Information Technology

Welcome to Information Technology

Chowan equips you for a lifetime of learning. The Department of Information Technology at Chowan University gives students, faculty, and staff the power to explore, question and research every imaginable topic. The university's long-term and substantial commitment to technology allows professors to share teaching resources and interact with students 24 hours a day. 

Technology also lets you communicate and connect with other students, faculty, and staff on campus and around the world. You can stay on top of your assignments, make sure all of your information is current, interact with prospective graduate schools and employers, and link up your gaming console for some downtime competition between essays and presentations! 

Students have access to a lot of multimedia, web, and cloud-based resources including:

  • 8 PC labs across campus with over 175 Dell computers
  • 4 Mac labs for Communication Arts students
  • Campus-wide WiFi and hard-wired Ethernet connectivity
  • Personal network drive to keep your educational files secure
  • Official Chowan University email account via Gmail, allowing universal access and UNLIMITED storage among Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+!
  • 500 FREE pages per year of cross-campus printing access and wireless printing for mobile users in select labs
  • Blackboard Learn supplies cutting edge course management to students and instructors
  • Blackboard Transact provides residence hall, Jenkins Center, and Perspectives entrance, meal plan tracking and Dining $ in the Cafeteria and Murf’s, projected student account credit balances (Bookstore vouchers), eAccounts deposit usage (HawksBucks), and Laundry credit using your HawksCard student ID
  • MyCU web-based intranet for student information including unofficial transcripts, class registration, important documentation, and Business Office accounts.
  • Basic tech support for student laptops, computers, and mobile devices

Useful links

Chowan University offers a free copy of Microsoft Office Professional for PC or Mac to all students, faculty, and staff.

Resetting your Chowan password

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:            Do I really need to bring a computer to campus?
A:          
  Chowan has over 175 public computers that are available to students until midnight each weekday and various hours on the weekends. Students will have ample opportunity to use the computers to complete work, although it will make the college experience much easier if there is a computer in the room.

Q:            What type of computer should I purchase?
A:           
I would suggest a laptop running Windows 7 or IOS 10.8 at a minimum. Any hardware that can be purchased now will meet our minimum requirements.  

Q:            Does Chowan offer discounts on computers?
A:           
Yes. The link to our Dell store is http://dell.com/dellu/chowan

Q:            Where should I purchase my Microsoft Office and what version is Chowan running?
A:       
     Chowan has standardized on Microsoft Office Professional 2016. Chowan provides Microsoft Office free for all current students

Q:            Will I need any other equipment to connect to the network?
A:         
   WiFi is available in all dorm rooms.  Some rooms have Ethernet ports available also.

Q:            Are gaming systems allowed?
A:           
Yes, they must be registered with the NAC appliance. Game Device You can go to the Chowan homepage and click on Campus Resources/Information Technology/Game Device Registration to access the game device registration page.

Q:            Are other wireless devices such as tablets and TVs allowed to connect to the network?
A:           
Yes, using the same credentials as with a laptop.

Q:            What cellular phone companies work best in Murfreesboro?
A:          
  Verizon and US Cellular are the only companies that provide comprehensive coverage of the area.

Q:            How do I register my device on the network?
A:         
   Connect to the ChowanU wireless network, open an Internet browser, and go to a new webpage.  You will be redirected to our registration portal.  Follow the prompts to register your device. Your personal computer must be registered on the network before you can use it.  Apple devices may need to have Cellular Data turned off for the registration process to work properly.

Q:       What services does Chowan provide its students

A:        Free Services 
Unlimited Internet connection in residence hall rooms (dual)
Email account @chowan.edu
Wireless LAN access in all buildings on campus
100 Mb disk storage space on student server
Backup of data nightly
Student labs in Whitaker Library, McSweeney Hall and Camp Hall with approx.125 PCs

Repair Services 
Outsourced at $50 per hour

Staff

Susan Alston
Internet Developer and Blackboard Administrator
Sherry Duncan
Database Administrator
Jay Howell
Assistant Vice President for Information Technology
Kyle Johnson
Assistant Director of Information Technology
Carl Nicely
PC Technician
Richard Todd
Assistant Database Administrator