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Change Your CedarNet Username, Moodle Summer Courses

April 9th, 2015

Change Your CedarNet UserName (and email address)

Three times a year, we offer students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to request a change in their CedarNet username (login name). Reasons for requesting a change would include wanting a shorter username or to reflect a change in your last name (via marriage or some other legal action). The CedarInfo transaction to request a change in your username is located under “Individual Transactions.”

The deadline for requesting changes this semester is May 1. The actual changes will be made on the morning of May 5. The changes will take a few hours to process through all of our systems, so people whose usernames are being changed will not have access to some resources that morning.

The next open period for requesting a username change will be at the end of the summer, so if you are anticipating a change in legal name before then, you should consider requesting a change in your username now.

Please note that when your CedarNet username is changed, your Cedarville email address will also change. You will want to think about some potential negatives in regards to changing your username, especially if you have used your Cedarville email address to subscribe to Facebook, shopping accounts, etc.

Once a username is changed, we will maintain an alias for the old email address for a period of six months. Incoming email sent to the old address and the new address will be delivered. After six months, only the new email address will be valid.

Moodle Update – Summer Students

Student rosters will be uploaded to summer Moodle courses on Friday morning, April 10, 2015.

Easter Break Computer Lab Hours (Students)

April 1st, 2015

Computer Lab Hours – Easter Break

The open access computer labs in BTS 111 and ENS 251 will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 for Easter break. The labs will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

The SSC 103 computer lab, Rinnova Internet Cafe, and all CedarPrint stations will be open during holiday building hours as determined by Campus Safety.

Student Employment, Student Registration and eCheck Update (Students)

March 25th, 2015

Student Employment – Open for Summer/Fall 2015

If you are interested in working on campus this summer or during the 2015-16 academic year, please check out all open positions (choose “Summer 2015″ or “Fall 2015″ from the drop-down menu), and then fill out a student employment profile. Many Cedarville departments interview and hire students in the spring for student employment during the next academic year.

Student Planning (Registration) Resources

As announced by the Office of the Registrar, the new Student Planning tool is in place for graduate students and some undergraduate students. Visit the Student Course Planning tech help page for additional information and step-by-step instructions.

eCheck Update

A security solution for the 20+ eChecks (email check stations) has been found, and information technology expects that all eChecks will be available later this week.

Password Expiration, New Moodle Sections and Teaching Assistants (FacStaff)

March 25th, 2015

CedarNet Password Expiration

Many CedarNet passwords are due to expire soon. Passwords will expire every 360 days for most current faculty, staff, and department accounts.

  1. You will receive a notice during the log in process that your password is about to expire.
  2. Before you change your password, read the instructions on how to create a strong password.
  3. Next, follow the instructions to change your password. This will reset your password expiration date for another 360 days.
  4. If you delay in changing your password, you will have 10 grace log ins before your CedarNet password expires and your account becomes inaccessible.
  5. If you use Google delegation for a department email account (e.g., Admissions), you may not receive any advance notice that the department password is about to expire. Instead, the department account may just stop working at some point.
  6. If you become locked out of your personal or department account, please call information technology at 937-766-7905 for a temporary password.

Moodle Updates

  1. New sections for 2015 summer and fall courses were loaded into Moodle last week and are available for faculty review.
  2. Summer 2015 rosters will be uploaded into Moodle after Easter break.
  3. If you need to add a teaching assistant or an additional faculty member to your Moodle course, please use the appropriate CedarInfo transaction, Identify Teaching Assistants (faculty) or Identify Teaching Assistants (secretaries), located under “Curricular Transactions”.

NOTE: Only current faculty, staff, and students can be added to a Moodle course. In addition, you can only add someone to courses for the term in-progress or the next immediate term. If you need to add someone to a past term course, please submit an IT Request (ITR). For future reference, please refer to the TechHelp page on this topic.

Windows Updates

Monthly Windows updates were released to campus by the networking team yesterday morning. Please submit an IT Request (ITR) if you have any problems after the updates install.

Additional S: and T: Drive Maintenance, eCheck Update

March 19th, 2015

Please make note of the following two immediate issues which may affect you.

