501 E. Saint Joseph Street • Rapid City, SD 57701-3995
Phone: (605) 394-6082/2554 • Fax: (605) 394-6177
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2003
Contact: Steve Buchholz, Public Information Manager, 394-6082
Upgrade Will Shut Down Computer Services
Computer system upgrades that will allow the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Black Hills State University and the state’s other public universities better serve students will require a temporary shutdown of some services.
Beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, live computer-based student services, including WebAdvisor, will be unavailable for approximately three weeks. When the systems return to service, students will see many enhanced features to make doing business with universities easier.
The benefits include coordinated student services statewide. This coordinated effort will allow students to have a single transcript and eliminate the need to request transfer of courses from one South Dakota public university to another. Student also will be able to register for any course offered at any South Dakota public university, receive a single bill and be able to make a single payment. Courses taken by students at other South Dakota public universities will be listed on a Degree Audit/Program Evaluation on WebAdvisor. Students will also be able to receive needed student services at any of the six South Dakota public universities.
“We realize the approximate three-week shutdown of services may cause an inconvenience, and we apologize for that,” South Dakota Tech President Dr. Charles Ruch said. “We’re sure the upgrades will be worth the short shutdown.”
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