ITS Connect

Final exam schedules, new wireless technology, upgrades to Exchange and Blackboard, and more in this month’s ITS updates.

Final Exam Schedules for Students and Faculty
Finals are here!  Find out where and when your finals are through two available methods:

  • Download our MyPace Mobile App and look for the Exam Schedule module: Final Schedule Site. Whether you are on the run or online, easily view your final exam date, location, and time. Good luck on finals!

Orientation Registration System Enhancements for New Incoming Students
ITS worked with CAE to apply significant improvements to our Student Orientation Registration System. Along with making the front-end forms more user-friendly, it has been modified to run on tablet devices and early arrival accommodation were also enhanced. The various changes provide administrators with easier tracking, reporting, and attendee management. A Global Pathways management facility has also been incorporated for international students. For more information regarding Undergraduate Orientation, please refer to Fall 2013 Orientation.

Spring 2013 ePortfolio Student Contest Winners
The judges’ scores are in! Below are the winners of the third annual spring contest—log in to ePortfolio to check out their superlative ePortfolios!

  • Pamela Marianelli Agbulos: A freshman political science major who created her ePortfolio on her own after being briefly introduced to the tool in UNV101.
  • Yekaterina Tsvetkova: An undergraduate Lubin student who created her ePortfolio almost entirely in Russian as part of her modern languages coursework.
  • Caitlin Kirschbaum: A graduate student in the Masters in Communications and Media Arts with vast skill sets in areas such as social media, marketing, video production, photography and public relations.
  • Heather Askildsen: A senior English major created a career-oriented ePortfolio that showcases her writing.

These students were honored at their campus’ ePortfolio Showcase Ceremony, held in conjunction with the Writing Enhanced Course Awards on Thursday, May 2. Congratulations to our winners!

New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff Update
Starting mid-May, we will begin the migration of the new Cisco wireless technology at NYC’s One Pace Plaza building (with the exception of Maria’s Tower).  We will be posting a general schedule for the building on our website.  In addition, we will also be posting signage and have handouts in key locations. 

If you are connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations list above, you will see the network information below:

  • Pace_Connect will now be called PACE-OPEN
  • Pace_Secure will now be called PACE-WIRELESS

If you are interested in checking out the new technology over the next few weeks, go to any of the following locations which now include the new wireless network technology:

  • Law School (WP)
  • 140 William St. (NYC)
  • CSO office areas (NYC–2nd floor 1 Pace Plaza)
  • CRC lab (PLV–2nd floor Willcox Hall)
  • West Hall (BRC)

For additional updates, information, and/or rollout schedules for the new services, please visit the following site: Configuring Wireless.

Microsoft Lync Settings Update
In order to improve the user experience when scheduling and conducting Lync online meetings and the Web conferences, we have updated the Microsoft Lync’s default settings. The default setting originally was set where only the meeting organizer was listed as a presenter and all other meeting participants to be attendees. Presenters have control over the meeting and additional features while attendees do not.  However, this default setting can sometimes be an issue if the meeting organizer can’t join the meeting until later and no one else has the access to fill in as a presenter. It can also become an issue if the organizer would like to grant one or more attendees with presenter status after the meeting starts, but does not know how to do this.  

To eliminate these issues, the new default setting will make every meeting participant a Presenter by default. Meeting organizers can still change the new default setting to anything they wish by accessing Meeting Options. The Meeting Options window has a “Remember Settings” checkbox in the lower left corner.  If you check this box, your settings will save to the computer you are currently using and will be used each time you create an online meeting (this will work on both Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2013). This is a local save and must be repeated in each computer you use to access your Outlook calendar. For a video tutorial on customizing meeting options, click here. In addition, a new “Lync Delegate” feature has been enabled which will allow a designated person to set up a Lync meeting on behalf of someone else. To learn how Lync delegate access works, you can review tutorials here. Another benefit of enabling Lync Delegate access is that it will also turn on the Lync “voice calling” feature. This means that calls to internal Pace numbers/extensions can now be made via the dial pad icon on the main Lync window.  Just type in the number or extension of the person you want to call and press CALLNote:  To use this feature, you must have either a microphone and speaker connected to your computer or a microphone enabled headset.

