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Volume 1, Issue 1November 2017, First Edition


Greetings from the CIO

Sharyne MillerWelcome to the first edition of our Tech Talk Newsletter. We are excited to bring you timely updates on technology happenings across campus. Information Technology Services has been hard at work updating classrooms, improving wireless access and strengthening our information security posture. We also have been collaborating with others across campus to facilitate the creation of a long-term IT strategic plan. To support the growing demand for online content by our campus population, we have increased the bandwidth capacity of our university’s connection to the Internet. Many of our initiatives are listed below with details and timeframes included. We have some new and exciting collaboration initiatives underway in Randall Library and the Fisher Student Union where faculty and students will get hands-on experience with new technologies in creative and collaborative spaces.

October was information security awareness month. Below are some tips for remaining vigilant about protecting your personal information on your mobile devices including laptops, tablets, smartphones and wearables:

  • Protect your device. Add a passcode to your cell phone, tablet or laptop now!
  • Use strong passwords or passphrases. This is especially important for online banking and other important accounts. Don’t use the same password for your banking as you do for email and social media.
  • Enable multifactor authentication.  Help secure your accounts by requiring hardware or biometrics in addition to your password.
  • Check your social media settings. Review your social media security and privacy settings frequently. Enable two-step verification whenever possible.
  • Educate yourself. Stay informed about the latest technology trends and security issues such as malware and phishing.

All of our efforts are in service of and support for our institution and the success of our students. If you have a technology need or concern, please reach out to us as early as possible as ITS is committed to being your trusted strategic technology partner. 

Thank you,
Sharyne Miller


ITS News & Updates

Blackboard Learn Upgrade & Campus Network Maintenance,
Dec 12 – 16

December, 2017

With winter break just around the corner, ITS is preparing to implement several projects which will impact the campus during this pre-approved downtime window. Blackboard Learn will be taken offline for its annual upgrade from 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 to 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. In addition, ITS is performing campus network maintenance from 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. (more)

Notice: Blackboard Scheduled Downtime and
Maintenance Dec. 12-15

November, 2017

Starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, Blackboard Learn will be taken offline for its annual upgrade. This planned maintenance is scheduled to be complete by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15. (more)

Scheduled Downtime for mySeaport –
Nov. 21 at midnight through Nov. 22 at 8 a.m.

November, 2017

MySeaport will be temporarily inaccessible due to critical system updates, starting Nov. 21 at midnight through Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. These updates are required to ensure mySeaport remains a secure and reliable environment. (more)

Quarterly Apple Discount (formerly called Apple Bulk Order)
– ends November 18

November, 2017

UNC-GA and Apple have changed the process for Apple Bulk Requests for this calendar year. There will now be a larger window during which campuses can submit quotes for discounts. For this quarter, requests can be submitted for a discount from now – November 18. The last day Apple will accept a PO will be November 24. (more)

AV Technology Online Magazine features
our very own Robb Mann

October, 2017

Robb Mann, manager of integrated educational technologies in Information Technology Services, is featured on the cover of AV Technology online magazine and in an interview article in the magazine. Check it out at uncw.edu/AVtechMag. Kudos to Robb!

Introducing Eduroam: Secure, World-Wide Roaming
Internet Access

October, 2017

ITS is pleased to announce that all UNCW faculty, staff and students can now securely access the Internet from any other participating institution worldwide via the education roaming (eduroam) network. (more)

Adobe Creative Cloud, Office 365 and Other Software

September, 2017

UNCW purchased Adobe Creative Cloud for all students and 25% of faculty and staff. All faculty, staff and students can download multiple copies of Office 365 to their personal computers, tablets and even phone for free! To learn more about these and other software available to UNCW faculty, staff and students, please see uncw.edu/itsd/working/purchases.html.

Banner 9 Upgrade

August, 2017

ITS is excited to announce that our campus is upgrading from Banner 8 to Banner 9. This new release delivers a number of important enhancements, including a modern user interface, enhanced navigation and process management tools, and new functionality across the student, HR and finance functions. It will also give us greater flexibility, as we will be able to run Banner on any browser and on tablets. We will be rolling this out in a phased approach. For more information please visit uncw.edu/itsd/help/banner9.html.

TAC Repairs is Open for Business

July, 2017

TAC Repairs, previously B1NAR1ES Tech Store, is now open in its new location, co-located with the TAC in Randall Library. This location will provide a streamlined, one-stop shop for our students, faculty and staff. Stop by and check out the new space. Stay tuned for a new ITS initiative opening in the old B1NAR1ES location in Fisher Union. For more inofmration about TAC Repairs please visit uncw.edu/tacrepairs.

Digital Makerspace Collaboration

July, 2017

ITS (TAC) and Randall Library are collaborating on a new program to increase digital literacy on campus by expanding the types of technologies in Randall Library.

Summer Classroom Improvements

July, 2017

The RFP process is complete and bids have been awarded for upgrades to DE classrooms in Randall, King and the College of Education for a total of 7 rooms. All upgrades are scheduled to be completed by August 8, 2017. The classroom operations team has upgraded 23 classrooms to the latest baseline package, including new touchscreen control systems. By completing the work in-house, the university saves approximately $2,700 per room for a total savings of approximately $62,100.

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