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Volume 54, No. 7 December 6, 2012 Times Ticker Wendi Coon/Times (From left to right) Lori Hains, administrative assistant; Dr. Joseph Jacobsen, director of ECAM; Dr. Evonne Carter, vice president of the Oak Creek Campus; Dr. Michael L. Burke, MATC president; Dorothy Walker, dean of the School of Technology and Applied Science and Carrie Brockmann, administrative assistant, participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new wind turbine at the Oak Creek Campus. Wind turbine boosts energy program by Robyn Wiggill Times Staff Reporter Nov. 9 marked the completion of The Center for ECAM’s energy portfolio. ECAM stands for Energy Conservation and Advanced Manufacturing. The building opened in 2007, and houses many sustainable energyrelated technologies and their associated courses. The ribbon cutting of ECAM’s first wind turbine was held at the ECAM building on the Oak Creek Campus at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. The public, along with students, faculty, advisory committee members, politicians, and administrators from MATC, MSOE, Marquette, UWMilwaukee and other partners of ECAM were invited and attended the ribbon cutting. Dr. Evonne Carter, Oak Creek’s vice president, opened the ceremony by welcoming everyone to the event and introduced Dr. Michael L. Burke, president of MATC. Burke spoke about the key role that MATC plays in fields of renewable and sustainable energy, and then he introduced Dr. Joseph Jacobsen. Jacobsen, director of ECAM, explained the renewable energy projects that MATC has completed thus far and some future projects. Jacobsen said ECAM’s renewable energy portfolio consists of a geothermal heat pump, two solar thermal systems and several photovoltaic systems. He also said that there is a weather station on the roof of the ECAM center. Jacobsen then invited all attendees outside to experience the cutting ceremony. The ceremony was finished off with a demonstration, given by Jacobsen, inside the lab showing the digital version of the wind turbine and other equipment. The wind turbine was manufactured by Wind Spot, and took a week to install. Power engineering and energy engineering technology students and instructors as well as Werner Electrics, Grunau Company, Pro Electric and Johnson Controls Inc. were involved in the project. The wind turbine stands 47 feet tall; the blade is 8 feet while the pole is 39 feet tall. The turbine generates 3.5 kWh with a cost of $60,035. There are currently 17 new energy courses, which are sponsored by many partners of ECAM. Partners include the United States Department of Energy, The National Science Foundation, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium, We Energies, Mazak, Johnson Controls Inc. and Power Test Inc., to name a few. The building has been referred to as housing the largest equipment and curriculum in the U.S. Programs offered in the ECAM building include Power Engineering and Boiler Operator, Sustainable Facilities Operations, Energy Engineering Technology, Quality Engineering Technology, HVAC, Environmental Controls Technician and more. All these programs will incorporate the wind turbine into their content. The fall 2013 semester will mark the beginning of two new courses, Wind Power I (introduction) and Wind Power II (applications), both of these Turbine Page 2 seem to pop up every day. Eddie Watson, desktop technology and telecommunications director, spoke of a teacher wanting to use the on-screen technology for sign language interpreter training. The ability to have meetings with up to six people without leaving an office will also be an added bonus. Voicemail is now sent to a teacher’s email in the form of a .wav file for anytime, anywhere access and since the phones are I.P. address based, the user needs only input the individual login to allow the phone number to follow them from campus to campus. One of the main priorities for the new phone system is safety. On each phone screen is a button simply labeled “Emergency”; when pressed, it will immediately alert the security desk and enable Public Safety to see what’s happening via that phone’s builtin camera. If anyone dials 911, it alerts security as well. On the surface, this is a story about the new phone system, but the real story is in the intricacies of the process itself. Watson, who oversees the entire process at each campus, spoke of the installation in detail, saying that when you take on a task as big as the entire MATC school system, which includes about 3,000 phones, you deal with what he called “the sins of the past.” This includes 30 years of bad habits and endless wires that have been neglected by previous generations. The main challenge was a puzzle-like order of operations that had to be arranged before Watson could even begin to physically replace the old phone system. In order to have a smooth transition, two phone systems had to be in place for a short time. In order to have two phone systems, more phone closetsw needed to be installed. Additionally, to have more phone closets, more power was needed; more power created more heat, which created the need for more air conditioning units and once that was fully in place, new hardware needed to be installed to replace the old phone switches; only then could Watson begin his portion of the install. When you put factors like that into account, it seems any number of things is bound to go wrong, but Watson says it has been a smooth transition and he is, thus far, cautiously optimistic. “Believe me, I’m the first to be surprised it’s gone well…but I’m not complaining,” he said as he knocked on wood and laughed. “When you can cut a whole campus [phone line] and no one notices…that’s great.” At the most, there was a period Can you hear me or see me now? by Aaron Cleavland Times Staff Reporter By the end of this year, each MATC campus will have its old phone system replaced. There will be a new state-ofthe-art Cisco phone system, an impressive piece of technology with video capabilities that allows people to have a face-to-face conversation. It can be with someone from on campus or at any of the different campuses. In a world of iPhones and Androids, it may be as surprising to hear as it is to say, but these phones are cutting edge. Looking at them reminds you of all the days of your childhood spent hoping for science fiction technologies from “Star Trek” to “Back to the Future 2” to exist. For teachers, this system and the new technology it presents is exciting in more ways than previously imagined as new ideas Phones Page 3 Dance Demo West Campus hosts Native American dancer Page 7 Chess Club Dominates Wins over Marquette and other schools Page 9 Stormers Basketball Can the Men’s team repeat? Page 10 Phoenix Open Mic Displays of poetry, music Page 12

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