ITS Connect

On your mark ready set let’s go. Tech pro I know you know I go psycho when my internet quits, cable splits. Gotta get techie with it, that’s it!

Here’s the latest in what’s happening at our favorite tech division, ITS (Information Technology Services):

New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Starting mid-May of spring 2013, ITS began the migration to the new, more-robust, Cisco wireless technology.  Be on the lookout for signs and handouts in key locations and learn more about setting up wireless and the migration by visiting the website.

Users connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations that have migrated will see the network information below:

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

Important Note: It is strongly recommended that all users connecting to the new wireless network register their devices in order to receive proper permissions and network functionality. This is done by following the steps when connecting to PACE-OPEN.

Wireless Connectivity Sessions
ITS will be holding two sessions for students on the wireless network on our campuses (PLV on Monday, September 16 and NYC on Wednesday, September 18). Keep an eye out for more details and join us to see how to set up the wireless networks on your devices!

IT Security Awareness for Students, Faculty, and Staff
Computer security is an issue that everyone faces, not just IT. What does this mean for the Pace user community? It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that we keep our institution and personal data secure. ITS will be launching a security awareness program in the coming year in addition to implementing various best practice security protocols. Security changes such as the 15-minute session lockout is to ensure proper procedures are being enforced in order to minimize risk of exposing confidential data and to stay compliant with various standards and regulations, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI-DSS).  If your area would like training, please contact the IT Security office at itsecurity@pace.edu. Learn more about IT security.

Spam Alert
This is a reminder to the campus community to be vigilant in what emails you open and what links you click on. Spam emails may periodically end up in your mailbox. These types of messages may try to disguise themselves as authentic emails, by spoofing “From” addresses from people we know or known companies. READ MORE…

Migrating Emails from Google to Exchange for Students
ITS is continuously revising the technologies available to ensure that we provide the best services to our community.  Over the past four years, ITS has been evaluating our transition to Google for student email services. Based on research, feedback, and focus groups conducted over the past few years, ITS has decided to transition student email from Google to Exchange. The benefits of its integration with Exchange and calendaring are among some of the main reasons we have decided on this migration.  (Please note: Law School Students will not be affected by this change as they are already on Exchange.) Learn more about student email migration to Outlook Exchange.

RA Duty Log for Housing and Students
ITS worked with Residential Life to develop a RA Duty Log system which allows RAs to record information on their rounds.  These reports get submitted to the Resident Directors for each building every evening and can be reviewed and commented for the RAs. The form can be found at http://raduty.com.

ePortfolio Upgrade for Students and Faculty
Mahara version 1.7 is now up and running at https://eportfolio.pace.edu! New features include retractable blocks, a new way of accessing pages made available to users by others, and the ability to add journal entries directly from an ePortfolio page. READ MORE…

Respondus is Now Available for Students and Faculty
Respondus is a secure online exam solution that is embedded in Blackboard. The Lockdown Browser component locks down the testing environment by restricting students from accessing other websites, course content, and many other functions, in order to provide a secure online exam environment. READ MORE…

Utilizing Your Technology Fee
Pace University assesses a Technology Fee to ensure students have access to the latest instructional technology resources available.  All revenue generated from the technology fee goes directly towards funding instructional technology initiatives that are focused on enhancing the student learning experience.  READ MORE…

Not sure who to call? Contact the Pace Information Center (PIC)
The Pace Information Center (PIC) is your single source of information for any question about the University.  To reach PIC, dial 311 from any internal administrative Pace phone, or 1-855-PACE311 (1-855-722-3311) from off-campus. LEARN MORE…

To see various projects ITS has worked on over the course of last year and prior years, view the Tactical Plan!

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.

Getting Techie with ITS

Digital signage comes to PLV, like Pace ITS on Facebook for a chance to win an iPad Mini, 25% off NJ Transit monthlies for students, and more in this month’s ITS updates.

Digital Signage for PLV
New digital signage displays have been installed on the Pleasantville Campus at Kessel Student Center and Goldstein Fitness Center! Advertising an event for your club or organization is easy. Just send an e-mail to settersigns@pace.edu and attach an image to be displayed. (NOTE: Images should be 8.5×11” JPEG or PDF format. Large font sizes (28+) and high resolution images are recommended. Additionally, file size cannot exceed 10MB.)  

NJ Transit Discounts for Students
All aboard a 25% discount on NJ Transit monthlies! ITS has created a registration page for current Pace students to enroll for discounts on NJ Transit monthly train passes.  For details, visit NJ Transit Discounts.

Give ITS a Thumbs Up!
If you didn’t get that iPad Mini you asked for this holiday season, let our not-so-secret Santas at ITS give it to you! To enter for a chance to win, go to http://www.facebook.com/PaceITS and hit like by February 13. If you already like them, you’re also entered into the contest. The winner will be announced on February 19. Only current Pace students are eligible to win.

