Harding University Sees Jump in Applications With Introduction of GoalQuest eCRUIT

New York, New York–September 28, 2006 Today GoalQuest Inc. and Harding University announced that applications for undergraduate admission at the institution increased sharply following the introduction of GoalQuest eCRUIT™, a Web-based recruiting and real-time prospect intelligence tool.

Enrollment management administrators at Harding saw the greatest increase when comparing the first 11 weeks of their GoalQuest usage with the same period in 2005, before Harding had deployed the eCRUIT program.

“It was obvious to our admissions office right from the start that GoalQuest was having a positive impact on the number of applications we received,” said Glenn Dillard, assistant vice president for enrollment management at Harding. “During the first 11 weeks of the eCRUIT campaign, more students applied for admission than in those very same weeks one year earlier.”

As part of its eCRUIT program, Harding has implemented and continues to add a range of standard, customizable services and features, including:

*Expert-written editorial topics, such as creating a list of college consideration criteria, seeking out an education that incorporates faith, navigating the application process and asking relevant questions when visiting college campuses. In addition to helpful hints and tips to guide them through the consideration and application process, the program also immerses students in key aspects of Harding University — from academics to campus life to getting involved in extracurricular activities.

*Award-winning Web design, customized according to Harding’s distinct communication standards and desired look and feel.

*UBlog™–Using GoalQuest’s proprietary blogging tool, Harding assigned six of its current undergraduates to act as “virtual ambassadors” and connect with prospective students. The bloggers update their live journals with information on everything from preparing for exams to choosing among available student activities to getting ready for summer break. UBlog lets each prospect add comments or pose questions to any blog entry.

*Student Service Center–Harding utilizes GoalQuest’s Student Service Center through a feature known to prospects as “Ask Harding.” Ask Harding encourages students to ask questions and provide feedback on a variety of topics (e.g., admissions in general, financial aid and residence life). Questions are then time-stamped and sent to pre-determined campus administrators. Students themselves are promised a speedy response from the school personnel best equipped to help them, while administrators can analyze question and answer flow to determine the types of questions students send most frequently as well as the average response times of the various university departments.

*Real-time user trajectory data, which enables colleges and universities to identify prospective students whose activity may recommend itself to a more personalized follow-up by the admissions staff. The GoalQuest Reporting Center analyzes a range of key metrics to help institutions better allocate their enrollment management resources, including students’ responses to embedded survey questions–developed by GoalQuest editorial and research teams.

According to Peter Kraft, GoalQuest chief executive officer and co-founder, “We are delighted at the substantive results that eCRUIT has yielded in its debut year at Harding. We expect even greater results from eCRUIT’s combination of outstanding content and powerful real-time intelligence indicators as we begin planning for year two.”

Harding University

Harding University is a private Christian institution of higher education committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. The University serves a diverse, co-educational student body from across the United States and around the world, although the primary constituency for students and financial support is the fellowship of the churches of Christ. Harding believes that the freedom to pursue truth and high academic achievement is compatible with the Christian principles to which the University is committed. The faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service, and to their role as models of Christian living. The University community seeks to provide an environment that both supports students and challenges them to realize their full potential. Harding’s mission is to provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.

About GoalQuest

GoalQuest, Inc. is a New York City-based software company specializing in innovative solutions for higher education. The Company’s proprietary software assists colleges and universities in maximizing recruiting, enrollment yield, retention, parent communication and advancement efforts. Its suite of products, including eCRUIT™, FYRe™, PICS™, AlumNet™ as well as its Universe™ tools such as UPeers™ and UPortfolio™, are based on a revolutionary technology that immerses participants in highly interactive content. The tools provide clients with a full-featured reporting center and automated activity alerts that monitor the real-time interest trajectory of users. GoalQuest is a NASPA strategic partner. For additional information about GoalQuest, please visit the Company’s Web site at http://www.goalquest.com or e-mail info@goalquest.com.




