Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Network Upgrades and Maintenance

During the last few months St. Thomas University has embarked on a campus-wide network upgrade focused on delivering improvements to speed, reliability, security and ease of use. Our Internet access has been greatly augmented through new hardware purchases and a partnership with Florida LambdaRail (FLR) and Internet2. These new partnerships will provide enhanced services to popular websites like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and many other popular destinations. 

Every building has also received new network switches and there are new wireless Access Points (WiFi) in every classroom and dorm room on campus.  Network security was also greatly improved by the upgrade of our Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and the deployment of a Network Access Control system which will protect and help safeguard computer usage while on our network. 

We plan on completing all of these upgrades by the second week of August, and we will continue to fine-tune the new network environment throughout the Fall Semester. 


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Microsoft Cloud Based Email Filtering

Beginning June 20th, you will no longer receive an email from the STU Postmaster alerting you to blocked/Junk emails. This system is being retired in favor of a more robust cloud based system from Microsoft.

The new cloud based spam email filter is deeply integrated with Microsoft Office 365which means that suspect emails will now be isolated and found in your Inbox’s “Junk Email” folder. (See below for Junk Email folders on A. Outlook Desktop Application and B. Office 365 Online.)


Outlook Desktop Application

Office 365 Online
This change will allow you to instantly access quarantined emails and you will no longer be required to release the email via the current Personal Email Manager interface. You will also be able to immediately block or unblock senders right from your Inbox.

For further instructions for personalizing and managing your Junk E-Mail settings, please see below:

If you are using the Outlook Desktop Application: 

To manage or change your Junk E-Mail preferences right click on an email message in one of your mailboxes (E.g., Inbox, Junk E-Mail, etc…). Hover over the Junk option until the additional items are visible.

From here, you can choose to block a sender, never block a sender, etc…


You can also select “Junk E-mail Options” to make further changes to your settings.


The Junk E-mail Options pop-up allows you to manually add email addresses to your safe senders list, your blocked senders list, among other options. 

You can find additional resources for Outlook Junk E-Mail features here


If you are using Microsoft 365 Outlook Online: 

To manage or change your Junk E-Mail preferences select an email in one of your mailboxes (E.g., Inbox, Junk E-Mail, etc…). In the message preview pane, click on the [] symbol in the top right of the preview pane.  


From here, you can choose to mark the sender as “junk,” or if you are in the Junk E-Mail box, you can mark the message as “not junk.”

To make further changes to your Junk E-mail settings, you can go to the settings drop-down on the top right corner (below) and select Options.


Click “block or allow” under the Options menu.  Under “block or allow,” you can manually add email addresses to your safe senders list, your blocked senders list or make changes to the way your Junk E-Mail is filtered. 



You can find additional resources for Office 365 Junk E-Mail features here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Introduction to Canvas

We would like to announce the addition of Canvas training to our list of instructional technology resources available to our faculty on the following Canvas topics/components:

  • Login
  • Canvas Requirements and Recommendations
  • Contacting Technical or Student Services Support 
  • Dashboard
  • Course Navigation
  • Profile & User Settings
  • Communication
  • Course Announcements
  • Discussions
  • Files
  • Quizzes
  • Assignments
  • Grading
  • Course Statistics
  • People (roster)
  • Collaboration

Canvas LMS is now supported by OIT as part of our STU-HotChalk online learning project.  For additional information on Canvas LMS, please visit the Instructor Guide.

To schedule a training or learn more about our services, please send an email to the OIT Training Center at oitat@stu.edu.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Creating or Editing Email Signatures

To change your signature on your outgoing email, follow these simple instructions.
  1. On the STU homepage, click on the MyBobcat logo to log on to your single sign-on web portal
  2. Click on the Click here to access email link to open your email inbox
  3. In Outlook Web App, click Settings and select Options.
  4. In Options, click Settings 
  5. Under email signature, in the text box, type the signature you want to use. Use the formatting bar to format the font as you want it to appear.
  6. If you want your signature to display at the bottom of all outgoing items, including replies and forwards, select Automatically include my signature on messages I send
  7. Click Save.
This video tutorial provides an example of this process.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Quicker, Easier Remote Desktop Connection

A VPN connection is no longer needed to connect to you STU computer from off campus.

Utilizing a Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway), STU users can now connect to their campus desktop computers without having to set up virtual private network (VPN) connections. The RD Gateway not only simplifies your connection process, but also helps create a more secure, encrypted connection.

Follow the instructions below to set up a Remote Desktop connection from any off campus computer.

Note:  You must be off campus in order to establish this type of connection.  


Remote Desktop Connection Setup
  
1. Open your Remote Desktop Client or (if using Windows 7) click on the Start button and start typing “Remote Desktop” to find it.
  

2.  Enter the name of the remote computer and input your STU User name: 



3.  Click the Advanced tab to make additional changes:



4.  In Advanced settings, select Connect and don’t warn me on the drop down and then click Settings under Connect from anywhere



5.  Under RD Gateway Server Settings, select Use these RD Gateway server settings:

6.  Input remote.stu.edu as the Server name. 

7.  Check the Use my RD Gateway credentials for the remote computer box. 



8.  Click Ok

9.  Click Connect

10. Enter your password.


You should now be logged onto your campus computer. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Internships and Entry Level Jobs Now Available on Blackboard!

Internships and entry level jobs are now available on your personal Blackboard page!

Access them directly from the search widget on your Blackboard homepage. 


You can also build your resume, assess your skills, and apply for any position by accessing the "My Career" tab.


These new features have been made possible through an integration with Internships.com, the world's largest internship marketplace.

For assistance with your internship search (including your resume, interview preparation, etc..), please contact Cristina C. Lopez in Career Services at 305-628-6577 or cclopez@stu.edu. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

OIT Training Center

The Fall 2013 Training Center schedule for faculty and staff is now available online at www.stu.edu/training. Topics covered include Blackboard, Office and Web Conferencing.

Please let us know if you’d like to attend by emailing oitat@stu.edu.