Office 365 for Education

We are pleased to announce that Office 365 is now available for free for SJU students!  

Office 365Office 365 University is a four-year subscription that includes the latest Office applications, which you can install on 2 PCs, Macs, Windows tablets or iPads.

Application versions and features vary by platform and device. Currently, Office 2013 for PC and Office 2011 for Mac are available. Publisher, Access, and OneNote are available on PC only. OneNote for Mac is available as a separate download from the Mac App Store. Customers with an active subscription will get the newest versions automatically as they become available. Windows 7 or later, Mac OS 10.6 or later, and an Internet connection are required.

There are two options to download your Office 365 software:
Option #1: Prefer to help yourself?

The link for Office 365 is

Option #2: Prefer our help?
Visit us in the Technology Service Center (TSC) in Science Center 129 and we will perform the installation for you- just bring your computer and we will do the rest!  During the start of the semester, please allow 4-6 business hours from when you drop off your computer for the software installation.

SJU Technology Service Center (TSC)
Science Center 129 | | 610-660-2920

Our hours are:
Monday – Thursday: 7:30am – 7:00pm
Friday: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Please contact the TSC if you have any questions!
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Cool Gifts for Techies — by Duane Glover

It’s that time again! What gift to buy your techie for the holidays?

Here is my list of cool gifts for the techie or semi-techie in your life… each with a price tag under $100:

Stanley DPS109 Digital Portable Power Station

Stanley DPS109 Digital Portable Power Station
The Stanley Digital Power Station will help jump start your car and so much more. It offers road-trip-friendly features such as a 350-amp battery jump starter with 700 peak battery amps, a 3 LED emergency light and a built-in digital tire inflator with automatic set and auto shut-off — but it will also power or recharge practically all of your portable electronic gear with a 200 watt/120 volt power inverter, USB outlet for your cell phone or MP3 device, and DC outlet — all in form factor of just 10″ x 7″ x 11″ and 11 lbs.


Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote

Logitech Harmony 650 Universal Remote
Universal remote controls have one thing almost universally in common: they are universally bad. Well, that’s what I believed before someone brought the Harmony 650 to my attention. This intuitive remote control has a color screen to display shortcuts, available commands and helpful information and will control up to five different multimedia devices. Its one-click programmable buttons can be set up with either a Windows or Mac OS computer and it is capable of a lot more than just changing channels and adjusting the volume. This is a remote control with a brain, a memory and a constantly-updated database of over 5000 devices. It is sure to be a welcome gift for any home theater owner.


Altec Lansing Octiv Duo iPhone Dock

Altec Lansing Octiv Duo iPhone Dock
The attention to details and striking wedge-like design really make me like this iPhone speaker dock. Two side-by-side docking stations allow for simultaneous charging. The remote control magnetically attaches to the back of the dock to keep it from getting lost. Then there is the free accompanying mobile app, which allows the dock to shuffle songs from each of the two docked devices — and lets you pick what percentage of songs pop up from each of your music sources.


Griffin Helo TC Assault
Griffin Helo TC Assault
When you need a break from those business presentations, try taking this 8″ missile-equipped flying machine for a spin. Using the included USB charging cable, it takes about 35 minutes to recharge the chopper and you’ll get about 10 minutes of flight time. With the appropriate iOS or Android app and audio output from the phone, your phone becomes the copter’s remote control system and rocket launcher using either an on-screen touch controlled joy stick or by tilting your phone to steer. You can expect to go through at least two or three battery cycles before getting the hang of things, and if you have a serious crash along the way, replacement parts kits are just $10.

Introducing Joanne Piombino

jpiombino4Joanne Piombino, the newest member of the CAS tech team, will serve as the Language Resource Center Technical Support Specialist (working primarily in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages).  She grew up in Malvern and currently resides in Exton with her two daughters, one in college and the other finishing high school.  Pursuing her technology degrees began later in life, first, with an Associate Degree in Educational Technology earned at Reading Area Community College, followed by a Bachelors’ Degree in Information Technology from Immaculata University.  She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology here at Saint Joseph’s University.

Joanne has worked in multiple roles supporting K-12 Education over the past decade, including Help Desk and Technology Integration.  Of the nine years she worked at Great Valley School District, she spent the last four assisting teachers with the integration of technology in their classrooms.  Joanne was part of a team that created and implemented professional development opportunities such as the “Great Valley Tech Camp,” which offered teachers various technology work sessions throughout a one week term, while earning graduate credits through Immaculata University.

