PSU students lend a technological hand

August 15, 2012 by  
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GIRARD — several members of the Information Technology Student Association, Pittsburg State University, donated their Saturday to volunteer their computer skills at the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program.

Hayley Flippo, PSU sophomore and iTSA secretary, said that she and the others were helping prepare decommissioned computer equipment for recycling or resale.

the computers headed for recycling had all information wiped off their hard drive, and those headed for resale were equipped with the appropriate operating systems.

“most of us work on campus for the Gorilla Geeks, which helps students, faculty and staff with various technological needs,” Flippo said. “we hope we can help others by volunteering what we know from our jobs.”

By noon the volunteers had worked on about 59 older computers, which were  neatly stacked on the floor.

“That’s the most I’ve seen in a long time,” Flippo said.

Working along side them was Randy Yocum, SEK-CAP computer network operations administrator. He said that the students were helping SEK-CAP streamline an inventory process that had been log-jammed for a while.

“we really do appreciate them coming over,” Yocum said. “I couldn’t have accomplished this goal as quickly without their help, and I think this has been a good learning experience for the students.”

Flippo said that she hopes the experience will help build up the iTSA, which was not very active last year.

“This is a really good club and we try to teach each other,” she said.

“We’re hoping to have  more volunteer opportunities come our way,” added William Holloway, iTSA president.

Other PSU student organizations, including Students in Free Enterprise, and students from a variety of departments have all assisted SEK-CAP. with it’s broad range of community-based services, SEK-CAP has volunteer opportunities for those with any interest. Anyone having questions about volunteer opportunities may contact the director of research, planning and grants development at 620-724-8204, ext. 1026.

GIRARD — several members of the Information Technology Student Association, Pittsburg State University, donated their Saturday to volunteer their computer skills at the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program. Hayley Flippo, PSU sophomore and iTSA secretary, said that she and the others were helping prepare decommissioned computer equipment for recycling or resale. the computers headed for recycling had all information wiped off their hard drive, and those headed for resale were equipped with the appropriate operating systems. “most of us work on campus for the Gorilla Geeks, which helps students, faculty and staff with various technological needs,” Flippo said. “we hope we can help others by volunteering what we know from our jobs.” By noon the volunteers had worked on about 59 older computers, which were  neatly stacked on the floor. “That’s the most I’ve seen in a long time,” Flippo said. Working along side them was Randy Yocum, SEK-CAP computer network operations administrator. He said that the students were helping SEK-CAP streamline an inventory process that had been log-jammed for a while. “we really do appreciate them coming over,” Yocum said. “I couldn’t have accomplished this goal as quickly without their help, and I think this has been a good learning experience for the students.” Flippo said that she hopes the experience will help build up the iTSA, which was not very active last year. “This is a really good club and we try to teach each other,” she said. “We’re hoping to have  more volunteer opportunities come our way,” added William Holloway, iTSA president. Other PSU student organizations, including Students in Free Enterprise, and students from a variety of departments have all assisted SEK-CAP. with it’s broad range of community-based services, SEK-CAP has volunteer opportunities for those with any interest. Anyone having questions about volunteer opportunities may contact the director of research, planning and grants development at 620-724-8204, ext. 1026.

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