Computer Store Tech Fair Sept. 23

Students will be able to try out new products and get the chance to win free gadgets and software.


Photo credit: Daylina Miller | USF News

Daylina Miller

USF News


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2011) – Today’s college students are tech-savvy but you can only learn so much about gadgetry through the Internet. To remedy that – and draw attention to tech services and products on campus – USF Information Technology is hosting the university’s first USF Computer Store Tech Fair on Sept. 23.


The purpose of the tech fair, which will be hosted in the Marshall Student Center Lobby from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is to introduce new products and technologies to students, faculty and staff.


“We’ve always wanted to do something to engage the students and the school with technology,” said Carl Smith, manager of the USF Computer Store.” This is a whole new experience for us. We’re really looking forward to it and hope the students enjoy it as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together.”


Fifteen vendors, like Skullcandy, Apple, Jawbone, Livescribe and more, will showcase their products, offer discounted pricing, give away freebies and enroll students in raffles.


The sales manager of the USF Computer store, Bill Rose, said that they requested trained personnel that know how their products work to show students the product hands-on.


“So many of our students, especially freshmen, are stuck on campus,” Rose said. “This gives them a place to try new stuff and it raises the visibility of the store and IT help on campus.”


The tech fair is also a celebration of new services being offered in the MSC as a result of collaboration between Student Government and IT.


“This year has been a good year for collaboration between Student Government and IT,” said Craig Woolley, the director of support services at IT. “We are looking forward to working more with them in the future.”


A Tech Smart Center will be opened on the first floor for students to create and print posters. There will also be an IT Help Desk, located previously only on the sixth floor of the library, for students to get help with Internet connectivity problems, Net ID’s and more.


A service center will also be opening in the MSC computer store so that students don’t have to trek across campus to the library to get their laptops fixed, Rose said.


“This will let students know there is a first-class computer operation here and IT here to support them,” Rose said. “Sometimes students forget what their tech fee is for.”


In addition to giveaways and raffles, students will be able to register for one of two one-hour Adobe CS5 classes free of charge, a $200 value, Rose said. A software raffle will also be held at each class.


The weekend of Sept. 23 also happens to be Family Weekend so the computer store hopes that it draws parents and their children enrolled at USF to the fair. If attendance is high enough, Smith said, they hope to make the fair an annual event.


Tech services will continue to be made available in the USF Library.


Daylina Miller can be reached at 813-500-8754.