Colorado libraries have developed a new strategic plan to cover the years 2006–2010 called Moving Libraries Forward: A Roadmap for Colorado Library Cooperation. This document is meant to serve as a guide for how libraries, working together, can improve library services to the residents of Colorado, while acknowledging the continuing, difficult tasks of doing more with less. This plan will assist libraries of all types in strengthening their relationships with their communities and with each other.

The plan was created by a task force appointed by the Colorado Library Advisory Board, representing all segments of the library community. The task force surveyed library leaders, public library trustees, school library district administrators, and academic officers to identify the key issues and concerns that need to be addressed.

The final plan lists six major goals for activities:







Values common to all types of libraries across the state were the foundation of the goals. These values include:

*Literacy and education for all

*Equity of services, resources, and access

*Freedom of Information

*Best Practices

*Cooperation and Collaboration

The complete plan may be viewed at www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/StrategicPlanForLibraries2005.htm. For a printed version, contact B. F. McCune, mccune_b@cde.state.co.us, 303.866.6891.



Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

The program supports projects to develop faculty and library leaders, to recruit and educate the next generation of librarians, to conduct research, to attract high school and college students to consider careers in libraries, to build institutional capacity in graduate schools of library and information science, and to assist in the professional development of librarians and library staff. See web site for categories of funding.


Target All-Around Scholarship

These scholarships are awarded to well-rounded students who demonstrate a commitment to their communities through volunteer services, education, and volunteerism.


Gateway Introduces Three Servers at Intel Developer Forum

San Francisco, Sept. 28, 2006 — Gateway today announced three new Intel® Xeon®-powered servers, which will be built at the new U.S.-based Gateway Configuration Center (GCC). Gateway’s configure-to-order facility gives the company leading manufacturing and distribution capabilities, so it can better meet the needs of its professional customers. The server line-up includes a dual-socket 1U server, 2U rack-mount server and a high-performance tower. The new servers are being demonstrated and shown today at the Intel Developer Forum, booth #520 in the Digital Enterprise Zone, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

The servers include a host of new features and technologies: a new industrial design, enhanced serviceability features, integrated RAID and Gateway Lights Out (GLO) system management with optional K/V/M (keyboard, video, mouse). In addition, customers can incorporate both SAS and SATA II hard drives in the same system, mixing high-performance and value drives for maximum flexibility.

The new servers are designed to support general purpose infrastructure computing applications. They are ideal as Web servers, for handling office and department databases, line of business applications and infrastructure virtualization. Perfect for small- and medium-sized businesses, they work well as file and print servers, or for running critical office functions and the entire back-office.

“Our re-designed server line delivers an incredible overall package to professional customers–innovative, feature-rich products that are highly serviceable,” said Jim Burdick, Gateway senior vice president, professional. “Built in the U.S. and with telephone support provided by North American-based agents, Gateway is well positioned to deliver stellar product and support quality.”

“Intel’s new dual-core Intel® Xeon® Processor 5100 series is designed for the high-volume server market segment. These processors are based on the revolutionary new Intel® Core(TM) Microarchitecture, which offers undeniable leadership in server performance, energy efficiency and value,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel Corporation.

Enhanced Serviceability and New Design Streamlines Deployment and Support New serviceability features make it easier than ever to support and deploy Gateway servers. All models include tool-less chassis’, tool-less motherboards and color-coded components. In addition, all models share components including RAID daughter cards, drive carriers and system management.

Boasting an exclusive design with sleek silver and black trim and blue LED platform status indicators, IT managers and CIOs will be proud to showcase Gateway servers within their data centers. The new front bezel optimizes airflow and improves cooling, helping extend component lifecycle and enhancing reliability. The design displays power and performance, while delivering the best user accessibility and serviceability Gateway has ever offered in their server line.

