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 or 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, and will no longer be required and all users will be able to use 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.