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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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CRM Town Hall July 18

Registration opens Monday, July 8, for the second CRM Town Hall meeting. The Town Hall is 10 a.m.-noon, Thursday, July 18, 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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New CRM selected for student recruitment

The Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) search committee is happy to announce TargetX, powered by Salesforce, as K-State’s new CRM for undergraduate and graduate recruitment.

TargetX received high ratings from the campus community following their product presentation. Throughout the selection process, TargetX demonstrated the ability to meet K-State’s business needs by providing a strong platform that will follow the lifecycle of a student. More information about the selection process is available in previous updates posted on the CRM website.

Key benefits and features of TargetX include:

  • Campus-wide collaboration
  • Business process automation
  • Sleek and mobile-friendly tools
  • Web-based platform
  • Constituent catered portal
  • Salesforce CRM solution and applications

Town Hall meetings kicked-off on June 26, with others to follow on July 18 and July 30. Each Town Hall consists of two parts. The first part is a 30-minute CRM project status update and is open to all via Zoom. The second part focuses on business processes and requires registration and in-person attendance. To learn more about the Town Halls, go to k-state.edu/crm/town-hall.  You will need to sign in with your eID and password to view this page.

Stay up to date about the K-State CRM by visiting k-state.edu/crm.

Save the date: CRM town halls scheduled June 26, July 18, July 30

The Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) search committee is finalizing the contracts for a new CRM vendor for student recruitment. The committee will soon be announcing the new vendor.

The next step in the CRM process is to conduct Town Hall meetings to discuss business processes and implementation planning. The College of Business Administration, Room 4061, will host all Town Hall meetings on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, June 26, 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Tuesday, July 30, 1-3 p.m.

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ITS Trend servers to shut down 5:00 p.m. June 14

K-State requires all campus network connected computers to run some form of antivirus software and has provided faculty, staff and students with a centrally funded and administered antivirus solution for over 20 years.  During that time, extensive financial and personnel resources have been dedicated to maintaining the service, however the value of doing so has been steadily declining.

Many modern operating systems include built-in or open source antivirus protection that is as effective as the solution K-State is currently providing. During spring semester, Information Technology Services has been working with system administrators across campus to remove the centrally supported antivirus, Trend Micro, from servers and departmental computers.

Students, staff and faculty will also need to uninstall Trend Micro from their personal machines both on campus and at home.  A list of recommended antivirus solutions is provided on the K-State Antivirus Software webpage.

Central Trend Micro servers will shutdown at 5 p.m. on June 14. After that time, clients should continue to receive pattern file updates directly from Trend but will not receive program updates. Individuals who attempt to install Trend Micro will receive an error message.

What should you do?

The K-State Antivirus Software webpage will continue to be updated as the campus works through this process. If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu)

Phishing scams keep coming

Two weeks ago we had more compromised eIDs than in the period from January 1 – May 13. Last week proved to be equally lucrative for scammers.  Scammers attack when individuals are busy and vulnerable.

As these attacks continue to increase in frequency and sophistication, it is of critical importance that you:

  • Think before you click – always be suspicious of any unsolicited communication.
  • Don’t respond to that email if you are not absolutely certain of the sender and the contents.
  • If you are not certain about an attachment, don’t open it.
  • If you do respond to a scam, immediately change your password.

These simple guidelines could prevent scammers from using your credentials elsewhere and even save your identity. Personal information is like money. Value it. Protect it.


Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation

""The search committee for the Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation has invited Mr. Scott Finkeldei to interview for the position.  Mr. Finkeldei will present an open forum on the topic of:  “Roadmap for the Development of True Technology Innovation in Higher Education” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, in 146 G&H Unger Complex. You can also join the Zoom session.

Application materials and the position description are available on the ITS employment page.

A video of the presentation and a feedback form will be available on the Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation Candidate Materials webpage.

If you have any questions, contact Kelly Moon (kmoon@ksu.edu).