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UT Tyler Recognized as 2012 Computerworld Honors Laureate

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April 5, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
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April 5, 2012

The University of Texas at Tyler has been named a 2012 Laureate by IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program for a training module website created to assist special needs shelter volunteers, Dr. Linda Klotz, College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, announced.

The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

UT Tyler’s “Just in Time Medical Special Needs Shelter Training” module encompasses knowledge needed by nursing faculty and students, physicians, medical and non-medical volunteers as they work together to set up emergency shelters and meet medical needs of displaced populations.

The university has been involved in the disaster sheltering efforts and provided volunteers during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. After Gustav, nursing faculty and staff, with the assistance of the UT Tyler Office of Instructional Design, created the site. The Hospital Preparedness Program Regional Advisory Council in Tyler provided funding.

“We are committed to meeting the university’s mission of making educational advancement possible for everyone. Technology is a key tool for making that accessibility happen. This award provides recognition of the commitment of the faculty to ensuring excellence in online education,” Klotz said.

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“There’s no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an organization’s ability to compete, innovate, communicate and to thrive. What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology’s role in moving society forward. Computerworld acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who have successfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations,” said John Amato, vice president/publisher of Computerworld.

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony in June at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

Founded by International Data Group in 1988, Computerworld’s Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change.

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. For more information, visit the website.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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