Mahara User Group (MUG)
The Mahara User Group (MUG) will meet virtually on Thursday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m. The participation link will be distributed through e-mail and through the MUG Facebook group. E-mail Sam Egan at segan@pace.edu to be placed on the mailing list. To catch up on Mahara news beforehand, check out the Mahara Newsletter, where Sam and Michelle Birch’s articles are featured.

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Update and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection
ITS is currently working on deploying its new System Center Configuration Manager Client for computers throughout the University.  They will be rolling this out to key areas on specific dates over the course of January (you can contact your department IMO for the specific schedule). Once the updates have been completed for your area, you will see a notification in the system tray stating that the System Center Configuration Manger client has been installed. You do not need to do anything as this is just a notification to inform you that the installation has been completed. In addition to the SCCM upgrade, your antivirus client will also be updated to the latest version released from Microsoft. This new version is called System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection and will replace Microsoft Forefront.

Augmented Pace Action Plan
ITS worked with the Provost office to provide an internal site that allows the Pace Community to submit feedback to the Provost Office using a web form. The Action Team Reports (December 2012) are available on a secure Pace network for students, faculty, and staff and are found here: Augmented Pace Action Plan Action Team Reports. (Note: This site is only accessible on the Pace Network.  Anyone not on the Pace network will need VPN to access it; everyone with a Pace ID has access to VPN. Guidelines on VPN are available at www.pace.edu/information-technology-services/services/virtual-private-network. Please direct any technical questions to pacehelpdesk@pace.edu.)

And don’t forget. If you need Microsoft Office, Lync, or Security Essentials, visit adam.pace.edu for a free download of these products.

All Hands on Tech

If the word java doesn’t make you think of Starbucks and you know that agile is more than just a word to describe the Fab Five gymnasts, five Seidenberg events this month will whet your app-etite.

The Hess Truck Rolls Into Campus
On September 18 at 6:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Pace Computing Society welcomes Whitney Hess for a New York City User Experience Professionals Association (NYCUXPA) featured talk and free pizza. Hess will discuss surviving the corporate jungle as a Solo UX practitioner and the lessons she’s learned along the way. The NYCUXPA talks feature speakers or panels that address topics related to user experience—an essential part of good program, app, and web development. Hess has worked on many impressive projects, including a card search tool for American Express and as a member of the design team for Liquidnet, an international financial software company. Learn more by checking out her blog, Pleasure and Pain.

Agility is Key
Join Seidenberg at two Agile NYC events. On September 20 in the Multipurpose Room, AGILE NYC and Seidenberg celebrate the 3rd Agile Day, a full-day conference organized by AGILE NYC, the most active agile community in the Big Apple. The annual Agile Day is a huge Manhattan meet-up dedicated to agile project management and development practices. Participate in Agile Day to learn from local practitioners and industry experts and connect with others and learn more about the agile initiative.

On September 21, the Multipurpose Room will serve one purpose: the Agile NYC Open, a unique full-day “Open Space” event with only one topic—the open space itself. During open space conferences, the participants create a marketplace and agenda on the morning of the event. Everyone has the opportunity to either convene a session or participate in another session. Come experience the spontaneity of this open space event and be ready to learn some surprising new things in the agile way.

Tech Talk on Telemedicine
Join Seidenberg Dean Amar Gupta, PhD as he shares his vision for the Seidenberg School and discusses an important paper he wrote on Interoperable electronic health records at Telemedicine: Improving Patient Experience and Lowering Costs using Technology on September 27 at 12:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. In his paper, he proposes federal legislation mandating uniform technical standards for the transfer health records. Gupta is a renowned computer scientist and entrepreneur, and has worked at a variety of influential organizations including IBM, The World Bank, Citibank, and the United Nations.

Got Game?
If you like video games and you like to program, this is your chance to get a taste of what it takes to actually make one. Join the Seidenberg Video Game Jam from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on September 28 and 29, where students will gather together as a group to make video game magic in the course of two days. Bring headphones, food, tablets, or anything else that you’ll need to have a good time and make a game! Seidenberg will offer some resources and inspiration during a talk at the start of the event.

Can You Hack It?

On March 30-31, whet your app-etite with RIM’s Campus Hack-a-thon, which will give Pace students the opportunity to develop their own BlackBerry app using RIM’s HTML5/WebWorks tools.

RIM is looking for the next generation of mobile developers. If you’ve got a BlackBerry app-etite, we’ve got just the dessert for you! RIM’s Campus Hack-a-thon arrives on Pace’s NYC Campus on March 30-31, looking for students with the future Angry Birds of apps.

Spend two days learning tips and tricks from leading developers in the industry; attending developer panels, which include RIM developer experts and partners; engaging in hands-on app development experience; learning techniques to develop compelling apps for BlackBerry smartphones and the PlayBook; participating in briefings with developers and discussing trends; meeting and networking with developers; and participating in an app show and tell! Prizes will be awarded.

Let’s Talk About Tech

If you want to talk about Apple and HP and all the good things and the bad things that may be, then let’s talk about the Tech Expo on March 28 in PLV.

The second annual Pace Tech Expo is coming to the Kessel Student Center on the Westchester Campus from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on March 28 and will feature seminars by faculty and staff, a vendor showcase hosted by a number of big name tech companies, and plenty of free raffles and giveaways.

