Spring 2017 - UNIT Progress Report Back to top

Dear Villanova Community: 

Welcome to the Spring 2017 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:

UNIT Services and Collaborations Back to top

Office 365 Implementations Back to top


During the Fall Semester UNIT has implemented many additional components of Microsoft Office 365 system to the Villanova Community. Office 365 is a cloud-based version of the Microsoft Office desktop suite and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and other Microsoft web apps. Some of the Office 365 tools that have been implemented are:

Microsoft Outlook/Exchange Online for Faculty/Staff

Faculty and staff email have been migrated to Outlook/Exchange Online. Exchange Online is Microsoft's cloud-based email and calendaring application included with the Office 365 suite and available at  Highlights include: 

  • Email and shared calendaring with 50GB of storage space.
  • Improved Outlook Web Access provides anywhere access to email, calendar, and contacts on all major browsers and across devices.

Office 365 Exchange Email Threat Protection Enhancements

UNIT has implemented enhancements to the SPAM services that protect the University Email system through advanced threat protections designed to reduce malicious activity. These changes will help us better combat unwanted spam and will provide more effective protection against malware launched by unsafe links and unsafe attachments.

OneDrive Sharing with External Users

Users of Villanova University OneDrive can now share files and folders stored on OneDrive with users outside of Villanova University.  In addition to the 1 Terabyte of storage available, external sharing enhances the collaboration experience for all campus users. Login and start sharing at

Office 365 Video

Office 365 Video is a video portal solution that allows users to consume, share and manage video content, (a bit like YouTube) and is available through the Villanova Office 365 portal ( Videos are stored and viewed in SharePoint Online. It enables easy upload, sharing and playback of videos securely. 

Skype for Business

The Skype for Business messaging application can be used for messaging and meeting needs and serves as Microsoft's replacement of MOC (Microsoft Office Communicator). Skype for Business be can downloaded (Windows or Mac versions) through the Office 365 portal (

Office 365 Local Download Now Available

Office 2016 is now available for local download on your machines for all active Villanova Students and Employees.  Villanova issued machines can install via Software Center.   Personal machines can install via the Office Portal at   More information available HERE.  

Classroom Technology's Team Upgrades Back to top


During the Fall semester UNIT's Classroom Technologies team provided significant technology improvements across campus! Here are just a few featured projects:

Academic Area Upgrades

  • Bartley Hall Switcher Upgrades - Switchers provide faculty and staff with the various wired connections to the projection systems and displays in the classrooms. The new switchers will provide more reliable connectivity for all devices and improve picture and sound quality, allowing for a better teaching and learning experience.
  • Bartley Hall IRAFT Upgrade -  The Bartley Hall Finance Lab was upgraded over winter break. The space features an upgraded digital matrix system, which allows students to view various sources (Cable TV, Bloomberg PC, laptop, etc.) across 6 new HD displays! The touch screen controls are user-friendly, and students and staff are able to annotate directly over images to create personalized presentations. 

Campus Area Upgrades

  • Public Safety Communications Center - Safety is a top priority at Villanova. In coordination with the Public Safety Department, the Classroom team designed and installed a new dispatch center in Garey Hall. The space features a total of 20 displays and user-friendly touch screen controls for operating and monitoring campus security systems. All equipment was centrally located outside of the space allowing for a quieter and cooler command center.
  • Falvey Idea Accelerator - The ICE Institute is excited to offer the Villanova community access to the virtual reality system Oculus Rift in the Idea Accelerator! The Classroom team installed technology that integrates a headset that fits over your head and in front of your eyes to completely immerse you inside virtual worlds. The Oculus Rift is available for use daily in the Idea Accelerator and will next be featured in the Villanova Virtual Reality Competition sponsored by the Center of Excellence in Enterprise Technology and ICE Institute.
  • Connelly Center Cyber Lounge - The Cyber Lounge received a technology upgrade in Fall 2016. New displays and laptop connectivity were added to the room to support student presentations and events. Stop by to watch a Villanova game on the new 65” TVs!

