For more than a decade I-Light has been helping the state of Indiana students and researchers find quick and convenient solutions to pressing issues whether it’s helping the University of Evansville students understand the structure and function of the nervous system or making it possible for 32 Ivy Tech Community Colleges to provide high-speed internet connectivity to its students for limitless possibilities.

In order to continue providing top notch services to colleges and universities, state government, and public media in the state of Indiana, I-Light must collaborate with its community partners by sharing ideas, new technologies and by building personal relationships.

Recently, I-Light conducted its 13th annual Members Meeting that brought the community together in face-to-face informative and productive two-day sessions that discussed the latest network trends, opportunities, and future needs of each member going forward.

“Our community is very close and the sharing of processes and operational struggles is just another way of bringing the community closer,” said Caroline Weilhamer, manager of client engagement for I-Light and Indiana GigaPOP. “For example, Kevin Thompson from the National Science Foundation (NSF) commented during his presentation that institutions do not need to be exclusive research institutions to apply for NSF opportunities. That’s crucial information to network members who might be seeking financial support future projects and won’t apply because majority of their focus isn’t research.”

“The annual event offered an opportunity for our members to engage on a members panel where an in depth discussion took place on the challenges facing their institutions and how I-Light was helping to address some of these issues. I personally would like acknowledge panel members:

  • David Pifer, Assistant Director, Technology Infrastructure Services, Indiana State University
  • Brendan Post, CIO and Director of Information Technology, Earlham College
  • Jeff Schwab, Infrastructure Architect, Purdue University
  • David King, Senior IT Systems Architect, Goshen College

It was their participation providing insightful engagement, operational experiences, and challenges that helped the community as a whole. We will be looking for more opportunities for these sort of interactions in the coming months by hosting regional events throughout the state,” said Marianne Chitwood, director of I-Light/Indiana GigaPOP.

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About the I-Light Network
I-Light is the high-speed fiber optic network that connects Indiana’s public universities and private colleges. Managed by the Indiana University Global Research Network Operations Center, I-Light connects members to state, national and international research and education communities, enabling collaboration and discovery to benefit us all.