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2009 Rose Award Winner: Carol Willis

Carol Willis, manager of the Texas Education Telecommunications Network (TETN)

The Richard Rose award was established to recognize extraordinary individual contributions that extend the reach of advanced networking into the K20 community. Carol is credited with initiating, planning and implementing the TETN “Plus” network project. Carol fostered a collaborative relationship with the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN) to create a next-generation optical network specifically to support K20 education in Texas. As a result of this work, Education Service Centers (ESCs) and associated K12 schools now have access to a high-speed, high-capacity statewide telecommunications intranet, the Internet2 Network, and the commodity Internet, enabling the Texas K20 community to participate in the most advanced applications in support of teaching and learning.

In addition to putting the physical network foundation in place, under Carol’s leadership, and in collaboration with the Education Service Centers in Texas and the Texas Education Agency, TETN worked to develop robust content programs that have helped to transform the traditional classroom into a more meaningful three-dimensional experience for students across the state of Texas and the country.

Honorable Mention: Jennifer Oxenford, Strategic Planning Consultant for MAGPI

Magpi is the advanced networking hub at the University of Pennsylvania that provides high-performance connectivity to the research and education community in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware region. Jennifer received this honorable mention for her work pioneering new applications and national programs that have shaped how advanced networks are utilized throughout the U.S. education community.