We Are….IT! Double Feature Friday – Ryan Adkins & Dave Daniel

This week is a “Double Feature Friday!” MUIT is spotlighting two of our employees, Ryan Adkins and Dave Daniel, that recently took part in the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center’s fifth annual “Dancing With Our Stars,” philanthropic event. During this event, local “celebrities” are paired with professional dancers to compete against each other for the mirror ball trophy. This event was attended by more than 550 people, and was the largest financial gain the Museum had seen in the event’s history. This year has broken all previous fundraising records held over the last five years.

 

Ryan and his partner Mary (pictured above left) moved on from each round based on the number of $1 votes they received, which is set aside for charity. The competition brought about a wide variety of dance styles from country all the way to Bollywood. Events like this are just one of Ryan’s many interests. Dave and his partner Lauren (pictured above right) also had a great time participating. While Ryan was the professional in his duo, Dave was the celebrity. He is well-known in his hometown of Ashland, KY, where the event is held every year. To get to know more about Ryan and Dave, check out their bio features below.


 

Ryan Adkins, Classroom Support Technician (TECI)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What degrees do you hold? 
B.A. & M.A. in History
Both from Marshall University

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
I provide technology support for TECI classrooms.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
When I can help show somebody how to use technology in a way they’ve never considered, or that makes their job easier. That’s a great feeling.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
Too many to choose from, but right now fried tofu in the pad thai at Surin of Thailand is at the top of my list!

Favorite vacation spot? 
The mountains or the beach, as long as there are no people nearby.

What are you currently watching/binging?
“Psych!” You know that’s right.

What are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies? 
Everything from sci-fi/fantasy books and video games to building my own light saber out of hardware store parts and circuit boards.

Plug in your LinkedIn!
https://www.linkedin.com/in/rsadkins

How can someone from our community reach you?
adkins318@marshall.edu


Dave Daniel, ASAP Lead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What degrees do you hold?
Bachelors – Management Information Systems
Masters – Technology Management

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
Banner System Security Administrator, BDM/Workflow Administrator and Database Analyst.

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
I love being on a campus and the way that it is constantly new and vibrant. Continually being engaged with new ideas and cultures in an incredible valuable thing to have at a workplace.

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
21 at The Fredrick.

Favorite vacation spot?
St. Augustine, FL. I got married there and my family has a place just south of there that we go visit a few times a year.

What are you currently watching/binging?
MindHunter, ridiculously interesting and good.

What are some of your favorite pastimes or hobbies?
My family is my #1 past time. I also co-own a Social Media Marketing & Consulting company, The Social Rip, and also Chair a Non-Profit, Build Ashland, in my hometown of Ashland, KY. I absolutely love doing both of these hobbies. It allows me to get to work with local government, other non-profits, local businesses, and meet some really good people. Plus, it brings help to so many in need, which is what it’s all about.

Plug in your LinkedIn!
https://www.linkedin.com/in/daved4/

How can someone from our community reach you?
davefdaniel@gmail.com


We Are….IT! Feature Friday – Crystal Stewart

Welcome to the first installment of “Feature Fridays”. Where we sit down with employee of the Information Technology Department and learn about their favorite things about not only their positions, but Marshall University.


Crystal Stewart, IT Client Engagement Manager

What degrees do you hold?
BBA – Accounting
MS Adult Education
All obtained from Marshall University

How would you describe your role in 10 words or less?
Faculty and Staff Training, Services Marketing, Student Liaison, Social Media

What is your favorite thing about working in IT or at MU?
I love the Marshall family and working with students!

What is your favorite restaurant in the Huntington/Charleston area?
21 at the Frederick

Favorite vacation spot?
The beach.

What are you currently watching/binging?
Black Mirror on Netflix

What are some of your favorite pastime activities?
I love crafty creative stuff with planners, photography, sun worshiping, and volunteering for AKPsi.

Plug your LinkedIn!
https://www.linkedin.com/im/crystalleestewart

How can someone from our community reach you?
crystal.stewart@marshall.edu


MU Alert Test – Spring 2018

Marshall University will be conducting a test of the MU Alert emergency messaging system on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10 a.m.. This is an opt-in service available to MU community members. Subscribers are asked to be sure they receive a message by noon on Wednesday, and if necessary update their contact information via the myMU interface. If the information is correct and no message was received, please email mualert@marshall.edu with details on which method (text, email, and/or voice) did not work and the details for each pertinent method. Please sign up or update your information prior to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23rd to be included on the test.

Additional information is available on the MU Alert website.


Tech-Up – Spring 2018

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.

For additional information, visit our TechUp page or contact Tiffany Bowes, bowes1@marshall.edu or call 304-696-4801.


Use Eduroam for secure WiFi at participating institutions when traveling

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

 


MUIT Interns participate in WV Makes Festival

 

West Virginia Makes Festival- October 6th, 2017

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RBCI) will be hosting this year’s Fourth Annual West Virginia Makes Festival on Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center Plaza, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Friday, October 6th, 2017.  This Festival is a celebration of the ingenuity and creativity of makers statewide as well as initiators closer to home.   Marshall University’s Information Technology division will be represented by students in our intern program.

