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Need to Update Your Employee Contact Information?

Posted on: August 26th, 2016 by cgallow

As a new or existing employee, there may come a time when you need to update your contact information (office/personal telephone numbers, addresses, emergency contact, etc.). Find out how to access and update your contact information, as well as your communication preferences. ACCESS YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION You may view and update your own office information or […]

UM Today: Enhancements and Existing Features

Posted on: August 18th, 2016 by Deetra Wiley

In previous UM Today daily emails, you may have seen the same messages too many times. Maybe, you couldn’t tell what was new.  In the new layout, your daily UMT email will be similar to what you see when you log into UM Today. Here are some new features along with a review of the […]

Accessibility Features on Apple OS

Posted on: August 17th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

Last month, I discussed the accessibility features offered in Windows 10.  Because accessibility and inclusive design are quickly becoming industry standards, Apple’s OS X provides an accessibility menu and allows many functions to be manipulated for greater access.  While this article will focus on the iPhone/iPad’s iOS and the standard OS X, Apple’s accessibility webpage […]

Windows 10 Accessibility Options

Posted on: July 26th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

Like most tech companies of significant size, Microsoft is working to provide equal access to their products and the digital universe they help create.  The computer tools and functions that people with disabilities use to navigate digital media can enhance the experiences and usability for other users.  I encourage everyone to explore the accessibility options […]

Sign Language Gloves

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

American Sign Language (ASL) is spoken by hundreds of thousands of people in Deaf communities around the world.  With the help of two inventive undergrads from the University of Washington, this language is getting a voice.  The two students, Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor, won the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize in the ‘Use It’ category that […]

Employee Email Outlook: 100% Chance of Clouds

Posted on: June 7th, 2016 by Robby Seitz

Although a number of recent phishing scams about email upgrades have been targeting our campus lately, this message about changes to our email service is official. Beginning this summer, employee email accounts will be migrated from the campus-based Exchange Server to the cloud-based Office 365 email service. Immediate benefits include: 50 MB email attachments 50 […]

SCUBA Wheelchair

Posted on: May 17th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

If you’ve never seen a woman SCUBA dive in her wheelchair, the time is nigh.  A British artist named Sue Austin designed and developed her Underwater Wheelchair for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad that ran alongside the 2012 Summer Olympics in the United Kingdom.  Sue received a commission to create a series of installations and events […]

Twitter and Facebook’s New Features

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Drew Chiles

In the world of accessibility, Twitter and Facebook both made moderate waves with new features debuted in the past few weeks.  Microsoft is also creating and will unveil an even greater advancement in the near future. In Twitter’s quest to become the simplest and most ubiquitous sharing platform, they have taken a big step to […]

Protecting Sensitive Data

Posted on: March 29th, 2016 by itsecurity

Information security is an evolving challenge. This responsibility is shared by all UM employees, students, vendors, and everyone else who contributes to our academic community. Consider for a moment the illustration shown on the explosion of digital information. This exponential growth is being driven by an increasing number of intelligent connected devices. Inevitably, this trend will also continue making […]

Staff Performance Appraisals Process Made Easier for UM Supervisors!

Posted on: March 28th, 2016 by Deetra Wiley

In 2008, the staff appraisal process was moved from a paper-based system to an online electronic system, which is what is being used now. Due to substantial staff appraisals to be reviewed and approved each year, new ways were sought to handle the load and make the process more conducive to the University community. Per […]