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January 23rd, 2011 by Admin

Hello, and welcome to the partial list of project pages for the UIUC engagement with Grace Tabernacle Church in East St. Louis, IL.

Phone Conversation

November 16th, 2006 by Admin

Sarah had a brief 5 minute phone call with Rev. Dr. Temple of Grace Tabernacle on Tuesday night. Sarah asked him if they had arranged to have more outlets and he said, “Yes, we have 8.” She asked if they had made any decisions about internet connectivity and he said they are arranging to have it installed shortly. She recommended that they have it installed the day that we are there. She asked if they had thought about their printer and he said they were shopping for one. The call was very brief and Sarah told Rev. Dr. Temple that we look forward to seeing him soon.

First Communication

October 23rd, 2006 by Admin

October 23, 2006

Dear Pastor Temple, Minister Waddy, and Sister Mason,

To start, we would like to thank Minister Waddy and Sister Mason for taking the time to meet with our team. We really enjoyed our visit and we are very excited about the prospect of helping provide a computer lab for your congregation. While Minister Waddy and Sister Mason were very helpful in answering our questions, there are still some open items that need attention.

The current power source in the selected room is not capable of supporting the eight computers and printer we plan to install. We would suggest a minimum of six (three on each side) grounded outlets be installed in the room. Eight grounded outlets would be the best configuration. Eight computers will be delivered whether or not the wiring upgrade is complete. With the current power supply, we estimate that only two computers could function.

We would also like to encourage you to start thinking about your plans for Internet connectivity, even though the computer lab will be a valuable resource with or without it. This information will be useful to us as we install software on the computers.

If you choose to have Internet access installed through a local provider, you can do so at any time after we install the computers. If you choose to connect to the Internet before we return in December, please let us know even if it isn’t installed yet.

If you decide that you are not going to connect to the Internet, that is fine. We will prepare the computers in such a way that they will still be user friendly. You can still decide to add a connection to the Internet at a later date.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding connecting to the Internet now or in the future, please feel free to ask; and we will do our best to address them.

Also, could you please send us further details on the software programs that you mentioned in your memo of October 13th? If these are commercial products, we will not be able to install them onto all of the computers unless you are willing to buy a copy for each computer. Some software programs are available for free (known as “open source”). We will be installing ones that you approve of onto your systems. Open source software that we can install includes Open Office (comparable to Microsoft Office with Word, Excel, etc…) and a program comparable to Adobe Photoshop. We encourage you to try the free open source software before purchasing a commercial product because it may meet your needs. You can always install a commercial product at a later date on your own.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to your response and working with you in the coming weeks. Sharon will be acting as our point-of-contact so please send your response to her via e-mail and/or regular mail. Sharon will share all correspondence with the entire group. If there are any other points-of-contact that you would like us to include on the mailing list please let Sharon know and she will happily add them to the list.