Additional S: and T: Drive Maintenance – Fri. 3/19
The network and infrastructure services team will be performing additional maintenance on the S: (student) and T: (project) network drives tomorrow morning (Friday) starting at 5:45 a.m. The S: and T: drives will be unavailable for about 30 minutes.

eCheck Stations – Update
The 20+ eChecks (email check stations) around campus remain disconnected as IT continues to work to find a security patch for the recent Google change. Students are welcome to visit an open computer lab to check email between classes. We apologize for the inconvenience.

S and T Network Drive Maintenance and eCheck Stations Unavailable

March 17th, 2015

Please make note of the following two immediate issues which may affect you.

S: and T: Drive Maintenance - Wed. 3/18
The network and infrastructure services team will be performing critical maintenance on the S: (student) and T: (project) network drives tomorrow morning (Wednesday) starting at 6:00 a.m. The S: and T: drives will be unavailable for about 30 minutes.

eCheck Stations
Google made a change today that negatively affects the 20+ eChecks (email check stations) around campus. For security reasons, IT has disabled all eCheck stations until this issue is resolved. You are welcome to visit an open computer lab to check your email.

Important Spring Break Network Maintenance, Top 10 Google Apps Features for 2014 (FacStaff)

February 26th, 2015

Network Maintenance - Spring Break

The Network and Infrastructure Services team will be performing important maintenance during spring break. Please use the following diagram as a planning tool if you will be on campus next week.

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Google Apps - Top Features from 2014

If you have an interest in further leveraging Google Apps in your current position, you might enjoy *one blogger’s Top 10 Google Apps Features from 2014.
*Source: ‘The Gooru’s Top 10 Of 2014′. Ask the Gooru – Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Gmail & Google Apps 2015. Web. 26 Feb 2015.

Spring Break Lab Hours, Network Maintenance, Top 10 Google Features (Students)

February 26th, 2015

Computer Labs - Spring Break

The open access computer labs in BTS 111 and ENS 251 will close at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27 for spring break.

The BTS 111 computer lab will reopen at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8. The ENS 251 lab will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday March 9.

The SSC 103 computer lab, Rinnova Internet Cafe, and all CedarPrint stations will be open during holiday building hours as determined by Campus Safety.

Network Maintenance - Spring Break

The Network and Infrastructure Services team will be performing important maintenance during spring break. Please use the following diagram as a planning tool if you will be on campus next week.

springmaint

Google Apps - Top Features from 2014

If you have an interest in further leveraging Google Apps in your studies, you might enjoy *one blogger’s Top 10 Google Apps Features from 2014.
*Source: ‘The Gooru’s Top 10 Of 2014′. Ask the Gooru – Tips, Tricks, and Tools for Gmail & Google Apps 2015. Web. 26 Feb 2015.

Phishing Emails and Calls after Anthem Security Breach (FacStaff)

February 12th, 2015

You received two communications from Human Resources regarding the Anthem security breach. Information Technology also wants to alert you to a few scams that are surfacing so that you can be on your guard.

Phishing Emails
Phony emails are circulating which appear to come from Anthem and offer free credit protection and other services, but these are actually attempts to gather your personal information. Do not click on embedded links, open attachments, nor provide any personal or financial information to an unsolicited email that appears to originate from Anthem.

Phishing Phone Calls
Similarly, do not provide financial information or credit card information in response to callers who say they are representing Anthem. Anthem reports that they will be contacting those affected by the data breach via the U.S. Postal Service.

For More Information
If you would like additional information on avoiding phishing in general, or the Anthem data breach in particular, please visit the OnGuard Online website sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Homeland Security.

UPDATED Recommendations DropBox Phishing Email

January 28th, 2015

Information Technology has some additional recommendations to the original post titled Do Not Open Urgent Email Nor Click Dropbox Link from 1/26/15.

Additional Recommendations

Here are further instructions of what to do if you clicked on the link in the recent Dropbox email and especially if you entered your CedarNet username and password after clicking the link:

  1. Change your CedarNet password through CedarInfo (under the Individual Transactions heading).
  2. If you use your CedarNet username/email address and password for any other accounts (like social media, shopping, banking, etc.) change those passwords, too
  3. If you have a valid Dropbox account, change your Dropbox password as well.

The following recommendation can help protect those of you who access your email from your smartphone or tablet from future attacks:

  1. If you have a smart-phone or tablet, IT recommends setting up 2-step verification to add an extra layer of security to your CedarNet account. The help page for this process is currently being updated, so stop by the TechStop center in the Tyler Digital Communication Center between 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays for assistance with this process.