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UNCP’s cutting-edge use of wireless technologies recognized nationally

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Kevin Pait, interim associate vice chancellor for Information Technology and chief information officer, and Don Bryant, chief information security officer, participate in a media panel at Cisco LIVE 2019 in San Diego, Calif. Kevin Pait, interim associate vice chancellor for Information Technology and chief information officer, and Don Bryant, chief information security officer, participate in a media panel at Cisco LIVE 2019 in San Diego, Calif. Contributed photo

PEMBROKE — UNC Pembroke is being recognized on a national scale for its innovative use of Cisco technologies in higher education.


UNCP was featured at Cisco LIVE 2019, the company’s annual conference and largest event worldwide, which provides programs for all Cisco customers. The conference was held June 9-13 in San Diego, California.

Cisco System Inc. is highly regarded as a worldwide leader in networking for the internet. Several members of UNCP’s Information Technology staff and faculty attended the conference which was attended by 28,000 of Cisco’s top customer and partner executives and IT professionals. 

Cisco prepared written and video case studies which are prominently displayed on its website. During the conference, Dr. Joe West, professor in the department of Police Science and Public Administration, and James Lewis, interactive video facility manager, gave a presentation titled, “Revolutionizing the Collaborative Classroom with WebEx.”

“Cisco WebEx has allowed me to integrate my face-to-face students and my online students into a single environment that is virtually seamless,” said West. “I love it so much that I wouldn’t want to teach without it. My teaching evaluations have improved since I incorporated the Webex Board. My students’ evaluations seem to be doing better. They’re asking other professors in my department to use this technology.”

Kevin Pait, interim associate vice chancellor for Information Technology and chief information officer, and Don Bryant, chief information security officer, participated on a media panel titled “Changing Lives Through Education Technology.” 

Pait and Bryant also participated in a conversation with a panel of industry analysts from Gartner, a global research and advisory firm, and other agencies. UNCP teamed with Cisco to institute a comprehensive technology solution that included their underlying network, security, VoIP, and collaboration.