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B-CU Center for Information Technology Plays Vital Role in Hurricane Irma Emergency Operations


One of the most important things about the recovery effort is keeping in touch with you. Social media has been a wonderful, effective tool. However, the official forms of communication are so essential in resuming normalcy on the Bethune-Cookman campus.
For that, extend thanks to Telecommunications Manager Darryl Spain, who will in turn, thank his colleagues in the Center of Information Technology…and even to those on-campus servers who have yet to go down.
The official web site, yes, went down for a little while Monday, but that had to do with connectivity issues with a service interruption that shut down all of Daytona Beach. 
As soon as that happened, Spain was in contact with John DiNardo, the Director of Network Support Service and Telecommunications, who has been managing his tasks via remote. All the e-mails and website content was backed up and sent to a server in Miami. Yes, Miami. Those servers never went down, either.
Also part of this team is Julian Walker, who has been updating the web site content as fast as provided.
“I am very proud of this team,” Spain said. “When the site went down, I was John’s eyes and ears. We’ve been working together and supporting each other.”
And it isn’t just internet and e-mail. All of the University’s official cyberspace, including the ones with student grades, are safe and sound in an air-conditioned vault in Faith Hall, purring like kittens.
Spain’s very proud of the servers, also. It’s like on Star Trek the way Scotty treated the Enterprise’s engines like children.  
“Most definitely,” Spain said. “The servers, like the team, have performed well.”

Office of Communications

Ursula James
Assistant Director of Communications
PH: 386-481-2975
FX: Fax

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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