The ITS 6th Annual Szalonna Picnic on Friday, June 6 was a huge success!


For those who have never experienced it, Szalonna is a Hungarian delicacy. A hunk of back bacon (smoked pork fat with the rind) is cooked over a wood fire and the drippings are eaten on fresh rye bread with toppings like onions, cucumbers and peppers. It is the main event at any true Hungarian picnic and has become our unofficial “opening day”  tradition to mark the start of the summer season. 
Szalonna? Check. Rye bread? Check. Wood fire? Check.
Good times on our summer schedule!

The ITS 6th Annual Szalonna Picnic on Friday, June 6 was a huge success!

For those who have never experienced it, Szalonna is a Hungarian delicacy. A hunk of back bacon (smoked pork fat with the rind) is cooked over a wood fire and the drippings are eaten on fresh rye bread with toppings like onions, cucumbers and peppers. It is the main event at any true Hungarian picnic and has become our unofficial “opening day”  tradition to mark the start of the summer season. 

Szalonna? Check. Rye bread? Check. Wood fire? Check.

Good times on our summer schedule!

Software companies often approach trusted clients to test out new applications and services, and the ITS department at Fairfield has participated in these endeavors many times.

Just this past spring, Academic Computing and a handful of faculty in the Dolan School of Business and the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions were invited to test out a pre-release version of Google’s new course management system for schools, Google Classroom. Students and faculty in selected classes were asked to use the application, which will be incorporated into Google Apps for Education later in this year, and provide feedback on their impressions and experiences. In addition, ITS was asked to join Apple’s program to test out in-development versions of their upcoming Mac operating system, OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

Fairfield has been a regular invitee in Apple’s software tests for a number of years now. These kinds of opportunities not only give ITS staff an inside view of up-and-coming software releases, but they’re also evidence of the high regard with which software developers view Fairfield’s ITS staff.

Happy teaching!

Lynda.com: User Update and Brush Up on Skills

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1589 TOTAL Active Users

76 NEW Users in the Past 30 Days

13,638 Videos Viewed

911 Hours Worth of Videos Viewed

This Lynda.com relationship is certainly working out for Fairfield University.

In addition: Are you receiving a computer upgrade for next year? If so, log into the my.Fairfield portal and get a head start on using the latest software versions from our Lynda.com playlists:

Windows computers:

Apple computers:

Office 2011 for Mac playlist

Banner Tip of the Month!

To print a screenshot of a Banner form, click on the Print icon, seen here:
imageand select the Page Setup tab on the pop up Print window. Change the print orientation to landscape so that your printout will be far more readable and then click Print.

Note: Screenshots only print what is displayed on your screen. You may need to scroll down and repeat these steps for additional data.

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Bradford Networks has developed a new product offering called “Rapid Threat Response” (RTR) which allows the Bradford Network Sentry to integrate with our Palo Alto firewalls.  The result is that when the Palo Alto detects a threat, rather than just reporting and blocking it, it can track the threat back to the end-user device so we can help our users protect themselves.
RTR would normally cost a chunk o’ change, but Bradford has asked us to be a case study and have offered to provide perpetual licensing and all integration services in return for our feedback.  This is not a beta test; the product is already released – they are looking for references from existing, long-standing clients who have a good relationship with them. 
We’ll be kicking this off over the next month.

Bradford Networks has developed a new product offering called “Rapid Threat Response” (RTR) which allows the Bradford Network Sentry to integrate with our Palo Alto firewalls.  The result is that when the Palo Alto detects a threat, rather than just reporting and blocking it, it can track the threat back to the end-user device so we can help our users protect themselves.

RTR would normally cost a chunk o’ change, but Bradford has asked us to be a case study and have offered to provide perpetual licensing and all integration services in return for our feedback.  This is not a beta test; the product is already released – they are looking for references from existing, long-standing clients who have a good relationship with them. 

We’ll be kicking this off over the next month.

Our service has gone international :)

We support Healthy Computing!

So many of us sit for long periods of time working on our computer or doing other work while seated. It is well known that sitting for too long or with poor posture causes all kinds of shoulder, neck and back problems as well as eye strain issues. So, do your body and brain a favor and get into the habit of regularly standing and stretching, maybe take a stroll around the office or a make a few trips up and down the stairs. You’ll not only feel better and be more productive when you return to your computer, but you may be preventing illness and trips to the doctor’s office.  

There are many websites that give tips on the correct sitting posture for computer work (example: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/computerworkstations/positions.html) or talk to your healthcare professional if you need assistance. Your ITS staff wants you to stay healthy.

Faxing via Email? Yes please!

Fax/E-mail capability via your Canon Copier!

ITS is always pursuing processes that are mindful of the environment!  Did you know you can receive faxes in your e-mail box here at Fairfield?

Faxes can be sent electronically to a resource account assigned to your department (i.e. finaid@fairfield.edu) or if there is one person designated for distributing faxes, ITS can set it up so that specific person receives the faxes in their e-mail box only.

If you’re interested in setting up this feature please send a ticket to the Help Desk at itshelpdesk@fairfield.edu indicating the email address you would like use.

Why do we upgrade Banner so often?

Many of you may not know that we run many Banner modules at Fairfield, including: Student, Financial Aid, Finance (including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable and Payroll), HR, and Advancement.  While these modules run independently, there are some common components that each module runs on.  The underlying system, called Banner General sets the common foundation for the platform.  Additionally, data is passed between various modules for reporting purposes.

The primary reason we upgrade often is to remain compliant with the vendor release and patch schedule.  There are often significant improvements that are gained from the upgrades, so we stay on top of those.  Lastly, we are obligated to stay abreast of governmental regulations so the university is compliant with those reporting rules.

So the next time you see a message that Banner will be unavailable due to an upgrade, please know that this is being done to maintain a secure, compliant, and robust environment for the entire community. 

"Collaborations for Empowerment and Learning" ITS presents at the 13th Annual CTDLC and CAE Conferences, hosted by Fairfield University

Note from the CIO - June/July 2014

Summertime in New England. The Fairfield U campus is a veritable ghost town and, as always, we’re ready for the students to return. Well, mostly. In ITS we use the summer months to do comprehensive system upgrades, classroom technology overhauls and everything in between. Of course we have downtime throughout the academic year, but summer months are used to knock out the bigger changes.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer. If you need anything, we are here for you year-round.

Paige Francis
Chief Information Officer