Students in the Information Networking and Telecommunications Lab

Students having fun in the INT lab

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cyber Defense, UNK and Nationals

The regional champions from UNK have returned from competing at Nationals.

UNK was the smallest and newest team to the competition. Our INT majors and minors battled against perennial powerhouses and some of the most experienced cyber security experts in the nation. Although we did not finish in the top 3 in our first year, the students competed with as much class and tenacity as any team has ever displayed on this national stage. Over and over again, comments were given on the positive attitude and business professionalism displayed by our University. This is a priority for our CBT/ITEC program.

We didn’t win, but I am very proud that we were able to help put UNK on the national IT map for cyber security and that we held our own against much larger schools. I am excited to start building and coaching next year’s team.

Please reach out to me if you have any questions about our Information Networking & Telecommunications (INT) program, cyber security (a core component of the INT curriculum), or our involvement in the NCCDC competition.

As one of the students said, "Hey, coach. We're coming back next year. We will be back." Yes, we will. This is only the beginning.

Article from USA Today

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Going to National CCDC, Cyber Defense at UNK Information Networking & Telecom

So, the security student team won regional CCDC. Woot! I provided moral support and acted as coach. I was very proud of the guys.

Then, I got contacted by a national rep and realized that we really do get an all-expense paid trip through NCCDC to San Antonio, TX. This is a big deal. This not only validates how important the IT programs are at UNK including networking and telecom, computer science, information technology, multimedia and management information systems, but validates the students' hard work both in and out of the classroom in preparation for regionals.

Now, prep begins again as we try and fit in as many scenarios and team building exercises as possible before April 24th.

Official press release:

Friday, October 31, 2014

STEM & Women

One of my favorite topics! I recently read this article:

I agree with some of the things mentioned here. I biggest takeaway for me from this article was something I see with women in the classes I teach. Men tend to be more assertive and confident in the hands-on lab than women. Even if wrong, men in my classes will try it. Women tend to hold back a bit more until they make sure they have it right and then even sometimes are tentative. Is this because working hands-on and mechanical aspects are more familiar to men? I think so. Perhaps this also could be because of early childhood development and the toys that are presented. But I also think that personality plays a role.

The bottom line for me is that women can be successful in the networking field without knowing coding. I think the same goes for other areas of IT and I thought the article did a great job of addressing this point. The IT field has gotten so big, vast, powerful that STEM fields do not have to be explored as a whole. In the INT program here at UNK, we choose to take this approach. We look at routing, switching, wireless, cloud, data center, voice, and security purely from the networking area. Does networking have application in other IT areas? Absolutely, but we believe that this area, in itself, is so vast that it deserves study on its own merit.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Intellicom celebrates milestone with UNK partnership, $150K donation

We are excited to announce that Intellicom has partnered with UNK and the INT program with a significant donation of $150K over the next 5 years. The exciting announcement was given at Intellicom's 20th Anniversary Party. See more here:

Friday, March 14, 2014

Internet of Everything

This is what Cisco and others are now calling the Internet: The Internet of Everything (IoE). I like IoE because it's an acronym and where would techies be without acronyms? That's a rhetorical question so don't answer. But, back to IoE, read this blog:

It's fascinating. March 12th was the 25th anniversary of the Internet now the IoE (which is really close to IE and no further comments on that). The 25th anniversary of a "thing" that pretty much touches every single person in my household on a daily basis. Not only does it "touch" them once but quite frequently throughout the day. Even though they are kids they are surrounded with apps, touch screens and wireless.

So what's my point? Read the blog. It's cool. A degree in networking provides lot of opportunities especially with the dawn of the IoE.

Friday, March 7, 2014

More than networking...

Lately in class we have been attempting to go wireless. And I don't just mean any wireless. I mean wireless-with-a-controller type of wireless. Hard core, corporate, in your face, big wireless. We are using Aruba in the classroom and although it has been slow going, I think we have had successes. We actually had one access point up and running yesterday. Although the SSID broadcasted was humorous, it was taken down and re-sanitized so that it would be seen as "appropriate" on a college campus. We, in INT, are nothing but appropriate.

Speaking of SSIDs (aka wireless network names) and college campuses like this one, this is a note to you students who have nasty wireless labels on your access points. Everyone with a smartphone can see your label. And since a LOT of students have smartphones now-a-days, a LOT of people can see your label. Just saying...

#degreeinnetworking #SSID #success

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Holidays are coming! I feel a break in the air!

I am really just posting this so that I can have an update to the blog. All readers out there, I am still here...alive and kicking.

This year has been a good year for INT. Trips to Omaha and Grand Island have been fruitful leading to many industry connections and potential jobs waiting for future students. Did you hear that future students? Lots of jobs waiting! I am still at a loss for why students are not attracted to technology-related degrees. Is it the idea of a dark cave? Is it the idea of the anti-social, caffeinated nerd?

I will not deny it. We do geeky things. We talk about how to repair iPhones in class as a fun topic and things like Bitcoin and the newest ways to prank your friend's computer. But, I still remain hopeful that there are other future students just like us who have a craving to know how things work. Perhaps a deep-seated, longing desire to know how those little electronic bits zip from your device out the interwebs and back in a matter of milliseconds (at least I hope it's milliseconds unless you live in a desert with no water and no access to AAAAHHHHH! the Internet).

So, check out the INT Facebook page here or the Twitter feed to the left.