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    April 9, 2004
    Contact: Susan Kashack, Director of Communications, (707) 664-2057


Sonoma State University Named to List of Top 100 Wireless Campuses in U.S.

Intel, the multi-national technology company, has named Sonoma State University to the list of the top 100 wireless schools in the country. The survey assesses the greatest wireless Internet accessibility.

In the past two years, Sonoma has equipped most of its buildings to work with wireless technology allowing students, faculty and staff to eliminate the need to "plug in" to a network jack in order to do their work.

Sam Scalise, SSU's Chief Information Officer, said, "wireless networking has quickly become an expected part of the computing infrastructure for high-quality universities like Sonoma State. It improves the teaching and learning environment, so top students and faculty expect it."

Scalise also said "we have implemented wireless in nearly all of the teaching buildings and in key public locations. Just as important, we have done this using secure, authenticated, upgradeable and manageable technology and have set up our support organization to ensure that it is always running properly. It is easy to do it wrong, but we've done it right."

The Intel survey ranked schools by the number of hotspots, the number of computers on campus, the percentage of the campus equipped to go wireless, and the ratio of computers to students.

Sonoma State University is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, an honor bestowed on only one college or university from each state.

Three additional members of COPLAC #25 SUNY College at Geneseo (Geneseo, NY), #27 College of Charleston (Charleston, SC), and #86 The Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA) also made Intel's top 100 list.

To see the survey results for wired colleges in addition to wired cities and wired airports, go to


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Last Modified: 04/09/2004