Help for Curriculum Advising

In the “Advisor Menu” section of “Faculty Services” on MySJU, one can find an electronic “curriculum worksheet” for any student (full directions for access below). This worksheet is current in that it lists courses in which the student has enrolled as well as courses that she/he has completed. While the system updates all current course information and is mostly accurate, all advisors would do well to peruse carefully the “Courses Not Used” section of the worksheet. Sometimes the software does not recognize a course and places it in this limbo—the advisor should notify the registrar as well as the student of any misplaced courses on the worksheet.

An advisor may open two similar versions of the worksheet. Once one clicks “Advisor Menu,” she/he may click either “Student General Requirements” or “Completed Student Program Requirements (Printable).” Either path will take the advisor to the main page with the student name, advisor, program and other information. The latter path requires fewer clicks.

NB: At the top of the page, three paragraphs each begin in bold print: Disclaimer; Note; Updating. Under Updating, click “Click here” (in red print) to receive the most recent data for the student’s work sheet.

Path 1
Log into MySJU or a “work around”
Select the following:
Faculty Services
Advisor Menu
ID Selection – enter appropriate info
Completed Student Requirements (Printable)


Path 2
Log into MySJU or a “work around”
Select the following:
Faculty Services
Advisor Menu
ID Selection – enter appropriate info
Student General Requirements
Program Requirements
Area name for specific detail
Requirement name to see courses

Zimbra FAQ Workshop for CAS Administrative Assistants

On October 21, Ben Jezierski, Training Coordinator of Information Technology, conducted a workshop for Administrative Assistants in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) entitled ‘Zimbra Frequently Asked Questions.’  Our Administrative Assistants have been using Zimbra for a while; but still had questions about Zimbra that this workshop would answer. The workshop was the latest of a series of professional development technology workshops for CAS Administrative Assistants organized by Lorraine Hannon and Anne Szewczyk of the CAS Dean’s Office.

The topics covered include: zooming in, spell check, dictionary, return receipts, saved drafts, autosave function, mailboxes, having email and calendar open simultaneously, organization of emails, the Find function, playing a sound when new email arrives, attachment, briefcase, filters, resending old email, creating subfolders, having Zimbra up all day, etc. The participants were very pleased with the coverage of the workshop. Many of them commented that the Zimbra FAQ session was very helpful and that they are looking forward to our future scheduled sessions on Excel and PowerPoint.  The handouts from the workshop can be downloaded from the CAS Administrative Assistants Blackboard site.

Other useful information on Zimbra provided by Information Technology can be found at:

Zimbra blogs

Zimbra FAQs

How to Change Keychain Password on Your Mac

Question: I recently changed my SJU password.  How do I change my keychain password on my Mac?

Answer: The keychain is where all of your saved passwords and auto-fill entries are saved.You will then have to manually change your “keychain” password by doing the following steps:

  1. Navigate to /Applications/Utilities/
  2. Locate and double click to select the icon entitled Keychain access. This will launch a
    window entitled: Keychain Access.
  3. Navigate to the Edit menu at the top of your screen and from the pull-down menu select Change Password for Keychain “login”
  4. In the resulting Change Keychain Passwordwindow:
    1. Enter your old SJU password
    2. Enter your new SJU password.
    3. Re-enter your new SJU password in the Verify box.
    4. Click the OK button to commit your changes. This will close the Change Keychain Password window.

Twentieth-Century China website

Saint Joseph’s University recently began hosting the website for the peer-reviewed bi-annual journal, Twentieth-Century China, edited by Associate Professor of History James Carter. The website had previously been hosted by The Ohio State University. Hosting TCC substantially enhances Saint Joseph’s profile in Asian Studies–particularly China studies–because all submissions, reviews, and editorial decisions will flow through this website, making SJU an important presence in scholarship about modern China. The journal receives 30-50 submissions per year, with a 20-30% acceptance rate. In the past year, we have received submissions from the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China, and Canada.

Online Faculty Annual Report Version 2

Over 30% faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences submitted their Faculty Annual Report online in 2009.  We want to thank faculty who sent us their feedback on version 1 of the Online Faculty Annual Report informing us what changes they would like to see in version 2 of the Faculty Annual Report.  The Dean’s Office has collected your feedback, compiled your suggestions and asked our colleagues in Information Technology to incorporate these changes in version 2 of the Online Faculty Annual Report.  IT will start the revision work in early September.  In version 2, we will have both formatting and content changes based on suggestions from our faculty.  We hope to have version 2 ready for testing in late Fall.  Faculty will be able to use the improved Online Faculty Annual Report at the beginning of next year.