The Tech Expo is an opportunity for you to interact with and learn about emerging technologies in higher education and the consumer market from some of today’s biggest companies in the technology industry, including Dell, Audio/Video Corp., Crestron Electronics, Adobe, HP, Microsoft, Verizon Wireless, and Maven Technologies.

The event will consist of a vendor technology showcase where you will be able to learn more about educational applications, learn how technology is being utilized in today’s evolving classrooms, and see what is in development for classrooms of the future. There will also be seminar presentations by vendors and some of Pace’s esteemed faculty and staff.  These presentations will be focusing on innovative technology for use inside and outside of the classroom.

In addition, there will be tons of prizes! Students will have the opportunity to win prizes including an Apple iPad 2, Samsung 22″ HDTV, and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones! Students must sign up by Tuesday, March 27 to be eligible to win and must be present during the raffle, which will take place during common hour (12:50 p.m.-1:15 p.m.) There will be additional raffles throughout the day for everyone attending (students, staff, and faculty).

To learn more about the planned presentations from vendors and faculty, visit www.pace.edu/techexpo.

Social Media: Giving Power to the People

Does friendraising=fundraising? Are hashtags the new headlines? Can we really make change in 140 characters or less? Seidenberg and Dyson break down the power of social media in politics in a tech talk on March 7.

On March 7, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences will host Tech Talk: Power of Social Media in Politics, a panel discussion on several current and past social media-related events impacting politics, in the Multipurpose Room on the NYC Campus.

Panelists include Christopher Malone, PhD, associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department and a nationally recognized teacher of civic engagement and public values; Emilie Zaslow, PhD, assistant professor of communication studies, who is interested in consumer culture, gender identity, and media education; and Cathy Dwyer, PhD, associate professor of information technology who has conducted studies of online behavioral advertising, online privacy management, and social media. Pace alumna Becky Livingston ‘05, founder and president of Royal Apple Marketing, will moderate the discussion.

In addition to these events, the Pace Computing Society has a lineup of events to make all your techie dreams come true. Bit.ly data scientist Mike Dewar will stop by on March 7 to talk about the importance of data science and visualization; AgileNYC brings two speakers to Pace to discuss agile leaders and managing risk in agile; RIM’s first campus hackathon on HTML 5/WebWorks will give students the opportunity to develop their own apps on March 30 and 31; and more. Visit http://bit.ly/pcsevents for more info on their event lineup for March.

Pace Creative Lab Presents Made in NY: The Intersection of Tech, Social Media, and Entrepreneurship

From how to get a job in social media to how social media has changed NYC’s food industry and more, join representatives from Reuters, CNN Money, Mashable, Food Network, Real Simple, and more at a huge Social Media Workshop on the NYC Campus. Plus, hear from a Pace alumnus and social media director at AOL about NYC’s red hot “Silicon Alley.”

Pace Creative Lab Presents Made in NY: The intersection of tech, social media, and entrepreneurship, an all-day seminar on social networking, held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 29 in the Multipurpose Room on Pace’s NYC Campus.

The event, brought to you by the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, is free for Pace students, faculty, and staff, and other university students with a valid ID, and $25 for other attendees who pre-register.

Learn about how the industries of technology, media, and entrepreneurship have merged together to create a diverse and vibrant multidisciplinary community of creatives from professionals living, working, and creating in New York City.

Schedule (times and speakers are subject to change):

8:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. – Registration and breakfast


9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m. – Introductions


10:00 a.m. – How to get a job in NYC
This panel will discuss best practices for job hunting for the recent college graduate, intern, or professional who wants to get themselves involved in technology or social media in New York City.

Featuring
Morgan Brady, NearSay
Harrison Kratz, 2Tor
Sarah Cicuto, House Party
Nicole Hering, 360i

Moderated by Briana Campbell, Head of Social Media at Zemoga, and Co-Founder of Work It Brooklyn


10:45 a.m.- The changing face of news: social media, startups, and the real-time web
Learn how reporting breaking news has changed through the use of social media and how covering startups and enterpreneurships has become an industry all on its own.

Featuring
Anthony DeRosa, Social News Editor, Reuters
Laurie Segall, Staff Reporter, CNNMoney

Moderated by Katy Kelley, VP of Global Marketing for Cohn & Wolfe


11:30 a.m. – Building online community offline
Learn how some successful offline communities in NYC combine online and offline roots, and some best practices for fostering budding relationships in person.

Featuring
Meghan Peters, Co-Founder, #CMMeetup, Community Manager, Mashable
Katy Zack, Co-Founder, #CMMeetup, PR and Marketing Manager at AKQA
Natalie Rodic Marsan, Co-Founder, #CMMeetup, Community Manager for Razorfish

Moderated by Constance Knapp, PhD, Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace


12:15 p.m. – Lunch break


1:00 p.m.- Real-time deliciousness: Social media and New York’s Food Industry
Look at how social media is changing the way people make, share, and eat food, and how New York’s food publishing industry has started to build advocates online.