Joanne is very excited about the new challenge of working in higher education and she is looking forward to meeting and developing collaborative professional relations with faculty, students, and staff of the College of Arts & Sciences.  Although she is an avid football and baseball fan, she’s looking forward to “integrating” basketball into her repertoire as a Saint Joe’s Hawk!

Technology in the General Education Program Natural Science Laboratories


Connelly Hall 220 and 230 are two of St. Joseph’s University’s latest technology-equipped science laboratories.  They are home to the General Education Program lab-based natural science courses for students who are not majoring in science.  Currently, these courses include “Exploring the Earth” (Env106), “Exploring the Living World” (Bio165) and “Exploring the Physical World” (Phy113).  These labs are overseen by Dr. Brian Forster, GEP Natural Science Lab Coordinator.

Both of these labs have computers at each student station.  This allows students to perform weekly experiments and use the computers to assist them in data collection and analysis.  In addition to Microsoft Office, these computers have software programs installed specific for each of the GEP lab courses.  A Leica microscope has been installed in Connelly 230.  This microscope connects directly to the room’s AV system, allowing all students to see microscopic organisms as large as life on the classroom’s projectors.  This also eliminates the need for students having to line up waiting to look through a microscope.

In “Exploring the Earth,” students use the computers to log into the SJU Biodiversity Lab’s Fish-Cam to complete an experiment on the social behavior of goldfish.  The computers also have a global climate change module, allowing students to analyze weather data.

In “Exploring the Living World,” student microscopes have a camera that links to the computer.  By taking these pictures, students learn how to measure organisms smaller than the eye can see.  Biology students use BioPacs to learn about factors that can alter heart rate.  In the ecology lab exercise, students use Bio-Sim software.  This program allows students to learn how the environment controls population size.  Students can manipulate reproductive rate and environmental factors to see how lion, meerkat and impala populations survive in a localized region.

The labs also utilize Xplorer GLX readers.  These readers are used to analyze soil and water samples that our students collected.  These samples were collected from both on and off-campus locations.  The readers will also be utilized by students taking “Exploring the Physical World” this Spring.

To learn more about these labs and their technology, please contact Dr. Brian Forster (

Dr. James Watrous – Conference Speaker at International Conference on high performance computing, networking, storage & analysis

Seattle, Washington  Nov 12-18.

Dr. Watrous was invited to give a major presentation to computer science, biology and chemistry faculty on the use of SNNAP as a modeling tool for neuroscience research and education.

Examples presented included details of single neurons, how to connect them with chemical synapses and how to construct more complex networks.

The talk ended with a brief introduction to two areas of research: networks that simulate epilepsy and the neurons that control circadian (~24 hr) rhythms.

Introducing Duane Glover

duane_gloverIt is my great pleasure to announce that Duane Glover has joined our staff as the new Technical Support Specialist of the College of Arts and Sciences. Duane has been in the Information Technology support field for over 20 years and has extensive experience supporting educational institutions.

Duane was born and raised in the Wynnefield section of Philadelphia. He was educated in the Philadelphia Archdiocesan School System and received his undergraduate degree from Spring Garden College and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Information Technology Leadership from LaSalle University. Duane is married with three children. He volunteers his time to provide Information Technology consultation to local non-profits and community organizations. He is also an avid sports fan and has coached youth basketball for the past ten years. He and his family currently reside in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia.

Please join me in welcoming Duane to Saint Joseph’s and the College of Arts and Sciences! Duane’s office is located in Merion Hall, room 173. His email address is and he can be reached at x1128.

The John P. McNulty Scholarship Program for Excellence in Science and Math


The John P. McNulty Scholarship Program for Excellence in Science and Math is an innovative, multi-faceted experience that supports young women’s academic and professional development. Beginning with the awarding of a four year full-tuition scholarship and continuing with a five-prong approach to the college experience throughout the scholar’s four years at Saint Joseph’s University, the program inspires the woman scholar to reach the top ranks of science and math professions. The scholarship is awarded to incoming women freshmen with a declared major in actuarial science, biology, chemical biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, mathematics or physics after a competitive application and interview process.

