Unit Updates, August 2016

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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Fall Start-Up UNIT Services

Welcome Back Villanova Community – UNIT offers the following technology and services to Students, Faculty and Staff to assist in starting the Fall 2016 Semester:

Freshmen and Upperclassmen Move In - UNIT’s TechZone at Vasey will be open for extended hours for freshman and Upperclassmen move-in the weekend of 8/19, as well as having satellite locations on South Campus to assist setting up and connecting technology. 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?'.

TechZone -Students having any problems can contact the Villanova TechZone, located in Vasey Hall room 101, Ceer 209 and at the Villanova Law School.  Walk-ins are available 9-7 Monday-Thursday, 9-5 Friday, or users can call the Helpdesk at 610 519 7777, email at support@villanova.edu, or chat at unit.villanova.edu.  

To access the Self Service system please go to the following page to review short instructions and to log in HERE.

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UNIT Winds Down Summer Wireless 2016 Upgrades!

In May 2016, UNIT started the University’s Summer Wireless 2016 initiative in phases to overhaul the wireless infrastructure in all south and central campus residential buildings. What this means for the start of the 2016-2017 school year, is that students, faculty, and staff can expect much faster and reliable wireless connectivity in these areas - in addition to south and central campus residential building as well as an increase to the connection speed of every device connected.

By completing Phase I ahead of schedule, UNIT was able to get a head start, and complete several academic buildings including Bartley, Mendel, St. Augustine Center, White Hall, Chemical Engineering Building, and John Barry as well as key administrative buildings (Dougherty and Kennedy Halls).

Please visit our HERE web site for more information regarding the next steps for the University’s wireless infrastructure plan.

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Xfinity on Campus

Beginning in the Fall Semester 2016, XFINITY On Campus is a new service from Comcast that changes the way students watch TV by delivering live streaming TV directly to their computer and select mobile and video streaming devices such as Apple and Android. Designed exclusively for students who live on‐campus, this service provides students with the ability to watch live-TV from a pre-selected channel line-up and view content on-demand. Each student will also be able to upgrade their streaming service through an exclusive portal designed for Villanova students.


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Classroom Technology Summer Upgrades

IT’s Classroom Technologies team was very productive during the Summer of 2016! The following have been completed:  

Academic Area Upgrades
Tolentine and St. Mary Halls A/V Switcher Upgrades –The upgrade provides more reliable connectivity for BYOD devices and enhances the digital experience.

Bartley 031 renovated for hybrid class and independent student recording use. Featuring 60” displays, annotation, wired and wireless A/V connectivity, cameras and microphones for A/V conferencing and recording.

Garey Hall Classrooms – Converted 3 class rooms into 5 new learning spaces (3 classrooms and 2 seminar rooms). The area now features all new HD projectors, large electric projection screens, A/V systems and Crestron control. The seminar room have added features of audio conferencing and dual cameras for hybrid classes.

Mendel Hall Upgrades - Mendel 189 new Geography Lab - In coordination with A&S, we installed a new A/V system including HD projection, wired device connectivity, audio system and Crestron control. And Mendel 154 - Updated the A/V system with all new HD projectors, HD cameras, Wacom annotation, Crestron control and streamlined presentation area.

Campus Area Upgrades
Athletics – We provided consulting services during the West End Zone renovations for the new A/V systems designed and installed by outside integrators. And also installed new flat panel displays in several offices and team spaces.

Falvey Library Griffin Room – Updated and now features a new HD projector, large electric projection screen, new system switcher and Crestron control.

Public Safety Multipurpose Space – In coordination with Public Safety, we designed a brand new multipurpose space that features 2 80” LED displays, wired and wireless A/V connectivity and sound system. The new space will be used for training and presentations.

Tolentine Provost’s Office – We worked with the Provost’s Office to design a new A/V system to compliment renovations to their office suite in Tolentine. The new system will serve the needs of the Provost and will be completed early this Fall.

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Student Print Program--VPrint Upgrade

The Student Campus Print Program (VPrint) has been upgraded to a Pharos based print system. This upgrade consolidates multiple print services and provides enhanced features such as mobile printing and improved administration tools.  The VPrint program is designed to ensure that students have adequate access to printing resources in order to accomplish academic work. 

VPrint Stations are located throughout campus at: Tolentine Lower Level Lab, Falvey Library, Donohue Hall (South Campus Dinning Hall), St. Mary's Lounge, Driscoll Hall 207 and Bartley Print Center, CEER 104, CEER lower level and Connelly Cyber Lounge.

Further information on VPrint can be found HERE.

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IT Security: Social Engineering

Cyber attackers have learned that one of the easiest ways to steal your information or hack your computer is by simply talking to and misleading you.  Social engineering attacks can happen with almost any technology; including phishing attacks via email, text messaging, Facebook messaging, Twitter posts or online chats.

The simplest way to defend against social engineering attacks is to use common sense. Common indicators of a social engineering attack include:

  • Someone creating a tremendous sense of urgency, be suspicious.
  • Someone asking for information they should not have access to
  • Something too good to be true. A common example is you are notified you won the lottery, even though you never even entered it.

Never Share Passwords & Don’t Share Too Much Information.

UNIT’s partner, the SANS Institute has made available an important Social Engineering video, available at:  https://vimeo.com/174591419

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