Featuring
Sarah De Heer, Online Editor, FoodNetwork.com
Amy Cao, Head of Community for Foodspotting, star of Stupidly Simple Snacks, Food editor for Tumblr

Moderated by Kristin Appenbrink, Assistant Editor and Community Manager, Real Simple


1:45 p.m.- What is it like to be a developer in NYC?
Learn about developer culture in startups in NYC, and the skills necessary for success besides wicked coding skills.

Featuring
Frank Denbow, Developer, Picsicle
Brian Papa, iOS Developer, Felt Tip Inc
Michael Zaic, Lead Developer, CafeMom

Moderated by Jonathan Hill, DPS, Assistant Dean, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems


2:30 p.m.- The state of now in Social Media
Taking a look at the state of now in social media and the impact of recent annoucements by Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and more.

Featuring
Erica O’Grady, CMO, OnBoard Tours


3:15 p.m.- The State of now in Entrepreneurship/Investing
Learn what’s getting investors/VCs excited and how New York has become a focus of the tech investor community.

Featuring
Charlie O’Donnell, Principal, First Round Capital


4:00 p.m.- Networking and cocktail hour


In addition to this event, Pace alumnus and Seidenberg Tech Mentor-in-Residence Matthew Knell ’00, the social media director at AOL, will give a talk on New York’s red hot “Silicon Alley” technology and social media scene at 8:00 a.m. on October 20 in the Multipurpose Room.

Getting Techie with IT

From Blackboard, classroom, and Lecture Capture upgrades to Pace’s very own 311 to expanding ePortfolios, find out what ITS has been up to this summer.

Message from the New CIO–Thomas Hull!
It is great to be here as the CIO of Pace University. We are the Information Technology Services (ITS) group that handles all of the computers and systems on campus. I joined Pace after 28 years in the IT industry including being CIO at Siena College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, Visions FCU, and Cornell and IBM. We are proud of the work that we do at Pace ITS and strive to help students and faculty with using computers, wireless networking and the software applications around campus and from the Internet. Below we have outlined some “highlight” areas of recent enhancements and services that are available to everyone. We want to have the best technology services of any university and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know. 

We can conveniently be reached by the following:

Phone: 3-3333 or (914)773-3333 [Toll Free: 1-855-PACEITS (1-855-722-3487)]
E-mailitshelpdesk@pace.edu
Online
: http://help.pace.edu/ 

We have extended our ITS Help Desk hours to 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. weekdays and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on weekends for the first two weeks of September. Please visit our website for details: http://www.pace.edu/its.    

Blackboard Upgrade 
Blackboard has been upgraded to version 9.1 (SP 6). This version brings some new enhancements and addresses outstanding issues we encountered last year.  Read more…

Classroom/Lecture Halls
ITS has continued in its pursuit of upgrading technology in the classrooms.  Several lecture halls such as Lecture Hall South in NY and Goldstein 300 in PLV have been converted to high-end rooms.  Read more…

Echo 360 (Lecture Capture) Upgrade
As part of the upgrade to version 4, you are now able to login to Echo 360 using your MyPace Portal Username and Password. This means that logging into the application no longer requires a separate username and password.  Read more…

Pace University Web Help Desk
Over the course of the last Academic year, we have been working with several departments to consolidate their respective areas into one Help Desk ticketing system. We have over 10 major departments that have been incorporated and are continuing to add more!  Read more…

Enhancements to OSA Phone Systems
A new system was installed which allows incoming calls to the new OSA call center to be queued instead of going to voice mail during busy periods.  Read more…

Pace Information Center (PIC)
The Pace Information Center (PIC) is your single source of information for any question about the university.  To reach the PIC, dial 311 from any internal administrative Pace phone, or 1-855-PACE311 (1-855-722-3311) from off-campus.  Read more…

Web Conferencing Tools
There are many products available providing web conferencing tools.  Over the past few months ITS has been evaluating the various options and working to develop our recommendations for the best tools for Pace University needs. Read more…

First Mahara User Group Meeting
On Tuesday, August 9, Pace University successfully hosted the first Mahara User Group Meeting (MUG), a collaborative discussion among local universities who use the Mahara ePortfolio open source platform. Attendees included representatives from Albertus Magnus College, SUNY Purchase, and Plymouth State University, as well as faculty, staff and students from various areas within Pace. Read more…

ePortfolio Updates
The ePortfolio Program has expanded its roots this summer in various areas, including freshman orientation, UNV101, and tenure and promotion (TAP). Read more…

Redesign of the Status Page (Previously called the System Status Blog)
Over the next few months, ITS will be reviewing the System Status Blog and combining its content with that of the prior Status Page.  All ITS Status updates will be directed to http://status.pace.edu/

Residence Hall Phones
Over the summer, new phones were installed in hallways and common areas in the Residence Halls to replace the phones previously located in the individual rooms. The new phones are connected to the administrative phone network and allow residents to connect to faculty and staff via their administrative offices, in addition to having the ability to dial Security and 911 much more easily.

