Drew Wills, Lead Architect of Unicon’s Portal Practice, Recognized as 2014 Apereo Fellow

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Apereo Fellows provide leadership and code contributions, and present at Apereo conferences

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Unicon, Inc., a leading IT consulting, services, and support provider specializing in open source for the education technology market, today announced that Drew Wills, Lead Architect of Unicon’s portal practice, has been named an Apereo Fellow for 2014. Apereo Fellows are recognized for their major contributions to the Apereo community of open source projects. Drew has made code contributions to uPortal, Student Success Plan (SSP), Central Authentication Service (CAS), most of the Apereo portlet projects, and a handful of ancillary Apereo projects used primarily in uPortal and portlet development. Drew has been working with uPortal since 2002, and is also a member of the uPortal Steering Committee.

“I am honored to be recognized as an Apereo Fellow,” said Drew Wills, Lead Architect of Unicon’s Portal Practice. “I value my relationship with the Apereo community and plan on continuing my contributions to the uPortal project and other Apereo projects.”

Apereo Fellows were announced at the 2014 Open Apereo conference in Miami, June 1-4. Fellows enrich the Apereo community in a variety of ways, including technical expertise, teaching, research, community organization, support, and leadership.

“Apereo Fellows enhance the community through their contributions and leadership roles,” said Ian Dolphin, Executive Director of the Apereo Foundation. “This yearly recognition program lets contributors know that the community not only values their contributions but supports their future efforts.”

The purpose of the Apereo Foundation Fellows Program is to acknowledge, celebrate, and reward the contributions of these important Apereo volunteer contributors. The Apereo Fellows program seeks to foster community leadership and contribution through recognizing and supporting active contributors. Read about all the 2014 Apereo Fellows at http://www.apereo.org/content/2014-apereo-fellows.

About Apereo
The Apereo Foundation was formed by the merger of Jasig and the Sakai Foundation in late December 2012. Sakai and Jasig had pioneered the production and adoption of open source software for higher education for over ten years. Apereo will take that work further, providing a more rational and improved organizational umbrella for a range of projects and software communities serving higher education. The core mission of the Foundation is to "assist and facilitate educational organizations which collaborate to foster, develop, and sustain open technologies and innovation to support learning, teaching, and research.” Learn more at http://www.apereo.org.

About Unicon
Unicon, Inc. is a leading provider of IT consulting, services, and support for education technology and works with institutions and organizations to find solutions to meet business challenges. Unicon specializes in using open source technologies to deliver flexible and cost-effective systems in the areas of identity and access management, student success, mobile computing, learning management systems, portals, online video, calendaring, email, and collaboration. Unicon is a Commercial Affiliate of the Apereo Foundation; an InCommon Affiliate and Participant; an Industry Member of Internet2; an Affiliate Member of IMS Global Learning Consortium; an Advanced Consulting Partner in the Amazon Web Services Partner Network; an Organization Member of the Drupal Association; a Solution Partner of Kaltura; a Services Partner of Liferay; and a reseller of Zimbra. For more information, visit: http://www.unicon.net.

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