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Welcome to the UNIT Updates webpage where UNIT will display monthly updates on services and solutions, projects, new UNIT initiatives and relevant UNIT information for the Villanova Community.  Please let us know if you have any comments or ideas for future issues.

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Promotional Villanova Video in Times Square

The UNIT Multimedia Technologies group produces promotional videos for various departments on campus. Most recently they were tasked with creating an ad for Villanova that was displayed during the Big East Tournament in Times Square. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOJRWKWLWac

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Classroom Technology Upgrades

The UNIT Classroom Technology team has been upgrading to the all-digital standard by installing HD projectors, BYOD wireless presentation, better automation and electric screens that make technology easier to use and are more energy efficient. Below are the enhancements made in the some classrooms:

  • Garey 10 is now available for meetings with 6 speakers, HD Projector, Electric screen and podium with microphones that seats up to 90 people. 
  • Tolentine 216 has a new podium, added an electric screen and HD projector and new automated controls and the 3 input wires 
  • Mendel 341 is fully capable of HD now witha BYOD capable projector that makes it compatible with just about any input device. 
  • Villanova Law is full HD with recording audio, video and slides in all classrooms with new projectors, BYOD devices and new programming. 
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UNIT’s Director of Wildcard Services Awarded CBORD’s Above & Beyond Award

CBORD -an industry leader in campus card systems - Has recently recognized Kathy Gallagher, UNIT’s Director of the Wildcard program at Villanova University as the 2014 Above & Beyond Award honoree for leadership and exceptional service not only her own university, but to her fellow CBORD users. Kathy and her team are well known in the campus card industry for their commitment to innovation and customer service. Beyond serving Villanova, Kathy also serves colleagues at other universities by participating on CBORD's User Advisory Council, presenting at conferences, and hosting other universities on campus to help them adopt strategies that have been successful at Villanova.

And there is a video!  Watch a video about Kathy's award here.

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Gateway 2-Factor Authentication

Gateway 2-Factor Authentication

On March 23rd, UNIT initiated 2-Factor Authentication for all Faculty and Staff gateway users.  2-Factor Authentication is a second level of security required for logging in when accessing the campus network from off campus via the gateway (https://gateway.villanova.edu).  A cell phone number or landline phone number is needed to facilitate this new Security Initiative.  2-Factor Authentication Security further provides potential protection from data breach scenarios for the University.  More information and short training videos can be found here (https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/unit/MobileComputing/gateway/FacStaff_secure.html).

For further information on the University’s IT Security Awareness Program, please visit:  http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/unit.html

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Research Computing with Amazon (AWS)

Through coordination with the College of Nursing, the Compliance Office, and the Office of Research and Graduate Programs, UNIT has deployed a research computing environment within the Amazon Web Services Public Cloud. This environment will allow researchers from the College of Nursing to execute a sponsored grant on a secure computing platform leveraging security best practices in accordance with grant sponsor requirements.

 

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Villanova Conference Center-Digital Enhancments

Villanova Conference Center is undergoing many digital enhancements over the next year.  Digital signage has been added throughout the building.  

Stop by the Conference Center Montrose Mansion Lounge area and enjoy the newly added music system equipped with digital cable TV.  All completed without disturbing the architectural design of the historic Montrose Mansion.

 

 

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IT Security: Do It yourself Tax Prep

As April 15th approaches it is important note that many Do It Yourself Tax preparation software titles will store copies of your tax return in your My Document’s Folder.  If you choose to install  this application please be sure to remove copies of your complete return to a safe and private location.    UNIT recommends to use your personal computing device when conducting personal business.   

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