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Student Newsletter - November 2015


Use Schedule Planner
Schedule Planner can assist in building course schedules in real time.  This tool can be found on Portal in the Students tab, under Registration and Grades.

Build, save, search and modify course schedules based on activities such as work schedules, team activities, study days, etc.

For more information, students should visit the Schedule Planner site.


What Faculty Need To Do In Advance

During winter break, we are migrating our Blackboard Learning Management System, including existing courses to Blackboard for Managed Hosting. While this work is being done, please note the important dates below:
  • All courses and communities will be unavailable on Wednesday, December 23rd at 12:00PM.
  • Fall 2015 courses and communities will remain unavailable until Monday, January 11th.
    • Faculty are strongly encouraged to complete all grading by Tuesday, December 22nd.
  • Courses that run during the Winter break (anytime between Wednesday, December 23rd and Sunday, January 24th) will be available to faculty at 5:00PM on Wednesday, December 23rd and will open to students automatically on the Course Start Date as defined in Banner.
  • Spring 2016 courses will remain unavailable to faculty until Monday, January 11th and will be available to students automatically on the Course Start Date as defined in Banner.
    • Faculty developing Spring 2016 courses are strongly encouraged to begin early because they will not have access to build course materials between Wednesday, December 23rd and Monday, January 11th.
  1. MyPace Portal ( will not be impacted by this work so faculty can submit grades at any time but are strongly encouraged to submit by Tuesday, December 22nd.
  2. If faculty need access to their Blackboard Grade Center, they can export it as an Excel file or print it by Tuesday, December 22nd.  For detailed steps, watch this Blackboard Video Tutorial on  How to Export the Grade Center.
For more information on the Blackboard Migration, please visit


What You Need to Check After Upgrade Is Completed
ITS will begin upgrading Student and Alumni mailboxes to Exchange 2013 Server.  The mailboxes will be upgraded in groups, beginning with Alumni accounts in November and December.  Student account upgrades will begin in February.  Each scheduled group will receive an email notification before and after their upgrade with additional instructions.

What do I need to check after I receive the upgrade completion notice?
  1. Check your mobile device's incoming email server settings.  Currently, your incoming email server is listed as either or (based on campus).  After your mailbox upgrade is completed you should see  If you do not see, please update the server settings to  In some cases, you may need to delete your Pace email account and re-create it.
  2. Check to make sure all your mailbox content is still showing and that any previous settings, such as email forwarding, are still enabled.

For more details visit: Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Upgrade.


ORCA TV Services

Pace's digital signage has undergone significant changes over the summer. We're happy to introduce ORCA TV! This user friendly platform maintains consistent quality across all campus displays. Send advertising submissions directly to ORCA TV via

ORCA TV supports a wide range of digital media and social media outlets. For more information and tutorials on ad submissions, visit


Now Available

NBC News created a repository of stories, images, and primary source documents available on-demand for the Pace community. NBC Learn features integration with Blackboard allowing instructors to incorporate relevant content as part of their online course materials. 

Check out the  Digital Toolkit for details and the ITS Service Catalog for a complete list of all IT services and technologies available at Pace.


Course evaluation is critical in providing constructive feedback to faculty and their departments on the quality of instruction delivered at Pace.  Dyson College and Lubin School of Business are urging all students taking any Dyson or Lubin course to participate.

Course evaluations for Fall 2015 will be available during the following timeframe: Sunday, November 29th - Sunday, December 13th. The grades for this semester will be delayed until Friday, December 25th for any students who have not completed all of their evaluations by the deadline noted above.

Further details and instructions regarding the Course Evaluation process will be sent out to your Pace email address when the period opens in late November. 

Questions? For Dyson contact Rich Miller ( and for Lubin contact Tom Miliano (


eTern Featured in Mahara Newsletter

Academic Technologies' new eTern, Sarah Koppalakonda, was featured in the October 2015 Mahara Newsletter. Her article reflected on her experiences as an international student.

"During my time studying in the U.S.A., I have grown as a person and a student." Sarah writes. "I believe in action rather than words, and ePortfolio has enabled me to reflect on this mantra and continues to motivate me towards my goals."

Check out Sarah's Living the American Dream page on ePortfolio and her full article here.

ePortfolio Webinar Available

View  a recording of Academic Technologies' Webinar Wednesday session "Academic Reflection in the Digital Age: ePortfolio for Assessment and Personal Branding" at


Webinar Wednesdays offer an in-depth look at technologies related to teaching and learning at Pace. Each webinar will focus on a specific technology and offer best practices, tips, tutorials, and advice from experts. 

Learn more


IT Security: Your Password

Passwords are one of the most important pieces of information security.  A well-crafted and strong password is essential in ensuring the security of the university's data and intellectual property.

It is important to remember that sharing or disclosing your Pace portal username and/or password is prohibited.
Some things to remember when creating your portal password are:
  • create strong passwords that are at least 8 characters long
  • include upper and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters
  • make sure your selected password does not include words from part of your name or the name of someone in your family
  • change your password regularly and never write it down or email it to anyone

Remember that you are not to share your password with anyone for any reason and that ITS will never ask you to provide confirmation of your credentials for any reason.

For more information on passwords please visit our Password Complexity Guidelines and Good Password Practices pages.
For more security best practices, go to: IT Security.


Join Academic Technologies on the below dates to learn about emerging mobile technologies to enhance how we at Pace communicate and share ideas.     

  • Wednesday: 11/18 (12:10PM-1:10PM): Miller 21
  • Tuesday: 12/8 (12:15PM-1:15PM): Miller 16 / Civic E319


Single Sign On
Coming soon, users will have the option to sign into Qualtrics using their MyPace Portal credentials. You will no longer need to memorize a separate username and password.

All your surveys will remain active and be moved over to your Pace account. Learn how to migrate your account at

Questions? Contact the Faculty Center.

Ally Khristova