Google positions us for the future

& Faculty/Staff, General, GoogleApps, Students.

Information Systems recommends that EMU migrate to Google Apps for Education for email, calendar and collaboration services. President’s Cabinet and the Information Systems Planning Committee endorse this recommendation. Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 are industry leaders that set users’ expectations for email, calendar and collaboration software. Both Google and Microsoft offer free versions of… Read more »

Collaboration: why we outsource email and calendar

& Faculty/Staff, GoogleApps, Notices.

Information Systems recommends that EMU outsource email and calendar systems to either Google Apps for Education or Microsoft Office 365 for Education. Both systems provide more space, more capabilities and more opportunities for collaboration. We’re interested in faculty, staff and students’ opinions on this recommendation and on the choice of Google or Microsoft.

Changing your password annually

& General, Notices, Security.

Information Systems has begun enforcing annual password changes after a hiatus while we migrated to Microsoft’s Active Directory. You will receive notice to change your password within the next few months. The rest of this post contains further details about this. For many years the Information Systems department has required users to change their password… Read more »

Sophos Anti-Virus: issues from false virus detection

& Faculty/Staff, Notices, Security, Software installs & updates, Students.

Update 21 Sept 3:30pm: We have released a modified version of Sophos’ clean-up utility for students and home users: Sophos Fix . You do not need to run this on EMU-owned computers. Download the file and unzip it then right-click ‘Sophos Fix.cmd’ and ‘Run as Administrator’. Please send questions or comments to the Information Systems Helpdesk… Read more »

Blackboard availability ends 15 May 2011

& Faculty/Staff, Notices, Students.

Information Systems has selected 15 May 2011 as the last date of general Blackboard availability. We chose this date in collaboration with program directors and the Information Systems Planning Council (ISPC). It coincides with the end of faculty contracts for the 2010-11 Spring semester and precedes the beginning of many 2010-11 Summer classes. Faculty should… Read more »

Test of Information Systems Connection blog email integration

& Jenzabar EX Update.

This is a test of email integration between the Information Systems Connection blog and the email listserve. We’re testing to ensure timely delivery of Jenzabar EX update notices. If this were a real Jenzabar EX update notice this email would contain information about the update. You can delete this test message. Thanks, Ben Beachy.

Introducing myEMU (

& Jenzabar EX, Software installs & updates.

We’re pleased to introduce myEMU ( wich replaces the EMU Portal and integrates with our new Jenzabar student information system. Using myEMU, students can see grades and business office account information. Faculty and staff can view their employee information and human resources forms. Everyone can see the latest EMU news, events, and eClassifieds postings, and… Read more »

Results of Jan 22 emergency notification test

& EMU Alerts Tests, Faculty/Staff, General, Notices, Security.

During last week’s (Jan 22) test of the EMU Emergency Notification System (ENS) we asked you to confirm that you’d received the test message–and you did! We received more than 940 confirmations from over 550 individual users. Many of you confirmed that you’d received the test message multiple ways–through everyone e-mail, through a browser pop-up… Read more »