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July 3, 2012

DoIT News Moving to myUMBC Groups

As of today, the DoIT News will be published through the DoIT Group on myUMBC, which in turn feeds the new DoIT site at As such, we will no longer be maintaining this Movable Type blog. However, it will remain for archive purposes.

FYI to DoIT Group members:

How do I post a new blog in myUMBC groups?

If you have questions, please contact the Technology Support Center (TSC) located on the first floor of the library next to the RLC or call 410.455.3838.

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May 4, 2006

Paul Iwancio Performs at Kennedy Center

Longtime OIT employee and UMBC alum Paul Iwancio performed at The Kennedy Center on May 1. Paul and partner Nita Paul performed his original song "Morning Glories."

Paul was chosen from hundreds of Mid-Atlantic songwriters to be part of the first ASCAP Songwrtiers Showcase in Washington D.C. He was a founder of the Baltimore Songwriters Association and continues to be an active member.

The evening opened with a presentation by musical writer Stephen Schwartz and concluded with a showcase by 12 writers chosen by ASCAP judges.

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April 10, 2006

Collier Jones Joins OIT as Portal Architect

Collier Jones is UMBC's new Campus Portal Architect. He has been tasked with helping to make myUMBC a more engaging way to interact with the university by improving its functionality and usability. In addition to leading UMBC's portal redesign efforts, Collier is helping to lead UMBC's awareness and adoption of Web standards, as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium.

Collier is also part of the collaborative team of staff from the Offices of Information Technology and Institutional Advancement (also known as "Emedia") that is redesigning UMBC's strategic Web presence. Co-chaired by Jack Suess, Vice President for Information Technology, and Lisa Akchin, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Public Relations, Emedia meets monthly and is principally focused on development and maintenance of UMBC's portal and external campus Web site.

Before coming to UMBC, Collier was the User Experience Designer for Virginia Tech's portal, My VT, which was built using the same open source uPortal framework now being used by myUMBC. Collier's work with My VT and uPortal was so well received by the uPortal community that he was asked to join the Portal developers group and is now designing part of the next version of the uPortal.

While at Virginia Tech he held lead web-related roles for several university departments, including the role of university webmaster. He has also consulted for Macromedia on some of their web development tools.

In addition to his behind-the-scenes work with the uPortal development team, Collier speaks twice a year at uPortal community conferences about portal design strategies.

Collier's office is located in the New Media Learning and Development suite, 101 ECS. He can be reached by phone at 410.455.3599, or by e-mail at

Posted by at 11:35 AM

Kudos: Aaron Weidel

Aaron Weidele, a Web/Multimedia Specialist in the New Media Studio, will begin work on a Master of Fine Arts in Integrated Design at the University of Baltimore in Fall, 2006.

Aaron's New Media Studio portfolio includes the interactive campus map and the Center For History Education: Teaching American History lesson plans site.

Posted by at 11:18 AM