INSIDE Chico State
0 October 14, 1999
Volume 30 Number 5
  A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico




Provost's Corner







CSU, Chico Enters Partnership With Cisco Systems

David Mahoney, a geology student with a lifelong interest in fossils, crouches above the mammoth tooth, explaining to fellow students the procedure for removing it. (All mammoth tooth photos by Barbara Alderson.)
Heikki Rinne, dean of the College of Business, prepares to cut the ribbon at a ceremony on September 30 for the advanced networking lab, Glenn 104, established in cooperation with Cisco Systems. (photo courtesy Oak Barrett)


CSU, Chico is entering into a partnership with high-tech giant Cisco Systems of San Jose to support information systems networking classes and to establish an advanced networking lab at the university's College of Business.

Last spring, College of Business' management information systems (MIS) program debuted an Advanced Networking class, which teaches students technical and managerial aspects and telecommunication issues related to advanced networking and the fast-growing area of e-commerce.

Cisco Systems has donated approximately $360,000 worth of networking equipment and technology, such as routers, switches, hubs, software, and support materials to the lab. The donation was spearheaded by Mark Tonnesen, a senior director within Cisco's Information Technology organization and executive sponsor of Cisco's partnership and relationship efforts at CSU, Chico.

MIS Professor Michael Wang, who teaches the advanced networking class, said the new lab will give CSU, Chico students invaluable experience working with Wide Area Networks, or WANs, which are the networking systems that carry Internet messages. "Wide Area Networks are not only critical to high-tech firms, but to any company wanting to do e-commerce. WANs are the building blocks of e-commerce," said Wang.

Wang said some estimates have put e-commerce business to be in the $1 trillion range by 2002.

In addition to the lab, the Cisco partnership will include an internship program for both faculty and students, guest lectures from Cisco networking experts, and participation from Cisco in future curriculum development in the advanced networking area.

Cisco Systems is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet and the world's largest Internet commerce site, selling more than $32 million in products every day. -- JW


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