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May 2013


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Division of Information Technology
P.O. Box 6888
Radford, VA 24142
Phone: (540) 831-5173
Fax: (540) 831-6217

IT Security Tip
Lock your computer: You wouldn't leave your wallet open on your desk unattended, so why would you leave your computer unlocked while you are away? Leaving your computer unattended and unlocked could lead to sensitive or personal data being exposed to the wrong people. Lock your computer any time you step away - even if it's only for a moment.

IT Tip
Formatting Classroom Presentations for 16:9
Most campus classrooms support a wide screen format. To make the most of these capabilities, set your Power Point presentation to 16:9.

Windows Users: Design >> Page Setup
Mac Users: File >> Page Setup

From this screen select "Slides sized for:" and change this to "On Screen Show (16:9)"

Accessibility Tip
Know when a PDF is appropriate: A PDF preserves a document's appearance across operating systems and devices. If this characteristic is not essential, consider using an alternate format such as HTML.

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Email infrastructure to get an upgrade

Faculty and staff email will be migrated to new servers over the summer. The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has been busy installing and testing new Microsoft Exchange servers. MORE>>>

New MyRU portal to launch in fall 2013

This fall, DoIT will unveil a reimagined MyRU portal offering streamlined access to campus resources and serve as a one-stop shop for business functions. MORE >>>

April Fools' Day joke drives traffic to RU website

Continuing what has become an April 1 custom, Web Communications injected a little humor into the university's website on April Fools' Day. Four "memes" took the place of the four student profiles that usually rotate on the homepage. MORE>>>

More H:drive storage now available

During the upcoming months, DoIT will be working toward migrating all RU faculty and staff H:drive accounts from the existing storage array to the new storage cluster. MORE>>>

D2L enhancements coming May 14

Desire 2 Learn (D2L) will be upgraded from version 9.4 to 10.1 on May 14, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. D2L will be unavailable during this period. MORE>>>

D2L to provide support 24/7

To provide the best possible support for the D2L system, RU has contracted with D2L to utilize its call center and knowledgeable support staff around the clock. MORE>>>

Tech center offers replacement laptop batteries

Laptop users often find that after two to three years the batteries of their computers no longer maintain an adequate charge. The Technology Assistance Center stocks replacement batteries for users of Lenovo laptops to resolve this problem. MORE>>>

Learn about options to record classroom lectures

In summer 2012, recording systems were installed in 11 classrooms, allowing faculty to easily create a classroom recording that includes audio, video and computer output. A workshop on utilizing this lecture capture technology is set for Tuesday, May 10, 10 a.m.-noon. MORE>>>

Meet the DoIT Staff: Rebecca Orion Pennington, lead applications developer/analyst

Rebecca PenningtonThe DoIT staff serves the RU community by providing service and technical support to faculty, students and staff. Each month we introduce the campus to a DoIT staff member who can facilitate the use of today's amazing technologies. This month, it is our pleasure to introduce Lead Applications Developer/Analyst Rebecca Orion Pennington. MORE>>>