There will be interactive demonstrations given by the interns, including an IT Service Desk queue manager, digital signage providing information on access to available lab computers, cognitive facial recognition, wifi router installation project, and the primer of the IT Chatbot Assistant.  The IT Service desk will soon be able to access MU students’ basic information allowing them to sign in and schedule appointments by simply tapping their MUID.  Visitors to the Drinko Library and Information Center will now be able to track the availability of computers in the building, allowing students to see which devices are accessible on each floor of the library.  A new facial recognition system will be implemented in Drinko to improve security and monitor access to restricted rooms.  In addition, the Marshall website will be premiering an IT Chatbot Assistant to help assist students and staff with various troubleshooting scenarios.

Click for further information on the WV Makes Festival.

Additional information regarding the MUIT TIER Lab and how to become an intern.

Marshall University Information Technology Contact: crystal.stewart@marshall.edu.

-Kristin Salustro, MUIT Marketing Intern


New Wi-Fi Install Schedule for Residence Halls

Housing and Residence Life is currently working with Marshall University Information Technology (IT) in an effort to expand and strengthen the Wi-Fi coverage in the residence halls.  We have ordered new equipment, which we will begin installing in student rooms later this month.  This equipment will provide each residence hall room with its own in-room Wi-Fi access point. This is in an effort to ensure that each room on campus has a strong and stable connection.  While we had hoped that the in-room Wi-Fi access points would be delivered on-campus over the summer and installed before you arrived, they were unfortunately on backorder from the manufacturer due to their increased demand nationally.  We are excited to say that the in-room access points have just arrived on-campus and are ready to be installed.

Each access point is a small box that will be connected to an Ethernet port that already exists in your room.  The access point will provide you with wireless access and at the bottom of it, there will be three ports for any wired device that you need to connect directly to the Ethernet port. IT will begin work on installing the equipment into rooms over the next two months.  We ask you to be patient as the IT team installs the access points because it will take some time for the units to be configured and installed in each room.

Housing and Residence Life has worked with IT to develop a timeline for the installation.  Please see the information below regarding the dates and times, we will be working in your building.  You are not required to be in your room during the installation process.  We will have a member of the Housing and Residence Life team escorting the IT staff who will make sure that your room is left in the conditions we found it and secure.

In preparation for the installation, we ask that during your building’s time frame that you please move any furniture and/or personal belongings away from your Ethernet port.  This includes anything above or below the port, including wall hangings.  We also ask that you unplug any items from the Ethernet port during the time-frames as well. This will allow IT to quickly complete the work in your room. 

 

Building Date Time Notes
Wellman (2nd and 1st floors) 9/11/17-9/12/17 10am-3:30pm Start on 2nd and work down to 1st
Willis 9/13/17-9/18/17 10am-3:30pm Start on 4th and work down to 1st  (No work completed on 9/16 or 9/17)
Haymaker 9/19/17-9/22/17 10am-3:30pm Start on 4th and work down to 1st
Twin Towers East 9/18/17-9/21/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 15th floor and work down to 1st
Twin Towers West 9/25/17-9/28/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 15th floor and work down to 1st
Gibson 10/9/17-10/12/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 4th floor and work down to 1st
Wellman (4th and 3rd floors) 10/16/17-10/19/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm 4th and 3rd floors
Buskirk 10/23/17-10/27/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 6th floor and work down to 1st
Holderby 10/30/17-11/2/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 9th and work down to 5th
Holderby 11/6/17-11/9/17 10am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:00pm Start on 4th and work down to 1st

 

We do not expect there to be any building internet outages during the installation of the equipment other than the potential momentary drop in connection while your access point is being installed.  After installation, you will still connect to the Wi-Fi though Marshall like before.

If you have any questions, please contact Housing and Residence Life at 304-696-6765.

(email originally sent from HRL on 9/8/17)


Information Technology, Libraries and Online Learning to host Tech Up sessions August 17 and 30

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a Tech-up Open House Thursday, August 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. or Wednesday, August 30 from 5 to 7 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.

For additional information, contact Tiffany Bowes at bowes1@marshall.edu or 304-696-4801.


Recommended Hardware & Educational Discounts

Hey, students!

Are you looking to buy a new computer before the Fall semester starts? Look no further! Our Recommended Hardware site gives you all the details on a brand new desktop/laptop/tablet that will help you succeed.  Our minimum recommendations should get you through the four years of your college career.

To view this list, click here: Recommended Hardware

Do you know, for sure, that you want a new laptop or desktop, but you don’t know what brand to buy? Check out our great deal going on right now with Dell! By using your Marshall email address, you are eligible to receive an educational discount on brand new Dell laptops. This deal is only going on until the end of July, so check it out quick!

To check out the deal, follow this link: Educational Discounts

To check out the deal directly on Dell’s website, click here: Dell