Announcing Changes To Registrar Forms
December 4, 2018 The Offices of the Registrar and Information Technology are excited to announce that beginning in the spring semester, we will be improving our students’ experience on campus by implementing changes to our processes and forms. We...
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Join Me And Over 100 Million Others For An #HourOfCode
November 27, 2018 With technology changing every industry on the planet, computing knowledge is an essential part of a well-rounded skill set. Computer science has been on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. In 2015, 7 million openings in...
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Announcing Slate Implementation For Admissions Offices
October 24, 2018 The Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Graduate School, together with IT, are implementing a new system called Slate to streamline the admission process for incoming students. Staff from these departments have been working...
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Knock Phishing Out Of The Park
October 23, 2018 Did you know? In the game of cybersecurity, it may not take three strikes before you’re out – it only takes one phishing scam to compromise the security and privacy of your information. Phishing is a type of social...
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Password Changes Are #TheWorst
October 16, 2018 Nobody likes to change their password. We get it. (Believe it or not, we don’t either!) Changing passwords frequently has traditionally been regarded as one of the best ways to keep your account safe, as well as all the data...
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Millions Of Cybersecurity Jobs
October 9, 2018 Did you know? There’s a shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals to help safeguard the world’s ever-expanding cyber ecosystem. It’s estimated the shortfall will be over 3 million open jobs by 2021. Raising the next...
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Is Your #PSL Habit #CyberAware?
October 2, 2018 October means pumpkin spice lattes, the World series, and Halloween. But it’s also National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a global campaign to educate all cyber citizens about the risks of digital activity and ways to reduce...
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You’re Invited: Confluence Training & Working Sessions
September 18, 2018 Fall semester is upon us, along with the season for everything pumpkin spice. And while the Office of Continuous Improvement can’t provide unlimited PSLs to you, we can help you document your department’s processes more...
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Thank You For Your Feedback
September 11, 2018 I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your participation in the TechQual+ survey in April. We appreciate your feedback and are already using it to help shape improvements to campus technology. We were able to identify...
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Bits N Bytes From IT: August 2018
August 22, 2018 Wi-fi Update If you were previously connected to campus wi-fi and are now unable to connect since returning, submit an ITicket through the Help Desk to request assistance. We resolved the wi-fi issues we experienced a few weeks ago,...
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Windows 10 Updates Coming To Campus Computers
August 2, 2018 Microsoft has released a major update for Windows 10 that needs to be installed on all Valpo-owned equipment. This update became available for installation yesterday, on Wednesday, Aug. 1. We encourage you to download and install it...
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Help Students Succeed With These Academic Technologies
July 31, 2018 Dear Faculty, Information Technology wants to promote these academic technology resources available for you to help students achieve objectives more successfully. Top Hat As a reminder, we announced last spring that we have acquired...
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Learn New Academic Technology Before Summer Ends!
July 6, 2018 “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.” ~William Pollard Greetings, Information Technology is pleased to share our summer 2018...
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IT Alert: Upcoming Network Drive Maintenance
June 1, 2018 IT staff will be replacing our aging network file storage system this coming Tuesday, June 5 beginning at 5 p.m. This means that shared S: drive folders (and T: drive folders for IMC) will be unavailable during the evening. All work...
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IT Alert: 7-Zip Software Vulnerabilities
May 18, 2018 7-Zip Security Risks IT staff recently became aware of vulnerabilities within 7-Zip file archive software that could allow an attacker to run remote code. We have identified a number of computers on campus with this software. We...
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Google Drive Sync Software Discontinued Tomorrow
May 11, 2018 As previously announced, Google is discontinuing the Drive app that synchronizes your files between your local computer and your Google account as of tomorrow, Saturday, May 12. If you’ve used this program to more easily access your...
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Your Feedback Is Important To Us
March 26, 2018 As Information Technology (IT) plans for the future, we want to understand perceptions and expectations held by our campus community so that we can provide the resources and services you need to be successful. To achieve this goal, we...
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Bits N Bytes From IT: March 2018
March 19, 2018 Solstice Technology IT staff have installed Solstice presentation technology in a growing number of rooms across campus to help facilitate presenting from a laptop or mobile device. Up to four devices from multiple participants can be...
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Direct Deposit Now Available For Expense Reimbursements
March 13, 2018 The Offices of Continuous Improvement and Finance are excited to announce direct deposit functionality is now available for faculty and staff expense reimbursements. Direct deposit transmissions are efficient, cost effective, and...
