PLACE lecture to focus on technology and change

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Technology, Complexity and Change: Today and Tomorrow’s Creative Frictions” will be the focus of a Program for Learning and Community Engagement (PLACE) lecture at Texas A&M University-Texarkana on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m. in Eagle Hall of the University Center on the A&M-Texarkana campus at 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

The free event is open to the public.

Jerry Sheehan, vice president for information technology at Montana State University, will be the featured speaker.

“Information Technology is a powerful disruptive tool changing multiple sectors of our society,” said Sheehan in describing his presentation. “We will explore together if these changes are fundamentally causing paradigm shifts impacting international relations, higher education and science.”

As chief information officer at MSU, Sheehan provides oversight, management and strategic planning for the university’s information technology infrastructure, including the campus data networking and systems; classroom learning technology; information security; campus telephone system; the university-wide administrative software system; and Web infrastructure and user support services.

Prior to joining MSU, Sheehan served as chief of staff at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of California San Diego and University of California Irvine that brings together more than 900 faculty members and 150 technical staff to develop and implement information technology solutions for the citizens of California. He also held information technology leadership and management positions at Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

PLACE is a faculty-led program designed to create a community of learners comprising A&M-Texarkana students, faculty, staff and the community at large. PLACE chooses an annual theme around which to organize a lecture series and other activities that provide focal points for learning and discussion. This year’s theme is “Science and Technology.”

For more information, contact Dr. Corrine Hinton, PLACE chair, at Corrine.Hinton@tamut.edu and visit the PLACE website at tamut.edu/PLACE.

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