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IT News

Author: Cathy Rodriguez

K-State IT Help Desk is here for you!

Welcome, new and returning K-Staters!  Information Technology Services (ITS) provides a variety of resources and services for free. Get your semester off to a good start by checking out a few of our resources:

  1. Get a free copy of Microsoft Office for personal use on up to 5 PCs or Macs, 5 tablets, and 5 phones.  See the installation instructions for Mac, for Windows, and for mobile devices.
  2. Connect your mobile devices to K-State’s wireless network.
  3. Install free Trend Micro Antivirus software (required for all computers connecting to K-State’s network).
  4. Use Zoom (video and audio conferencing) to meet virtually.
    Use Zoom to setup an online staff meeting, a training session, a class group meeting, beam in a speaker and more. See the Using Zoom guide to get started.
  5. Connect with the IT Help Desk on Twitter and Facebook.

Welcome to Spring 2018

More IT resources for K-Staters are on the Welcome to IT at K-State website. Send questions to the IT Help Desk, helpdesk@k-state.edu, 785-532-7722. Also, check out the IT Service Portal which is your one-stop shop for getting help with your IT needs.

Dec. 19: Retirement celebration for Beth and Jay Alloway

After a collective 90+ years of service, Beth and Jay Alloway will retire from Information Technology Services on December 31, 2017. A retirement celebration will be held in the Hemisphere Room of Hale Library on December 19 from 9-10:30 a.m., remarks will be at 9:30 a.m.

Beth has been employed at K-State for more than 46 1/2 years. Her position has evolved from key punch operator to overseeing access to administrative systems. She works with every individual who needs access to administrative systems. She monitors and resolves high-level security access requests and has been the go-to person for resolving eID issues.

Jay began his career in the Computing Center in 1969. He was appointed to the position by Elizabeth Unger.  He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1970 and has held numerous positions over the last 48 years from systems analyst to systems programmer to Assistant Director to Acting Associate Director.


Grade submission deadline is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19

By Monty Nielsen

Grades for the fall 2017 term are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 for term courses with final exams given Monday, Dec. 11 – Friday, Dec. 15.

Students will be able to view grades for regular courses in KSIS starting after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

See the Final Grade Submission Information – Fall 2017 page for more information about grade submission deadlines.

Office 365 App Launcher Updated

Microsoft released an update to the Office 365 App Launcher. The updated App Launcher provides a condensed view of apps and documents recently used.

App Launcher
















Your email, calendar, and tasks tiles have been merged into the Outlook tile. Calendar and Tasks are accessed from the switcher which is located at the bottom of the left navigation pane in the Outlook on the Web App.

App Switcher



You can add any tiles such as Calendar or Tasks to the App Launcher.

  1. Open your App Launcher.
  2. Click the All Apps link.
  3. Mouse over the app you want to pin to your App Launcher, click the three dots, and then click Pin to Launcher.
    Pin to Launcher







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


Software requests due Dec. 1 for computing labs, InfoCommons for fall 2018

The Information Technology Assistance Center is currently taking requests for software additions on the computers in the centrally supported technology classrooms, the K-State InfoCommons and the university computing labs (1 Dickens Hall, 001 Seaton Hall and the K-State Union Computing lab). The deadline for software requests is Dec. 1.

Software requested must be free to use, or the requesting department must provide the licensing. When a department provides the licensing, iTAC will work with the department to determine the number of licenses needed and monitor compliance. The list of software in the technology classrooms is available from http://www.k-state.edu/its/classrooms/software/index.html . The current list of software in the computer labs is at k-state.edu/its/labs/software.html.

If you have any software you would like added or have questions, contact Kevin Shippy, kshippy@k-state.edu, 785-532-3343.

Grade submission deadline for fall 2017

By Monty Nielsen

Grades for the fall 2017 term are due by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 for term courses with final exams given Monday, Dec. 11 – Friday, Dec. 15.

Grade rosters will be available in KSIS for grade entry after 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.

Students will be able to view grades for regular courses in KSIS starting after 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20.

See the Final Grade Submission Information – Fall 2017 page for more information about grade submission deadlines.

Take the K-State IT Security Awareness training and earn pocket points

The Student Technology Committee and Information Technology Services have developed IT Security Awareness Training for students. Information to complete the training was sent to your K-State email on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Please take a minute to review the information and complete the 13-item quiz. If you complete the training, you will receive pocket points.

K-State Security Awareness Training for Students

IT Security is a shared responsibility and our way to help K-Staters remain safe online.

Thank you for doing your part.

Andrew McKittrick
Chair Student Technology Committee

Departments: Free disposal of hard drives Oct. 31

photo of old hard drives by Dean Vellenga

Departments: Hard Drive Recycling Day is 8:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, on the Manhattan campus to help properly dispose of old hard drives from university computers.

This service is free to K-State departments. A signed Hard Drive Recycling Day form is required for this service.  Continue reading “Departments: Free disposal of hard drives Oct. 31”

Oct. 31: Student cyber security awareness poster and video contest deadline

Win prizes, gain experience, earn recognition!

Tuesday, Oct. 31 is the deadline for submitting entries into the video and poster contest. Prizes will be awarded for first ($200) and two honorable mentions ($25) in both video and poster categories for a total of six prizes in the form of Visa gift cards. Entries may be featured on K-State’s websites, social media, and in security awareness campaigns.

See the contest website for rules and submission details. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (heldesk@k-state.edu).

Winners will be notified by Nov. 14.


Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and each week has a key security theme and related tips. K-State has activities planned throughout the month, in addition to national online events. 

This week’s NCSAM theme is The Internet Wants You: Consider a Career in Cybersecurity. “A highly skilled and motivated cybersecurity workforce is just as critical to the internet’s future as new and emerging technologies,” said Michael Kaiser, NCSA’s executive director. “A career protecting the internet ‒ a global resource we all share ‒ can be extremely rewarding, matched with interests in a specific sector like finance, health or government and highly portable, as industries around the globe need competent help.” If you haven’t thought about a cybersecurity career, here are some things to consider.

NSCAM Twitter chats: Use #ChatSTC to join!

  • Thursday, Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m. — The Internet Wants You – Consider a Career in Cybersecurity
    A key risk to our economy and security is the shortage of cybersecurity professionals to protect our extensive networks. Week 4 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is all about growing the next generation of a skilled cyber workforce. In this NCSAM Twitter chat, we’ll discuss the many exciting and rewarding opportunities in the field of cybersecurity and provide tips and resources for both new and seasoned professionals looking to gain cybersecurity expertise. Use #ChatSTC to join STOP.THINK.CONNECT Twitter Chats throughout October!