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Today We Observe Data Privacy Day 2018
January 29, 2018 Why should you care about data privacy? We produce a nearly endless stream of data in our daily lives. Seventy-seven percent of Americans now own smartphones, up from a mere 35 percent in 2011. Today we conduct much of our lives on...
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Upgrades To Storage And VPN During Wednesday Maintenance
January 23, 2018 As announced in the recent Bits N Bytes newsletter, IT will be completing upgrades on our network file storage system this coming Wednesday, Jan. 24 during the regular 3 – 7 a.m. maintenance window. All users should save their...
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Bits N Bytes From IT: January 2018
January 10, 2018 Meltdown & Spectre Vulnerabilities Remote Desktop Technology Request Process New Storage Hardware Local Admin Rights Windows 10 & Office 2016 ImageNow MATLAB Read & Write Software Lynda.com Lab & Classroom Computer...
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Start With Just One #HourOfCode
November 29, 2017 We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that in whatever career field Valpo students choose to pursue, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny...
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System Maintenance During Thanksgiving Break
November 21, 2017 IT staff will be applying server updates to one of the systems hosting departmental and class shared (S:) drives and student home directories (H: drives) on campus during the regular Wednesday morning 3-7 a.m. maintenance window....
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Faculty Presentation: Ransomware In High-Risk Environments
November 17, 2017 You’re Invited Information Technology is pleased to offer a presentation about ransomware as a follow-up to our National Cyber Security Awareness Month campaign. Lecturer Sonja Streuber, computing and information sciences,...
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Insecure Wi-fi Means Insecure Info!
October 30, 2017 Take the pledge! As we wrap up #CyberAware month, don’t forget to sign the Crusader Cyber Citizen Pledge! Join the 135 people on campus (and counting) who have pledged to observe strong cyber habits year-round. Signed it last...
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How Valuable Is Your Security?
October 23, 2017 Film Screening Do you interact with any children with access to internet-enabled devices? It’s important to help young people learn how to navigate the world with the entire internet available on a hand-held device. IT and SEAC...
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Join Us For The Film “Screenagers”
October 19, 2017 As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, Information Technology and the Staff Employee Advocacy Council invite you to join us for a screening of the film Screenagers. Learn about the impact of the digital age on children...
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Are Your Online Activities Safe When You’re On The Road?
October 16, 2017 How often do you think about cyber security when you’re off campus? Do you only think about it when you’re accessing one of our secure computer systems? We have a system called a virtual private network, or VPN, for you to use...
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When In Doubt, Throw It Out!
October 9, 2017 Have you ever received an email that referenced “bitcoin?” Bitcoin is an anonymous internet-based currency that’s heavily encrypted (secured and private), exists outside of the banking industry, and is unregulated by...
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Are You #CyberAware?
October 2, 2017 October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a global campaign to educate all cyber citizens about the risks of digital activity and ways to mitigate those risks. IT is excited to begin our annual observation of this...
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Bits ‘N Bytes From IT: August 2017
August 23, 2017 IT staff have been hard at work this summer to continue improving technology on campus in time for Fall semester. We hope the information below is helpful to you in identifying the changes that most impact you. Secure wi-fi...
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Start Learning Something New With Lynda.com
July 31, 2017 Can you believe it’s almost August? The waning days of summer are the perfect time to take the opportunity to learn something for yourself. Remember: because you’re part of the Valpo community, you have unlimited access to...
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Office 2016 Available For Installation
July 13, 2017 IT is pleased to announce that Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for download and installation on office computers at your convenience, both for Windows (via the same method as Windows updates) and Mac. To proceed with...
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Final IT System Moves
June 14, 2017 The final steps in moving IT servers from Kretzmann Hall to the Harre Union will take place on Saturday, June 24 from 3-7 a.m. when IT staff move the equipment housing our S: drive network and Colleague’s underlying database system....
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Behind-the-Scenes Changes To H: Drives TONIGHT
May 23, 2017 IT staff members have created a new file server to hold all faculty and staff H: drives (also called “home directories”) to provide more storage space for files. We have already copied most of the information to the new server and...
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Planned IT Service Outage
May 22, 2017 Most IT services will be unavailable on Sunday, May 28 from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. while IT staff members move our equipment from Kretzmann Hall to the Harre Union. Services affected include: Valpo’s website, Kronos, Applications on...
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IT ALERT: “WannaCry” Ransomware
May 17, 2017 Last Friday, a massive ransomware attack known as “WannaCry” started circulating around the world. It was within a .ZIP file attached to an email, usually sent by someone in your contact list. Ransomware is malicious software that...
