#ahecta2019 Conference Information is now live!

Posted on January 30th, 2019 in Membership News | No Comments

Information and all registration links for our 2019 AHECTA Annual Conference is now live:

Join us October 7-9, 2019, at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology, in beautiful Atlanta, GA, to learn, connect, communicate, meet new colleagues and catch up with familiar friends. We look forward to seeing you there!

How to Subscribe to the AHECTA Forum without a Gmail Email Address

Posted on January 10th, 2019 in Member Resources | No Comments


You do not need a GMAIL account to create a Google account.

If you do not have a Google account, you will need to create one using the email address you wish to subscribe to the group with.  If you already have a Google or GMAIL account skip to JOINING THE AHECTA MEMBERS GROUP below.

Go to: https://accounts.google.com/ServiceLogin/signinchooser?passive=1209600&continue=https%3A%2F%2Faccounts.google.com%2FManageAccount&followup=https%3A%2F%2Faccounts.google.com%2FManageAccount&flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=ServiceLogin

If you do not have any Google accounts you will not see any accounts listed.

Click “Use another account.”

Enter the email address you wish to use to set up your account:

Click Create Account.  Enter your First and Last Name.

Ensure the email address entered is the email address you entered above.

Enter and confirm a password.

Click Next.

Google will send a verification code to the email entered above.  Continue to follow the instructions to set up your account.  This will involve entering a phone number and other info to verify that it is you and to recover your password if forgotten.



Once you have successfully created the Google account, go to:


Click the Sign In button on the top right of page.

Choose the account you want to use to join AHECTA members group:

Select your preferred email address to subscribe to the group. Once you select which account you will see:

When you click “apply to join this group” you will see the following screen:


Once a manager approves your request to join you will receive an email from the group:

Click “Visit the Group”.

Sign in using the account you set up to join the group.

You can manage your email preferences using the tab indicated below:

PLEASE NOTE: If you are sent an invitation to join AHECTA from one of the Group’s managers you will need to follow the steps for CREATING A GOOGLE ACCOUNT (at the top of this page) if you don’t have one already associated with your email address.

Mike Jones of Apogee joins AHECTA Board of Directors

Posted on December 6th, 2018 in Membership News | No Comments

The Board of Directors of the Association for Higher Education Communications Technology Advancement (AHECTA) is pleased to announce that Mike Jones, Vice President of Video Solutions at Apogee, has been appointed to a two-year term on the Board starting January 1, 2019.

Mike Jones leads strategy, sales, marketing and operations for Apogee’s video division. He also oversees all programming content including IPTV. With 2 decades of multimedia content and delivery expertise under his belt, Jones is driving initiatives to ensure that Apogee continues to lead the revolution in shaping and strengthening the delivery of content through multiple platforms and applications.

Prior to joining Apogee, Jones served as President, Clarkslyn Holdings, a media consulting firm; and before that as Associate General Manager, University of Arkansas Sport Properties, IMG College. Jones began his career with 12 years at the Walt Disney Company in both Dallas and Los Angeles, working inside ESPN and ABC in affiliate relations and multimedia sales.

Jones holds a B.A. in mass communications from Texas State University and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.

AHECTA Education Series Webinars

Posted on November 7th, 2018 in Member Resources | No Comments

AHECTA is pleased to announce our new monthly series of educational webinars. For 30 minutes every month, join us for a presentation or discussion topic focused on the issues important to communications technology and support providers in higher ed.



  • Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Streaming services: uses and comparisons
    with panelists Richard Allen (Notre Dame), Bill Naivar (Georgia Tech), and s.o. O’Brien (NYU)
    Register at http://bit.ly/ahecta-webinars-open


  • Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    BT-QAM-PRO Production Unboxing
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Technology and Privacy
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, Jul 10, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration for members only


  • Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM ET
    Registration for members only


What you missed at #ahecta2018

Posted on October 11th, 2018 in Membership News | No Comments

If you weren’t at the 2018 Annual AHECTA Conference in Columbus this past week, here’s what you missed:

• our informative, exclusive tours of OSU Stadium and the BuckeyeTV Student Television station;

