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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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TechZone @ The Commons Now Open

Introducing the new TechZone @ The Commons located in Chapter Hall. This new facility is a technology driven innovative area designed with flexible workspaces for collaboration.  The space offers:

  • Multiple collaborative and presention areas
  • Large Conference room
  • 2 Breakout rooms
  • Virtual reality Technology
  • 3-D Printing Capabilites
  • Student vPrint Stations
  • Mobile Charging stations
  • iMac and Window vDesktop solutions
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UNIT's Orientation IT Services

Welcome Class of 2023 and Welcome back to the rest of the Villanova Community! UNIT offers the following technology and services to Students, Faculty and Staff to assist in starting the Fall 2019 Semester:

Freshmen and Upperclassmen Move In - UNIT’s TechZone now located in Chapter Hall of The Commons and Falvey Hall main floor, will be open for extended hours for move-in the weekend of 8/24. Additionally, the TechZone will operate a satellite location on South Campus to assist setting up and connecting technology for Freshmen move in day.  Student Technology Information and College specific technology requirements can be found HERE

UNIT’s Faculty Service Offerings – UNIT’s Faculty Service offerings can be found HERE, which outlines UNIT’s Faculty centric services and 'What UNIT can do for you?

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Confessions Lite App...Now Available

This Fall, UNIT in their partnership with the Augustine and Culture Seminar Programs (ACSP) will be releasing a free lite version of the Augustine’s Confessions mobile app. The lite version will include all major features of the app, such as commentaries, interactive map, and image galleries, with the exclusion of the full text and audio readings of the book, which are included if you upgrade to the full version. Augustine’s Confessions Lite offers an opportunity for all Villanova students, along with Apple iOS users throughout the world, to explore the life and journey of St. Augustine through the primary features of the Confessions app for free with the option of upgrading to the full version.  You can download new lite version HERE.  

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Microsoft Bookings

In partnership with the Office of the Provost, Faculty Ombuds, and UNIT, a solution was designed leveraging Villanova support applications to deliver an efficient and customized experience for scheduling and communicating with individuals seeking the services of the Faculty Ombuds.  Through the use of Microsoft Bookings, Microsoft Forms, Adobe Experience Manager, and MyNova; the services of the Faculty Ombuds are available to our campus faculty.  Learn more by visiting https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/provost/resources/faculty/ombuds.html or https://mynova.villanova.edu/task/all/ombuds

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Classroom Technologies: Upgrade of Charles Widger School of Law

The AV systems in the Charles Widger School of Law are about 10 years old and reaching end of life for technology. Ongoing upgrades will allow UNIT to elevate the classrooms AV systems to support Villanova’s standards and replace failing equipment. Phase 1 included rooms 101,102,103 receiving redesigned AV systems from the ground up. The new AV systems included all new Infrastructure, HD Laser projectors, Cameras, Microphones, Wireless AV connectivity, AV VLAN, 1:1 Mediasite Capabilities and overflow capabilities. Control rooms for 101 and 102 were utilized to house AV equipment, give a second area of AV control and to minimize disruption of classes if service is requested.

 UNIT’s Classroom technologies included in all three rooms, updated podiums with side tables to meet ADA requirements that will allow users to raise or lower the podiums with a push of a button.

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NovaNow App

Download the NovaNow app to gain real-time access to the class schedules, daily dinning menus, shuttle schedule, and much more as the Fall Semester begins. Available for both iOS and Android in their respective app stores.

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IT Security: Got Backups?

Backups are copies of your information stored somewhere other than on your computer or mobile device. Backups are a simple and low-cost way to protect your digital life.

Built-in backup programs, such as Apple’s Time Machine or Windows Backup and Restore, allow you to create an automatic “set it and forget it” schedule. Other solutions offer “continuous protection” in which new or altered files back up immediately each time you save a document. At a minimum, automated daily backups of critical files are recommended.

Below are key points about data backups:  

  • Backing up your data is only half the battle. You must also be sure that you can recover it. Test periodically that your backups are working.
  • If you rebuild a system from a backup, be sure you reapply the latest security patches and updates before using it again.
  • If you are using a Cloud solution, select one that is easy for you to use and research the security options
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