The Last Buggy Whip – is the clock ticking for IT as we know it?

  • When: 1:30-2:15 PM, Thursday, June 18
  • Where: Room 224, Oechsle Hall
  • Presenters:
    • Janet Scannell, Chief Technology Officer, Carleton College
    • Rick Holmgren,Chief Information Officer, Allegheney College

In this session, we’ll consider the role of IT now versus in 2010 and 2020 and whether we are at a moment of significant disruption.  By 2020 will the majority of institutions have crowdsourced helpdesks? CRM rather than ERP?   BYO-email?  What should we be doing to understand and facilitate these changes so that we’re not the last person holding a buggy whip.

About the Presenters

Janet Scannell became Chief Technology Officer at Carleton in May 2013 with responsibility for the maintenance and strategic direction of the campus technology infrastructure. While at Carleton, Janet has expanded support for teaching and learning initiatives, has restructured the help desk and technology communications and is partnering on enhancements to volunteer management, advising and the career center. Janet is the co-PI of an NSF Cyber-infrastructure grant and one of the leads on a Mellon collaboration grant with neighboring institution St. Olaf College.

Janet has a B.A. from Grinnell College in General Science, a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and is a 2006 graduate of the Frye Institute.

Rick Holmgren is responsible for Library, Institutional Research, and Computing Services at Allegheny College. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Northwestern University in 1988, and joined the mathematics faculty at Allegheny that same year. In 1999, he was appointed Associate Dean of the College with primary responsibility for faculty development. He was an active participant in Allegheny’s 2001 and 2009 strategic planning processes and served as the chair of the College’s accreditation review team in 2002-04 and 2012-14.

In 2004, Rick was named as the founding director of Allegheny’s Learning Commons, a comprehensive academic support center housed in the College’s library. A 2005 graduate of the Frye Institute, Rick was appointed as Allegheny’s Executive Director of Learning, Information, and Technology Services in the spring of 2006. In 2009, Rick became the College’s Chief Information Officer and joined the College’s senior staff.