Summer Newsflash

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New Wireless Technology for Students, Faculty, and Staff Update

Starting mid-May, we began the migration of the new Cisco wireless technology.  We have posted a general schedule for the building on our website.  In addition to also posting signs and handouts in key locations. 

Users connecting to wireless in the buildings or specific locations that have migrated will see the network information below:

  • Pace_Connect will now be called PACE-OPEN
  • Pace_Secure will now be called PACE-WIRELESS

Important Note: It is strongly recommended that all users connecting to the new wireless network register their devices in order to receive proper permissions and network functionality.  This is done by following the steps when connecting to PACE-OPEN.

For additional updates, information, and/or rollout schedules for the new services, please visit the following site: Configuring Wireless.

Blackboard Collaborate Notice for Student and Faculty Mac Users

Recent security changes released by Apple may prevent Web conferencing customers from launching Blackboard Collaborate sessions and recordings.  Customers using OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 will be affected.  The security changes no longer allow for users to auto-launch JNLP files.  The Blackboard Collaborate Support Team has released several workarounds for these users on the Blackboard Collaborate Support site.  If you need additional assistance, please contact Beth Gordon Klingner (bklingner@pace.edu) or Samantha Egan (segan@pace.edu).

ePortfolio Summer Upgrade Coming Soon for Students and Faculty

The latest ePortfolio upgrade to Mahara 1.7 will launch during the summer.  New features include a comprehensive list of pages shared with and by the user, artifact licenses, retractable blocks, and the ability to edit a journal entry directly from a page.  Academic Technology will be updating their tutorialspage shortly after the upgrade.  For the latest updates, check out the ePortfolio at Pace blog.

Office 365 Migration for Student Email

ITS is continuously revising the technologies available to ensure that we provide the best services to our community.  Over the past 4 years we have been evaluating our transition to Google for student email services.  Based on research, feedback, and focus groups conducted over the past few years, ITS has decided to transition student email from Google to Office 365.  The benefits of its integration with Exchange and calendaring are among some of the main reasons we have decided on this migration.   (Please note: Law School Students will not be affected by this change as they are already on Exchange.) We will be looking to make this transition in phases starting this summer.  As of May 25th, all new incoming students that have registered for courses will have email accounts on Exchange while we work on a migration and transition plan for current students.  New students will be receiving the information on Exchange during their Orientation sessions.  They will be accessing their email accounts in the same way Faculty and Staff access their accounts, which is via Outlook Web App.  We will be sharing updates and more information in the coming months, so please keep an eye out for our announcements.

IMO Meetings for IMO Representatives

The IMO meetings scheduled for July are as follows:

  • PLV: Monday, July 22nd: 9:30AM – 11:00AM – Butcher Suite, Kessel Center
  • NY: Wednesday, July 24th: 10:30AM – 12:00PM – Civic W512 (5th floor), 1 Pace Plaza

Reminder: Microsoft Lync Settings Update

In order to improve the user experience when scheduling and conducting Lync online meetings and the Web conferences, we have updated the Microsoft Lync’s default settings. The default setting originally was set where only the meeting organizer was listed as a presenter and all other meeting participants to be attendees.  Presenters have control over the meeting and additional features while attendees do not.  However, this default setting can sometimes be an issue if the meeting organizer can’t join the meeting until later and no one else has the access to fill in as a presenter.  It can also become an issue if the organizer would like to grant one or more attendees with presenter status after the meeting starts, but does not know how to do this.  

To eliminate these issues, the new default setting will make every meeting participant a Presenter by default.  Meeting organizers can still change the new default setting to anything they wish by accessing Meeting Options.  The Meeting Options window has a “Remember Settings” checkbox in the lower left corner.  If you check this box, your settings will save to the computer you are currently using and will be used each time you create an online meeting (this will work on both Microsoft Lync 2010 and Microsoft Lync 2013).  This is a local save and must be repeated in each computer you use to access your Outlook calendar. In addition, a new “Lync Delegate” feature has been enabled which will allow a designated person to set up a Lync meeting on behalf of someone else.  To learn how Lync delegate access works, you can review tutorials here.  Another benefit of enabling Lync Delegate access is that it will also turn on the Lync “voice calling” feature.  This means that calls to internal Pace numbers/extensions can now be made via the dial pad icon on the main Lync window.  Just type in the number or extension of the person you want to call and press CALLNote:  To use this feature, you must have either a microphone & speaker connected to your computer or a microphone enabled headset.     

Reminder: Exchange Upgrade

Over the next several months, ITS will be upgrading our Microsoft Exchange server hardware and software. The upgrades will allow for a more robust system, with new features and increased storage quotas. While the upgrade is in progress, users may see references to emailnyc.pace.edu or emailwst.pace.edu in their mail clients. Some mail clients may require configuration changes to continue to function. Please review the table on the following site Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgradeand take note of any changes required for the mail client you use. Once the upgrade to Exchange Server 2013 is complete this summer, emailnyc.pace.edu and emailwst.pace.edu will no longer be required and all users will be able to use email.pace.edu again.


School News

Dyson Course Evaluations

Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace.  Dyson College is urging students taking Dyson courses to participate.  To begin the evaluation, refer to the following link: https://www.digitalmeasures.com/login/pace/student.  Log in using your MyPace Portal Username and Password.  It is important that you complete all of your Dyson College Course evaluations in a timely fashion to avoid the Dyson College grade delay.  The Dyson course evaluations will run during the below timeframes for the summer/August intersession.

  • Summer I: 6/28-7/7 (grade delay & results released on 7/19)
  • Summer II: 8/9-8/18 (grade delay & results released on 8/30)
  • August: 8/19-8/25 (grade delay & results released on 9/6)

Dyson College Pace Prep Course

Dyson College has designed a five-week, non-credit bearing, multi-disciplinary course which will begin on Monday, July 15th. This preparatory course will help incoming freshmen to develop necessary academic and professional skills.  For more information click the following: Pace Prep.