Thin Client Deployment in the CRC Labs
Over 30 Thin Clients have been deployed to the New York, White Plains, and Pleasantville Computer Resource Center labs.  These Thin Client stations provide for a cost effective express station for users looking to log in quickly while retaining common functionalities such as access to the Microsoft Office suite, the Internet, and Printing.

New Digital Signage Vendor: ORCA
ITS worked with Marketing and Communications to bring in our new vendor for digital signage –ORCA.  All content is now managed, deployed, and distributed through them for the New York City campus. The signage provides a platform for advertising various news, events and announcements to the Pace community at key locations around the campus.

Wireless Network Enhancements
Wireless connectivity has been available in many areas, including classrooms, libraries and dorms.  This past spring and summer ITS focused on deploying wireless in the university’s administrative offices. As of July 2011, wireless network connectivity is available in all administrative areas throughout the campuses. 

Redesigned ITS Homepage
ITS has redesigned our Homepage to make searching for services easier. Check out the site at www.pace.edu/its to see the new design and for the latest in ITS.

ITS Newsflash

From videoconferencing with Darfur to University 311 to new mobile webpages and an entirely new content management system, the latest ITS Newsflash will knock your SOCKS (get it?) off!

While you’ve been busy getting  your degree on, ITS has been gettin’ techie with it. Here’s what’s up (and not down) this semester:

Video conferencing with Darfur. Using state-of-the-art video conferencing technology, Pace was able to connect to members in Darfur through United Nations and Movi connections.  Students from Law 602A – Externship Environmental Diplomacy Practice were able to speak with Ambassador Robert Van Lierop, member of the UNAMID Advisory Board on Justice, Accountability, Truth, and Reconciliation.

Info on the go. If you haven’t heard of Pace’s Mobile Beta Webpage, take a second to check it out: http://m.pace.edu. You can access it on the web or on your web-enabled mobile device and check out one of the newest additions: room directory lookup. This utility is a Beta product and a work in progress, subject to upgrades as ITS receives user feedback and additional data.  For more information, check out ITS News – Mobile Beta Webpage.

Hot Banana splits and now you’ve got a friend in Drupal. The University’s new Content Management System (CMS), Drupal, launched last week!  Visitors to Pace’s homepage will notice a new look and feel as well as a decrease in loading time for pages off of www.pace.edu.  Also, webpage administrators will have access to a robust and secure platform from which they can manage all of their content.

Shorty call 3-1-1! The Pace Information Center (PIC), formerly known as the University Switchboard, has transitioned from routing calls to answering callers’ questions and facilitating requests for service for any area of the University.  The PIC will be a one-stop service center for all.  Staff members will do their best to answer the question or find the individual/department with the expertise to assist the caller.  University 311 – Pace Information Center can be reached by the following methods:

  • Dial 311 from any on-campus administrative phone
  • Off-campus numbers:
    • PLV: (914) 773-3200
    • NYC: (212) 346-1200
    • WP: (914) 422-4000
    • BRC: (914) 923-2600

Blackboard gets better. Blackboard has recently launched a Blackboard analytics solution for data analytics in education. Read the press release for more info.

Your passport to success: ePortfolio. Beth Klingner, Executive Director for Academic Technology, and Samantha Egan, Academic Technology Assistant, will participate in the publishing department’s Faculty Brown Bag Luncheon in April and work with faculty on how to use ePortfolio tools in the classroom.  If you are wondering what ePortfolio is all about, contact Samantha Egan at segan@pace.edu. Students: Get ahead of the game and set up your ePortfolio at http://eportfolio.pace.edu!

All work and no play: ITS Help Desk open late! To better serve Pace users, ITS has added additional hours on Sundays from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. A representative will be based in the Library, so call or stop by if you need assistance! For more information, visit the ITS Help Desk.

Keep up with the latest tech scoop by following the ITS News site.

All Hands on Tech

Tonight, American Idol meets venture capital at “Are You Serious?” and on November 16 and 17, Seidenberg brings you some of the hottest names in IT: a record label CEO, a successful IT consultant and author, and a group of talented folks who believe that Internet Is People.

There’s a whole lot going on in techieland and Seidenberg has it covered!

Tonight, November 11, The Hatchery hosts “Are You Serious?” at Pace. A monthly pitch event focused on technology entrepreneurship, participants have five minutes to present their concept to a panel. Blackberry will be in attendance to talk about their newest product, and $10,000 in prizes will be given away! 

On November 16, Ernest von Simson, senior partner of IT consultancy Ostriker von Simson, will talk about his new book Limits of Strategy and give you a glimpse into the changes in markets, technologies, and business models in a presentation in Lecture Hall West from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

On November 17, we have two big events for you: Co-CEO and founder Matt Siegal, who was named to Billboard’s “30 Under 30” Power Players of the music industry in 2010, will talk about his record label Indaba Music, a collaborative platform for an international community of musicians, and give you a crash course on the tools available for artists to network, educate, produce, and distribute their work from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in One Pace Plaza’s Lecture Hall North. 

