Campus joins ILight/Internet2 networks

Tue, 2006-12-05 15:17 -- univcomm
December 5, 2006

Anderson University is the first private institution in the State of Indiana connected to ILight, Indiana’s statewide higher education optical network, as well as Internet2. The university recently upgraded its internet connection to ILight to take full advantage of advanced research networks such as the Internet2 network, a consortium of more than 200 universities that offers some of the world's fastest computers. The consortium will enable teachers and students at Anderson University to collaborate with their peers all over the world in virtual classrooms.

ILight dramatically improves on Indiana's position as a national leader in very high-speed networking in support of teaching, learning, research, technology transfer, and inter-institutional collaboration and cooperation -- activities that will help fuel the State's economy.

Anderson University’s connection to ILight was made possible through a fiber optic loop supported by the City of Anderson. The City of Anderson is circled in redundant fiber loops, 33 miles and growing. The university will continue to benefit from the city’s fiber optic loop which will support the institution’s connection to I-Light and Internet2 with high speed data technology.

“Internet2 will support collaboration between all academic communities, facilitate the growth of life-long learning, and help create new economic development through the attraction of new business and the creation of new jobs,” said Dr. Michael Collette, vice-president for Enrollment Management and Information Systems at Anderson University.

“The larger universities in Indiana have had the benefit of advanced high-speed network connectivity for many years, and the benefits have been pretty obvious,” said Mark Bruhn, Indiana University associate vice president for telecommunications, and the person responsible for IU’s involvement in the I-Light project. “So, this network is not really about the large campuses, it’s about helping campuses like Anderson University realize many of the same benefits, which we know results in more and better students, faculty, and research.”

“By participating in the ILight project, Anderson University has the opportunity to explore new ways of teaching and learning with students both on campus and in distributed locations, said Cindy Smith, director of Information Technology Services for Anderson University.

ILight is an optical network made possible through Indiana University and Purdue University, working with the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System and with engagement and input from all Indiana universities and colleges. This new statewide optical topology will provide all Indiana universities and colleges an opportunity to connect to a dedicated high-speed network. An end goal is to have all Indiana campuses fiber-connected to this optical backbone from their physical campuses, making network accessibility a major attraction to faculty and students looking for a place to teach, perform research, and learn. Such connectivity will enable normal communications thru high-performance collaboration at speeds much faster than traditional network connections.

Internet2 is a not-for-profit advanced networking consortium comprising more than 200 U.S. universities in cooperation with 70 leading corporations, 45 government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning as well as over 50 international partner organizations. Internet2 members leverage a high-performance network infrastructure and extensive worldwide partnerships to support and enhance their educational and research missions. Beyond providing network capacity, Internet2 actively engages the community in the development of important new technology including middleware, security, network research and performance measurement capabilities which are critical to the progress of the Internet.

Anderson University is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing and theology.