Hoping to stay one step ahead of hackers and other threats to its computer network, the College's Computing Services department is investing millions of dollars in new security mechanisms to combat increased vulnerability. Over the course of the next 12 months, Peter Kiewit Computing Services will phase in new security procedures requiring students to use a physical USB device, together with new security software, in order to access information on the Dartmouth intranet including student grades, administrative files and personal data. Members of the Class of 2008 began using an Aladdin eToken upon issuance of their computer hardware last fall.
Before participating in commencement activities honoring the Class of 2005, the Dartmouth Board of Trustees met to conduct its annual summer business, including approval of capital and operating budgets, the allocation of facility planning funds and reelection of several charter trustees. The bulk of the Board's work that began June 9 concerned a review of future and current building projects.
Six months after relinquishing his anchor seat, veteran television journalist Tom Brokaw will travel to Dartmouth to receive an honorary degree from the College and deliver the principal address at this year's commencement ceremonies. Brokaw was anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for 21 years before stepping down last December.
The Dartmouth Board of Trustees arrives on campus Friday to begin its annual March meeting. The trustees' weekend agenda includes reviewing the ongoing capital campaign and formalizing an anticipated tuition increase. The 17-member body will take its first look at the College's budget for fiscal year 2006 and vote on a tuition increase, which has been in the four to five percent range in recent years. Carrie Pelzel, vice president for development, will present the latest figures for the Campaign for the Dartmouth Experience, the College's fundraising drive, which at present totals $522.4 million. Provost Barry Scherr will also brief the trustees on the progress of the construction campaign currently underway throughout campus.
After years of planning and anticipation, the College has embarked on its ambitious capital campaign and construction projects.