By creating a challenging environment the program is designed to ignite the desire in bright young women to strive for leadership roles in science and math. The program pays tribute to John P. McNulty’s personal commitment to excellence, his commitment to supporting and challenging women to achieve and reach their fullest potential, his energy, and his leadership contributions.

Women in leadership roles, women at the top, are underrepresented in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. With its multi-faceted experience, the scholars are immersed in an environment that provides the young woman scholar the skill set to take her place on a path leading to excellence and leadership.

A McNulty Scholar is epitomized as someone who dares to be the best! A McNulty Scholar is a young woman who will make an impact!

For more information about the program, please visit the McNulty Scholars website at:

Install PDF Browser Plug-In from Schubert-IT

Mac users have been having a lot of problems viewing PDF documents in Blackboard and one of the best solutions is to install the Schubert PDF Browser Plug-In. The plug-in is free for educational use and easy to install.

There are different versions of the plug-in depending on your Mac operating system version, so follow our steps below to identify your Mac OS version, download the correct plug-in, install and activate it.

  1. Identify your Mac OS version.
    1. Pull down the Apple menu at the upper left corner of your screen and select About This Mac.
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    3. The About This Mac window will display Mac OS X with your operating system version number listed below. Typically this will be 10.6.8 or 10.5.8.
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  3. Download the appropriate version of the PDF Browser Plug-In.
    1. In Firefox or Safari view:

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    3. For Mac OS 10.6 you must download PDF Browser Plugin 2.4.2.
    4. For Mac OS 10.5 you must download PDF Browser Plugin 2.3.2
    5. Save the download and verify the location this file will be saved to, such as your Desktop or Downloads folder.
  4. Install the PDF Browser Plug-In.
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    1. Double-click the file you downloaded to mount the PDF Browser Plugin installer disk image.
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    3. Double-click the PDF Browser Plugin.mpkg installer package.
    4. Click Continue at the Welcome screen.
    5. Click Continue at the Important Information screen.
    6. Click Install at the Standard Install screen.
    7. Enter your SJU user name and password to approve the installation.
    8. Click Close at the Successful Installation screen.
    9. If Firefox or Safari is still open, quit and relaunch it.


  6. Activate the PDF Browser Plug-In License.
    1. View the web page that has an embedded PDF file, such as your BlackBoard course documents or an SJU page with links to documents and forms.
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    3. Click the button for Educational use only and click OK.
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    5. Click OK at the message regarding non-commercial use.
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    7. The upper edge of the PDF window has clickable buttons to save, print, advance through pages, rotate and so on. If you position your cursor over a button, a small text box will pop up and display the button’s function.

The Writing Center Welcomes You!

The Writing Center opened on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for the fall 2011 semester. We are located in Merion Hall (ME) 162. Our business hours are Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., and Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. In addition to offering traditional tutoring services for undergraduate and graduate student writers, we also offer digital writing consultations for students working on multimedia projects. As with any of our services, students can call the Writing Center at (610) 660-1341 to make an appointment or stop by the Center. Our digital writing computer stations are equipped with iMovie, Audacity, Powerpoint, Soundslides, Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. Students are also welcome to reserve one of the digital writing stations for work on their own. There is a one-hour limit if other students are waiting. Additionally, we have three PC work stations and three MAC stations that are available to students working on any kind of writing/research project. Students are welcome to sign up for these stations on a first-come, first-serve basis. While we do not offer printing privileges, the Merion Hall print station (ME 151) is just across the hall from the Writing Center and all print jobs from the computers in the Writing Center may be sent there. If our computers are full, students can use the computer classroom in ME 383, as long as there is no class scheduled. Access to this room is through swipe card access. This room is equipped with 44 computers, which also print to the ME 151 print station. For more information, visit our website at

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Blackboard Workshop Schedules for October 2011

The following Bb Workshops have been scheduled for October 2011.
There will be additional workshops scheduled for November 2011.

Spring 2011 courses will be available in Bb on October 24, 2011.

Blackboard update:

It was reported to the Office of Information Technology that students were not receiving emails from Blackboard when an announcement was created.  IT investigated the problem and reported it to Blackboard for resolution.   Blackboard reported that this is a known problem that is created when the title of the course has a “:” in the name.  Unfortunately, the university’s course naming convention for Blackboard courses has a “:” in every title.  Blackboard is planning to address the problem in the Service Pack 8 upgrade, but has created a patch for Saint Joseph’s which will be applied this Sunday, October 2.  OIT has been testing the patch on the Blackboard test environment and the patch does fix the problem with sending emails from announcements.