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Camtasia Available For Content Capture
May 8, 2017 IT is pleased to announce that we have new shared licenses of Camtasia software available now for faculty and staff Windows computers (both desktops and laptops) to use in capturing digital content for publishing. Camtasia allows you to...
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ITicket System Changes
May 1, 2017 On Wednesday, May 17 during early morning maintenance hours (3-7 a.m.), Information Technology will be implementing new software for the ITicket system. The new software will have basic functionality, and additional functions and...
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Infrastructure Upgrades During Spring Break
March 1, 2017 IT staff will be upgrading two campus services during the first week of Spring Break, and availability of both will be impacted while work is completed. Beginning Monday, Mar. 6, cable TV service on campus will be upgraded to a digital...
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Today We Observe Data Privacy Day 2017
January 30, 2017 Did you know? Identity theft has been the #1 consumer complaint for 15 years, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The number of identity theft crimes is increasing, while other crimes like property theft are decreasing. The...
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Lightboard: A New Teaching Technology
January 17, 2017 The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce the addition of a lightboard studio to add to your arsenal of teaching tools. Our lightboard is used in the above video to provide an example of how the final product...
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Are Your Google Skills Certifiable?
January 10, 2017 Information Technology’s Office of Continuous Improvement is excited to announce a new training program leading to Google Certification. Participants will learn the purpose and use cases for all G-Suite* applications. Your...
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Anyone Can Learn To Code!

Dec. 6, 1:00 pm - Dec. 22, 4:00 pm
VU Center for the Arts Lobby

December 2, 2016 Anyone can code! There are currently over 500,000 open computing jobs nationwide across every industry in every state. Last year, only 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce. Computer Science is a top paying...
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Stay #CyberAware Year-Round
October 31, 2016 “True CyberSecurity is preparing for what’s next, not what was last.” -Neil Rerup, author, Cyberperil Understanding the ever-growing list of cyber security risks can be scary, but with education and awareness you can avoid...
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WebEx For Students
October 26, 2016 The Office of Information Technology is pleased to offer WebEx services to Valpo students for connecting and collaborating in video meetings, online classes, or even with friends & family spread far and wide. WebEx for students...
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How Connected Are You?
October 24, 2016 “No one is going to keep their house unlocked. You need to think the same way about the appliances on your network.” -JD Sherry, Vice President, Trend Micro Do you have a guest network setup on your home wi-fi? What devices are...
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Can You Recognize Cybercrime?
October 17, 2016 “Ransomware is more about manipulating vulnerabilities in human psychology than the adversary’s technological sophistication.” -James Scott, Senior Fellow, Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology Have you registered...
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Lock Down Your Login
October 10, 2016 Two-step verification… Multi-factor authentication… Password managers… Passphrases and passcodes… Do you ever wonder what these are and why you’re often told to use them? We can help! Attend the workshop...
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Are You #CyberAware?
October 3, 2016 IT is excited to begin our annual observation of cyber security awareness. This week’s theme is STOP. THINK. CONNECT.: The Basic Steps to Online Safety and Security and focuses on common, proactive steps you can take at home and on...
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Thank You For Your Feedback
September 9, 2016 I wanted to take a moment and thank campus for participating in the TechQual+ survey in April. We appreciate your feedback and are already using it to help shape improvements to campus technology. We were able to identify trends...
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“IT’s” Time For Back-to-Class
August 17, 2016 Welcome back to campus! We hope this newsletter provides you with helpful information to start the semester successfully. Blackboard Learn Update Help Desk Hours Secure Wi-Fi Update Gradecam Pilot Study Lightboard Studio Student H:...
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Are You Ready For #TechTuesdays?
June 6, 2016 IT staff are excited to announce a special series of short presentations to be held on Tuesday evenings at 8pm CST throughout the summer. These 20-minute sessions (followed by open Q&A with staff on any tech topic) will cover...
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Information Technology TechQual+ Survey
March 28, 2016 As Information Technology (IT) plans for the future, we want to understand perceptions and expectations held by our campus community so that we can provide the resources and services you need to be successful. To achieve this goal, we...
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New & Improved! Campus Printing
March 14, 2016 The Office of Information Technology has implemented updates to Papercut, the system we use to manage printing across campus. With this update, there are new features which enhance and improve your printing experience. These changes...
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Today Is Data Privacy Day
January 28, 2016 Be More #PrivacyAware Did you know? Today is Data Privacy Day: an annual reminder to help raise awareness and educate internet users about the best practices to protect you and your information. Staying safe online and protecting...
