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Classroom VHS Players Being Phased Out

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

On June 6, 2011 the Faculty IT Senate approved the recommendation to phase out the VHS player in the electronic classrooms as proposed by CaTS. The university will no longer provide VHS players due to manufacturing constraints on this type of equipment, as well as the aging media format. The University Library is working to convert VHS requests to a DVD format and will no longer purchase media on the VHS format.

Effective June 1, 2012, any new electronic classroom installation will only include a Blu-Ray player for use with DVD and CD audio and video media. In any existing electronic classroom that is upgraded after this date, the VCR/DVD combo unit will be removed and a Blu-Ray player installed in its place as the renovation cycle dictates.

The impact to the faculty will be limited to faculty members that have their instructional media on VHS format. In order to ensure a timely transition, please begin assessing the faculty needs within your college as we develop a process for VHS media conversion.

Keep in mind that this transition will be spread out over time. However, we recommend that you transition your instructional media to DVD format as soon as possible to avoid possible conflicts in the classroom. The following information may make this process easier:

1) CaTS will keep a limited supply of VHS/DVD combo units in its checkout pool. These units can be obtained from Classroom Technology Support (CTS) for as long as the equipment can be maintained in good working condition. Once they no longer work, they will not be replaced.

2) In order to do a one-time media conversion from VHS to DVD, you must obtain written copyright permission from the media publisher. Please refer to Wright Way Policy #2303.03, the Copyright Revision Act of 1976 and the 1980 Amendments relating to the reproduction of materials. Once the proper written permission has been acquired, CaTS will work with you to facilitate the media conversion.

3) The easiest solution may be to contact the appropriate vendors and obtain a DVD copy of the media that you are now using on a VHS format.

CaTS will work with the University Library and faculty members to ensure a smooth transition as we begin the process of phasing VHS players out of the electronic classrooms. Any questions or concerns about the VHS removal process or the media conversion process should be directed to the CaTS Help Desk. You can contact the Help Desk by phone at (937) 775-4827 or toll free at 1-888-775-4827.
 

Emergency Maintenance: WSU Email System

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CaTS will be conducting emergency maintenance on our email system this Wednesday, April 4, from 5:30am - 5:45am. During this time, access to your WSU email will be unavailable. If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.

Urgent: Phishing Scam Notice-March 28, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Attention WSU Faculty, Staff, and Students:
CaTS wants you to be aware of another phishing scam that's targeting university faculty, staff, and students. Please read the below description of this scam.

*Increase Email Storage*

This scam tells you that you can get your email inbox storage increased if you go to the included link and enter your login information. You should not visit this link, as you will be asked to enter your username and password, which could give scammers access to your email and other personal information.

Always remember: If you get ANY email that asks you to click on a link to enter your username and password, DON'T click on it. This is a scam. If you have questions about whether or not a message is a phishing scam, contact the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.

Urgent: Phishing Scam Notices-March 21, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Attention WSU Faculty, Staff, and Students:
CaTS wants you to be aware of two new phishing scams that are targeting university faculty, staff, and students. Please read the below descriptions of these scams.

*Over Quota*


This scam tells you that your email is over quota and that you need to copy and paste a link into your web browser to avoid losing your account. You should not copy and paste this link, as you will be asked to enter your username and password, which could give scammers access to your email and other personal information.

*American Airlines Order Confirmation*


This scam gives you information about a supposed ticket order you placed with American Airlines. The message directs you to open the attached zip file to view your order information. You should not download or open the zip file, as it likely contains a virus which could damage your computer or steal your personal information.

Always remember: If you get ANY email that asks you to click on a link to enter your username and password, DON'T click on it. This is a scam. If you have questions about whether or not a message is a phishing scam, contact the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.
 

Final Reminder: Active Directory Transition

Thursday, March 15, 2012
*Final Reminder*
Active Directory Transition


This message is being sent to remind you that CaTS is entering the final stages of the Active Directory transition project. To finalize this project, all Novell users must be converted to Active Directory by March 20, 2012. At that time, Novell will be retired on WSU’s campus, and you will not be able to access your files and printers if your workstation hasn’t been converted. If you do not recall having your computer converted from Novell to Active Directory, please call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 as soon as possible so that a technician can come to your office and do the conversion.
 

Important Information Concerning WINGS Calendar Notifications

Thursday, March 8, 2012

CaTS wants you to know that email notifications/reminders for WINGS Calendar events that are scheduled during the period of March 11 – April 1, 2012, will appear to be one hour behind the scheduled meeting time. Also, the notifications will display the wrong time zone identifier (e.g. EST instead of EDT).

Please be sure to verify all scheduled meetings during this period on your calendar instead of relying on reminders. The event time listed on your calendar will be correct.

Should you have further questions concerning this, feel free to contact the Help Desk by calling (937) 775-4827, or by sending an email to helpdesk@wright.edu.

CaTS System Maintenance for 3/11/12

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

CaTS will be conducting system maintenance this Sunday, March 11, from 10:30am - 11:00am. During this time, the WINGS Express system will be unavailable. If you have questions, please contact the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827.

Reminder: H:\ Drive going Away for Students

Thursday, March 1, 2012

CaTS would like to remind all students that, as previously mentioned, access to your campus network H:\ drive will no longer be available after March 20, 2012. Originally, we announced a date of March 1, but this has been extended to give you more time to access and move your files.

If you have any files stored on this drive, you will need to copy them to another device or location, such as a flash drive, external hard drive, or SkyDrive (available through RaiderMail). To get help on how to move your files from your campus H:\ drive to SkyDrive, please visit the following website:

http://www.wright.edu/cats/raidermail/skydrive/

Active Directory Transition Reminder

Thursday, March 1, 2012
*Active Directory Transition Reminder*


This message is being sent to remind you that CaTS is entering the final stages of the Active Directory transition project. To finalize this project, all Novell users must be converted to Active Directory by March 20, 2012. At that time, Novell will be retired on WSU’s campus, and you will not be able to access your files and printers if your workstation hasn’t been converted. If you do not recall having your computer converted from Novell to Active Directory, please call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 as soon as possible so that a technician can come to your office and do the conversion.

*Check Your Virus Protection Software*


CaTS is still trying to identify around 100 users that currently have McAfee Anti-virus as their on-campus computer’s virus protection software. To identify these users, CaTS would like to ask that you assist us in ensuring your computer has been transitioned from McAfee to Microsoft Forefront, the university’s new virus protection software.

Please visit the website linked below and follow the instructions listed under the operating system currently installed on your computer.

http://www.wright.edu/cats/general/transition.html

Please call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 with any questions.

Information About RaiderMail for Faculty & Staff

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

As a faculty or staff member, you may have recently heard that CaTS has transitioned all of our student email accounts to RaiderMail, a service offered by Microsoft. One of the many benefits of this new system is the increased email storage space, which currently offers all students 10 GB each. Some faculty members have questioned whether they, too, will be able to use this email system and also receive those benefits, especially the increased email storage.

CaTS would like all faculty and staff members to know that we are currently in talks with the Academic Services Committee (ASC) and IT Committees on the feasibility of moving faculty and staff email/calendar to Microsoft Live, which is the same email system now being used by the students. Along with these talks, we are also working on developing policies and procedures that will address issues unique to a faculty/staff environment. Although an official decision has not yet been made, CaTS is hoping that we can begin moving faculty and staff to Microsoft Live as early as Spring Quarter.

CaTS will continue to notify the university as more information and details become available.

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