Computing and Information Services revels in new space
Among several new changes on campus this fall, a large portion
of Computing and Information Services (CIS) has a new home on the second
floor of Hubbard Hall. Training, Purchasing, Student Services, and the
offices of Bob Mayer and Rebecca Sandlin join REACH and the Help Desk
in Hubbard's Alumni Room.
According to Outreach and Customer Services Manager Rebecca
Sandlin, the impetus for the move was to find a way to "better use
the space that we had, so that people could actually be comfortable."
She remarked, "It [Alumni Room] is one of the most beautiful rooms
on campus and not many people got to see this room."
Another reason for the move was space constraints. Sandlin
explained that the growing demand for the services of CIS in recent years
had put it in a position where "we were growing out of our space."
Sandlin also explained that the move has allowed the student
help desk, REACH, to become more accessible to the students. She explained
that "The student help desk and faculty/staff help desk are all together,
so if, for example, the people who are covering the REACH shift can't
come into work
there are still people here.
Student Services Coordinator, Peter Jenson, also agrees
that the move will help REACH achieve its mission. He explained because
"the REACH desk will be able to provide better support because they
themselves will be able to [get]
better support from professional
staff and because it is in a bit more of a visible space."
Despite the increased size provided by the Alumni Room, Sandlin cautioned that even this move is probably not permanent. She said, "I don't think moves at Bowdoin are generally viewed as permanent." Yet, she added that there are no definite plans or even any talk about another move.