Executive Director's Report
La Plaza Board of Directors Meeting
June 8, 1998
I met with Dr. Augustine Martinez, director of UNM Taos, on May 28, 1998
to discuss possible collaboration between La Plaza Telecommunity and UNM
Taos. The discussion included assistance for La Plaza with the application
for career school license from the Commission on Higher Education, and
Internet connectivity for UNM Taos with wireless for the both the south
campus and the administrative offices. We have begun developing a Memorandum
of Agreement for both agencies.
Mike Stanford, owner of First State Bank and the property in which La Plaza
is office, has joined our Corporate Sponsorship program. Mr. Stanford is
assisting with the public access costs in the TLC by donating to La Plaza
a portion of the monthly lease costs.
The National Library of Medicine approved the Fellowship for Barbara Hau,
which La Plaza is the sponsoring agency. The Fellowship offers Ms. Hau
additional professional training to promote public health with information
technology through La Plaza Telecommunity. Ms. Hau will report on the Fellowship
at this meeting.
The La Plaza web site is being slightly revised by Daniel Pruitt and Nancy
Montano for easier accessing and viewing by the users. Daniel is also creating
a Corporate Sponsor web page and will have it activated soon. This page
will list our Corporate Sponsors with a brief description of their donation
and will also link to their home pages when available.
La Plaza Telecommunity and the Council of Neighborhood Associations have
developed a cooperative grant to the Office of Management and Budget to
provide access and training to the Taos County neighborhood associations.
The total grant is for $50,000, $25,000 from OMB and $25,000 inkind from
La Plaza. It is an excellent community development project for information
technology with the neighborhood associations and the Taos County government
being trained through La Plaza. Notification will be in July.
We did attempt to install the new 28 digital modems and US Robotics had
a scheduling conflict on June 1, the date we had previously scheduled with
them. We are waiting on US Robotics to reschedule with Daniel Pruitt.
The busy lines we experienced last week are due to 9 modems being dead
and found the problem to be USWest hardware, not the La Plaza system. The
problem was corrected on Thursday, June 4, 1998.
The problem with the mail server over the Memorial Day Weekend was due
to spammers using the www sendmail program as a relay. This caused our
server to run slowly and eventually crash because of the amount of information
being mailed. The Tech Department has made changes which will prevent this
problem from reoccurring.
A user survey is being developed and will be distributed to the TLC users
as a control group to assist with data to determine information needed
to complete the application to the Commission on Higher Education for licensure
of a career school. The survey will be distributed for 30 days and the
information will be shared upon completion.
Integrity Network Systems donated the $3995 Ethernet Switch and it has
installed. Daniel reconfigured the La Plaza LAN to accommodate the switch
and the users.
W. K. Kellogg Foundation grant # 1:
The grant ended on May 31, 1998 and all goals and objectives were met.
The third year evaluation has been completed by Dr. Forouz Joucar and was
mailed on Friday, June 5, 1998. The evaluation will be kept in my office
and is available for review by the Board.
As all the grant money was expended, the final report will be completed
and sent to the Kellogg Foundation for review. I spoke with Antonio Gomez,
project director, regarding the documentation and Kellogg will be mailing
the final instructions in the next few days.
Financial statements: see attachments (not published on web site)
Amended budget: see attachments (not published on web site)
May Monthly Statistics
Public Access Users
|La Plaza (Taos)
|New Primary Accounts
|New Secondary Accts
||Connect Time (hrs)
(76% of total users)
Number of Memberships / May 31: 84
Judith Pepper, Executive Director, La Plaza Telecommunity