Exchange Upgrades
Over the next several months, ITS will be upgrading our Microsoft Exchange server hardware and software. The upgrades will allow for a more robust system, with new features and increased storage quotas. While the upgrade is in progress, users may see references to emailnyc.pace.edu or emailwst.pace.edu in their mail clients. Some mail clients may require configuration changes to continue to function. Please review the table on the following site Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgrade and take note of any changes required for the mail client you use. Once the upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 is complete this summer, emailnyc.pace.edu and emailwst.pace.edu will no longer be required and all users will be able to use email.pace.edu again.

Blackboard Upgrade in May
Blackboard Learn servers will be taken offline on Thursday, May 23, from 4:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in order to install a service pack upgrade. The upgrade will provide a number of enhancements to the Blackboard Learning Management System. More details are available from the CTLT blog: Enhanced Features of Blackboard Learn in May

University Policy Library for Students, Faculty, and Staff Available in May
The University has been working on creating a central location for all relevant University policies.  This library is to ensure faculty, staff and students have easy access to policies that affect them and their respective areas/groups.  It will be available by mid-May through your Portal account. 

ITS Connect

Is your ePortfolio worth $100? Want to know what’s for dinner on campus with the click of a button? All this and much more in this month’s updates from ITS.

ePortfolio Contest for Students
Who doesn’t want $100 these days?  The ePortfolio Spring Contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students! Log in to https://eportfolio.pace.edu to read the contest requirements and submit with the click of a button. The deadline is Wednesday, April 17. Need help sprucing up your ePortfolio? Contact an eTern at eportfolio@pace.edu.  

TutorTrac Is Now Available on Pace’s Network for Students
Students can now access TutorTrac from anywhere on Pace’s network.  This Redrock product is being used in the Tutoring Centers to manage/track tutoring center activity. The program’s robust admin functions include custom reporting, appointment, and scheduling management along with student and faculty assignments.  (Note: Users who are off campus will need to VPN onto Pace’s network in order to access this site.)

MyPace Mobile App for Faculty, Staff, and Students
Four additional modules were part of the latest March update.  Once you install the update from the App Store, you will see the following new modules:

  • Dining Hall
  • Library
  • Web Help Desk
  • Pace Fun Facts

For more information, visit http://www.pace.edu/mypacemobile.

New Wireless Technology
ITS has completed the installation process of new Cisco wireless technology at the Law School Campus in White Plains. Starting in mid-May, the migration of classroom locations will begin in phases on both the NYC and Westchester campuses. If you are interested in checking out the new technology, go to any of the following locations which now include the new wireless network technology:

  • Law School (WP)
  • 140 William St. (NYC)
  • CSO Office areas (NYC-2nd floor, One Pace Plaza)
  • CRC Lab (PLV-2nd floor, Willcox Hall)
  • West Hall (BRC)

 

If you are connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations list above, you will see the network information below:

  • Pace_Connect will now be called PACE-OPEN
  • Pace_Secure will now be called PACE-WIRELESS

For additional updates, information, and/or rollout schedules for the new services, please visit Configuring Wireless.

Postini Service Changes for Faculty, Staff, and Students
This past March, ITS migrated our services from Postini to Exchange Online Protection (EOP) which affected all users. Quarantine summaries are now coming from the following sender: quarantine@messaging.microsoft.com. The new email anti-spam and virus filtering service is much more aggressive where it blocks blatant spam before even reaching your quarantine mailbox so you may see a decrease in the quantity of messages in your daily summaries. Other messages (such as junk messages containing solicitations, advertisements, etc.) will be caught by Exchange Online Protection (EOP) and will be included in your daily quarantine summary as per usual.  EOP does allow some bulk/commercial email messages in, such as email newsletters, advertisements, and marketing messages from vendors and companies. These messages comply with the CAN-SPAM Act. Legitimate businesses will provide an option in the email to unsubscribe from their mailing lists. If you do not wish to receive those messages, please be sure to unsubscribe yourself from those lists using the ‘unsubscribe’ or ‘manage my preferences’ link usually found at the bottom of the messages. 

