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2019 IT Workshop

Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

2019 IT Workshop

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Conference General Admission
Attendees and Vendors both register here.
Ended Free $0.00
Vendor Silver Level
Includes one display table, name and logo in the program and list of attendees.
Ended $500.00 $32.07
Vendor Gold Level   more info Ended $1,000.00 $62.50
Vendor Platinum Level
Includes one display table,name and logo in the program, attendee list and an opportunity to present one seminar breakout session.
Ended $1,500.00 $92.94

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Event Details

The 2019 Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Information Technology Workshop brings together IT professionals from Iowa's private, non-profit colleges and universities along with industry professionals and vendors for a two-day program of seminars, exhibits and networking opportunities.

The 2019 Workshop is hosted by Drake University on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23. 

2019 IT Workshop

Olmsted Center

Drake University

Agenda Summary


May 22

9:30 am to Noon: Vendor set up

12:00 Noon: Lunch

1:00 pm: Welcome and introductions

2:00 pm: Defining cyber security within your institution. Shelly Lowery, St. Ambrose University and ProCircular staff will present on building a cyber security plan, deciding where to start and how to constantly review and redefine all the changing pieces. Learn how St Ambrose University is working to define and build a program with the help of ProCircular, and review the catalyst and changes that aligned to help bring this project to fruition.

2:00 pm: Why hyperconvergence for higher education?  A presentation by Jared Pexa with Scale 
Computing on the implications for higher education.

2:45 pm: Refreshment Break

3:00 pm: Central College’s implementation of role-based access using Aruba Clearpass. Lee Weers of Central College and Drew Schade of Data Vizion will cover the reasons behind migrating from Cisco ISE to Aruba Clearpass, including wireless experience before Clearpass and the current wireless experience.

3:00 pm: Cloud storage issues and discussion led by Lynne Jensen of Simpson College.

3:45 pm: Refreshment Break 

4:00 pm: Security issues and discussion led by Deb Bruxvoort, CIO of Central College.

4:00 pm: Ansible for quick deployment and configuration. Tyler Spoon and Dan Ramaley of Drake University will showcase how Ansible can be used for rapid and consistent deployment and configuration of an application. From hardware deployment to software configuration, Ansible can be used to ensure that all configurations remain constant and even across multiple nodes.

4:00 pm: Classroom Tour with Clayton Mitchell of Drake University.

5:00 pm: IAICU Collaboration: What’s working and what new opportunities are being pursued. Members of the CIO Task Force will lead a discussion of current and future collaborative purchasing programs.

5:30 pm: Reception and Social Hour

May 23

8:00 am: Continental Breakfast

9:00 am: Privilege escalation management and administrator rights on-demand tool. Matthew Hammen of Luther College will discuss how removal of administrator rights from user accounts can greatly increase an organization’s security posture. Learn how Luther College leveraged the Kace SMA to create a dual platform (Windows/MacOS) privilege escalation tool that allows users to operate under standard accounts but to escalate privileges on-demand, in a controlled environment. 

9:00 am: Help Desk issues and discussion led by Sandy Verhoef and Jerome Hilscher of Central College.

9:45 am: Refreshment Break

10:00 am: Keeping audio visual technology up to date on a budget. Chris Banfield and Joe Schroeder of St. Ambrose University will present the ways the University has worked to keep classrooms up to date while keeping costs down. This has led the University to manage AV internally and find innovative ways to do classroom upgrades on a budget and still keep the technology in the room modern. Includes an opportunity for roundtable discussion about what other institutions have done in their classrooms, lab settings and other rooms on campuses that need some form of AV technology.

10:00 am: Unifying campus security with one pane of glass. Presentation and demonstration of Genetec Security Center by Andy Richardson of Electronic Engineering. Most campuses have built their physical security systems throughout the past decade or longer, but as new IT systems or monitoring applications are added, how best to manage all of this new data?  This session will address bringing all of this data into a single application, so that a powerfully efficient unified campus security system can be built without starting from scratch.  

10:45 am: Refreshment Break 

11:00 am: Making a case for information security. In today’s ever-changing information security landscape, keeping your institution’s data secure and putting the appropriate amount of effort into doing so can be incredibly challenging. In this presentation, FR Secure’s Jim Nash will walk through why information security is important to prioritize, how attackers commonly gain access to sensitive data, and what you can do to help protect your institution from a breach. Attendees will leave this presentation with an understanding of what information security actually encompasses and what steps to take to be more secure.

11:00 am: Reimagining your campus portal. When faced with the need to replace its aging campus portal, Drake chose to step back and engage the campus in an assessment of what the institution truly needed in a portal. Keren Fiorenza of Drake University will present how Drake vetted market options and ultimately developed a campus portal in the university Office 365 environment and the strategy to use this SharePoint-based portal to bring together native Office 365 tools and external applications, as well as what’s next as they roll out Microsoft Teams and a university intranet.

11:00 am: Classroom tour with Clayton Mitchell of Drake University

11:45 am: Lunch and adjourn

Directions and Parking Passes

Parking Pass Instructions:

  • Choose May 22 from the “Select a Date” button and complete the registration
  • The free parking pass will be valid for May 22 and 23, so you only need to register one time
  • Print the parking pass once and use it both days
  • IMPORTANT:  The pass must be displayed on your dashboard
  • There are two commuter parking lots on University Avenue south of the Olmsted Center.  The north lot is between Aliber Hall and Morehouse Hall.  The south lot is directly across the street, east of Walgreens.

Parking Pass:  IAICU IT Conference Parking


Parking Map:


General Directions to Drake’s Campus: 


From the East and North
At the northeast edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go west around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 west for about six miles to the 31st Street exit, which is past the downtown area. You will see a sign that says “Exit 6, Drake University.” Exit I-235 at the 31st Street exit and turn right (north). Travel approximately six blocks on 31st Street to the stoplight at University Avenue. At University Avenue, turn right and go one block and you will see the Olmsted Center parking lot on the left (north) side of University.


From the West and South
At the southwest edge of Des Moines, I-80 and I-35 join and go east around the city while I-235 goes through Des Moines. Take I-235 east to the 31st Street exit in Des Moines. Be sure you have passed the 63rd Street exit. Exit at 31st Street and turn left (north). Travel approximately six blocks on 31st Street to the stoplight at University Avenue. At University Avenue, turn right and go one block and you will see the Olmsted Center parking lot on the left (north) side of University. 

Overnight Accommodations 

There are several hotel properties near the Drake University campus. The three nearest the campus are:

Holiday Inn Express-by Drake University

Holiday Inn-Mercy Campus

Comfort Inn and Suites-Iowa Events Center

When & Where

Drake University
Olmsted Center
2875 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12:00 PM - Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM (CDT)

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Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

The Iowa Association of Independent Colleges and Universities represents 24 private, non-profit colleges and universities in Iowa.  

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