SPAM Email: Friday June 24th, 2011

Below is the latest SPAM/Phishing attempt on the SJU community. The bolded comments below highlight indicators that reveal that this too IS NOT from the OIT. Always remember, SJU WILL NOT SEND OUT AN EMAIL TO THE COMMUNITY ASKING FOR YOUR SJU PASSWORD.
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NO Information Technology letterhead

Hello sju.edu User

Due to database maintenance equipment that is happening in our Center web mail messages. Our message center must be reset due to the large number of spam messages we receive daily. The maintenance of quarantine will help us avoid this dilemma every day and the new software provides a web mail system new security from hackers to protect our users from getting their accounts accounts.

To validate your mailbox, CLICK HERE and fill out the to verify your account:

WARNING! sju.edu owner that refuses to update his/her account after five (5) days of receipt of the notification of this update, your account will be excluded permanently from our sju.edu Accounts database and can also cause malfunction of customer’s account or user and sju.edu would not be responsible for the loss of your sju.edu account.

sju.edu Webmaster, <– NOT the standard SJU Helpdesk Signature
Engr. Johansson Simpson <–NOT an employee of SJU OIT
Upgrade Team Controller.

Computer Installation Scheduling for the Summer

One major task we have on our plate is the installation of personal computer systems throughout campus: in computer labs, in classrooms, and in faculty and staff offices. Due to the overwhelming number of systems that have been purchased and need to be installed this summer, we are working on an aggressive schedule to try to get them done. In order to accomplish that, we are asking that if a computer has been ordered for you, please schedule an installation time using our scheduling tool available in MySJU as soon as possible. We are currently scheduling installations through August 19, with up to 4 available time slots available each weekday (excluding holidays).

In order to get ready for the start of the new Academic Year, which starts August 29, and handle the start-of-the-semester rush, we will NOT be scheduling or performing any computer installations from August 21 through September 9. So, if you need to have your new computer installed before the semester starts, please be sure to schedule it before August 19.

How to Schedule a Computer Installation
1. Login to MySJU at http://my.sju.edu
2. In the Saint Joseph’s University Links channel select Computer Scheduling Tool
3. When prompted, enter your standard SJU username and password
4. Select the order number for your computer order
5. Follow the instructions to select the date and time of your installation

Saint Joseph’s University – Windows 7 Deployment Plan

Information Technology recommends Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit for new University PCs.

Beginning April 1, 2011, all University PC’s ordered through the Technology Purchasing site within My SJU, will come imaged with Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit.

Can I “upgrade” my existing computer to Windows 7?

Information Technology will not automatically update the current operating system on a computer unless there is a specific business need. Faculty and Staff who choose to update to Windows 7 must meet the recommended hardware requirements. Currently, there is no designated upgrade path from Windows XP. A clean installation will be required and all user data files must be backed up onto another storage medium. Following a fresh installation of the Windows 7 operating system, all user data files must be migrated over to the newly set up computer. All programs and settings will have to be reinstalled and reconfigured on the computer. This process could take up to 3 business days. Please send your upgrade request for consideration to helpdesk@sju.edu.

Windows 7 recommended minimum system requirements:

Processor: Pentium 4 / Core 2 Duo, 2 GHz

Ram: 2GB or more

Graphics Card: Dedicated graphics card, 128 or 256 mb of memory

Hard Drive Space: 160GB available disk space (or more)

Lab Computers

All IT-owned labs/classrooms/podiums will be upgraded to Windows 7 Enterprise 32-bit over the summer of 2011. As equipment in other labs/classrooms is replaced, they will be upgraded.

Reminder: Back up that paper!

As the spring 2011 semester winds down, deadlines are looming for papers, projects, etc. While we always hope that technology is available, there are many examples of lost papers in the final seconds — just before turning it in. This happens for many reasons (but never at an opportune time) including a failed computer, failed hard drive, power surge, network outage, and a host of other reasons. This information may be most helpful for students, but we encourage faculty members to always back up their data as well.

So, back up those projects! Available options include:

* an external hard drive
* a USB flash/thumb drive
* a shared drive

IT word changes according to Associated Press

In March, the Associated Press announced its major changes in word styles, including IT words. This is a “big deal” for IT words that have remained unchanged for decades in a field where technology changes frequently and fast. (Some words, like “e-mail”, have remained unchanged for 20+ years.)

New IT word styles include:

* cellphone (formerly “cell phone” as two words)
* email (formerly ”e-mail” with a hyphen)
* smartphone (formerly ”smart phone” as two words)
* website (formerly ”web site” as two words)

AP style is used by media entities around the world, including the Kansas State Collegian and other K-State communications channels. “On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from the AP,” says the About AP webpage.

According to the Associated Press Stylebook site (apstylebook.com): “The entries on cell phone, e-mail and smart phone have been changed to cellphone, email and smartphone to reflect increasingly common usage.”

These and other changes are expected to be in the spiral-bound 2011 AP Stylebook slated to be released in May. On apstylebook.com, it’s noted the AP Stylebook Online version has additional content beyond what is included in the paper AP Stylebook.

Laptop Program Repairs for Summer 2011

As the current semester ends on May 7, the following changes will apply to the Student Technology Center’s policies for computer repairs during the Summer Sessions:

The Student Technology Center will NOT accept computers needing to be shipped out for repair after Friday, April 29. The only exceptions to this are machines requiring repairs of hard drives, keyboards, touchpads, and CD ROMS drives, as these are usually returned within one business day.

Once the summer session begins on May 16, 2011, the Student Technology Center will continue to ship your laptops for repairs as normal.

Please contact the Student Technology Center at (610)660-3070, or by email at STC@sju.edu, with any questions you mayhave.

Students can call IBM (1-800-426-7378) or Apple (1-800-800-2775) directly or wait until May 16 to send their computer out for repair.

STC Student Survey 2011 – Win an iTunes gift card!

Please take a moment to complete our 2011 Student Technology Center Survey! To show our appreciation for your taking time to complete this survey, we will have four prize drawings. Each Winner will receive a $50 iTunes gift card. Completing the survey with your name and email address will entitle you to an entry in the Student Technology Center’s Survey Contest. Good Luck!

http://support.sju.edu/ics/survey/survey.asp?deptID=5424&surveyID=3045&type=web

The Student Technology Center
Science Center Building Room 129
x2920

New Science Center Access Policy begins today

Colleagues,
Just a reminder that starting TODAY, you will need a valid SJU ID to enter the Science Center after 5:30 PM (until 11:00 pm when the Technology Center closes) Mondays – Thursdays and all day on the weekends during the times when classes are in session and the Technology Center is open.

Please contact Security at x1111 if you have any concerns or problems accessing the building.

Thanks,
Mike
Michael P. McCann, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Natural Sciences,
Mathematics & Computer Science
Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 610-660-1146
FAX: 610-660-1525

New Science Center Access Policy begins today

Colleagues,
Just a reminder that starting TODAY, you will need a valid SJU ID to enter the Science Center after 5:30 PM (until 11:00 pm when the Technology Center closes) Mondays – Thursdays and all day on the weekends during the times when classes are in session and the Technology Center is open.

Please contact Security at x1111 if you have any concerns or problems accessing the building.

Thanks,
Mike
Michael P. McCann, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Natural Sciences,
Mathematics & Computer Science
Saint Joseph’s University
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 610-660-1146
FAX: 610-660-1525