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WINTER 2004-2005


University Campus Gradually Becoming Wireless

The growing popularity of wireless laptop computers among faculty and students alike has led the University to develop a wireless campus.  Computer users will then be able to access the Library catalog, the Internet, or e-mail without having to move from the coffee shop, library carrel, bus stop, or eventually one’s dorm bed. 

The following areas can now accommodate wireless operation: all public areas of the University Library; the public areas of the Terrace Building, most of the hallways in the building, and some of the classrooms and halls; two thirds (3rd-6th floors) of the Jacobs Building, which houses the Graduate School of Business Administration and the Computer Sciences Department; the Hecht Museum and adjoining Auditorium; and the lawn of the outdoor student coffee shop, Café Deshe, next to the Main Building.

The Computing Department will make more areas available to accommodate the new technology as the year progresses.

In order to benefit from the wireless atmosphere, computers need an 802.11b or 802.11g wireless network card.  Users who have a “smart card” to connect to the University network will have full access to all servers and sites, including databanks.  Guest passes will also be issued to those who want only to surf the Internet.


In This Issue:

President’s Focus
Continuity, Change, and Social Responsibility

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, a Former Negotiator, Reflects on Israel-Jordan Relations
at a Conference Here Marking a Decade of a Formal Peace
Former Jordanian Minister and Negotiator Heads Delegation from Jordan Here

Unique ‘Open Apartment’ Project Benefits Community and Students

University Obtains Its First Biotech Patent in the U.S.

Researcher Develops Computerized Handwriting Evaluation System

Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi Named Rector of the University

Prof. David Faraggi—Deputy Rector

What If a Tsunami Hit? First Program of Its Kind in Israel Dealing with Mass Disaster

Eskesta Success Continues

Student Builds Internet Site of Never-Recorded Israeli Army Songs

Honors and Appointments



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