KOKOMO, Ind. – A state-of-the-art digital media center, with high-technology computer resources, is now open to students at Indiana University Kokomo following a ribbon cutting ceremony today.
New Media Communication major Megan McKinney said she is excited about the opportunity to enhance her education through the use of cutting-edge technology, which is housed in the Library.
“It’s one thing to learn media through a textbook, but another thing when you give students the tools to do it themselves,” McKinney said, adding that having the experience using the new equipment will set students apart in the job market. “That’s where the real learning begins.”
McKinney had the honor of cutting the ribbon to the new digital media center, along with IU Kokomo Chancellor Michael Harris, Dean of the Library Rhonda Armstrong, and Chief Information Officer Elizabeth Van Gordon.
“We do believe the Library serves a very important role in higher education,” Armstrong said. “Our goal is to provide students with as many resources as possible to enhance their academic experience and contribute to their success. This world-class digital media center will definitely help prepare them.”
The digital media center is made possible through a partnership between Information Technology Services and the Library.
The IU Kokomo Digital Media Center was set up by two IT student workers, Justin Enyeart and Dan Cox. It includes:
- Six high-end Mac Pro workstations, offering Mac OSX Snow Leopard and Windows 7 Operating systems (Dual Boot)
- Full Adobe CS5 Design and Production Suites
- STC Standard Software build
In addition, two production rooms (which also offer dual boot Mac Pro systems) can be reserved in advance for access to advanced audio capture and production hardware.
- Shure SM7B condenser microphones for individual or group voiceover audio capture
- Mackie Onyz 1220i 12 Channel Firewire Mixer/interface
- M-Audio BX5q Studio Monitors
- Sony MDR-7506 headphones
These rooms offer some sound dampening and privacy for a better audio recording experience.
“This is an important day. We believe we are on the cutting edge of where the Library and IT should be,” said Chancellor Michael Harris. “This is another step in coming together – where IU Kokomo continues to show its commitment to academic excellence and student success.”
At the digital media center, students can also check out additional multimedia creation tools including Alexis Podcast Kits, JVC HD video\still camera, Novation 49 Key Midi Controller, and Wacom Intuos4 digital tablets.
“I would like to express my great gratitude to the staff of Information Technology, Library, and the Physical Plant,” Harris said. “Now we want everyone to utilize it to the point where it will be necessary to expand.”
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.