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Thursday, June 3 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
State of the State Networks Panel

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A feature of every GPN Annual Meeting is the State of the State Networks Panel during which representatives from each of the state networks that make up the Great Plains Network give a brief presentation on the activities, plans, or other topics of interest regarding their networks and members.  This is a great time to see what all kinds of new and interesting things are going on within our region and in the individual states.

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James Deaton

Executive Director, Great Plains Network
The Great Plains Network (GPN) is a non-profit consortium aggregating networks through GigaPoP connections while advocating research on behalf of universities and community innovators across the Midwest and Great Plains who seek collaboration, cyberinfrastructure and support for big... Read More →

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Cort Buffington

Executive Director, KanREN
Custom World-Class Services & SupportKanREN is a perfect example of a successful public-private partnership as we leverage relationships with service providers to build fiber optic infrastructure for our members. KanREN purchases raw connectivity building blocks, converting those... Read More →
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Andrew Buker

Assistant Vice President, Infrastructure Services, University of Nebraska
Andrew Buker is the Assistant Vice President for Infrastructure Services in the office of Information Technology Services at the University of Nebraska. He provides leadership in support of systems, networks, telecommunications, and data centers. His teams also partner closely with... Read More →

Paul Kern

Chief Information Security Officer, South Dakota Board of Regents
Paul is an information security professional with over twenty years’ experience in IT. Since 1995, Paul has worked in the telecommunications and financial industries as well as in secondary and post-secondary education.
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Scott Ramoly

Chief Technology Officer, Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network
Chief Technology Officer – ARE-ON Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network

John Hennessey

Executive Director & Higher Education CIO, OneNet
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Hank Niederhelm

Director of Infrastructure, MOREnet
Hank has the been Director of Infrastructure since 2005. His areas of responsibility include Network Services, Systems Administration, and Development.

Steve Schallehn

Sr. Network Engineer, Iowa State University

Thursday June 3, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT
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