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Author: the editors

Check your spam folder

K-Staters are reporting legitimate e-mail in their Spam folder. The K-State e-mail spam filtering system is currently experiencing an increase in false positives and is working with the service provider to resolve this issue. In the interim, please check your Spam folder for legitimate e-mail that may have been incorrectly marked as spam.

Password deadline: Feb 9

Jan. 1 through Wednesday, Feb. 9, is the timeframe for all K-Staters to change the passwords on their K-State eIDs for the spring semester. This mandatory password change, which occurs each fall and spring, applies to both individual eIDs and group eIDs.

An e-mail reminder will be sent to K-Staters with unchanged passwords two weeks prior to the password deadline. Note that K-State will never ask for your eID password via e-mail. Any message that asks for your password is a phishing scam and should be deleted immediately.

To change your password, sign in on the eid.k-state.edu website. Click “Change your eID password or password-reset options” and follow the steps.

Forgot your password? Call the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, and verify your identity. Staff can set a temporary password for you so you can sign in.

University Shred Day on Oct. 19

K-State is planning a University Shred Day for university paper records 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19. Departments will be asked to place their paper documents with personal identity information (Social Security numbers, birth dates, credit card numbers, etc.)  in designated bags to be delivered to one of two trucks located on campus. If departments can’t bring their documents, iTAC staff will be available for pickup. Please do not leave bags for shredding unattended in the hallways.

Documents to shred include Scantron forms; greenbar grade sheets; rosters printed from K-State Online, iSIS, SIS, etc.; student papers with personal identity information and grades; data with credit card information; personnel files; and more.

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“Finding your passion” author presentation Sept. 30

Sir Ken Robinson, bestselling author and professor emeritus of Warwick University in the U.K., will present “The Element: How finding your passion changes everything” 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in McCain Auditorium. This event is open to all K-Staters. Free tickets can be obtained at the McCain Box Office and also during noon hours in the K-State Student Union’s ticket office near the Little Theatre.

According to the event webpage, “Sharing the personal stories of well-known high achievers, Sir Ken illustrates how ‘finding our passion’ helps us to meet the challenges of succeeding in the 21st century.” This event is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.

Carlin returns to position as special assistant to provost

Last week, Lynn Carlin stepped down from serving as Interim Vice Provost for Information Technology Services (ITS), a position she has held since July 2007. Under Carlin’s watch, ITS:

  • Completed assessments of K-State information technology services and the network
  • Updated the ITS website
  • Realigned the units and combined Academic Services and Technology with the Office of Information Systems
  • Updated IT security policies
  • Deployed the Zimbra Collaboration Suite (e-mail and calendar)

and more. ITS staff wish Carlin all the best in her role as special assistant to Provost Mason.

SIDLIT educational webinars online Aug. 5-6

This year the SIDLIT conference Aug. 5-6 will be broadcasting sessions live from Johnson County Community College. The SIDLIT Live webpage will list available sessions and links for the webinars each day. The web address (URL) for the live stream will be available from that page and provided during the days the conference is in session. To get a jump start on the conference, see twitter.com/sidlit.

Hotmail error-message issue being addressed

K-Staters who send e-mail to

  • an individual’s Hotmail address or
  • an individual who forwards their K-State e-mail to a Hotmail address

have been receiving the error message shown below. K-Staters might also notice a similar message from other e-mail providers. Information Technology Services (ITS) is working with Zimbra to get this issue resolved as quickly as possible. ITS apologizes for the inconvenience.

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Kenneth Stafford named CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology Services

(Editor’s note: This information is adapted from Media Relations’ May 20 news release.)

Ken Stafford, currently vice chancellor for technology at the University of Denver, will join K-State Aug. 9 in his new post as chief information officer and vice provost for Information Technology Services.

“As K-State’s senior technology executive, Ken will work closely with university leadership and the university community to shape and implement K-State’s IT investments, plans, and strategies to meet institutional goals and needs of students, faculty and staff,” said April Mason, K-State provost and senior vice president.

Stafford will lead a staff of about 200 technical and nontechnical professionals. He will have strategic oversight of university information technology services including communications, networking and server/storage infrastructure and services; academic, administrative, and instructional technologies and support services; desktop support; technology training; information and technology security; infrastructure for research computing; data and information management; and university IT policies, standards, and procedures.

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Technology classrooms policy revised

K-State’s Chapter 3470 on Technologically Enhanced Classrooms has been completely revised in the university’s Policies and Procedures Manual. The Vice Provost for Information Technology Services (VP-ITS) is responsible for this policy. Questions regarding this policy should be sent to Rebecca Gould, director of iTAC, at 785-532-2298, ragou@k-state.edu.