Student Laptops – What to Expect

What computers have the HSB class of 2015 selected for their academic use?  That’s what we wanted to find out so the Laptop Office invited all incoming HSB students to participate in a survey regarding technology choices.  46% of those who responded indicated that they purchased or plan to purchase a Lenovo computer offered through the Laptop Program.  The advantages of purchasing through the program include discounted pricing and on-campus warranty support.  In addition, students purchasing through the program are eligible for a free loaner if their computer is sent out for repair.

Approximately 25% of the respondents are planning on using an Apple MacBook.  All HSB students are required to have a Windows-based laptop however using a MacBook is feasible as long as Windows is installed on the system.  Guidelines for HSB Mac users have been available to prospective students and their parents at open house events, Admitted Students Day and orientation sessions.  Additionally, students  received a mailing and several emails outlining HSB technology requirements and recommendations.

The remaining 29% of respondents chose other computers such as Sony, HP and Dell.

If you or your students have any questions about the Laptop Program, contact Jeannine Shantz at x1678.

Laptop Computer Program Student Survey ~ Spring 2011

Each spring, business students are invited through email to participate in an online Laptop Computer Program Student Survey.  This year, approximately 12% of business students responded to the survey.  Freshmen were the largest population to respond; however all levels were represented.

Laptop purchase

Approximately 59% of the students purchased a Lenovo laptop through the Laptop Program.  An additional 25% have other Windows computers. Approximately 15% of the students use Apple laptops.

Classroom use

When asked about in-classroom computer use during the 2010-11 academic year, nearly all seniors reported using computers in at least one class.    On the contrary, nearly 40% of  freshmen reported not using computers in any classroom during the same period (Table 1).

Student Technology Center

Reported use of the STC services varied by class level.  A large percent of freshmen (30.56%) never sought help at the STC.  See Table 3 for more information.

Overall, Viruses and spyware were the most frequent reasons for students seeking support.  72% of those who received spyware or virus support rated the STC as GOOD or EXCELLENT on turn-around time. Problems with hard drives were the most frequent hardware issue.

Response to student concerns

Two common responses in student comments regarding the Laptop Computer Program involved students’ misunderstanding of the current business school policy on purchasing a Lenovo and concern about the cost of the Lenovo ThinkPad laptops.

Many students noted that they felt purchasing a Lenovo laptop should not be mandatory.  Purchasing a Lenovo is not mandatory. However, since some students’ perception is contrary to the policy, changes are being implemented to improve communication with incoming students.  These changes are on the website and in our mailings.

Current students expressed concerned over the cost of the Lenovo ThinkPad laptops.  To address this concern, a third laptop option is now available to students.  In addition to the Lenovo ThinkPad T420 and T520 models, students can purchase a Lenovo ThinkPad X120e.  This computer is the size of a netbook, but supports Windows 7 Professional and the SJU model is bundled with ThinkPad Protection, which covers both accidental damage and hardware failure for four years.  Students purchasing this model are eligible for free loaners at the STC.

The Lenovo flyer has more information on current SJU student models.

For additional information on the Laptop Computer Programs Student Survey, contact Jeannine Shantz at or x 1678.

The full survey results can be viewed  here.

Dream Camp Business Day Event

In April, several SJU Wall Street Trading Room student staff members organized and participated in the first Business Day event for local Dream Camp students at Girard College. As part of its Youth-Education and Mentoring Program, SJU Campus Ministry sends volunteers to the Dream Camp Afterschool Program in Southwest Philadelphia throughout the year.  Matched with a small group of Philadelphia elementary or middle school students, SJU student mentors provide homework help and literacy enrichment.

Jim McCue ’11, a seasoned Dream Camp volunteer, recognized the value of introducing these young students to simple business etiquette.  Many students plan to interview with high schools and for part-time jobs within the next two years and McCue wanted to offer Dream Camp students the opportunity to practice desired skills.  Business Day volunteers included Finance majors Jim McCue ’11, Tim O’Neill ’11, Erich Yost ’11, and graduate student Tim Ringelstein ’10.  They were joined by Marketing major, Tim Higgins ’11.

With the support of Dream Camp personnel, McCue designed an afterschool workshop for students at Girard College and Cornerstone Christian Academy.  The students took part in activities focused on business professional development.  Students crafted resumes, played communication games, and practiced interviewing skills.  In addition, the SJU student mentors presented a “Dress for Success” fashion show.  When asked about the goal of the workshop, McCue stated, “Ultimately, it serves as a foundation for young elementary school students to think proactively about their future.”

Business Day was not only a tremendous success, but also a lot of fun.  The day culminated with a surprise appearance of the SJU Hawk who handed out SJU Business Day t-shirts to all.