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UETN Board Appoints Spencer Jenkins as the new UETN CEO and Executive Director June 21, 2022

The governing board of the Utah Education and Telehealth Network appointed Spencer Jenkins as the new UETN CEO and Executive Director.

(SALT LAKE CITY) – Jenkins, who is Associate Commissioner of the Utah System of Higher Education, succeeds Dr. Ray Timothy who is retiring July 1. Timothy has served as UETN’s CEO for the past decade.

Jenkins holds an MBA in Technology Management from Westminster College. He also earned two Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Utah, one in political science and a second in economics. He also holds a PMP Certification in project management.

“We are delighted to congratulate Spencer Jenkins,” said UETN Board Chair Robert Wagner. “We have enjoyed interviewing a diverse group of candidates and are assured that he is eminently qualified to lead UETN forward. Jenkins stood out above other candidates because of his exceptional experience in working with the Utah State Legislature, other state agencies, and the state’s broad educational community.”

Jenkins has overseen government affairs, student affairs, COVID-19 response and planning, operations, project management, public affairs and communication, student engagement, community and business engagement for the Utah System of Higher Education. His is a former executive director of the Utah Geographic Reference Center. [Read the full announcement on UEN | News]

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The Quilt welcomes Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) June 20, 2022

SEATTLE, Wash. and BOISE, Idaho (June 20, 2022) – The Quilt, a consortium of regional Research and Education (R&E) Networks throughout the United States, today announced that the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) has become latest member organization to join The Quilt.

“We’re so pleased that IRON has elected to join our diverse membership,” said Jen Leasure, president and CEO of The Quilt. “The Quilt is a national community of innovators with a long track record of success as our members and affiliates collaborate to develop, deploy and operate advanced research and education (R&E) networks throughout the United States. We are looking forward to learning from IRON and their experiences as a new collaborator and contributor to The Quilt community.”

Headquartered in Boise, the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) provides significant opportunities for higher education, health care, state and local government, research facilities, and other nonprofits by providing reliable Internet access and high-speed infrastructure throughout the state. Established in 2007, IRON’s principle founders include: Boise State University, Brigham Young University – Idaho, Idaho Hospital Association, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho State University, State of Idaho, University of Idaho, and Washington State University. In 2015, IRON completed a state-wide upgrade to its network, which included new access points in Twin Falls on the College of Southern Idaho campus and at Idaho Falls connecting associate locations of a variety of universities and research facilities. By 2019, the network was fully upgraded to 100G statewide.

“IRON is proud to join The Quilt,” said Brent Stacey, IRON President and CEO. “The Quilt has proven to be a highly collaborative and professional organization enabling research and education across the country. Our missions are the same. IRON looks forward to contributing to and benefiting from our association with the Quilt Community.”

IRON, with its grassroots community-led members, is a not-for-profit corporation. Since its founding, its goal has been to provide high-speed and low-cost network access for higher education, research and healthcare institutions. Its mission, however, has always been to support Idaho’s unique challenges in crossing the digital divide. As a result of its success in the research and higher education fields, IRON is well positioned to provide network access to other nonprofits that are in need right now.

For a complete list of members and affiliates of The Quilt, visit this website. If you interested in becoming a member, please visit the Become a Member page online.

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About The Quilt
The Quilt is the national coalition of advanced regional networks for research and education, representing 36 networks across the country. Participants in The Quilt provide advanced network services and applications to more than 250 universities and thousands of other educational institutions throughout the United States. Visit www.thequilt.net and follow at Twitter @TweetTheQuilt.

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Grant Award Expands Oklahoma’s Research Network to Additional Campuses May 31, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and OneNet a $942,263 Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) grant to connect additional campuses to the OneOklahoma Friction Free Network (OFFN). This marks the third award to OSRHE and OneNet to expand the OFFN network.

Administered by NSF’s Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, the CC* grant program invests in campus-level cyberinfrastructure improvements for science applications and research projects. Previous NSF awards connected 19 Oklahoma research and regional universities to OFFN. This new award specifically targets smaller institutions and will expand the network into rural areas of the state.

Under the terms of this two-year grant cycle, Murray State College (MSC) and College of the Muscogee Nation (CMN) will be connected to the OFFN network. Two other schools, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) and Rogers State University (RSU), will receive upgrades to enhance connectivity.

“The State Regents are pleased to expand the OFFN network to additional campuses across the state,” said Chancellor Allison D. Garrett. “These campus connections create new research and education opportunities for faculty and students. A diverse student population, including Native American and first-generation students, will have broader access to resources that develop 21st century workforce skills.”

OFFN is a 10 and 100 Gbps research network that provides higher education institutions with a dedicated route to internet and research networks that is much faster than traditional internet highways. This alternate pathway allows researchers to transmit data at higher speeds. [Read more at OneNet | Media Releases]

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