Oct 21st, 2005 @ 12:52 pm | Author:
Cisco Systems named Valley City State University (VCSU) First Runner-Up in the Public Sector category of the Cisco Growing with Technology Awards 2005. The recognition VCSU will receive as a result of this honor includes $15,000 worth of Cisco networking equipment. Winners were announced during a ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

The Cisco Growing with Technology Awards were created to recognize small and medium-sized organizations that demonstrate how networking technology solutions can effectively address business challenges. The winners of the program serve as role models and best practices for other organizations that want to use technology more effectively. A panel of 10 judges selected 15 winners in five categories from more than 600 applications.

"VCSU is known for using technology to enhance the learning environment, and our network infrastructure is an important component of that," said Joe Tykwinski, VCSU Chief Information Officer. "This environment makes learning more effective and lets our students graduate with technology skills to excel in their careers. We are pleased to have been working with Cisco, a leader in networking technology, to help make this possible."

This year’s panel of judges was composed of a diverse, cross-section of experts. Members include: Andy Bose, CEO, AMI-Partners; David Morgan, President and CEO, D.W. Morgan Company; Joni Podolsky, Director of Community Programs, Entrepreneurs Foundation; Josh Hyatt, Executive Editor, FSB: Fortune Small Business Magazine; Mika Krammer, Research Vice President, Gartner Group; Ray Boggs, Vice President of Small/Medium Business Research, IDC; Elspeth Jane Murray, Assistant Professor, Queen’s University (Canada); Sam Steinhardt, Executive Director of Center for Innovations in Learning at Stanford University; Mark Quinn, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration; Joe Diodati, Senior Director of Commercial Marketing, Cisco Systems.

"This year’s winners have proven that there is a correlation between a company’s investment in networking technology and success," said Peter Alexander, Vice President, Commercial Marketing, Cisco Systems. "Valley City State University was selected because they stood out as an organization that uses a network to create sustainable, competitive differentiation, while improving operational efficiencies and effectiveness."

Valley City State University (VCSU) prepares people for life through visionary leadership and exemplary practices in teaching, learning and service. VCSU is nationally acclaimed for attracting and retaining talented individuals who advance quality learning opportunities and economic growth through technology and innovation.


Photo Caption: CJ Kotta, Director of Network Services at Valley City State University, accepted First Runner-Up honors for Cisco System's Growing with Technology award. Joe Tykwinski, Chief Information Officer, said, "Much of the credit for VCSU's innovative network infrastructure is goes to CJ for his knowledge and 'can-do' attitude."