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September 9: Introduction to Qualtrics training

Intro to Qualtrics trainingQualtrics surveys can be used for event registrations, satisfaction surveys, online forms, academic research, training, and more. Join us for an Introduction to Qualtrics training session from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, via Zoom. All students, faculty, and staff who use this research suite are welcome to attend.

Topics to be covered:

  • Create and manage surveys
  • Customize the look and feel
  • Collaborate with others
  • Use block options and survey flow
  • Use display and skip logic
  • Distribute a survey
  • Run and analyze reports

Graduate and undergraduate students must work with an advisor/supervisor for access to Qualtrics using this request form.

Registration through HRIS is required. See Using HRIS to register for classes.

Reminder: HRIS and KSIS maintenance scheduled for Sept. 6

HRIS, KSIS, and DARS will be unavailable from midnight – 4 a.m., Sun., Sept. 6. Maintenance will be performed on the Oracle PeopleSoft systems. This maintenance will keep the system secure and enhance system performance. Once applied, the systems will be brought back up for your use. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our IT systems.

Microsoft Office versions set to retire on Oct. 13

Support for Office 2016 for Mac and Office 2010 for Windows will end on October 13, 2020. Microsoft will no longer provide technical support, bug fixes, or security updates. You can still use these versions, but you may encounter performance or reliability issues over time.

Starting on October 13, 2020, only these versions of Office will be supported for connecting to Office 365 (and Microsoft 365) services:

  • Microsoft 365 Apps for enterprise (previously named Office 365 ProPlus)
  • Microsoft 365 Apps for business (previously named Office 365 Business)
  • Office 2019, such as Office Professional Plus 2019
  • Office 2016, such as Office Standard 2016

For more information on related Office client support timelines, see the Microsoft 365 and Office system requirements matrix.

Additional information:

Cybersecurity: Be aware of phishing attacks

Phishing attacks use email or malicious websites to infect your machine with malware and viruses in order to collect personal and financial information.

K-State sees a rise in phishing attacks during certain times of the year. The beginning of the semester is one of those times. This Professor & Department Head phishing email is a scam we are currently seeing.

Professor/Dept. Head Phishing Attempt
Also, be cautious about anything COVID-19 related. Visit K-State’s scam blog to see recent phishing emails sent to K-Staters.

Tips to prevent becoming a victim of phishing scams:

  • Don’t reply to suspicious, unexpected, or strange email.
  • Be wary of email with urgent requests for your personal or financial information, or your sign-in credentials.
  • Don’t open unexpected or unusual attachments, attachments from strangers, or strange-looking emails.
  • Don’t click links in unexpected emails, emails you suspect are fraudulent, or if you don’t know the sender.
  • Don’t click Sign In links. Go to the business website and sign in there, or contact their customer service for help.
  • Avoid filling out forms in email messages that ask for financial information. Only share credit card information via secure website or telephone.

If you have any questions about phishing scams, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@k-state.edu or 785-532-7722).

Location of computers and print stations on campus

With the return to campus, there are specific locations for publicly available computers and print stations.

Windows and Mac computer stations are available in Hale Library (Windows on 1st and 2nd floors, Macs on 2nd floor) and in the K-State Student Union. The Mac computers in Hale Library have Adobe Creative Cloud software. A large format scanner is available on the second floor of Hale and can be used to scan maps, CAD drawings, posters, newspaper articles and more.

There are black and white and multifunction printers available on the first and second floors of Hale Library.  Justin lobby has a black and white printer. Color printing is available on the 1st and 2nd floor of Hale Library and Weigel Library in the Pierce Information Commons just outside of room 0081. Weigel Library also supports 11″x17″ paper printing. The K-State Student Union has a black and white printer on the first and ground floors. See the printing on campus page.

In Cardwell Library, there is a black and white multifunction printer and three lab computers. The printer and one lab computer are located in the corridor, Cardwell 105C. The other lab computers are available in the main library space, Cardwell 105.

Centrally supported computer labs located in Calvin 306, Calvin 318 and Dickens 001A and the Media Center in Seaton 001 are closed for the Fall 2020 semester.

Students who need specific software for class such as SAS or SPSS, should check out remote access to software.

HRIS and KSIS maintenance scheduled for Sept. 6

HRIS, KSIS, and DARS will be unavailable from midnight – 4 a.m., Sun., Sept. 6. Maintenance will be performed on the Oracle PeopleSoft systems. This maintenance will keep the system secure and enhance system performance. Once applied, the systems will be brought back up for your use. Thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our IT systems.

New eID password standards

Password standard changes are here

On April 8, K-State adopted new eID password standards. With these updated standards, most K-Staters will need to change their passwords only one more time and no longer be required to change their eID password every 180 days. If you have already changed your password since April, you will not receive a password change reminder email.

What do I need to do?

When you get the password change reminder email, change your password using the new password standards. Keep the following in mind:

  • Using a passphrase is one of the easiest ways to create a strong password.
  • After you change your password, you will not need to change your password again unless your password becomes compromised.
  • If you are required to change your password more often because of the job you perform, you will still need to follow those job-specific password guidelines.

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Email message encryption now available in Office 365

The Division of Information Technology has enabled the ability to encrypt email messages in Office 365.
Email encryption encodes the content of email messages to protect potentially sensitive information from being read by anyone other than intended recipients. Encryption makes the content of your emails unreadable as they travel to the recipient. If your message happens to be intercepted by a hacker, they can’t interpret the content.


Emails can be encrypted for both K-State and external recipients. See the knowledge base article for instructions on how to use this feature.

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

Sept. 4: Exploring Microsoft Excel (Basics)

An introductory training for Microsoft Excel (essentials) is scheduled 1:30-3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, on Zoom.  

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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Aug. 31: Getting Started with ETDR Templates

ETDR TrainingAre you a master’s or doctoral student? If so, it is likely that you will be conducting research as part of your studies. At some point, you may be writing a thesis, report, or dissertation to record your work to share with the profession and the world. K-State has created templates (in Microsoft Word and LaTeX) for students to use, in order to ensure that they include all required information in the proper formatting

“Getting Started with ETDR Templates” is an online training on Zoom from 1 – 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 31.  

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