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IT Update

August brings a frenetic rush to the finish line – the first day of classes. This month we continue with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Migration Readiness Project (MRP), the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) rollout, wireless controller and firewall upgrades and so much more.Updates


The CIO and Deputy CIOs will be convening listening sessions with ITS staff on the process of reorganization. Data were provided to staff in advance of the meeting to prepare for the discussion and questions. Staff also were provided a link to an anonymous feedback survey. Continue reading “IT Update”

New Canvas Gradebook coming Aug. 19

On Monday, Aug. 19, the New Gradebook will be activated in Canvas. The New Gradebook offers several enhanced features, including:

  • A better user experience addressing user-suggested improvements
  • Support for flexible late/missing assignment policies
  • Improved accessibility support

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Beware of Equifax settlement and Capital One phishing scams

Did we mention K-Staters need to be constantly on guard for protecting yourself against phishing scams? Scammers will target you both personally and professionally. Keep your guard up. Recent attacks include phishing scams for the Equifax settlement claim and the Capital One breach.

Equifax settlement claim

Cybercriminals are trying to trick you into filing an Equifax claim and receiving a $125 payment because your personal data was part of the Equifax data breach. Scammers are sending phishing attacks that appear to come from Equifax, however, when the user clicks the link they are on a fake website that mimics  Equifax. This website then attempts to steal your personal information.

Don’t fall for it. Forward this fake email to abuse@ksu.edu.

Equifax spoofed email

To file a claim, go the legitimate FTC website and click on the blue “File a Claim” button. The website checks your eligibility for that claim.

Note: Not everyone’s information was compromised. The link to the FTC site is: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/equifax-data-breach-settlement.

Capital One

Cybercriminals are trying to exploit the Capital One breach with a phishing email that is using a Windows security update as the bait. Clicking the link in the email will install a backdoor Trojan.

CapitalOne phishing email

Do not click on links in an email to install the software. Forward emails such as these to abuse@ksu.edu.

Breaches such as Equifax and Capitol One are prime opportunities for cybercriminals to trick K-Staters into giving up their credentials. Remember: Go to the organization’s website for information on recent breaches.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu).

ETDR walk-in sessions

The summer semester deadline for submitting ETDRs (electronic theses, dissertations, and reports) to the Graduate School is 5 p.m., Friday, August 16.  All ETDRs must be submitted as PDFs through the K-REx repository system.

Walk-in ETDR help sessions are scheduled August 5-16:

  • Monday, August 5 – 5-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 6 – 1-3 p.m.
  • Friday, August 9 – 3-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 14 – 3-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 15 – 6-8 p.m.
  • Friday, August 16 – 3-5 p.m.

All sessions are in the Media Center (MC) in Seaton Hall, Room 1 (basement level). The MC has Windows and Mac computers, scanners, Microsoft Office Suite, and Acrobat Pro software. MC consultants are available to help with  PDF-conversion issues.

Phishing alert: Microsoft OneNote Audio Note is used to get users to go to a fake Microsoft Login page

K-Staters need to be constantly on guard for potential phishing scams. The latest on the scene is a OneNote Audio Note phishing scam campaign.

Scammers are sending emails with the subject line: “New Audio Note Received” and then the body of the email message states that one of your contacts in your address book sent the email. The email includes a link such as “Listen to the full message here” which then takes you to a fake OneNote Online page. If you login, your credentials are stolen.

What can you do?  

  • Be aware of emails asking you to view an audio note. Ask the person who “sent” it if they actually did send it.
  • Be aware that Microsoft login forms will just be on microsoft.com, live.com, microsoftonline.com, and outlook.com domains only. If you are presented with a Microsoft login form from any other URL, avoid it and only use your normal bookmarks to go to these sites.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu).


CRM Town Hall July 30

Registration opens Thursday, July 18, for the third CRM Town Hall meeting. The Town Hall is 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 30, in the College of Business Administration, Room 4061.

The Town Hall will start with a 30-minute CRM project status update. This part of the meeting is open to everyone via Zoom and does not require registration. Go to k-state.edu/crm/town-hall for the Zoom ID. You will need to use your eID and password to view this page.

The next part of the meeting will focus on business processes and requires registration. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their use of a CRM system for undergraduate recruitment. Individuals can evaluate what is currently working and not working in their recruitment processes. Please be aware these are different sessions than the previous Town Hall, but we welcome new and past participants.

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IT Update

July means turn up the heat! This month we continue with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Migration Readiness Project (MRP), the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Town Hall meeting and so much more.Updates


Jan Elsasser was named Deputy CIO for Business Intelligence and Analytics. The Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation will remain unfilled. 


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July 26: Explore Microsoft Excel (basic training)

An introductory training for Microsoft Excel is scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, July 26, in 306 Calvin.

""About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the foremost spreadsheet program in use today.

It is commonly used to…

  • Conduct calculations
  • Clean data
  • Graph or plot data (to identify data patterns)
  • Create data visualizations (both static and interactive)
  • Apply visual styles to data tables and data visualizations
  • Create interactive data visualizations (interactive pivot tables, interactive dashboards with sliders, and others)
  • Create simple macros for continuing data handling (with Visual Basic programming language)
  • Process data for analytics in other software programs
  • Enable the share-ability of information
  • Access online survey data (in analyze-able format), and more…

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