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UMN IT WiFi event makes strong connection with students, faculty and staff

October 12, 2015
Smiling University students holding prizes won at the Wifi event

Happy UMN student winners of the Wifi event prize drawing

Everyone I saw and spoke to had good things to say about WiFi—many said the service was significantly better than last year.

There were smiles all around at UMN IT’s recent WiFi event in front of Coffman Union. This week, the smiles continued as the big winners from the event received their prizes.

Student Mujahid Alrahbi was the big winner. His name was drawn for the event’s grand prize: a new Apple Watch.

“I’ve never won anything like this before,” a beaming Mujahid said. “You made my day.”

Meanwhile, student Kadijah Wainwright won a Jawbone Jambox bluetooth speaker and five other students earned $20 gift cards to the University bookstore.

Ten students also won Chipotle gift cards as part of a drawing for new UMN IT (@UMN_IT) Twitter followers.

Event raises WiFi awareness

The winners were among more than 700 students, faculty and staff members who smiled and laughed their way through WiFi-inspired games as their friends and colleagues cheered them on.

Key messages about WiFi at the University, such as the importance of choosing the right WiFi network and telling IT staff about access issues, were communicated by event volunteers and integrated into the games and giveaways as well as into new WiFi web pages.

Positive WiFi feedback

UMN IT volunteers at the event appreciated the opportunity to talk to students, faculty and staff.

“The event was a huge success—everyone seemed to be having a lot of fun” said Jen Bentrim, UMN IT system and business analyst, who volunteered at the event. “I learned that many students have a positive perception of WiFi on campus and have had positive experiences. It was nice to hear that all of our hard work on the network is paying off.”

UMN WiFi Network Service Director Louis Hammond agreed.

“Everyone I saw and spoke to had good things to say about WiFi—many said the service was significantly better than last year,” Louis said. “Considering how high people’s expectations are for their WiFi service, that was great to hear.”