• the insightful and incisive perspective of Liv Gjestvang, who’s led OSU in their impressive Digital Flagship initiative over the past year;

• presentations and panels on the growth and future of the educational broadband; using video to engage students; building brand affection with social media; the always-informative Student Monitor update of student trends; supporting and troubleshooting laser projection technology; building and understanding the technology behind enhanced learning spaces; best practices in accessibility; scaling your live streaming efforts; preparing your campus network for the unique demands of video multicasting; and distributing video signals through HFC, QAM, and IP;

• invaluable 1-on-1 face time with the biggest and best corporate players in the higher education video and communications technology arena;

• the annual AHECTA Student Production Award live presentation and judging;

• meeting and talking with your fellow higher ed tech professionals at AHECTA’s candid and collegial sponsored receptions, PLUS free time to connect on your own, on and around the vibrant OSU campus.

More importantly, though, if you weren’t at AHECTA 2018, we missed you. We don’t want to miss you at AHECTA 2019! Which is why we’re already working hard on ways to bring even more value to your AHECTA membership for the rest of 2018, 2019, and beyond. Keep your eyes on your inbox for upcoming announcements from your AHECTA leadership.

On behalf of my fellow volunteer AHECTA Directors, we’re looking forward to working with you!

-Mayumi Hirtzel, AHECTA President

OSU Campus Tours at #AHECTA2018!

Ohio Stadium photo

Tour Opportunities during AHECTA conference in Columbus, OH, 10-08-18

AHECTA conference attendees have an exciting opportunity to tour the Ohio Stadium on Monday, 10-08-18, ahead of our annual conference. Details and RSVP info below:

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Ohio Stadium Tour

  • Tour stops may vary because of previously scheduled events, but normally include the North Rotunda, Steinbrenner Band Center, Recruit Room, Press Box, University Suite, Huntington Club, Varsity O Room, and the Field.  The tour typically lasts 1.5 hours.  There is a large amount of walking involved.  Groups are permitted to take photos on the field, but are prohibited from other physical activities (i.e., tossing a football, running across the field).

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Ohio Stadium “Tekkie” Tour

  • After the main Ohio Stadium tour, there will be an additional tekkie tour of how we distribute a/v signals throughout the stadium. Approx time 1hr for this portion. We will visit the operations room, remote cable TV headend and some other spots if accessible during this tour.

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.: Buckeye TV Studio Tour

  • Get an inside look at the workings of Buckeye TV, The Student TV Station at The Ohio State University!


Please RSVP for tours no later than Sept. 7 to Kathi Schlieff at kschlieff@miia.org .

Register for the #AHECTA2018 Conference here: http://bit.ly/AHECTA2018

We hope to see you there!


Ohio Stadium image attribution: I, Skorry [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY-SA 2.5 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], from Wikimedia Commons

Captioning and Audio Description Guidelines from AMAC

Posted on July 20th, 2018 in Featured Articles | No Comments

AHECTA is working with AMAC Accessibility to keep our members informed and supported when it comes to captioning, audio description, and other accessibility rules, options, and services. AMAC has shared with us their Information for Requesting Captioning or Audio Description Services for Events and Media document, updated for FY19.

Go here for the documentation.


Follow us on social media!

Posted on May 15th, 2018 in Member Resources | No Comments

News happens so fast these days, it’s best to follow AHECTA on social media for news updates, article shares, job postings, and more!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ahecta

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahecta

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2464499


New AHECTA logo

Posted on January 15th, 2018 in Featured Articles | No Comments

2018 marks the start of a new year, for all of us and for AHECTA, too! New beginnings, a chance to change and adapt, and to improve collaboration and communication among academic peers and corporate vendors to find innovative solutions to challenging video and distribution issues. As part of this new beginning, we are proud to share our new official logo as the Association for Higher Education Communications Technology Advancement. There’s a seal logo, a banner logo, and a social media logo:

The new AHECTA logo was designed by Jasmine Lang, of North Carolina State University.

“The FCC just ended a decades-old rule designed to keep TV and radio under local control” – by Brian Fung

Posted on October 25th, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments