Summer 2016 - UNIT Progress Report Back to top


Dear Villanova Community;

Welcome to the Summer 2016 issue of UNIT's Progress Report. This newsletter is meant to inform you about UNIT Projects, Support and Service Offerings to the University. Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues by contacting:

Annual Report Back to top

UNIT's 2015-2016 Annual Report Available for Viewing Back to top

UNIT is proud to present its 2015-2016 annual report. Over the last year, UNIT has continued to seek, adopt, and implement new technologies that play an important role in teaching, learning and research. Please Click Here to view the Annual Report.

Security Back to top

University IT Security Awareness Program Updated Videos Back to top


UNIT has refreshed the IT Information Protection and Security User Awareness program in Blackboard to take a proactive approach to securing the University's information . This program was developed by SANS (the leading information security training, certification, and research organization) and endorsed by EDUCAUSE (the higher education information technology professional society).

UNIT has also added a video created to introduce the important message and each community member's role in safeguarding our university information assets. This short video provides information about the ten required topics that can be viewed through Blackboard.

The University's IT Security Awareness Program provides awareness information needed to protect yourself—and our community—in the information-technology world. UNIT has made available a series of IT Security Awareness Videos. These videos are brief and cover topics including: creation of a strong password, avoiding phishing scams, protecting your email and IM, safe social networking practices, and protecting your computer.

You may access these videos in the Blackboard portal:

1.      Go to Villanova University's Blackboard website.

2.      Log in using your University username and password.

3.      Click on IT Security Awareness Program under My Organization on the right-side of the page.

4.      On the IT Security Awareness Program page, you will find Introduction to Security Awareness Video. View the Security Awareness Video to unlock 10 Training Videos to increase your awareness of technology security.

5.      Should you choose to view more videos beyond the Basic Training, watching all 10 will open up more Advanced Training videos, covering topics such as cloud computing, Wi-Fi security, and data encryption.

UNIT Services and Collaborations Back to top

Office 365: Exchange Online Back to top


As part of Villanova's Office 365 service offering, faculty and staff email will soon be migrating to Exchange Online. Exchange Online is Microsoft's cloud-based email and calendaring application included with the Office 365 suite, and will be made available for faculty and staff starting spring 2016.


  • Email and shared calendaring with 50GB of storage space.
  • Message size up to 150MB
  • Improved Outlook Web Access provides anywhere access to email, calendar, and contacts on all major browsers and across devices.
  • Global address list including name, department and phone information for all faculty and staff.
  • Email contact data for all people, resources and lists in Exchange Online environment.
  • Accommodates multiple personal calendars and group calendars.
  • Built-in virus scanner.
  • Custom configuration abilities.

Robot to Attend Classes this Summer Back to top


This summer UNIT's Instructional Technologies group is piloting a new way for students to participate in on campus classes. Select students this summer will attend class via a Double Robot. The Double Robot allows the remote student to see and hear everything that is taking place in the classroom. They can move around the room and even take part in small group and one-on-one discussions. More information about the Double Robot is available at If you would use the Double Robot in your classroom please contact

UNIT Support Solutions Back to top

Campus Wireless 2016 Project Update Back to top


The University's Campus Wireless 2016 project continues to make steady progress this summer!

On south campus, the following residential areas are now online with Aruba wireless: Good Counsel Hall, St. Monica Hall, Katherine Hall, Caughlin Hall, and McGuire Hall.  Donahue Hall is also online with Aruba wireless, including upgraded coverage for the dining hall area, and administrative offices.

UNIT's network engineering team (NETCOM) is spending the latter part of June 2016 conducting final building “walkthroughs” on south campus. To ensure an improved wireless experience and smooth "cut-over" the team will test and tweak upgraded wireless connectivity using the types of personal computers and mobile devices expected to be brought to campus this summer and fall.

Once wireless upgrades on south campus are completed, UNIT's NETCOMM team will focus their sights on central campus residential areas, including Alumni Hall, Austin Hall, St. Rita's Hall, and Corr Hall. 

These central campus residential areas are currently undergoing wireless infrastructure cabling construction, network gear installation, and electrical/network closet HVAC and power improvements. More detail will be provided throughout the summer on the wireless upgrade progress for residential areas in scope for central campus.


In the meantime, UNIT is committed to keeping communication channels open, and has made available a Campus Wireless 2016 web site, which includes a campus map for campus areas with upgraded wireless coverage, important FAQs, and building upgrade schedule, going out into fall 2016 and beyond.

If you need more information about the University's Campus Wireless 2016 project, please contact UNIT's Help Desk. A representative is available Monday - Thursday from 9-7 and 9-5 on Fridays @ 610-519-7777; or Email us at

Technology Changes/Office Move Request Form Back to top

UNIT has created a web form to help facilitate the technology changes that are needed for a quick and efficient response from UNIT during office moves and relocations.  Instead of notifying each separate group in UNIT for help this one form will automate the process for you.  Click HERE and please fill out this form for each requested office move.  

New Employee Web Form Changes Back to top


UNIT has enhanced the University's New Employee Process for IT system access and hardware requests. In order to streamline communication and increase turnaround times, the hiring manager can go to one place to request all IT needs for the new employee.  For information about new process, click HERE.

Awards, Achievements and Other UNIT Information Back to top

2015 University Above and Beyond Award Back to top

UNIT Would like to Congratulate the following team members as recipients of the University Above and Beyond Award Brian Baker, Scott Brady, Sam Davidson, Ashish Desai, Kevin Donahue, Evan Dorsey, Crispin May, Frank Palmarino, Chris Pyle, Terry VanKeuren

UNIT Produces Promotional Villanova Advertisements for Times Square and Philadelphia Back to top


This year UNIT's Multimedia Technologies created an advertisement that ran to 1.5 million viewers a day in Times Square during the NCAA BIG EAST tournament. Congratulatory signage for the Men's Basketball team's NCAA Championship was created for various SEPTA locations in Suburban Square, Jefferson Station and underneath Dilworth Plaza. Additionally, UNIT worked with University Communication to create digital signage which ran in various locations across Philadelphia, inclusive of the Lit Brothers building in September 2015 during the Papal visit.

New UNIT Employees Back to top

In the past year UNIT has welcomed the following employees to the UNIT Team:
Martin Fox - Client Computing Specialist
Jeffrey Hunsberger - Lead Applications Programmer/Analyst
Michael Kriwonos - Senior Systems Administrator
Marie Gargan - Senior Programmer Analyst
Christopher Medalis - Network Operations Systems Administrator


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UNIT's Service Catalog Back to top