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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

IT Outage: Network Outage, Friday April 8th

This morning at approximately 4am the primary and back up air conditioning units that support the main data center failed causing core network and system outages campus wide. IT is working with Facilities and third party vendors to restore the AC units as soon as possible.

At this time the core services have been restored, these include MySJU, Blackboard, Email Services. Unfortunately student printing on campus is still unavailable. Our administrators are working to get this service up and running as quickly as possible.

For continued updates on the outage, please follow us on Twitter @sjuit or find us on Facebook by searching Saint Joseph’s University Student Service Center.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to work to resolve all issues pertaining to this outage.

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