Leading Integrated Server Management and K/V/M Technology Brings a High Level of Efficiency to IT Departments New to the entire line of servers is a common integrated Gateway Lights Out (GLO) system management feature. With GLO, customers can remotely shut down and re-start their server regardless of its power condition. Through a Web-browser, IT managers can reboot a server in seconds. With a Web-based dashboard view that is easy to navigate, IT managers can easily control the new servers from a remote location.

An optional low-cost remote control K/V/M with media redirect features enables IT managers to take full remote control of a server. With media redirect, they can remotely set up, manage or add applications to a remote server from their desktop, notebook or another server.

In the fourth quarter, Gateway will offer an optional System Management Integrated LCD (SMIL), a powerful add-on that hot plugs to the front of the server, providing health and operating status on a full-color, easy-to-read LCD panel.

Top-of-the-Line Technologies Include SAS and SATA II Hard Drives, Integrated RAID and Redundant Hot Swap Fans and Power Supplies All of Gateway’s new servers can be configured with both SAS and SATA II drives, giving customers the flexibility to choose the technology best suited to their needs. Customers can use both types of drives in one system, allowing them to install operating systems and other mission critical applications on mirrored, highly reliable SAS drives, while storing file data on SATA II drives for the best value.

Integrated RAID options, featured on all new models, offers a cost-effective solution while saving a valuable expansion slot. Support for RAID 5 + Hot Spare and RAID 10 options offer greater redundancy and integrity.

Lastly, all of the new systems deliver high availability with redundant, hot-swap fans and power supply options. Hot swappable fans, new to Gateway 1U servers and not available on many competitive systems, provide exceptional cooling capability as well as greater availability in case of fan failure. The new highly efficient, redundant power supplies require less energy to run and produce less heat output, helping to extend component life.

Gateway E-9520T Performance Tower

The Gateway® E-9520T Performance Tower Server delivers the highest level of performance and reliability with advanced remote system management capabilities. Expandable and versatile, it is an ideal choice as an application or general use workhorse server in companies of all sizes.

Up to two Dual-Core Intel® Xeon 5100 processors combined with the latest Intel 5000P chipset and fully buffered DIMM memory (FB DIMM) deliver outstanding performance. With six expansion slots and room for up to 7.5TB(1)/10 drives of internal storage, the E-9520T is highly customizable.

Gateway Rack Servers

Today’s announcement from Gateway includes a new 1U and 2U rack server, both designed to offer high expansion and flexibility in space-saving rack-mountable platforms.

Gateway® E-9425R

The E-9425R is Gateway’s most advanced and serviceable 1U rack-optimized server platform featuring the latest Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors and 5000P chipset. It provides excellent performance per watt in a mid-range server platform. The new server is highly expansive with up to six 3.5-inch hot-swap SAS or SATA II hard drives. Utilizing SATA II drives, it has a storage capacity of up to 3.0TBs. Combined with the new manageability features and technologies, it is the most flexible 1U server Gateway has ever offered.

The E-9425R supports FB DIMM providing increased throughput, higher capacity and improved reliability. With room for 32GB of memory, the E-9425R is ideally suited to handle high-performance database and virtualization applications.

Gateway® E-9525R

The Gateway E-9525R Server is an expandable and flexible 2U rack-optimized server platform supporting up to two of the latest Dual-Core Intel® Xeon(TM) processors utilizing Intel’s latest DP chipset, the 5000P.

It also provides exceptional performance and scalability in a mid-range server platform. With up to six hot-swap SAS or SATA II hard drives, excellent I/O performance with two NICs, five PCI slots and new manageability features and technologies, it is the most flexible 2U server Gateway has ever offered. Utilizing SATA II drives, it has a storage capacity of up to 4.5TBs. Like the E-9425R 1U server, the E-9425R also supports FB DIMM, expandable to 32GB.

Pricing and Availability

Gateway is taking orders now; prices start at $1,849 for the E-9425R 1U Server, $1,899 for the E-9525R 2U Server and $2,199 for the E-9520T Performance Tower.

