A student works on an assignment on her computer in the Auburn University Student Center. Adam Brasher

New technology on campus

As technology increases its presence in our world, adjustments have been made to better address the needs of Auburn students. With wifi that spans across the majority of campus, Auburn strives to keep up with new developments so that students have the best chance at success. Since students use their phones and computers nonstop, they often ran into the challenge of finding a power source to recharge them. For this reason, SGA brought charging stations to key locations. These stations have individual storage boxes, each with their own combination locks, so that students can plug in their phones and leave them to charge safely. The boxes on the ground floor of Jordan-Hare Stadium are often used by students during home football games after a long day of tailgating.

This year, to better combat the swift technological changes that are happening in our generation, Auburn hired a Chief Information Officer to oversee most of the technological programs and tasks on campus. As of October 1st, James “Jim” O’Connor fills the new role of CIO. His mission at Auburn is to offer direction and support for the effective application and integration of information technology to improve the teaching, learning, research, and administrative environment of the university. The position of CIO was created to ensure that Auburn has the policies and strategies necessary to support all aspects of Auburn’s mission, and the information systems and technology to support all programs, both now and in the future. As technology advances, the university has made a great effort to adapt and make the necessary changes according to the needs of the student body.