TelePresence Room Now on Campus

January 27, 2011

BRANDON, MB — Last week, the new Cisco TelePresence room at Brandon University, located in the Faculty of Education, was officially unveiled with Dr. Deborah Poff, President of Brandon University, collaborating in a four-way technologically supported event with colleagues at the University of Winnipeg and at the University College of the North, in The Pas, as well as with Nitin Kawale, the President of Cisco Canada, who was in Toronto.

Others who took part in this hour-long virtual conference-call were Manitoba’s Premiere Greg Selinger, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, Dr.Lloyd Axworthy, University of Winnipeg President, and Dr. Kathryn McNaughton, Vice-President (Academic & Research) of University College of the North.

“An investment in education is an investment in Manitoba’s future. I’m honoured that our government has been able assist in providing technology that will link students from across the province and around the world, allowing research, information and ideas to be shared,” said Premier Greg Selinger. “This is just one of the many ways that our government works to support and promote green innovation and education in our province.”

On the Brandon University campus, the room is set up with three large linked screens, which are triggered by speech or noise in one of the locations involved in either meetings or the delivery of class curriculum.

“Our Government is committed to building a competitive advantage for Canada and Manitoba based on excellence in science and technology,” said Minister Yelich. “Through investments in key public-private partnerships, we are helping to support knowledge-based research and development with a focus on the commercialization of new products, technologies and services.”

In the Brandon University TelePresence room, there are also two large monitors on either side of the main screens to facilitate viewing. This new system will not only save time and money, but will also enable Brandon-based professors/instructors and researchers to communicate with distant colleagues or students. Furthermore, Brandon University is considering making this service available, for a fee, to businesses in the future.
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For more information or to book the room, contact:

Brooklynn Jones

Faculty of Education

Local 626