IT Matters: Fall 2016

Information Technology: Deliver, Lead, InnovateWe are pleased to update you on the activities of the Information Technology Division to support students, faculty and staff at Lehman. We have installed new wireless access points across campus, enhanced classroom and lecture hall technology, redesigned the homepage and lots more.

Find the latest updates below and remember, you can access this newsletter, as well as Lehman’s academic calendar, course schedules, mobile library tools, phone directories, campus life information, and more on Lehman Mobile Central, available at the App Store and on Google Play. And don’t forget—Lehman One Access facilitates reduced sign-on, streamlining the login process for Blackboard, CUNYfirst, Lehman Connect and other CUNY and Lehman systems. Please also be sure to review the latest Apple Slices newsletter.

Protect Yourself Against Cyber Crime

email-phishingRansomware is a new and highly successful information security threat. Learn more about ransomware in this useful newsletter. Check this poster for useful information on how to identify and stop phishing attacks. You can also find a growing list of security resources at the CUNY Information Security website.

Enhanced Computer Classrooms and Lecture Halls

classroomWe were excited to work with Facilities Planning and the School of Natural and Social Sciences to complete two new computer classrooms in Carman Hall. These newly designed spaces feature “line-of-sight” desks and virtual desktops. In addition, the Gillet 024 lecture hall has wonderful new audio and video systems, making it the most advanced space of its kind at Lehman. This marks a renewed commitment to enhancing campus classrooms with technology that supports students and faculty. Look for two more new computer classrooms in the spring 2017 semester.

CUNY Virtual Applications

virtual-applicationsStudents, faculty and staff can now remotely access a new CUNY-supported suite of mathematical and analytical applications from anywhere using the CUNY Virtual Desktop. Available applications  include SPSS, SAS, Matlab, Mathematica and Maplesoft with additional software and services coming soon. After you install the virtual desktop, log-in using your CUNYfirst ID followed by and your CUNYfirst password.

Microsoft 365 ProPlus for Faculty and Staff

365We are pleased to inform you that Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus is now available at no cost for personal use by all active CUNY faculty and staff. Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and more. Please note that OneDrive for Business is not yet included. Each active employee of the University can install this suite of productivity software on up to 15 personal devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones. Apps on work devices are provided by IT. To get started, please visit the FAQ page.

Students – please note that downloads of the Microsoft 365 suite are at no cost through a separate program. The suite includes OneDrive, which provides 1 TB of cloud storage. Information for students can be found here.

New Lehman College Home Page

homepageWe appreciate the input and positive feedback from the College community regarding the redesigned Lehman home page. The new home page design features a less cluttered, more visually engaging approach, with new roll-over drop-down menus. IT is in the process of launching a new, streamlined web content management system and will provide workshops for departments as the new system comes on-line.

System Center Rollout

os-upgradeSignificant progress has been made over the last few months to implement Microsoft Systems Center (for Windows) and Casper (for Macs). System Center is now automating the delivery of patches and updates to more than 1,000 campus computers. Additional benefits planned over the next semester include remote trouble-shooting, an app store, and an IT service catalog.

Lehman’s New Media Repository

yujaA new media platform was introduced this fall based on the recommendation of a review committee. The Yuja Active Learning Platform will serve as our new video repository and enable lecture capture, video analytics and more. Faculty can sign-on with Lehman One Access to organize media and share content. See the workshop calendar or contact IT for a personalized tour.

Workshop Announcements – link to fall schedule

trainingWe encourage the Lehman community to take advantage of IT-related workshops. Please visit Student Technology Workshops and Faculty and Staff Workshops for a full listing of opportunities and to register.