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Business Continuity: How Solid Is Higher Ed’s Plan B?

While no one expects higher education to have a crystal ball and predict the future, IT and administrative leaders must be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that while many colleges had some business continuity plans in place, the formality and maturity of those plans left much to be desired.

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Jan 27 2020

Why Ottawa University Built a State-of-the-Art Esports Arena

While other campuses may have a room with a dozen computers set aside for esports, Ottawa University, located in Ottawa, Kan., provides its esports team with a fully outfitted arena in its Larry D. Peters Auditorium. The university set up the stadium with a state-of-the-art video production system and broadcasting capabilities, in addition to stocking it with computer power through a build-out with Horizon AVL and CDW. 

The arena supports the university's goal of training students for careers in esports after graduation.

Participants

    • Derek Beach, Captain, Varsity Overwatch Team, Ottawa University
    • Connor Alne, Esports Head Coach, Ottawa University
    • Arabie Conner, Director of Athletics, Ottawa University
    • Adam Caylor, Director of Technical, User and Esports Operations, Ottawa University
       

Video Highlights

  • Ottawa University, an 800-student school in Kansas, decided to build a major esports arena to recruit students and train them for jobs.
  • Ottawa Braves Captain Derek Beach is one of the students benefiting from the build-out, which he says is a major draw for his university.
  • Head Coach Connor Alne and others train the students in esports competition and multimedia production.

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