Benchmarks - December, 2014

Campus Computing News

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Staying Secure During Holiday Travel 

This is a "mashup" of two articles* that we've published in the past. The original authors are Gabe Marshall and Cathy Gonzalez. Both are no longer employed by UNT or the UNT System. The information in the articles has been updated when appropriate. -- Ed.

The holiday season is here. Again. That means that you as a UNT faculty or staff member should be extra careful while you are away and needing to take your technology with you. When traveling with a personal or UNT owned laptop, there are several key tips you will need to keep in mind.

Stay on Santa's Good Side This Year: Computing Tips to Keep You on His "Nice" List

Computer Savvy Santa

By Dr. Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Director - Academic Computing Technical Services

Now and then at winter break, "Computing Santa" (alias "IT Santa") gets inspired and shares with all UNT students, faculty, and staff some tips to keep them on his "nice computer user" list for the year. Now, by following these gentle suggestions below, we cannot guarantee you that the Jolly Old Elf will bring you an iPad, but it sure can't hurt for you to try! The last time Santa became so inspired was with this 2010 article (my, how time flies!). This year's article contains some updates and additions to the suggestions given in that still-quite-relevant 2010 version.!

EDUCAUSE Opportunities


By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

Lots of EDUCAUSE opportunities await you in the coming year. Connect with your peers at EDUCAUSE Connect in San Diego next month; attend the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting in February; submit a proposal for the 2015 Annual Meeting. And of course, EDUCAUSE Live! webinars remain free and available for viewing at a time of your choosing.

Winter Break Hours

Winter Break Hours

By Claudia Lynch, Benchmarks Online Editor

The fall semester is over, winter is upon us; time to rest, relax, catch up on things that were put aside, and generally take a break from what had become your routine these past few months. The following information should help you plan your activities if you need/want to access campus computing facilities over the break. 

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By the Numbers

Down the Corridor of Years


Benchmarks Online publications from 2008 note:

  • UNT selects ImageNow for electronic document storage.
  • Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CTLA) merged into a single faculty support unit named the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign (CLEAR).
  • Four general use Computer classrooms managed by ACUS are created at Discovery Park.
  • The CITC begins deployment of virtual services for campus online services.
  • Migration to Microsoft Exchange is completed and GroupWise is shut down.

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