August 2012

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From the Editor - Maureen Scoones

Welcome back students and faculty and a special welcome to Hamilton's class of 2016. Once again, members of ITS spent the summer upgrading various computer systems on campus. Highlights of changes are contained in this newsletter as well as more information about a major security initiative we recently began. We hope you find this newsletter a useful resource throughout the year. Best wishes for a great semester!


Ensuring the Security of Hamilton's Information - Dave Smallen

Hamilton has begun a major initiative to upgrade the policies, procedures and practices related to protecting confidential and sensitive information contained in our electronic systems. This initiative will affect all members of the Hamilton community. More...


Computer and AV Upgrades in Labs, Classrooms, and Facilities - Chris Forte and Claire Skjellerup

In order to improve the usability and reliability of labs, classrooms, and other spaces, ITS made a number of changes during the annual computer and AV equipment replacement cycle. More...


Blackboard Upgraded - Deborah Reichler

The Blackboard upgrade this summer featured a new interface for the first time in three years. The biggest change is in the look-and-feel and in the navigation; otherwise, the processes are very much the same as before. If you are having trouble figuring out how to get around in this year's Blackboard, please see the brief guide at Three Things You Need to Know About Blackboard Navigation or our complete documentation at Blackboard Learn Support. As always, you can get help at x4877 or blackboard@hamilton.edu.


Faculty Movie Requests - Claire Skjellerup

AV has a variety of support options to meet your classroom and public screenings and movie intensive course needs. More...


Videoconferencing - Claire Skjellerup

Are you using Skype, ooVoo, Google Video Chat, etc. in your classroom or for job interviews this year? If so, ITS has a suggested webcam that suits most needs of college uses. More...


Reminder: Academic Server Replaced MSS and Software Servers
- Carl Rosenfield

As previously announced, the Multimedia Storage Server (MSS) and the Software Server were retired from service on June 18, 2012. They were replaced with a single, larger storage sever named Academic.  More...

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Do I Need to Upgrade to Google Drive? - Nikki Reynolds

You may notice messages in your Google Docs web page encouraging you to "upgrade" to Google Drive. If you follow these messages, you may also notice a link that says "Download Google Drive." What's this all about? More...

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5 Things You Need to Know About Sending Mass Mail Messages
- Debby Quayle

As many of you are already aware, as a service to the Hamilton College community, several email based mass mailing lists are available. These are designed to facilitate the timely and cost-effective distribution of information to the campus community. More...

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iPhone Security - Ryan Coyle

There was a time not that long ago when the most valuable thing that I kept in my pocket was my wallet. Cash, credit cards, and ID would be terrible to lose. These days, my phone has eclipsed the value of my wallet by a good margin. More...

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Going Green - Printing Initiatives Continue - Maureen Scoones

We are continuing our use of the PaperCut Print Management System. The PaperCut print quotas for students will be activated for the fall semester by the close of business on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. Employees of the College are still not assigned quotas, but the system does track usage to provide data that can be used to help Hamilton plan for the future.

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Sneak Peak at New Technologies - Maureen Scoones

Interested in seeing what is coming down the pike in the new version of Windows? How about what is on the horizon in Office 2013. ITS is not planning to install these applications just yet, but you are welcome to take a look at what they offer.

ITS subscribes to an online training library, Lynda.com, that contains over 1000 video tutorials you can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This month's releases include Office 2013 First Look and Windows 8 Preview First Look. Contact Maureen Scoones (mscoones@hamilton.edu, x4178) for an account.

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Web Editing Class Schedule - Maureen Scoones

SiteManager classes and working sessions continue to be offered. Whether creating a page for your administrative office, academic department, student organization, or your own professional page, SiteManager, Hamilton's own web editing tool, can be used to create your web presence.

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