For more information on Gateway products, customers can visit http://www.gateway.com or call 1-800-GATEWAY. Solution providers and value added resellers (VARs) interested in partnering with Gateway through the ProNet Partner Program can find more information at http://www.gateway.com/pronet.

Professional Services

In addition, Gateway Professional Services deliver enterprise-level expertise to help professionals maximize the value of their technology resources. Offerings include:

*Network Planning and Implementation

*Backup and Disaster Recovery

*Data and Application Migration

*Server Virtualization

*Citrix® Implementation

*Hitachi SAN Implementation

*Server Consolidation and Clustering

North American Based Telephone Support

While many PC vendors go off-shore to save service costs, Gateway’s technical telephone support for U.S. customers is 100-percent based in North America. Customers are assured their calls are handled by knowledgeable, experienced, well-trained and dedicated support agents close to home.

Gateway Professional

From ultra-reliable desktops, notebooks and servers to comprehensive services, Gateway has served organizations for 20 years. Gateway makes technology purchase, use and support simple through the programs developed for education, government and business customers. The ProNet Partner Program’s channel-friendly benefits help solution providers strengthen and grow their businesses. Gateway customers include many of the world’s leading organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, the University of Arizona, State of California, State of New York and others. For more information on Gateway Professional solutions, visit http://www.gateway.com/business.

About Gateway

Since its founding in 1985, Irvine, Calif.-based Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology pioneer, offering award-winning PCs and related products to consumers, businesses, government agencies and schools. See http://www.gateway.com for more information.



2007 Inspired Teacher Scholarships for Visual Learning

Educators are encouraged to apply online or download scholarship forms. Inspired Teacher Scholarships support professional development activities for educators who champion the integration of visual learning and technology into the curriculum. Scholarships will be awarded in February 2007.


Horizon DataSys Corporation Announces RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 Disaster Recovery Software

June 16, 2006 (Blaine, Wash.)–Horizon DataSys Corporation announces the release of RollBack Rx Pro 7.2, the only disaster recovery solution that allows users to recover their system files, program files, priceless digital pictures, mp3 files and other data up-to-the-minute of a system crash. RollBack Rx Pro 7.2™ allows computer users, regardless of their skill level, to easily and quickly repair their computer problems in seconds. Empowering both users and enterprise IT support personnel with the ultimate cost and time saving tool to maintain their computers, RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 is affordable insurance for any computer user.

RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 works by taking snapshots of the hard drive and storing them as recoverable system configurations. Then, when the user’s system crashes, they have the opportunity to go back to any of the system snapshots and restore their PC back to its previous state. The snapshots are taken seamlessly and automatically with no system restart at any predetermined time every minute, every day or even every second. “RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 is a critical line of defense that closes the window of exposure to today’s fast moving security threats, while minimizing downtime,” said Lyle Patel, President of Horizon DataSys. “Recovering from an attack immediately after a system crash is essential for large corporations.”

The software’s unique technology makes it the most complete disaster recovery software on the market today. Based on a patent pending technology, RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 only takes 0.07% of total hard disk space and is compatible with Windows 98, Me, 2000 and XP. RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 retrieves lost files from the past and continues to take snapshots of incoming emails and present programs–allowing the user to retrieve files up to the current minute.

“With RollBack Rx Pro 7.2, systems and employees’ computers can be back up and running within minutes–with no data loss,” said Patel.

No matter the title or degree of the user; English teacher, small business owner, network administrator for thousands of PCs or a novice end-user, RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 saves time, money and unnecessary trouble for any computer user. For more information and to purchase RollBack Rx Pro 7.2 (MSRP, $59.95), visit http://www.horizondatasys.com/.



National Education Association Fine Arts Grants

The National Education Association (NEA) Fine Arts grants are awarded to teachers, through local NEA affiliates, to enable them to create and implement fine arts programs that promote learning among students at risk of school failure. Programs must address the arts (e.g., painting, sculpture, photography, music, theater, dance, design, media, or folk arts).