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Spring Training Opens Soon
January 25, 2016 One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. -Elbert Hubbard Information Technology is pleased to share our Spring 2016 Training Schedule with you. If you have not had a...
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Contacting The IT Help Desk
January 11, 2016 In an effort to eliminate sources of confusion, the old email address it.helpdesk@valpo.edu will be deleted from the global campus email directory on January 15th. This address is no longer in use and messages sent to this address...
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New IT Services Available: WebEx For Students
December 8, 2015 The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce that WebEx services are now available to Valpo students for connecting and collaborating in video meetings, online classes, or even with friends & family spread far and...
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Tuition Management Systems Student Account Center
November 2, 2015 On October 20th, a new Student Account Center (SAC) portal available from Tuition Management Systems (TMS) was implemented to allow students to access their student account information online. Valpo’s partnership with TMS...
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It’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Every October, the IT department observes National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). We believe every person on campus plays a role in keeping information safe and this month gives us the chance to share with campus how everyone can make a...
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Access Campus Wifi In Six Easy Steps
August 29, 2015 After following this process, you will connect to the VU-Secure wi-fi network. As we shared in May, IT implemented a new secure wireless network on campus; work continues on configuring this network. Follow these steps to connect any...
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New Campus Wireless Networks To Be Implemented
May 12, 2015 On Monday, May 18, Information Technology will implement new secure wireless networks which will encrypt the traffic between most devices and the network. This enrollment process will install a security certificate and profile onto your...
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Webinar: Getting The Most From Lynda.com
April 13, 2015 How Well Do You Know lynda? Get the most from the complimentary lynda.com online learning access provided to you by Valpo’s Office of Information Technology. Join the lynda.com Client Services team for a 45-minute webinar on user...
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Important Notice About Student Account Refunds
April 6, 2015 As of April 1st, all student account refunds are being processed by Tuition Management Systems (TMS). Valpo’s partnership with TMS allows students to receive their student account refund via Direct Deposit or a reloadable Visa...
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Changes To Alumni Email Forwarding
March 30, 2015 In the interest of securing and protecting our campus computing network, the Office of Information Technology will be retiring the current server that manages email forwarding services over the summer. All alumni are still eligible to...
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Have You Reserved Your Place Yet?
March 17, 2015 “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” ~Herbert Spencer Greetings, As we pass the midpoint of the semester, the Office of Information Technology wishes you success on the second half to come. We want to...
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Office 365 Now Available Free Of Charge
February 13, 2015 Everyone at Valpo is united behind a single goal – to help prepare our students to lead and serve in both church and society. Now, there’s an exciting new benefit that aims to go a long way to achieve that goal. Valparaiso...
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Spring Training Opens Soon
January 22, 2015 “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” ~Elbert Hubbard Greetings, The Office of Information Technology is pleased to share the Spring 2015 Training...
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WebEx Distance Learning & Video Conferencing
January 13, 2015 The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce our newest service for distance learning and video conferencing needs. We have partnered with WebEx to deliver cloud-based, interactive meetings and online interactions....
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Colleague & DataVU System Upgrade During Break
December 12, 2014 As part of an IT effort to help prevent major system outages like we experienced with Colleague and DataVU last year during Christmas Break, we will be moving the main Colleague/DataVU system and all associated data to a new...
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Lynda.com Launches IT Training Category
October 22, 2014 lynda.com has announced a new IT training category, which features a wide range of online courses designed to keep you current on the latest technologies, boost your productivity, ease software migrations, and advance your career....
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DataVU Help For Spring Registration
October 15, 2014 Registration is approaching for the Spring ’15 semester! Information Technology wants to make sure you are prepared to register using DataVU. We have added a few refresher sessions for first-year students to assist you in...
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Have You Reserved Your Place Yet?
October 9, 2014 “One’s destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.” ~Henry Miller Greetings, As we pass the midpoint of the semester, the Office of Information Technology wishes you success on the second...
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Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month In October!
September 24, 2014 Valpo is among a large number of higher education organizations celebrating National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) this October. Conducted every October since 2004, NCSAM is a national public awareness campaign that...
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Windows Updates Pushed To Campus
August 20, 2014 On Thursday morning, August 21st, the Office of Information Technology will be pushing out Windows updates to all Windows-based computers on campus. The delivery method for this is a bit different than what has happened in the past....
