1. What technology should I bring to campus? What should I buy?
- Every residence hall room is provided with a high speed network port for each bed, and satellite television service.
- It’s easy to find an available computer or printer to use on campus. If you’re bringing your own equipment to campus, review our recommendations. It’s your decision whether to use more powerful desktop computer or a more portable laptop computer. IT doesn’t recommend one over the other – either will work on our network. If you’re curious about specific needs for your major, check with your academic adviser or the department chair.
- It’s your decision whether you want to bring your own printer. All computer labs on campus offer laser printers with network print queues. Color printing is available on the first floor of the Christopher Center. You’re given a print quota each semester to use on the network printers (see below for further information). It’s very easy to save your files onto your Google Drive; this allows you to login to any computer on campus and print to the network printers. Some people do appreciate the convenience of having their own printer in their room; remember that you will need to provide your own paper and toner for your personal printer and that it will take valuable space on your desk.
- Many students like to take a break from their studies and play video games. Our network does allow gaming consoles to connect to the internet.
- Local phone service is available only upon request in residence hall rooms; request this through your RA. Instructions are available on how to setup your voice mailbox message through the Help Desk. Making a long distance call from a campus phone requires a calling card.
2. Will I have internet access? Is there a charge?
- All residence hall rooms have ports which allow you to plug into our high speed network. You’ll need an ethernet cable with an RJ-45 connector.
- There’s no additional charge for using the campus network. The cost of this access is part of your tuition fees.
3. Is wireless internet access available on campus?
- Free wireless access is available throughout campus in all academic and residential buildings on campus, as well as some outdoor connectivity in certain areas.
4. Does Valpo require or provide anti-virus software?
- IT strongly recommends that you obtain and install anti-virus software on your computer. Many good free and paid programs are available. Valpo doesn’t currently provide anti-virus software to student-owned computers. Setup the program to automatically update virus definitions and scan your computer. Use anti-malware programs to protect your computer against malware and spyware.
5. When do I get my username, password, and email address? When do I need to start checking email?
- Once you register for FOCUS you’ll receive your ValpoNet account information. At first, your password will be your student ID number but you can change your password anytime through the Account Management System at apps.valpo.edu/ams. Make sure to setup recovery options in case you forget your password. For additional assistance, please contact the IT Help Desk.
- We partner with Google to provide Google Apps for Education services to Valpo students, including mail, contacts, calendar, docs, and instant messaging. For more information, see this IT webpage.
- Since email is an official form of communication, announcements from professors and staff regarding course activities or other official university business may come through email. It is a good idea to check messages regularly.
6. What if I have trouble with…?
- The IT Help Desk is your first point of contact for any technology related issues or questions you may have. The Help Desk can assist with most challenges you may encounter on your personal computer, either Mac or PC. They can solve many different connectivity and software related problems, and can help you get connected with the right people if you are experiencing trouble with campus technology. The Help Desk is open 7 days a week during the academic year, and is located on the first floor of the Christopher Center across from Grinders Café. You can call them at 219.464.5678, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or enter your own service ticket at https://helpdesk.valpo.edu.
7. Are there any discounts available for me to purchase software or equipment?
- Through an arrangement with Bell Technologies, Valparaiso University students, faculty, and staff may purchase software for personal use at a discounted price through Kivuto Solutions. A valid ValpoNet login is required to access the store, located at https://apps.valpo.edu/authentication/kivuto/. The products available through Kivuto are for use on personally-owned equipment only. Once purchased, software cannot be returned and refunds cannot be given. The purchase of one software license of each product is available to each authorized person. For more information, see this IT webpage.
- Most equipment vendors offer educational discounts to students. The IT department has worked with a few vendors to simplify taking advantage of these discounts. You are not required to use these vendors; you may purchase any equipment you prefer. To purchase equipment at a discount, follow the links below to shop online. For more information on discounts, see this IT webpage.
8. Is there cable or satellite TV? What channels are available?
- Satellite television is provided to campus residents as a convenience of occupancy by the university. The cost of this service is part of your room & board fees. Valpo receives a customized channel line-up with more than 75 different channels of entertainment, sports, news, local broadcast and educational content, including our own VUTV. Bring a cable-ready television set and a coaxial cable to connect the television to the outlet in the wall.
- To see a complete listing of available channels, go to zap2it.com and enter the zip code 46383. Select “Valparaiso University – Cable” at the end of the cable providers for our area to see the Valpo channel listing.
9. Will I have to pay for printing? Is wireless printing available?
- IT uses a system called PaperCut to manage printing services in labs on campus. Each student is allotted a print quota of $15 each term, which is used when printing in the labs. A single-sided black & white printed document counts as $0.05 against your quota; if you print double-sided, you will get a 20% discount on printing, or $0.04 per side. Color pages count as $0.25 against your quota. Print quotas are reset twice annually: once in May after spring classes end, and again in August before fall classes begin. If you run out of pages, you can purchase additional pages by visiting the Circulation Desk in the Christopher Center. For more information on quotas, see this IT webpage.
- By using the PaperCut system, we are able to offer some wireless printing. Contact the Help Desk for assistance.
10. Are there any student employment opportunities in the IT department?
- The Office of Information Technology is always looking for talented students to hire in areas like the Help Desk, Tech Support, and Programming. Current job listings are available through the Career Center’s Handshake system.