News from IT that isn't just for geeks

Lectern Computer Upgrades Scheduled to Begin December 14

Posted on: November 24th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

On Monday, December 14, Classroom Technology will begin an effort to upgrade Windows-based lectern computers from Windows 7 Professional to Windows 10 Professional.  The effort will also include upgrading the memory and hard drives to enhance the overall performance.   In IT, several of us have been using Windows 10 since it was released in summer 2015, and […]

Saving Bandwidth at Home

Posted on: November 13th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

For those of us living outside the city limits, DSL or cable service for Internet access may not be an option. However, there are alternatives offered over satellite or other cellular networks, although these Internet services typically have monthly bandwidth limits. So, what can you do to stay within those limits? Here are a few […]

Blackboard Upgrade Scheduled to Begin on December 15

Posted on: November 12th, 2015 by Penny Rice

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, beginning at 12:01 AM CST, IT will begin an upgrade of Blackboard Learn to the latest stable release. During this maintenance, will be offline. We expect Blackboard Learn will be available on Wednesday, December 23. However, we will make every effort to complete this work as quickly as possible […]

Attendance Verification Interface (AVI) Enhancements

Posted on: October 27th, 2015 by amelia

Beginning fall 2015-2016, there was a new interface added to verify student attendance. Due to federal guidelines, students must have their attendance (or participation for online courses) verified for each class in which they are enrolled. This new process occurred during the first two weeks of class and since then, the Office of Information Technology (IT) […]

SAP and myOleMiss Unavailable December 18-25, 2015

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by Deetra Wiley

December SAP HANA Migration Schedule for the SAP Production (PRD) System… The myOleMiss system also unavailable during this time… The migration dates for the migration of the SAP Production (PRD) System to the SAP HANA in-memory database are rapidly approaching!  The scheduled downtime for this migration will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 18, […]

El Capitan Briefing: What You Need to Know Before Installing the Latest OS X Iteration on Your Mac

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

On September 30, Apple released the latest iteration of their popular operating system, OS X El Capitan. El Capitan focuses primarily on improving performance and the user experience, although there are a number of enhancements along with one major issue. Below are some noteworthy highlights. Office 2011/2016 Woes: Soon after upgrading to El Capitan, Mac […]

Box Edit News: Version 2 Support Ends on October 31, 2015

Posted on: October 6th, 2015 by JIMMY BALL

Box Edit is a desktop application that allows you to edit or create files directly on Box, without having to download the file and upload it back to Box.  IT recently received an announcement concerning the end of support for Box Edit version 2.  If you use Box Edit, please take a moment to get […]

Grade Layout Changes in time for Midterm Grade Submission

Posted on: October 1st, 2015 by amelia

Midterm grade reporting starts Monday, October 5, 2016. Instructors will find a new grade layout to enhance their experience in myOleMiss. This redesign was completed to create a more mobile-friendly interface as well as to incorporate some other additions such as an optional note to the student. For final grade submissions, instructors will also have […]

New Technology Procurement Policies

Posted on: September 8th, 2015 by kfg

On July 1, 2015, new Mississippi laws went into effect requiring that IT sole source purchases undergo a more formalized certification process. This includes advertisement of the intent to award/purchase as a sole source and on-campus verification after the purchase that the items purchased were as approved for purchase. For IT sole source purchases in […]

Security Tip from the Matrix: There is no Free iPad

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by Deetra Wiley

As the fall semester begins, expect more emails disguised as free offers for computers, cures for back pain, amazing job opportunities, and even assistance from Microsoft’s Helpdesk.   It is safe to consider the majority of these unsolicited emails as phishing attempts, with the goal of enticing you to click on website links in order to […]