Record TLC Distribution in Progress

The largest-ever notebook computer distribution will coincide with Welcome Weekend activities. It is scheduled at the following times in the NMU Superior Dome through the remainder of the week: 1-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26; and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Spurred by increasing enrollment, NMU will issue about 6,300 new notebook computers to incoming freshmen. Nearly 5,200 returning students will exchange their two-year old machines for new models.

According to Gavin Leach (Finance and Administration), the distribution process has been streamlined each year since the rollout of the Teaching, Learning and Communication (TLC) initiative in 2000.

“Every year we look at how we can serve the students better and make the process more efficient on our end as well,” Leach said. “It takes two-and-a-half minutes for new freshmen from the ID check to the point that they collect their computers and it takes five to seven minutes for those exchanging computers. From there, it takes about 35 minutes to do computer setup and registration, and to load the software and go over the wireless capability.”



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