UNIT's Remote Interactive Robot Back to top


This past year UNIT has been piloting the use of a robot to improve interaction between remote participants and those attending classes or meetings in person. UNIT's Robot, nicknamed “Double”, has participated in various programs and meetings across campus. Double was used by students to attend classes in the MPA and HRD programs, and also used by HRD to demonstrate new workforce-related technologies at conferences.

In the Idea Accelerator, Double introduced Tech Girlz camp participants to new technologies. It was utilized by a Villanova student studying in Hong Kong to participate fully in the Villanova in the Valley immersion program, run by the ICE center. Most recently, Double attended VU Women in Tech where attendees were able to interact with and drive the robot. This new and immerging technology is on campus and available for use. Please contact if you would like to use Double with your class or program.

UNIT Support Solutions Back to top

Mobile Self Service - NovaNow Back to top


Introducing Mobile Self Service HelpDesk through Nova Now.  The Villanova mobile application, Nova Now, available in the Apple App store and Google Play store, contains a new feature that will allow faculty, staff, and students to submit IT support requests through the mobile application in just one touch! Visit the Get Help section to find this feature, Facilities Work requests, and other tools to improve your campus experience.   

Faculty MacBook Encryption Available Back to top


As part of Villanova's IT Security and Information Protection Strategy, the University has invested in and maintained, a 'layered' security approach that includes data protection.  Data Protection (Encryption) is the process of safeguarding important information on devices from theft and/or data loss and already installed on issued laptops.  Laptop Encryption Benefits are below:

  • Peace of mind:  Should your computer get lost or stolen, you will have the peace of mind knowing that your data is secure, unreadable and protected against unauthorized access.
  • Identity Theft Prevention:  Identity theft remains one of the highest priorities today.  Encrypting your laptop ensures that your identity is protected in the event that it is lost or stolen.
  • Unauthorized Access Protection:  Keep your data confidential and away from prying eyes while the computer is still within your ownership - the pre-boot password authentication that encryption provides is the most robust method known of protecting your data from unauthorized access.

To schedule an appointment, please contact UNIT at 610-519-7777 or visit the TechZone.  

SkillSoft Online Training Back to top


UNIT continues to offer SkillSoft Online Training for the Villanova community. SkillSoft is your 24x7 online training solution to learning resources for IT skills improvement, professional development, performance support, and more. Search or browse the course catalogs or videos to find your software training topics. If you don't have a Skillsoft e-Learning account, please contact the HelpDesk at 9-7777 or e-mail

More info here.

Software Catalog for downloads Back to top


Did you know that Villanova computers running Windows have access to a software catalog?  Looking for software that is available to University Faculty and Staff? Software Center is a program installed, allowing you to download a host of programs you may need on your computer.  Some examples of available software include JMP, Maple, and SPSS.  This list is always growing and changing, so if there is an academic program you may need, check in the Software Center located under 'All Programs' and Microsoft System Center.  

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Staying Secure on the Road Back to top


Staying Secure on the Road

You should be able to make the most of technology at all times, including when you travel. While your network at home or at work may be secure, you should assume that any network you connect to when traveling cannot be trusted. Here are some simple steps that go a long way to protecting you and your data before you travel:

  • The safest information is information you don't have. Identify what data you do not need on any devices you are bringing with you and then remove that information. This can significantly reduce the impact if your devices are lost, stolen, or impounded by customs or border security.
  • Lock your mobile devices and/or laptop with a strong password or passcode. This way, if it’s stolen or lost, people cannot access your information on it. In addition, enable or install full disk encryption on your mobile devices and laptops. For most mobile devices, this is automatically enabled when you use a screen lock.
  • Install or enable software on your device so you can remotely track where your device is, and even remotely wipe it, if it has been lost or stolen.
  • Update your devices, applications, and anti-virus software before leaving so that you are running the latest versions.
  • Do a complete backup of all your devices. This way, if something does happen to them while traveling, you still have all of your original data in a secured location.
  • For international travel, check what service plan you have for your phone with your mobile service provider. Service providers often charge high rates for international data usage; you may wish to disable your cellular data capabilities while traveling internationally or purchase a local prepaid SIM card to allow for international travel.


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