Emeritus Vice President of Information Technology Dr. Arnold Miller has authored an e-book with Jack L. Dickinson, a staff member of the Special Collections Department of Morrow Library. This e-book “In the Beginning… A Legacy of Computing at Marshall University” is on the early computing history of Marshall University. It covers the 40 years between 1959 and 1999. This book includes images of the various systems, several comments from users, and hardware and software descriptions. It is available as a free download on Marshall Digital Scholar at http://mds.marshall.edu/lib_manu/8.
The IBM/SPSS software starts alerting our campus software users about the upcoming expiration 30-days in advance each time the application is launched. Marshall University users can ignore these alerts regarding our current SPSS license that has a renewal anniversary date of 2/28/2018. The annual license renewal requisition process started several weeks ago and should be completed very soon.
All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend a Tech-up Open House at Drinko Library & Information Center on the Huntington campus.
Scheduled dates are:
Wednesday, January 3, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (DL 138)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (DL 138)
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a Tech-up Open House Wednesday, January 3 or Wednesday, January 10 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Drinko Library 138 on the Huntington campus.
Brush up on your technology skills in navigating the library’s electronic resources and services and using Blackboard through MUOnLine. IT staff will be on-hand to provide an overview of myMU and assist with other computer or wireless questions.
Learn tips and tricks to help you hit the ground running with research and writing support; accessing online librarians and guides; and maximizing e-books and e-journals. Basic Blackboard tools and utilizing the free 24/7 Blackboard tech support service will also be covered. Refreshments and door prizes will be provided.
“Tech Up” was created in response to a request by a Marshall University student. Originally developed for nontraditional students, Tech Up has one purpose—to help all students succeed at Marshall by being technologically up to speed by the time they take their first course.
Students can also self-enroll in the online version of Tech Up through MU OnLine/ Blackboard. Log in, click on the Organization tab, search for “Technology & Non-Traditional Students,” Enroll.
The Marshall University IT team receives occasional questions from faculty and staff about the Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP for short). Hopefully this article will help answer a number of those questions.
Several times a year, e-mail offers are sent out from the Microsoft Home Use Program advertising a $9.95 upgrade for Microsoft Office. These are often legitimate messages – see a recent example of one of these messages inserted into this post. You are receiving these offer e-mails because of a previous purchase of Microsoft Office for your personal/home computer. If you no longer wish to receive these offers, see the Frequently Asked Questions section below on how to unsubscribe from these mailings.
Before you pay $9.95 to upgrade, please read the rest of this message below…
If you are currently a Marshall faculty or staff member, you are eligible for ‘Home Use Rights’ under our Microsoft Campus Agreement. You do not have to buy a license, but there is a nominal fee charged by the vendor to cover software distribution costs. In most cases you should use your access to Marshall’s Microsoft Office365 services to download the no-cost install media for your home/personal computer. If you are no longer a Marshall University employee, but still have an active student status, you can also use access Office365ProPlus media as described below.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I use Microsoft Office365 ProPlus Media on a Personally Owned PC/Windows or Apple Macintosh OS?
Yes. the Microsoft Office365ProPlus download is intended for PERSONALLY-OWNED machines. There are separate versions for Microsoft Windows PC’s and Apple Macintosh OS X computers.
- Is there a difference in Microsoft Office365Pro and the Office 2016ProPlus software installed on my University-owned computer?
Yes, a few. Functionally, both products are still Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, Outlook, etc. You still have a choice of ‘new’ (Office 2016) or ‘previous’ (2013) releases. However, with the Office365 release, Microsoft provides new feature updates directly to you through the ‘Windows Updates’ (for PC’s) or ‘Microsoft Updates’ process (for Mac). These updates may appear on a different release schedule than your University-owned computer. You will still have the option to ‘accept’ or ‘defer’ these major updates. You may wish to maintain the same major version (e.g. Office 2013 vs. Office 2016) running on both your personally- and University-owned computers.
- Where can I get more information on accessing Office 365 software for my personal computer?
Please visit the Marshall IT website for additional Microsoft Office 365 information for more details.
- What is an eligible employee for purposes of the ‘Home Use Program’?
Microsoft defines ‘eligible employee’ as follows… “those individuals who use the covered licenses at work are eligible to purchase these Office applications for use on a personal device during the term of their employment. This temporary license expires with the employer’s Software Assurance coverage, or upon termination of employment with the covered organization.” – http://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/faq.aspx
- How can I request Microsoft/DigitalRiver to stop sending me these upgrade offers?
Locate the recent e-mail message in your inbox (Subject: Take Office Home for the Holidays). At the very bottom of the message, locate the ‘Click here to unsubscribe’ web link. This will take you to a webpage which will already contain your e-mail address. Click the [Unsubscribe] button. That’s it.
Please direct any additional questions to the Marshall IT Service Desk ITservicedesk@marshall.edu and we can update this list of frequently asked questions on the IT website.
Jon B. Cutler | Chief Information Security Officer | Marshall University | 1 John Marshall Drive, DL-324 | Huntington, WV 25755-2066 | U.S.A. |Office: +1 304 696 3270
Marshall University’s Information Technology Department’s continued partnership with Eduroam, a WiFi authentication service, allows Marshall students, faculty and staff to access wireless networks from other participating institutions while they are off-campus. Eduroam is available at more than 12,000 locations worldwide, including more than 450 colleges and universities. In addition, it provides high speed roaming to over 69 countries. If you are a student, faculty or staff member who will be traveling over winter break, keep this available service in mind and log into Eduroam at a participating campus near you and have access to a secure WiFi network.
Students, faculty, and staff can use their Marshall University email address and password to access the network. Just as members of Marshall’s community can take advantage of this opportunity while away from campus, individuals visiting Marshall University from a partner Eduroam institution can access WiFi connection without requesting “MU guest “credentials.
For more information visit eduroam-U.S. website or http://www.marshall.edu/it/services/researchcomputing/eduroam/ contact the IT Service Desk.
-Kristin Salustro, MUIT Marketing Intern
ATTENTION NEW FACULTY:
The computers for all new faculty have been ordered and are beginning to arrive on campus. For those new members of the faculty in tenure track positions who are already on campus, we’ll begin deployment to you Thursday July 27th . The IT Service Desk will be reaching out to you to schedule the setup of your new computer. Since you’re new to the university, we may not have your preferred contact method in our system and would encourage you to contact the service desk to schedule a convenient time for installation.
You can contact the Service Desk any of the following ways:
Live Chat: www.marshall.edu/it