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UW-Green Bay plans IT refresh

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay last week announced it’s updating its IT operations this fall — including changing department names, tweaking the technology division’s structure and training workers on new terminology. The adjustments are intended to provide a common language across IT and drive the campus’s digital transformation plan, Chief Information Officer Wendy Woodward told EdScoop. UW-Green Bay’s 35 full-time and 25 part-time IT workers will train on the IT Infrastructure Library, or ITIL. The framework for IT services and glossary of terms will help unify operations and make better use of resources, Woodward said. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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UMass turns to cybersecurity firm to investigate racist emails

Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst said last week that they’ve hired a cybersecurity firm to aid in an investigation into a recent spate of racist emails sent to members of campus organizations led by Black students. In a campuswide message, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy wrote that the school has retained Stroz Friedberg Digital Forensics, a digital investigations firm, to determine the source of emails that began appearing in late August. The emails, which were sent from an account calling itself the “UMass Coalition for a Better Society,” contained racial slurs, accused Black students of having lower intelligence, told recipients to leave campus and that they should be sterilized. Benjamin Freed has the story.

Higher ed orgs receive federal funding to boost tech workforce

The U.S. Department of Commerce last week announced $36.5 million to further technology-based economic development, funding programs at 50 higher education institutions, nonprofits, state agencies and other organizations. Distributed as part of the “Build to Scale” initiative, a grant program led by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the funding is to be spread throughout industries including agriculture, advanced manufacturing and aerospace. The initiative looks to foster entrepreneurship through two competitions, one focused on building out local business funding and the other on forming organizations to support businesses. Emily has it.

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