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K-State Today

December 6, 2011

Organizational changes set for Kansas Regents Network (KRN)/Telenet

Submitted by Kansas Regents Network

On Dec. 9, the Kansas Regents Network (KRN)/Telenet will transition to a new organizational model. The Kansas Regents Network audio and video conferencing services, administered by the Division of Continuing Education, will be transferred to Information Technology Services.

The audio conferencing system will be run by computing and telecommunications services out of East Stadium. The name of the video conferencing network will change to Telenet/video conference services and will be managed by iTAC in Dole Hall.

The phone number to schedule audio and video calls will remain 785-532-5995.

The organizational transition is in response to the retirements of KRN/Telenet director Susan Barton and coordinator Sue White. Assistant Kay Ring is also retiring.

The Kansas Regents Network was established in 1970 as a distance learning network of sites to extend education programs to students across Kansas. Through the Kansas Regents Network, place-bound students, including teachers, librarians, nurses, law enforcement and other professionals had the opportunity to attend university academic courses closer to their homes, first via audio conferencing, and since 1996, via audio and video conferencing.

“The mission of the Division of Continuing Education — to extend resources to learners who cannot attend classes at one of our campuses—has been fulfilled by these services,” said Sue Maes, the division’s dean. “For these 41 years of distance education delivery services, customer support and communication facilitation have been KRN priorities. The new homes for audio and video conferencing look forward to continuing this same service.”

More about KRN/Telenet services and scheduling can be found online.