Important Reminders:

For more details on this transition, visit SPAM Control: Postini Transitioning to Exchange Online Protection and SPAM Control: Exchange Online Protection (EOP) FAQs. For information on how to deal with spam, refer to Spam Alerts.

iPad User Group Meetings for Faculty and Students
The remaining spring iPad meetings scheduled for April and May are as follows:

  • Monday, April 15: 12:20 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 1: 11:15 a.m.–12:10 p.m.


* All meetings will be held in Miller 16 (PLV) and Civic E319 (NY).
  You can view the minutes from each meeting on the iPad blog.  To be placed on the mailing list, contact Sam Egan (segan@pace.edu).

Training Sessions for IMO Representatives
The IMO meetings scheduled for March are as follows:

  • NYC:
    • Windows 8: Wednesday, April 3: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 p.m., One Pace Plaza, W202 CRC, PC Room A
    • Windows 8: Thursday, April 18: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., One Pace Plaza, W202 CRC, PC Room A
    • PLV:
      • Windows 8: Thursday, April 4: 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Willcox Hall, 2nd Floor CRC alcove
      • Windows 8: Wednesday, April 17: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m., Willcox Hall, 2nd Floor CRC alcove

To register, email Vito Palmeri at vpalmeri@pace.edu.

School News: Dyson Course Evaluations
Course evaluations are critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace. Dyson College is urging students taking Dyson courses to participate. To begin the evaluation, click here. Log in using your MyPace Portal username and password. It is important that you complete all of your Dyson College Course evaluations by Friday, May 3 to avoid the Dyson College grade delay. For details on the Dyson Course Evaluation process, visit Important Course Evaluation Information.

Your ePassport to Success

Put down the fancy paper, walk out of the Staples, and head to a research prep series session on creating your very own ePortfolio to bring your research to life.

Resume, schmesume. We have three words for you: Portable. Professional. Personal. Forget trying to cram in all of your work and research onto a tiny sheet of paper. It’s a digital world and we are digital boys and girls.

An online collection of all your work, ePortfolios showcase your accomplishments, give you the opportunity to creatively represent yourself, your education, your research, and so much more. You can post your resume, files, images, videos, and blogs that show your success and progress as a student while enriching your learning, preparing you for your field of work, and sharpening your technological skills. You can also include extracurricular activities and student organizations you’re a part of, network with others, and people can even post letters of recommendation for you to show prospective employers. The possibilities are endless!

That’s why the next session in the Undergraduate Research Preparation Series is focused on Creating ePortfolios to Showcase Research, where you’ll learn all about ePortfolios, including how to structure yours to best display your work and research process, as well as incorporate it into applications for internships, jobs, and graduate school.

Sessions will be held as follows:

PLV Campus
Monday, March 11:  12:20 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
Electronic Classroom, Mortola Library
RSVP to Allyson King at aking@pace.edu by Friday, March 8.

NYC Campus
Wednesday, March 13:  12:20 p.m.-1:15 p.m.
One Pace Plaza, W200A Computer Lab
RSVP to Jenny Ko at jko2@pace.edu by Monday, March 11.

The final session in the series, A World of Opportunities, which will give students information about prestigious national and international scholarship and fellowship opportunities that relate to the types of research in which they are interested, will be held on April 8 in PLV and April 10 in NYC.

ITS Connect

Your ePortfolio could be worth $100, get to know your iPad, Pace’s commitment to veterans, and more in this month’s ITS Newsflash.

ePortfolio Spring Contest
ePortfolio is hosting a spring contest for undergraduate and graduate students here at Pace University! The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble and will be recognized at the ePortfolio Student Showcase with an ePortfolio Certificate of Excellence.  Submitting your ePortfolio to the spring contest is only a click away! The deadline is quickly approaching (Monday, April 16) so log in to https://eportfolio.pace.edu/ to enter!

April iPad Meetings
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend ITS’ next iPad meeting on April 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held via videoconference in NYC in room E319 and in PLV in Miller 16. If you have any questions, contact Beth Gordon Klingner at bklingner@pace.edu or Martina Blackwood at mblackwood@pace.edu.

Veterans Website Redesign
ITS and University Relations worked with OSA to redesign the veterans website so that it is now dedicated to Future and Current Veteran students. The newly centralized site allows for all veteran information, links, and forms to be accessible from the main landing page. This revamp showcases Pace’s commitment to assisting veterans in pursuing higher education. Pace University was selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School for 2012, an honor awarded to only 15% of all colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide! You can check out the site by clicking on the following link: www.pace.edu/veterans.