Later in the evening, Internet Is People and Seidenberg host a discussion with some tech-savvy folks sharing stories about changing higher ed through innovative technology. Inspired by Inside The Actors Studio, this series will tell the stories of these people, their lives and professional experiences, and the moments when they determined that the internet was an avenue for them to make their dreams into reality. This event highlights:

  • Jeremy Johnson, Chief Managing Officer of online education transformer, 2tor;
  • Kevin Prentiss, CEO of Swift Kick, an education company that provides the training, technology, and community to move students from apathy to engagement;
  • and Pace professor Christelle Scharff, who works with students, programmers, and communities in Cambodia, Senegal, and India to produce mobile solutions.

For details on each event, click here.

Gettin’ Techie With It

How do you get Apple, Google, Microsoft, IBM, AT&T, Verizon, Adobe, and more all in the same room showcasing some of their latest technologies? We don’t have a clue, but ITS got it done.

Want to know how an iPad can help you get ahead in school? Dying to see the Windows Phone 7 before it hits the market? Well, come on down to the Pace Tech Expo from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on November 3 in NYC to get all this and much more.

See cutting edge technology at the Vendor Technology Showcase and learn from vendors and Pace faculty how these innovations can revolutionize the learning process at short seminars being held all day. More than two dozen seminars include Apple discussing the iPad as an education tool, IBM’s solutions for smarter healthcare, Microsoft giving you the deets on their Windows Phone 7,  3D design in virtual worlds, and much much more.

And did we mention there will be giveaways and raffles at the expo? Raffle prizes may include a color printer, digital camera, programs, and some yet-to-be-named fun techie items, and some vendors may be providing swag, so you’re going to want to make it out to this event!

Additionally, if you’re interested in working at one of these top-notch organizations, dress for success and get your networking on. I mean, have you seen what the Google offices look like?

Ayo Technology…Fee

Everybody’s least favorite three letter word? Fee. We hate paying for things that we don’t have any control over. So why is the Student Technology Fee any different? Because you rule.

You’ve picked wireless coverage, Microsoft bundles, on-demand lecture tools. You have to pay, so why shouldn’t you have a say? That’s exactly why there’s  a committee comprised of students and faculty who vote to determine what technology initiatives receive funding each year. But before the voting happens, the Student Technology Fee Committee needs to hear from you.

If you’ve got an idea for a technology issue, submit your funding proposal to the Student Technology Fee Committee.  Your input and feedback are critical, so if you have an idea, pass it along! All submissions will be evaluated and considered.

For a list of what your technology fee covered this year, click here.

Gaga for Google

Mailbox full? Not happening. For undergraduate and graduate students, it’s a whole new ball game. On September 15, Pace goes gaga for Google.

On August 23, first-year students were set up with Google Apps for Education. For returning and transfer students, the magic date is September 15, when you will be able to begin sending and receiving e-mail from http://google.pace.edu.

Why do you want to do this? Well, for one you’ll get 70 times the mail space, so that mailbox full message will never be seen again. There’s also GChat; Google Docs, so you can create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online; Google Calendar to schedule meetings, create events, and share calendars; Access to your information from anywhere with an internet connection (and from a mobile device);  and you get to keep your e-mail address after graduation.

 For detailed information about the move to Google Apps for Education, visit www.pace.edu/googleappsupdates.

For additional info, check out the Google Apps website.

Happy Gmailing!

You’ve Got (g)Mail!

If 70 times more e-mail storage space and video chatting and a whole lot of Google is the answer you’ve been looking for, well then we’ve got the question: Why haven’t you signed up for our Google Apps for Education yet?

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More than 8 million students use Google Apps for Education and now, thanks to a partnership between Pace and Google, you are one of them. So what does this mean?

  • Tired of deleting messages to stay under quota? In the words of the great Kelly Clarkson “never again!” Gone are the “Your mailbox is almost full” messages, since you’ll now be getting more than 7GB, which is 70 times more storage space than you had before you went on summer vacation;
  • Your parents may no longer tell you what to do, but fortunately your calendar can. Now you’ve also got Google Calendar, which allows you to share and coordinator calendars and schedule resources from your computer or mobile device;
  • Would you like to overwrite this file? Nope, thanks to Google Docs, a word processing app that doesn’t just give you access to the same document, it allows you to work on it at the same time from anywhere in the world; 
  • KIT (that’s keep in touch) with Google Talk, which supports free instant messaging, calling, voicemail, and file transfer;
  • Let’s do the wave! Google Wave, a team project app that allows you to collaborate in one space using instant talk, polls, and more, from anywhere around the world; See the comment below from our CIO, Ravi, who gave us some (wave) breaking news: Wipe out! 

Oh, and we can keep going: Google voice and video chat; Google Groups; you can even “Google” your own Gmail and find the message you’re looking for in seconds.  You’re going to be all Googled out by the end of the semester. Actually, there’s no such thing. Come on, it’s GOOGLE!

Let IT answer your frequently asked questions and then click here to get yourself started in Google Apps.