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Fall IT Training Registration Opens
August 18, 2014 “One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” ~Elbert Hubbard Greetings, The Office of Information Technology is pleased to share the Fall 2014 Training...
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New Anti-Virus And Computer Management Software
July 17, 2014 The Office of Information Technology is in the process of distributing new Microsoft software to computers on campus. The software includes a new anti-virus package called System Center Endpoint Protection (Endpoint), as well as a...
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Web Help Desk Disabled
June 30, 2014 As of 5:00 p.m. CST today, client access to the outgoing Web Help Desk (WHD) ticketing system has been disabled. IT staff will continue to have access to complete work on open and in-progress tickets. As of Monday, June 23, all new...
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Colleague, DataVU, And Informer Downtime July 1
June 30, 2014 Access to the Colleague, DataVU, and Informer systems will be temporarily unavailable for approximately one hour (from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 1. During that time, IT staff will be getting a backup snapshot of the...
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It’s Arrived – The New ITicket System!
June 4, 2014 This new system is meant to make it easier and more efficient for you to find answers to your questions, get the latest news from IT, and submit a request to our staff.In this email, we want to highlight two of the new tools in the new...
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Summer IT Training Registration Opens
May 19, 2014 “Any growth requires a temporary loss of security” ~Madeline Hunter The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce the Summer 2014 Training Schedule. If you have not had a chance to attend one of the sessions, we would...
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Internet Security Panel Discussion
May 6, 2014 The Valparaiso University Department of Computing and Information Sciences and the Office of Information Technology will be presenting a panel discussion on “Current Trends in Internet Security” Wednesday, May 7, from 7...
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Office 2013 Will Be Here Soon
April 22, 2014 Information Technology is pleased to announce that we will be upgrading all Windows computers on campus to Office 2013, beginning this summer and finishing in the fall. Computer labs on campus will all be reimaged during the summer,...
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The Heartbleed Bug – What Does It Mean To Me?
April 11, 2014 What’s all this about Heartbleed? On April 7, researchers found a flaw in one of the tools used to secure internet traffic. That tool, called OpenSSL, is responsible for providing security on the internet. The bug allows an attacker...
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Evaluation Of Printing Services
April 10, 2014 IT staff are partnering with McShane’s to conduct an evaluation of printing efficiency on campus. Beginning in mid-April through the end of the semester, a team including representatives from McShane’s and Valpo’s IT department...
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Blogs.valpo.edu Moving To A New Server
April 7, 2014 On Wednesday, April 16 during the early morning maintenance time period (3:00-7:00 a.m.), we are moving the blogs.valpo.edu service to a new server. We are not removing or changing anyone’s ability to use this blogging site,...
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April 2014 Open Forum
April 1, 2014 We’re pleased to invite you to our April IT Open Forum. Becky Klein, Manager of Client Relations and Matt Smith, Technology Assessment Consultant will facilitate; other IT staff may also attend depending on the scheduled topics....
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Spring 2014 IT Training Reminder
March 14, 2014 “Let’s go invent tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” ~Steve Jobs Greetings, As we pass the midpoint of the semester, the Office of Information Technology wishes you success on the second half...
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SafeConnect System Removed From Service
March 14, 2014 During the second week of Spring Break 2014, IT networking and infrastructure staff removed the SafeConnect system from the network. What does this mean for you? You will not be required to authenticate in order to use the network on...
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Retirement Of Pluto.valpo.edu Server
March 7, 2014 IT staff are in process of decommissioning and retiring the server named pluto.valpo.edu by July 1, 2014. This server is also known as wwwstage.valpo.edu, faculty.valpo.edu, staff.valpo.edu or student.valpo.edu. First, we want to...
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New Google Hangouts Will Be Enabled
February 28, 2014 On Monday, March 3, IT will be enabling the new Google Hangouts option within our Gmail@Valpo system. If you’ve used Google Talk or Hangouts already, you will notice that this change combines the video calling functionality...
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Spring 2014 Lynda.com Contest
February 1, 2014 Learn something… and win a prize! IT is excited to announce a contest and prizes available for those of you using your lynda.com account. To participate, just continue doing what you are doing…logging in, viewing courses,...
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Spring 2014 Training Schedule Announced
January 15, 2014 “We cannot solve a problem by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~Albert Einstein Greetings, The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 Training Schedule. If...
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January 2014 Open Forum
January 6, 2014 Please join us for another IT open forum! The feedback we received from the first IT Open Forum was very positive, and we are pleased to invite you to our next session. Becky Klein, Manager of Client Relations and Matt Smith,...
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