Pace Tech Expo 2012
ITS would like to thank everyone who participated and attended the 2nd Pace Tech Expo in PLV this year! It was a great day filled with interesting technology and information. Updates, pictures, and information will be coming soon at http://www.pace.edu/techexpo.

ePortfolio Spring Fever

Does your ePortfolio have beauty and brains? Enter it into the Spring ePortfolio Contest for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble and an award at the ePortfolio Student Showcase. Deadline is April 9! If you don’t have an ePortfolio yet, no sweat!

Resume, schmesume. It’s time for you to put down the fancy paper, walk out of the Staples, and head back to your computer to get started on your ePortfolio. Why? Three words: Portable. Professional. Personal. Forget trying to cram in all of your work onto a tiny sheet of paper. It’s a digital world and we are digital boys and girls.

An online collection of all your work, ePortfolios showcase your accomplishments, give you the opportunity to creatively represent yourself and your education, and so much more. You can post your resume, files, images, videos, and blogs that show your success and progress as a student while enriching your learning, preparing you for your field of work, and sharpening your technological skills. You can also include extracurricular activities and student organizations you’re a part of, you can network with others, and people can even post letters of recommendation for you to show prospective employers. The possibilities are endless!

And if that’s not enough, you can win a $100 gift card by entering the Spring ePortfolio Contest open to undergraduate and graduate Pace students.  The winner will receive a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble, and will be recognized at the ePortfolio Student Showcase with an ePortfolio Certificate of Excellence.  Submitting is only a click away. Log in to https://eportfolio.pace.edu/ to enter! The deadline is April 9, so act fast!

Requirements:

  • A reflective statement on your introduction page in the Overall Reflections box. The statement should answer the question “How does your ePortfolio reflect your personal and/or professional growth as you continue your studies at Pace University?” (250-500 words)
  •  At least three complete ePortfolio pages

ePortfolio Spring Fever

Does your ePortfolio have beauty and brains? Enter it into the Spring ePortfolio Contest for a chance at a $100 gift card to B&N and an award at the ePortfolio Student Showcase in May. >>Read More

The second Spring ePortfolio Contest is officially underway!

Winners will receive a $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble, which can also be used at the Pace bookstores. In addition to receiving a gift card, this year’s winners will also be recognized at their campus’ ePortfolio Student Showcase and will receive an Excellence in ePortfolio Award. Save the date for the showcase ceremony on your campus:

  • May 4: Pleasantville Student Showcase: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Butcher Suite
  • May 5: New York Student Showcase: 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Multipurpose Room

You can can easily submit you ePortfolio within Mahara with a click of the button on eportfolio.pace.edu! Don’t have one? Well, it’s time you get started. An online collection of all your work, ePortfolios showcase your accomplishments, give you the opportunity to creatively represent yourself and your education, and so much more.  The deadline is April 21, so get to it!

Not sure what they’re looking for? See last year’s winners!

ePortfolio Fever

Resume, schmesume. It’s time for you to put down the fancy paper, walk out of the Staples, and head back to your computer to get started on your ePortfolio. At Pace, we help you stand out from the other job and internship hunters.

Portable. Professional. Personal. Forget trying to cram in all of your work onto a tiny sheet of paper. It’s a digital world and we have one (very powerful) word for you: ePortfolios. An online collection of all your work, ePortfolios showcase your accomplishments, give you the opportunity to creatively represent yourself and your education, and so much more.    

ePortfolios are a means of collecting, selecting, and reflecting on your academic work and other materials that will be useful in your  professional life. You can post your resumes, files, images, videos, and blogs that show your success and progress as a student while enriching your learning, preparing you for your field of work, and sharpening your technological skills. You can also include extracurricular activities and student organizations you’re a part of, you can network with others, and people can even post letters of recommendation for you to show prospective employers. The possibilities are endless!

Pace piloted the program during the Spring 2010 semester with 20 classes and 230 students, and the pilot was so successful that all Pace students now have access to ePortfolios!

Dive into your ePortfolio today.  And don’t worry about the how’s. Click here to learn how you can get started on stamping your passport to success!