For more information on what Google has to offer, check out the Google Apps for Education website.

Your Educational Passport to Success

Resume, schmesume. At Pace, we help you stand out from the other job and internship hunters. Actually, we don’t just help you stand out, we help give you the educational passport to show where you’ve been and what you’ve learned.

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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 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.

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 will have access to ePortfolios when they arrive in early September.

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

Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative SWEETS

Whether you’re interested in FREE Microsoft Office Enterprise, a Dell of a deal, or up to 85% off the latest and greatest computer software, ITS has got you covered.

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So you want Microsoft Office 2007 Enterprise (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, and more) and Microsoft Forefront Client Security? Done and free.

Thinking of buying a Dell netbook and want to pay, say, half the price for it? Well, you’re in business right here

Rather a sleek new MacBook Pro? We already covered that in our How Bout Them Apples story, and you’re really going to want to read that one. Really, there’s a free iPod Touch involved.

Are you jonesing for Adobe Creative Suite, but wishing that the deal was just a little sweeter? Well, meet JourneyEd. She’s about to whisper some serious sweet somethings in your ear about saving 85%. That’s right, 85%! Read about this major savings and tons more on the IT Discounts site.

How About Them Apples?

Windows, Windows, Windows. If you’re tired of hearing all about Dell this and Vista that, then you’re going to be thrilled to hear that Pace is not only supporting Macs and adding them to our facilities, we’re hooking you up with some pretty sweet Mcdeals and maybe even a free iPod Touch.

You know what they say, a rotten apple spoils the barrel. That’s why ITS is making sure yours stays ripe, thanks to  the Client Support staff receiving  Apple certification enabling them to support Macintosh computers. Bring your laptop or desktop in for some Maclovin’ and while we’re on the topic of Client Support, a Client Support Walk-in Center is now available in the Computer Resource Center, Willcox Hall – 2nd floor, Pleasantville Campus, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Visit either this center or the one located in One Pace Plaza, New York Campus, Room W209 – 2nd floor for computer assistance.

Additionally, Macs have been popping up all over the NYC and Westchester campuses, thanks to ITS and the Library.  And, if that’s not sweet enough, the new units will be equipped with Final Cut Pro, a really sophisticated video editing program, for students, faculty, and staff to use. And that’s not all: IT has also set up an Apple Podcast Producer, an automatic and easy way to create and publish podcasts to iTunes, a blog, or other website.  You can also easily download your podcast to your computer, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV.  For more information on Podcast Produce, contact Joe Constantino.  

Finally, if you’re tired of heading to the labs to get a bite out of the sweet Apple, then use your ITS Discounts to pick up one of your own. Students, faculty, and staff who buy a new Mac with Apple education pricing through September 7 will also get a free 8GB iPod Touch. Sounds like a Mcsteal to us.

Forget Simon: Listen to What Homer Says

While you’re waiting for that elevator to get to class, it’s time to look up and let Homer give you the lowdown on what’s going on around the NYC campus.

 

Last fall, flat screen monitors were installed all around the NYC campus to keep the downtown students in the know about news and upcoming events.

Whether it’s telling you where the free food is or what big event is happening on campus, Homer’s been keeping us entertained for almost a year. And not without some help! You’re probably wondering, “how does Homer know about all this good stuff?” Well, the truth is…because of you! Homer stays in the know about NYC events, thanks to students, faculty, and staff who submit them. So, know of an event or opportunity that you’d like to see up on the digital screens? Read these guidelines and get to submitting.

WordPress Obsessed

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve become pretty into WordPress over the last couple of months. From our student blogs to our revamped e-newsletters, WordPress is taking Pace by storm. Or vice versa.


Students have been blogging at Pace for years. Our student blog sites have undergone more “makeovers” than Heidi from The Hills. Then, when taking a look at what others were doing, the student blog site happened upon our CIO Ravi’s blog…in WordPress.  It was love at first site, and the Pace Student Blogs was re-born in WordPress.  Then, like skinny jeans tucked into high-top neon Nikes, it spread all over campus.

An Accepted Students blog popped up in WordPress; A Semester at Sea student hopped aboard in WP; Seidenberg Dean Constance Knapp, PhD, and Lubin Dean Neil S. Braun both took to WordPress to connect with their students, faculty, and staff; our Press Room got all VI(W)P; and finally, we jumped aboard the WordPress wagon and re-launched The Pulse, our faculty and staff newsletter Opportunitas, and our newsletter for parents and families, Keeping Pace.

If you’re ready to jump on the blogger bandwagon, e-mail the Online Communications team and let them know why you’d be a good pick.

Flip the Switch

Want to make an awesome video for class but don’t have the cool equipment to do it? Then borrow a Flip camcorder from Ed Media and make some magic.

 

If you’re interested in renting a camcorder for your classroom presentation or organizational meetings, then you’ve got to head over to Educational Media to try out their new Flip Mino camcorders!

The Mino camera is a sleek, low-profile device that’s small enough to pop right into your pocket. The camcorder can record up to 60 minutes of video at a 640×480 resolution, and the recordings are automatically saved as MPEG-4 video files for easy viewing on your computer. No additional software is needed, just plug in and go!

