Fall 2014 - UNIT Progress Report Back to top

Dear Villanova Community:

Welcome to the Fall 2014 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:

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – A message from the CIO Back to top

A message from the CIO Back to top

Dear Colleagues,

As we all know, the online space has risks. Evidenced by several recent high-profile incidents, universities continue to be targets of cyber-attacks and data breaches. People across campus have been contacting us with questions on how to stay safe online both at work and at home.  In order to build awareness of online risks and educate our community on preventative measures, UNIT has made available a series of IT Security Awareness Videos.
These videos are brief and easily digestible, and cover topics including: creation of a strong password, avoiding phishing scams, protecting your email and IM, mobile device security, safe social networking practices, and protecting your home computer. There are ten technology-centered “basic training” videos we strongly encourage you to view. Each video is about 3 minutes, and viewing them all will take about ½ hour. Please note, you do not have to view all ten in one session.  
After viewing the basic training videos, more advanced optional videos are available, including important compliance-related topics; they too are only about 3 minutes each. The goal of the IT Security Awareness Videos is to provide the tools and additional awareness you need to protect yourself—and our community—in the information-technology world.

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’ll find a brief overview. 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.

I hope you find the information in these videos helpful. If you have further questions, please contact

Thank you,
Stephen Fugale 
Vice President & Chief Information Officer | Villanova University

UNIT Services and Collaborations Back to top

Faculty Technology Services – What Can UNIT Do For You Back to top


In September UNIT launched a new webpage to communicate services and solutions available to specific to the faculty and share relevant technology & related information. This site contains relevant text information, videos and a faculty specific embedded twitter feed @UNITfacnews.

PC Refresh 2015 Back to top


Beginning June 2015, all Colleges and administrative offices will receive new workstations for eligible University full-time faculty and staff.

Today, planning is well underway. For example, UNIT is currently working with vendors on desktop and laptop hardware offerings, preparing the University’s base workstation image, testing a variety of new and improved business and academic software applications, organizing workstation selection demonstrations, providing key security enhancements, identifying training options, and formalizing a building-by-building deployment schedule.

As planning progresses, UNIT’s website will be updated, so that you can stay informed about the Faculty and Staff 2015 PC project. So check back often!

Nova Now, the New VU Mobile App Back to top


UNIT, in a partnership with University Communications, has launched a new mobile app for iOS and android users, putting Villanova in the palm of your hand. Released this summer, NOVA NOW is the latest version of the application with a number of design, content and functional enhancements to improve the mobile experience for students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and prospective students who interact with Villanova's campus and community. Visit the NovaNow page for more information and instructions for downloading the app.

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Fall Semester Network Upgrades Back to top

During the Fall semester and Fall Break week, UNIT has been making substantial upgrades to the network infrastructure on main campus and in multiple residence areas, with the overall goal to improve the wired and wireless network experience for the Villanova Community. Network upgrades will continue as UNIT strives to keep up with campus usage demands.

Connelly Center Campus Print Station and vDesktop Back to top



UNIT recently completed installation of a new Campus Print Station in the Cyber Lounge of the Connelly Center. In addition to the print station this area features four new vDesktop Terminals.
vDesktop is UNIT's virtual desktop solution that delivers a Windows 7 Desktop with a suite of applications designed to meet student and faculty academic application needs. Faculty and Students are encouraged to login with Villanova username and password and explore everything from Office to SPSS, Maple, Endnote, MS Project, Fathom, Minitab, SigmaPlot and more!

SkillSoft 8.0 Online Training Back to top


UNIT continues to offer SkillSoft 8.0 Online Training for the Villanova community. SkillSoft 8.0 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

Gartner Research Online Services Available Back to top


UNIT subscribes to Gartner Research Online to enable the University to stay connected to the most current and accurate news, research, and popular trends in the IT industry.  Visit Gartner Research Online for timely, insightful, and popular news and research available and relevant to your role, business area, and IT interests at the University.  Please sign-in with your University username and password.


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