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ITS replacing Datacenter hardware Oct. 10-12 and Oct. 24-26

Information Technology Services will be replacing hardware that guarantees an uninterrupted power supply to the Datacenter at One Waterfront Place over two weekends in October.

No outages or downtime are expected for any servers or University systems. However, many mission-critical applications such as eCampus are housed in the Datacenter, and as with any maintenance, there is always a small risk that service could be disrupted.

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Software purchases under $5,000 will be pre-approved faster with new policy

Purchases of software, hardware or consulting services valued at less than $5,000 no longer require review by Procurement, Contracting and Payment Services (PCPS) or prior approval by PCard Administration.

Earlier this fall, Information Technology Services introduced an online pre-approval tool for IT purchases. This tool now also determines whether a PCPS review is needed and generates a notification if one is required. A staff member will then contact the customer about any necessary forms or legal review. Purchasers no longer need to contact PCPS separately to request that Terms and Conditions be reviewed.

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Deleted and junk email will be auto-deleted from Office 365 starting Oct. 22

Office 365 will soon begin automatically deleting email in “Junk Email” and “Deleted Items” folders in all accounts 30 days after the items are placed there. The policy adopted by Information Technology Services will apply to the Morgantown, Potomac State and WVU Institute of Technology campuses.

The Health Sciences Center Office 365 system already uses these policies. This change brings all of WVU into alignment with published Microsoft rules for Office 365.

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Power up! KwikBoost stations will let students and employees charge devices

Nearly 30 KwikBoost charging stations that will let students and University employees keep their mobile devices fully charged more easily are being deployed across the Morgantown campus in the coming weeks.

Steve Watkins, director of Student Life Information Technology, worked with the Academic IT Leaders Committee to order equipment that students have long wanted. Some charging stations will be wall-mounted, while others are on freestanding pedestals. Each has eight outlets for Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices, and more.

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WVU Police warn students about scam

The West Virginia University Police Department is warning students about a scam that uses the employment banks at colleges and universities to attract victims. At least two different front companies with legitimate-sounding names have pretended to employ students when they are in fact attempting to launder money.

In one case, the scammer posted a fake job opportunity as an office assistant on a University web-based career board.

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ITS offering introductory workshops on eCampus, Blackboard Collaborate

Faculty members may now register for Introduction to eCampus and Blackboard Collaborate workshops through Information Technology Services. The workshops begin Friday, Sept. 12 and run though early November. Details and links to register are here:

These sessions are designed for faculty and staff who have not used eCampus or Collaborate and are unfamiliar with the applications.

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REMINDER: Old version of eCampus will be unavailable after Oct. 1

Faculty members who have not already moved course content from the old version of eCampus to the new system should do so as soon as possible. This is a reminder that the old system will NOT be available after Oct 1, 2014.

Information Technology Services converted to the current version of eCampus in December 2013, and the number of users jumped 50 percent in just six weeks.

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WVU Research Corp. wins $487,000 National Science Foundation grant

West Virginia University Research Corp. has won a nearly $487,000 cyberinfrastructure grant from the National Science Foundation for significant upgrades to high-speed, high-volume Internet connections that will benefit University researchers and their work.

The networking grant will help create a science DMZ, or demilitarized zone, which is essentially a secure “express lane” subnetwork for research data traffic within the University’s larger network.

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