Give Ed Media a call to find out more:

  • NYC:  (212) 346-1583
  • PLV: (914) 773-3338
  • WP: (914) 422-4060

Please note: These cameras can be rented from your local Educational Media office for classroom or educational purposes ONLY.

Movin’ On Up!

From Blackboard and Banner upgrades to classrooms to-go, faculty and staff are cramming in as many enhancements as possible while you’re off digging your toes into the sand.

So wondering what’s been going on over the past few months?

Let’s give you the scoop on some of the new flavors at Pace.

  • Put your erasers away, Blackboard got upgraded to version 9.0. Which means what? Increased user-friendliness, for one thing.  New features include the addition of blogs and journals.  For Blackboard 9 Resources, click here.  And before ITS even had a chance to breathe, they’ve already started working to upgrade to version 9.1 and  support Bb Mobile, a version of Blackboard that works on selected mobile devices. Additionally, the course quota has been increased from 250MB to 2GB—allowing more space for each course and giving faculty the opportunity to increase multimedia use in teaching.

 

  • Banner got better!  Banner and all third-party products have been upgraded to the latest 8.0 releases, providing an enhanced Internet Native Banner and user-friendly Self Service Banner environments to students, faculty, and staff.

 

  • Can I get my classroom to-go?: Two mobile classrooms on the NYC and PLV campuses, providing up to 30 laptops to students during a classroom session, are now available for you. When the laptops are not being used, they will be circulated in the Library. Faculty interested in this project should contact the Educational Media Center at: nyem@pace.edu or call Richard Miller at 212-346-1550.

 

  • Classrooms and lecture halls get digital: Beginning in the fall, all Pace classrooms will be equipped with built-in computers, projectors, and screens.  Plus, 10 new high end classrooms and 2 lecture halls will be available with feature-rich, fully-integrated touch screen control systems, blu-ray players, annotation capability, and easy laptop/device hook ups.  For a complete list of the spaces being outfitted with technology over the summer, click here.  For any issues using classroom technology, contact classrooms@pace.edu.  All issues will automatically generate an ITS Helpdesk ticket and be swiftly addressed.

 

  • Video killed the radio star:  High-definition, state-of-the-art video conferencing rooms were constructed at the following three locations:  Miller, Room 16, in PLV, Graduate Center, Room 509, in WP, and One Pace Plaza, Room E319, in NYC, encouraging students, faculty, and staff to communicate among campuses.  Rooms come equipped with full digital collaboration capabilities, large screen displays, integrated controls, and remote access tools such as Movi, which allows students and faculty to participate remotely via their own computer.

 

  • It’s time to cut the cords: So long, pesky ethernet cables. Wireless has come to town!  As of July, all Pace classrooms and dorms have been equipped with robust wireless access.

 

  • Movers and shakers: The Doc Services Copy Center in Willcox got a bit of a makeover this summer along with an expansion to accommodate the relocation of the high-volume production center, and expanded services and quicker turnaround times for print projects. And the Copy Center won’t be lonely, as it just got a new neighbor at Willcox: the ITS Helpdesk and Client Services have moved offices from Briarcliff in effort to be more accessible to its clients. Additionally, the Helpdesk will run on extended hours for the first two weeks of the semester: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more ch-ch-ch-ch-changes coming soon or check out the ITS News site.

It’s Time to Turnitin

Ever get this genius idea while writing a paper and then you write it down, only to realize a few days later, that you just took Shakespeare and passed it as your own? Well, Turnitin is going to turnitaround for you!

Pace now has a University-wide license for Turnitin, the anti-plagiarism and peer review software that is integrated with Blackboard. Students using the application can check their own writing for improperly used content, inadvertent plagiarism, or quotation errors. CTLT and the school IT directors are working on training material, so stay tuned for more!

To learn more about Turnitin, click here.

Home is Where the OUT House Is

What’s the coolest house in Dyson? The OUT House. That’s right we said it (hey, they named it!) Learn more about this techie house and its four sisters, which also have cool names, but not nearly as fun logos.

If you’ve seen The Terminator, played Grand Theft Auto, or used Facebook, then, according to the Online University Technopolis (OUT) House, you know that the apocalypse is coming. 

One of Dyson’s five Houses (the others are Body and Mind House, Gotham House, Green House, and One World House), OUT House is Dyson College’s version of a virtual fall-out shelter.

So what does this mean for you? Rather than simply hide behind Pace University’s firewall, OUT House members will train for the future, mastering the forces that are bringing about our ruin. This year, the focus will be primarily on media such as film and television, examining how they shape beliefs and the ways we are shaped by them. Rather than just analyze, OUT House members will adopt a hands-on approach to media studies.

Each House has a faculty “don” and a peer leader to organize events (especially the social and competitive ones) and give guidance.

If you want to learn more about the OUT House, the overarching evil genius behind the Houses is Bill Offutt, Associate Professor of History. E-mail him your questions or send him a message on AIM at billoffutt.