Please report Bb issues to the help desk (, x2920).

Macintosh Browser Incompatibility:

Faculty and students have reported problems with opening PDF files when using a Macintosh computer and the Safari or the Firefox browser.  OIT has reported the browser incompatibles to Blackboard.  At present, the best work around for Mac users is to use Google’s Chrome browser for viewing PDFs in Blackboard.

Blackboard 9.1 Getting Started

This workshop will provide an overview of Bb 9.1 and will cover the “Student View”, Building course navigation and uploading Content and the Control Panel features.

Upon completing the workshop, attendees will be able to perform basic operations in Bb9.1.

The Bb9.1 “Getting Started” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email to register for the workshop.

Tuesday October 11         2:30-4:00  Getting Started

Blackboard 9.1 Grade Center

The Blackboard Grade Center is more than just a way to record students’ grades; it is a dynamic and interactive tool.

The Grade Center can record data, monitor student progress and communicate information to students.

Use this valuable tool to help understand student progress and make informed decisions on how to improve educational performance.

The Bb9.1 “Grade Center” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 4         11:30-1:00      Bb Grade Center

Thursday, Oct 6       4:30-6:00        Bb Grade Center

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Wimba

Wimba can be utilized by those instructors that need to communicate with their students online in real time.

Wimba takes Blackboard’s “Virtual Classroom” tool to the next level by adding voice, video, and application sharing

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

·         Have a general knowledge of  how to communicate with students online using tools in Wimba.

·         Have a working knowledge of  how to synchronously share content and web sites with students online.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Wimba” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 27

Please email to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 5      4:00-5:30      Bb Wimba

Blackboard 9.1 Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki

This training session will focus on how students can use blogs and wikis to communicate and collaborate in class.  You will learn how to create wiki, blogs, and journals for your students.  You will also learn the appropriate application of each of these tools.

Upon successfully completing this course, attendees will be able to:

Create Blogs, Wiki, and Journals in a Blackboard class space

The Bb9.1 “Campus Pack, Blogs and Wiki” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email to register for the workshop.

Monday, Oct 10     8:00-9:30      Bb Blogs Wiki

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Assessment

This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the assessment function of Blackboard Learn, with a focus on creating and grading tests.

There are five major stages, you will experience a test as a student, you will learn how to create, deploy, and grade assessments.

We will also discuss best practices in online assessment, and explore how statistics can help evaluate the effectiveness of assessments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 5       11:30-1:00       Bb Assessment
Monday, Oct 10           11:00-12:30     Bb Assessment

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Self and Peer Assessment<

The Self and Peer Assessment tool enables students to review and evaluate work submitted by themselves or their peers.

Using criteria specified by the instructor and optional sample responses, students can assign points and provide feedback on submitted assignments.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Self and Peer Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 25        11:30-1:00     Bb Self and Peer Assessment

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Safe Assign

SafeAssign is a valuable tool for encouraging original writing and proper citation practices within your course.

SafeAssign compares your students’ work with previously submitted papers and published works from several databases, including, Internet, ProQuest ABI/Inform database, Institutional document archives with papers submitted by students at your institution, Global Reference Database with papers voluntarily submitted by students from Blackboard® client institutions.

Once a paper is submitted in SafeAssign, a report is generated that indicates the percentage of the paper that matches existing sources. This overall score can be an indicator that you need to review the paper more closely.

The SafeAssign report also shows the suspected source for each section of the paper that returns a match, allowing you to easily investigate whether the text was properly attributed.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Self and Peer Assessment” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email to register for the workshop.

Tuesday, Oct 25      2:00-3:30              Bb Safe Assign

Wednesday, Oct 26       3:00-4:30       Bb Safe Assign

Blackboard 9.1 Bb Rubrics

The Bb Rubrics tool allows you to specify criteria and performance levels for grading, providing clear guidelines for students, instructors, and teach assistants.

The Bb9.1 “Bb Rubrics” workshop will be repeated on the following dates and will be held in Merion Hall 275.

Please email to register for the workshop.

Wednesday, Oct 26       8:00-9:30       Bb Rubrics

Source: Al Labonis, ITDL