ITS Conference


The IT Award for Excellence is an opportunity to recognize exceptional work performed by IT personnel that reaches beyond the boundaries of their expected scope of influence. It is intended to highlight work performed that has a direct benefit to others inside or outside the Minnesota State Colleges or Universities.

Nominations should align with MnSCU’s Strategic Framework:

  • Ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.
  • Be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota's workforce and community needs.
  • Deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value / most affordable option.

2014 MnSCU IT Conference “Award for Excellence” winners:

3rd Place:

Stephen Bobowski, Pine Technical College

“Data Center Renovation”

Stephen successfully coordinated the complete renovation of the Pine Technical College Data center.  The shared data center supports thirteen K-12 school districts, the MnIT regional hub, Midcontinent Communications co-location services, and a community fiber optic backbone. Space limitations required all core services be maintained while all power, cooling, racks, and other infrastructure was replaced. Stephen worked with our stakeholders and contractors to ensure a successful renovation with minimal downtime for our partners.

2nd Place:

Ademola Adegun and Lisa Nguyen, Saint Paul College

“Mobile Printing Implementation”

Saint Paul College implemented mobile printing solutions for students, faculty, staff, and guests of the College with GoPrint (students, guests) and PrinterOn (faculty, staff) tools.  Users can print documents from anywhere to select printers and copiers using personal mobile devices, tablets, and smartphones.  A variety of print options and tools are available, including GPS locator of available devices.

1st Place:

Teaching & Learning Technology Services and User Services Staff, Winona State University

“Tablets in the Hands of All Students and Faculty”

In the fall of 2013, Winona State University provided tablets to all students as part of the “e-Warrior:  Digital Life and Learning” program.  WSU has distributed over 8,500 tablets to students and faculty. Nine campuses (e.g. UW-Stout, MSU-Moorhead, and NW Missouri State) visited last year to learn how tablets in the hands of all students can transform curriculum.  EDUCAUSE is looking at the program for lessons learned nationally.

It Award for Excellence Winners