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May 18, 2009

Cabrillo College Associate Vice President

Appointed by California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott
to the Board of The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC)

APTOS, CA—Earlier this month, Dr. Robert C. Owen, Cabrillo College Associate Vice President of Information Technology, was appointed by Chancellor Jack Scott to represent the California Community Colleges on the board of directors of The Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation. The appointment is for a two-year term.

California's public and private education and research communities leverage networking resources under CENIC in order to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff, and students.
CENIC designs, implements, and operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to meet the unique requirements of these communities, and to which the vast majority of the state's K-20 educational institutions are connected.
“This is an honor,” stated Owen, “and a tremendous responsibility. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues across the state to ensure we are leveraging our investments in networking and networking services. In this time of fiscal crisis, it is more critical than ever for us to prudently manage our resources so we can provide reliable network access to our students, faculty and staff.”

Owen, who is also the newly elected president of the Chief Information Systems Officer Association (CISOA), has been leading Cabrillo College in implementing its first-ever comprehensive technology plan approved by the Cabrillo College Governing Board in June 2007. Recently the entire college network was upgraded to a state-of-the-art Cisco data and VoIP (Internet phone) voice system. Cabrillo is presently investigating a document-imaging system to help staff more effectively and efficiently manage the documents they are required to administer. In addition, the college is in the early stages of testing its new AlertU emergency notification system and hopes to launch it in the very near future.
For more information regarding: CENIC, visit:; for CISOA, visit:

About Cabrillo College

Cabrillo College is a leading California community college serving Santa Cruz County with locations in Aptos, Scotts Valley and Watsonville. It is ranked #1 in transfers to UC Santa Cruz. Founded in 1959, the college offers more than 100 academic and career technology programs that serve multiple educational goals such as A.A. and A.S. degrees, certificates of achievement, skills certificates, transfer to four-year institutions or for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Its mission is to enhance the intellectual, cultural and economic vitality of its diverse community by assisting all students in their quest for lifelong learning and success in an ever-changing world.

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