoring System, a new online learning benefit for faculty and staff, Internet2, what has happened lately in the present SIMS and eUMB systems and what’s coming in the future.  You will also learn how campus IT priorities are set, what CITS accomplished in 2004, and a whole lot more.  Click the included links to navigate around in the newsletter, read related articles, and visit websites with in-depth information.  Most of all, enjoy!

Contributors to this Issue:
Brook Botvin, Editor
Trisha Kaufman, Web Publishing

Articles By:
Kent Buckingham 
Wendy Cohan
Trisha Kaufman    
Buzz Merrick   
Dr. Peter Murray
Gary Nelson
Maddie Pace
Paul Petroski
Chris Phillips      

CITS eNews is published on a seasonal basis, whenever CITS has so much news to share that we can’t stand to hold it in any longer.  Please email any comments, corrections, suggestions for future articles, etc., to