Faculty Annual Report Version 1

Technology Presentation for New Faculty

The College of Arts & Sciences welcomes  7 new tenure-track faculty and 4 new visiting faculty to campus. Information Technology and Academic Computing Services of CAS and HSB jointly made a technology presentation to our new faculty on August 18 as part of the university’s new faculty orientation. A Blackboard workshop specifically designed for our new faculty was offered to our new faculty on August 20. The Blackboard workshop was conducted by David Lees and Al Labonis of ITDL.

For more information on the Technology Orientation and Technology Classrooms and Labs, please check out the Technology Resources page on the Dean’s website.

Some Tips to Improve Your Laptop’s Battery Life

  1. If you do not use your laptop for extended periods of time (a week or more), remove the battery pack from the laptop.
  2. Do not expose the battery to high heat or freezing temperatures. Do not leave your battery in your car in the summer. Hot batteries discharge very quickly, and cold ones can’t create as much power.
  3. Completely drain and recharge the battery once a month to maximize its capacity to hold a charge.
  4. Fully charge new battery packs before use. New pack needs to be fully charged and discharged (cycled) a few times before it can condition to full capacity.
  5. Leaving a battery in a laptop while using an electrical outlet for long periods of time will keep the battery in a constant state of charging up and that will reduce the life cycle of the battery.


Hosting Advanced Placement Tests for Local Area High Schools

In response to the requests from local area high schools, Saint Joseph’s University agreed to host two Advanced Placement (AP) tests using the facilities of the Language Labs housed in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. On Monday, May 4th, the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department hosted sixteen Lower Merion High School students and five Harriton High School students for the Advanced Placement French Examination. The following day, May 5th, the department welcomed eighteen Lower Merion High School students and five Harriton High School students for the Advanced Placement Spanish Examination. The Foreign Language Labs are equipped with SANAKO Lab 300 software and hardware, which allows the test proctors to administer the exams simply and efficiently. The software has built-in AP testing tools that have students listen to test questions and then record verbal responses. These digital capabilities offer more flexibility and convenience than traditional methods of recording speech.

The Foreign Languages and Literatures department has been hosting these exams for the past several years, an activity which fosters a closer relationship between the university and the local area schools. The members of the department are committed to the Ignition vision of service for  “men and women with and for each other.” The Foreign Language and Literatures department is pleased to offer this service to area high schools and is dedicated to the Jesuit tradition.

Properly Connecting Your Electronic Devices to Power When Abroad

If you are traveling abroad for any reason, whether it be for a Study Tour, vacation, or visiting friends and family, it is a good idea to be prepared for the task of properly connecting your “American” electronic devices to the power outlets of other countries.  In many cases you will only need to purchase a power plug adapter (a.k.a. travel adapter), which is a device that simply allows you to “adapt” your 2-prong or 3-prong “American” plug into the plug type of other countries, since the power supplies of many electronic devices will accept a power input ranging from 100 Volts to 240 Volts.  The documentation that came with your electronic device and/or the power supply itself will say what input level the power supply can handle.  If the country you are traveling to has power outlets that provide 220V and the power supply of your electronic device DOES NOT accept a power input of 220V you will need to purchase a voltage converter (a.k.a. power converter).  A voltage converter is a device that converts 220V to 110V and vice versa.

Using Clickers to Engage Your Students

It is a well-known fact in Mathematics Education that active learning strategies have a considerable positive impact on student understanding of subject content. Clickers facilitate the implementation of some active learning strategies, such as student-student interactions and whole class discussions. This technology allows a student to respond, anonymously, to multiple choice or true-false questions. The software (Interwrite Response) records students’ responses and produces a bar graph of the recorded answers.  There is no learning curve for the students, since the clickers are intuitive. This technology provides timely and frequent feedback to students and instructors. In turn, this affects student engagement in active learning and positively changes students’ attendance and enthusiasm. These types of systems have been used for years by the SJU Biology faculty and recently began to gain popularity among the SJU Mathematics faculty.