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Moving to Microsoft Exchange, student raffles, wi-fi updates, and more in this month’s ITS News.

Google E-mail Accounts Moving to Microsoft Exchange for Students
ITS would like to remind all students that we will be transitioning Pace student email accounts from Google Apps (https://google.pace.edu) to Pace’s Microsoft Exchange e-mail system (https://email.pace.edu). An initial e-mail was sent to all students on Wednesday, October 2 to summarize the migration.

We are strongly recommending that students take advantage of the self-migration tool that is listed below by Sunday, March 16. After this date, ITS will manually begin moving student accounts. Students will be notified via e-mail when their accounts are ready to be migrated. Please follow the instructions listed in the e-mail. For further information and/or updates students can reference our Student Email Migration to Outlook Exchange website.

Prior to initializing the migration, there are a few steps users can take to ensure the migration process occurs without issues. 

  • Step 1: Check to make sure you have IMAP enabled within your Pace Google settings.
  • Step 2: Search your mailbox folders for any emails from ‘Orgsync (orgsync.com)’ and ‘livingsocial.com’ and then delete them. Also make sure to empty your Trash folder when finished.
  • Step 3: If the events in your calendar are not critical, clear the entire calendar prior to starting the migration. Instructions for how to do this can be found here.

Where can I go for more information or help on the migration?

Raffle for Students
Last year, ITS sponsored a student raffle and had a great response. Therefore, we are pleased and excited to announce another raffle! The deadline for entering the raffle will be Sunday, March 16 at midnight. This year we are able to offer a total of three great prizes so students have three chances to win! We will select the winners by Friday, March 24. For more details on the prizes and eligibility requirements visit the Student Raffle page.

High Definition (HD) Cable TV Channels in Westchester for Students
ITS is happy to announce that 56 cable TV channels are now available in HD for Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains Law School residence halls. Please see the following site for a full listing of all channels. In order to receive all these channels, you’ll need an HD TV equipped with a QAM tuner. Most HD TV’s manufactured in the last five years have a built-in QAM tuner. Please reprogram/scan for “All” channels to receive both Standard and High Definition channels on your TV. Refer to your TV manufacturer documentation for details regarding built-in tuner and channel scanning information.

ePortfolio Design Update for Students and Faculty
The ePortfolio home page after log in has been redesigned! ITS has worked to create a more simplified, clean, and streamlined look for users once they have logged into the system. The user-friendly home page allows for easy portfolio creation and sharing preferences. Check out the changes at https://eportfolio.pace.edu!

Mobile Technologies User Group for Students, Faculty, and Staff
The Mobile Technologies User Group will continue to meet throughout the spring to share and discuss exciting ways that mobile devices can be used in the classroom. Please see the schedule below. All meetings will take place in the main VC rooms (Miller 16/ Civic E319). All are welcome!

  • Wednesday, February 12: 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 6: 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 9: 12:15 p.m.–1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 8: 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

To catch up on previous meetings, visit the Mobile Technology User Group blog.

Java Compatibility and Updates for Students, Faculty, and Staff
As many of you are aware, Oracle has been releasing new versions of their product (Java) frequently, especially in recent years. This is largely due to the fact that hackers and cyber criminals target Java creating exploits and security risks. Unlike new releases of software applications, vendors and users do not get access to the updated version prior to its release date by Oracle. Due to this, vendors and administrators are not able to adequately test or predict what issues may arise once the new versions are released. The recent update from Java 7 update 45 to Java 7 update 51 has been especially difficult due to security requirement changes. For more information on Java compatibility issues, please visit our Supported Applications and the Java Compatibility pages. Please refer to these pages as we move forward. ITS and FIS will continue to evaluate resolutions to manage the compatibility issues between versions.

Wireless Update for Students, Faculty, and Staff
ITS has been steadily upgrading the wireless network to an improved Cisco-based system since May and much progress has been made. Over the winter break, 41 Park Row and 163 William Street were migrated to the new PACE-WIRELESS network. Upgraded locations and upcoming scheduled migration dates can be found at the following site: Wireless Access Locations. Additional updates and/or information on the new Cisco network is posted on the following site: Configuring Wireless.

IT Security Awareness for Students, Faculty, and Staff
In an effort to bring awareness to our community, ITS is offering training sessions for your respective areas, please contact the IT Security office at itsecurity@pace.edu. Learn more about IT security.

For more information, visit the ITS News website.

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