Second “Using Word to write” session Wednesday, April 23

The second “Using Word to write” open session is 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the west end of the K-State InfoCommons. Graduate students, faculty, and other K-State writers who want to learn more about Microsoft Word are welcome to drop by any time during the session.    Continue reading

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“Grading in iSIS” sessions available April and May

“Grading in iSIS” training sessions are now available for K-State employees who enter student grades. You can register for a session is HRIS Self Service. Two training sessions are offered April 30 and May 1. Both sessions occur in Fairchild 9.  Continue reading

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Status of the regents’ social media policy

By Julia Keen and Jeff Morris

The Kansas Board of Regents governance committee met Wednesday to discuss proposed revisions to the social media policy. Following a brief presentation by the co-chairs of the work team, the committee entered a public work session to discuss the policy.  Continue reading

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Office 365 email storage upped to 50GB and new feature rolling out

by Information Technology Services

Microsoft has increased the maximum amount of K-State central email storage to 50 gigabytes. This is a doubling of storage from its previous maximum of 25GB.  Continue reading

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Grad students and K-State writers: “Using Word to write” sessions scheduled April 16, April 23

Graduate students, faculty, and all K-State writers who want to learn more about the ins and outs of using Microsoft Word are welcome to drop by the “Using Word to write” open help session 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the west end of the K-State InfoCommons (main floor of Hale Library).  A repeat session is scheduled 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the same location.  Continue reading

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Software requests due July 1 for computing labs and InfoCommons in fall 2014

by Nick Brown

iTAC is currently taking requests for software additions on the computers in the K-State InfoCommons and the university computing labs in Dickens 1, Seaton 22, and the Union Copy Center. The deadline for software requests is July 1.  Continue reading

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Heartbleed vulnerability

Kenneth Stafford, Chief Information Officer

The Heartbleed vulnerability is all over the news. This vulnerability impacts websites and some devices offering SSL “secure” links including those for purchasing, online banking, etc. SSL sites are identified with the lock image appearing in the lower corner of a website.

What does this vulnerability do?

It allows a hacker to retrieve the private information temporarily stored in memory during that session of an application.

Information Technology Services is conducting scans of the network to identify vulnerable sites and working with K-State’s system administrators to remediate the vulnerability.

What can you do?

  • Check websites that you use to determine if an immediate password update is required. News and information will be posted on the sites that you frequent.  Some recommendations for changing passwords are provided in:  http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected
  • Use unique passwords for your online accounts (email, purchasing, banking, etc).
  • Test the vulnerability of a site from https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest  by typing in the site’s URL.
  • Beware of phishing scams that will use the Heartbleed vulnerability to find ways to steal your credentials.

To learn more visit: http://heartbleed.com

Information Technology Services will update the campus with more information as it becomes available.

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Registration open for 2014 CHECK conference, May 21-22 at Emporia State

The annual Conference on Higher Education Computing in Kansas (CHECK) is scheduled May 21-22 at Emporia State University. Registration is free at www.check.gen.ks.us/register.html for this “gathering of all who are interested in the intersection of information technology and higher education in Kansas” says the CHECK website.  Continue reading

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iPad user meeting April 10: Mind Mapping Apps

iPad logo, purple and blackBy Mary Hammel

Join us as we take a look at “Mind Mapping Apps”. The meeting is noon-1 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in 119 Bluemont Hall and is open to all K-Staters.   Continue reading

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Grade-submission deadlines Tuesday, May 20, for Spring 2014

by Monty Nielsen

Grades for the Spring 2014 term are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 20. The deadline to copy grades from K-State Online into iSIS is 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, which allows sufficient time for back-end processes to complete.  Continue reading

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