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SANS Center

  • The SANS Faculty Technology Development and Support Center provides technology-related support to enhance instruction, research, and outreach programs for the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. Please use the sidebar menus at the left of the webpage to learn more about the various resources and services available. Hours of Operation - Please note new hours: Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

    Location: 3044 Richard Hazel Hall 
    Phone: 410-621-3850 

    Funding provided by the United States Department of Agriculture through an 1890 Capacity Building Project (2005- 2008) was used to initiate the establishment of the SANS Center.



    Ricoh CL7000 laser color printer 

    The printer is utilized for color prints of standard sizes such as 8 1/2 x 11 and 11 x 17; our paper types include plain, semi-gloss and gloss, as well as white cardstock, blue linen weave, and clear presentation covers. Print requests for standard paper sizes can be submitted online for printing. If you plan to print a newsletter through the center, use a Publisher template as Publisher allows us to format the pages for printing. 

    Procedures and Policies for Services: SANS Center services are available to faculty and staff from the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. We request faculty and staff to plan ahead regarding their printing and laminating requirements. We are committed to work with you to help you accomplish your goals related to teaching, research/scholarly activities, and outreach. However, please keep in mind that last minute breakdowns or problems can delay the completion of work. The center relies heavily on the website and e-mail for communication to maximize resources. The website is used to submit all print requests. 

    In order to operate and sustain the center, and to ensure that it will be available in years to come, we have adopted the following policy: 

    •  Services supporting academic units and externally funded projects units will be billed. Interdepartmental billing will be used according to university guidelines for costs associated with services. Itemized invoices can be provided upon request. (Please request an invoice at the time of the service request. Comments box on the online form can be used to request invoice.) To estimate print costs,  please click here. 

    •  Please submit a print request online. Allow at least 5 working days for regular printing and laminating. If we do receive last minute requests, we will try to accommodate your request, but cannot guarantee on-time completion of the work. Rush jobs will also incur an extra charge.

    Hewlett Packard DesignJet 800 printer 

    The large format printer with a paper width of 42 inches is for large format prints such as posters or banners. Available paper types include plain bond and gloss. We also print large format documents on fabric. Available fabric types are Jacquard Polyester Satin, Jacquard Matte Poplin, and an outdoor banner fabric. Please come in to get an explanation of our print media and to see samples. The SANS Center provides a number of poster templates available as downloads from the website. We can also print 11x17 handouts of your poster. Please click here for recommendations for successful poster production. 

    Once your document has been printed, the SANS Center has an array of finishing tools for your use such as x-acto knives, rotary knives, foam board and adhesion products, cutting mats, and detail scissors. Additionally, the center has a binder and binder supplies for creating bound documents. 


    The SANS Center has a Pacific Lamination CRL 40 laminator with a film width of 40 inches. Please make an appointment for lamination services.



    SANS Center editing services are available to faculty and staff from the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences. The center offers editing services for structure and usage. Editing for structure considers organizational elements such as controlling ideas, logical sequence, transitions, and coherence, without impacting the writer's style. Editing for usage examines grammar, punctuation, and syntax. Documents can be emailed for editing services; however, discussing the purpose and audience of the document is beneficial for effective editing. Please keep "turn-around time" in mind if you submit a document for editing. Allow a minimum of five days for a document of ten pages. Make an appointment to discuss your document. The Microsoft Reviewing Tool will be used for all editing projects. 



    The SANS Faculty Technology Development and Support Center will provide templates for newsletters, posters, handouts, and brochures. Once developed, we will encourage you to use templates we provide, as the templates will have been tested to ensure that we have no problems printing documents. For example, Publisher does not sustain large format printing, so we haven't supplied a Publisher poster template. The template is a guide for developing your document, so feel free to modify the template to meet your needs. Please see available templates at the bottom of the page. 

    Please contact us if you have any immediate needs for templates. For assistance, you may refer to the self-help downloads for specific software programs, or make an appointment through the online training request form to work with a staff member. You should have some formatting experience with Microsoft Word or Publisher before trying to use the templates. 


    Posters up to 11" x 17" can be printed on the Ricoh Color Printer. The large format printer will be used for larger sizes. The maximum dimension in one direction is limited to 42". For large format printers, preparing the document in PowerPoint is recommended. 

    Click below to open templates for large format posters. Please note: When you click to download a PowerPoint template, a window will open giving you the choice to Open or Save the document. Save the document, and then open your saved document.

    • 21"x 48" poster
    • 48" x 36" poster 
    • 48"x 42" poster
    • 18" x 24" announcement poster


    Before choosing a newsletter template, you must have determined your print layout. Are you printing on 11x17 paper? Are you printing on 8 1/2x11? Most newsletters are printed in increments of four pages, so format accordingly. If you plan to print your newsletter through the center, request a Publisher template as Publisher allows us to format the pages for printing. Click below to open templates for newsletter. (See self-help documents for step by step instructions.) 

    • Eight page, designed to be printed on 11" x 17" 
    Brochure and postcard 

    Publisher offers a multitude of easy-to-use brochure templates. Brochures are generally designed in a six panel scheme, but can be four or eight. Keep in mind your purpose and format accordingly. 

    • Departmental brochure (81/2" x 14")
    • Tri-fold brochure (81/2" x 17")
    • Postcard

    PowerPoint presentations 

    • Large image template
      Maroon background, with a large image of Trigg Hall on the left and university logo on bottom right 

    • Small image template
      Maroon background, with a small image of Trigg Hall on the left and university logo on bottom right

    Self-help Document

    Self-help Downloads The following self-help downloads were developed by the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences Faculty Technology Development and Support Center. Click on a link and pdf file will open. 


    •  Newsletter Design in Publisher 2003
    •  Microsoft Reviewing Tool

    Self-Help downloads from Towson University

    Click here to access self-help documents from Towson University. Copyright information from Towson University is below: All elements of the OTS support documents are owned by Towson University unless otherwise noted. These documents may include software application screen captures. The interface and design of these applications are the property of the authoring software company. (Towson University 2005).




    Effective Summer 2006, training (including BlackBoard) for all faculty on campus will be offered by the newly established Faculty Instructional Technology Center. We request that faculty contact Kaye D. Pinhey, Director at 410-651-7574 regarding their technology training needs. The SANS Technology Development and Support Center will continue to provide training for administrative assistants as well as training related to the use of templates developed by the Center. Furthermore, specific questions can be emailed to the staff. 



    Copyright Information 

    The SANS Faculty Technology Development and Support Center is not responsible for copyright violations, nor will staff members be able to monitor for all possible infringements. Copyright law is extremely sophisticated, and as we work very hard to make our students aware of plagiarism issues, we ask you to visit Towson University's extensive explanation of copyright law. The site includes an easy to use Interactive Tool (click here) that serves as a guide in determining potential copyright violations. 

    Intellectual Property Rights: 

    The university's intellectual property rights policy will be used to determine the ownership of the materials developed with support from the center.