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E-mail outage on campus today

This morning, Tuesday, April 20, K-State experienced a disruption in e-mail service that prevented K-State faculty, staff, and students from accessing their e-mail. Personnel from K-State Information Technology Services worked closely with engineers and technical staff from Zimbra to identify and resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

While access to e-mail was disrupted, no e-mail or data was lost. ITS apologizes for the inconvenience this created for the campus community. This disruption also affected student e-mail access and may require accommodation from faculty as appropriate.

The Status: ITS Resources link has been added to the K-State homepage so K-Staters can be quickly informed about outages.

4-minute video shows ETDR website and resources

A four-minute video provides a fast tour of resources available on K-State’s ETDR website and in iTAC for students creating their electronic theses, dissertations, and reports (ETDRs). Created by Marty Courtois, an ETDR consultant in iTAC, the video highlights essential aspects of the ETDR website including:

  • Graduate School requirements, including fonts and formatting
  • Word document templates that meet the Graduate School requirements
  • ETDR submission checklist
  • “Using Word” online documentation with Word settings, navigation tips, styles, and more

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Microsoft Office online training available, and more

Self-paced Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 (PCs) and Office 2004 and 2008 (Macs) courses are available online for all K-State faculty and staff. Also offered are courses on IT Security and Business Communications, as well as online technical references on a wide variety of topics. The tutorials are free, but registration for online tutorials is required for access.

Campus web: Budget initiative, sustainability, Catalyst newsletter, IT resources

The following sites and resources have been added to the K-State website recently:

IT Orientation session Oct. 16: Intro to Computing at K-State

Learn more about Computing at K-State at the next one-hour IT Orientation session 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in 401B Hale Library. It is open to all K-State faculty/staff and students but requires pre-registration.

Other upcoming IT Orientation sessions this semester include:

  • Library Technology
    2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, 401B Hale Library
  • Emerging Technologies
    2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 401B Hale Library

See the IT Orientation website for details on the sessions.

Technology e-books available through K-State Libraries

The K-State Libraries have made high-quality technology titles available through Safari Tech Books Online. Safari includes titles published in the current year and the previous two calendar years, and includes timely topics such as certification, enterprise computing, Java, Linux/Unix, web development, Windows, XML, and more.

Users can access titles through the K-State Libraries’ Catalog (catalog.lib.k-state.edu) or by browsing the Safari database (www.lib.k-state.edu/db/alpha/s.html). Access is limited to two simultaneous users, so if you are unable to get into the database, wait a minute and try again.

These e-books appear just as they would in print. Each title includes a complete table of contents with chapter links, and all charts, graphs, and images are included as originally published.

K-State Online, other systems maintenance Thursday, Sept. 3

On Thursday, Sept. 3, some K-State systems and services may be unavailable for nearly 90 minutes for a storage firmware update. View the Status of K-State IT Resources site for more details and check back for additional updates. Systems that will be unavailable include: K-State Online and all Axio instances; EIS – the DCE course search and registration system; the Survey System; TEVAL -the student rating system; Wimba/Camtasia Relay – the online live classroom and video capture system; and the online Admission Application.

Maintenance will occur between midnight-4 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3. Service will resume as soon as the maintenance is completed. Information Technology Services apologizes for the inconvenience.

K-State employees can access, change personal data in Employee Self Service

All K-State employees have access to Human Resource Information System (HRIS) Employee Self Service using their K-State eID (electronic ID) and password. Employee Self Service empowers employees to have direct ownership of their personal data in HRIS. It is accessible 24/7 to each employee, except during daily back-up and system maintenance.

Employees have the ability to:

  • Update W-4 tax and/or K-4 tax information, direct deposit data, home address, phone numbers, emergency contacts, marital status, and ethnic group.
  • View paycheck information, leave-accrual balances, benefit summaries, personal data, work information, total compensation, and training summaries.
  • Enroll in training sessions offered by the Division of Human Resources, Employee Relations and Training, and other departments.

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What’s new in the InfoCommons, university computing labs

A large-screen collaborative technology cart in the K-State InfoCommons
A large-screen collaborative technology cart in the K-State InfoCommons

This summer, the university computing labs and K-State InfoCommons had several updates, including:

Scanners in Media Development Center available for many types of work

Of all the devices in the Media Development Center (213 Hale Library), the scanners are most frequently used by students and faculty/staff. There are three types:

Large flatbed scanner in the Media Development Center
Large flatbed scanner in the Media Development Center

The flatbed scanners are the most commonly used. They are the most versatile, as they have the ability to scan pictures, drawings, documents, and books that measure up to 12 inches by 17 inches. Professors use them to scan book pages to post online or to show via document cameras. Architecture students use them to scan layouts and floor plans for digital storage. Other uses are to edit a scanned document and archive pictures.

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