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Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 18, 2019

On January 21, we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.—one of the world’s most influential leaders—and reflect on the everlasting impact he had on higher education. His legacy reached far beyond the civil rights movement. Dr. King showed us that education is not only a means to provide individuals with financial prosperity, but also serves as a platform to empower people to make an impact in the world. He showed the world that through education comes freedom for individuals. With education, individuals were no longer shackled by second-handed thinking.

In his book “The Purpose of Education,” Dr. King said, “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. But education which stops with efficiency may prove the greatest menace to society.”

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, UT Dallas will be closed January 21, 2019. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.

Fusion Assistive Technology Tool Now Available

January 17, 2019

An innovative assistive technology resource designed to benefit and empower individuals with visual impairments is now available for UT Dallas students, faculty and staff. The Division of Student Affairs (SA) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) have partnered together to provide the UTD community with the Fusion assistive technology tool on campus computers as well as at-home use.

Thanks to advances in technology that have resulted in resources like Fusion, students with visual impairments are ensured a completely inclusive college classroom dynamic, and have removed many barriers to education and employment for visually impaired individuals. Fusion provides the power and speed of JAWS for screen reading functionality, coupled with ZoomText, for screen magnification and visual enhancements for screen viewing ease.

Its robust features include:

  • Magnification to 60x
  • Screen and cursor enhancements
  • High-quality speech using Eloquence® and VocalizerTM Expressive
  • Instant access to any JAWS customization already in place

In addition, Fusion also offers users familiar interfaces as well as powerful keyboard access including navigation on the web, screen tracking synchronized with speech and braille, and is compatible with TypeAbility and J-Say.

Fusion is currently available on OIT supported computers and labs, as well as in the McDermott Library. It is also available for use by all departments on campus. If a department wishes to utilize this resource, please submit an Atlas ticket at atlas.utdallas.edu for assistance in connecting to the Fusion server.

Students, faculty, or staff wishing to utilize Fusion on personal computers may submit an Atlas ticket at atlas.utdallas.edu for assistance with the install and registration of the software. Should you have any issues when submitting an Atlas ticket, please contact the OIT Help Desk at [email protected]

4 Essential Tips for Surviving Your First Week

January 15, 2019

Welcome back, Comets! We hope that you had a wonderful winter break. We are thrilled that you are here and are looking forward to another incredible semester.

With the spring semester officially underway, the Office of Information Technology would like to provide you with a few tips to help you transition into the new semester with grace and ease.

Ensure that your Computer is up-to-date

It is very important that you install the latest software updates in order to keep your computer safe and operating at peak efficiency. Software updates help fix bugs, improve the user experience, and close potential security loopholes in order to keep your computer and your data safe.

Update your Password

While changing your password can be inconvenient or frustrating at times, it can mean the difference between getting hacked or keeping your data safe. In today’s world, we see far too many examples of what can happen when someone’s account is hacked. From identity theft to ransomware, hackers are always on the prowl. Updating your password will help decrease the likelihood of a hacker ruining your day. Visit www.utdallas.edu/oit/netid/self-service/ to manage your account password.

Take Advantage of Office 365 for Free

From essays to presentations, students, faculty, and staff have always been in need of Microsoft Office. In the past, this software was only available on university-owned computers. Today, the University provides you free access to the Microsoft Office 365 software suite for your personal computer. The software available includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Visit www.utdallas.edu/oit/office365 for more information.

Download UTD Mobile

The University has developed a mobile application that provides useful information to you in real time. UTD Mobile is a one-stop shop for finding information ranging from campus wayfinding to information on current events. Some of the amazing features include a campus map, real-time Comet Cab/Comet Cruiser locations, real-time parking garage spaces, a directory of emergency numbers, and even online food ordering through UTD Dining Services. It is the perfect companion for the student who is on-the-go. UTD Mobile is available for free through the App Store or Google Play.

We understand that getting through the first week can sometimes feel overwhelming. The Office of Information Technology is dedicated to helping students, faculty, and staff succeed and achieve their academic goals. If you need additional assistance with your computer or your account, please feel free to contact the Help Desk at 972-883-2911, [email protected], or by visiting them at any of their walk-up locations on campus. For more information on how to get in touch with the Help Desk, please visit www.utdallas.edu/oit/helpdesk/.

Galaxy and PeopleSoft Online Applications Integrating with UTD Single Sign-On

September 14, 2018

Galaxy and PeopleSoft Online Applications will be Integrating with UTD Single Sign-On on Sunday, September 16, 2018 starting at 6:00 AM (CDT) and ending at 12:00 PM (CDT).

User experience during this outage:

Several online applications commonly used by students, faculty and staff members will be unavailable, such as:

  • Galaxy Portal
  • Jaggaer (eProcurement)
  • Orion (PeopleSoft Campus Solutions)
  • PeopleSoft Finance (FMS)
  • PeopleSoft HR/Payroll (HCM)

The following services will not be impacted by this outage:

  • eLearning – https://elearning.utdallas.edu
  • Email access – http://www.utdallas.edu/oit/email/
  • OnBase – https://onbase.utdallas.edu/AppNet_16/Login.aspx

User experience after the outage:

When accessing Galaxy, users will be presented the single sign-on page that looks like this:

Galaxy Single-Sign-On

After the applications are back up, users may need to clear the cache on their Internet browsers so that Galaxy can load properly.

If you experience any issues with these changes after this maintenance is completed, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 972-883-2911.

Digital Enterprise Support Teams’ email addresses:

Summit Registration is Open

April 9, 2018

We are now 36 days away from the 3rd annual Innovation and Technology Summit! In addition to the Dallas Fuel eSports watch party following the Summit, we are also excited to share a new addition to our lineup of events. This year, we are showcasing the work of UTD students of all disciplines at our first “Best Poster Award” presentation. We have over 20 students who have been selected to present their posters, and the top 3 posters will receive $1,000, $500 and $250. The poster presentation will be from 11:30 am to 12:45 pm. Come show support to our students and see all of the great ideas that they have come forward with.

The full itinerary will be available soon, as well as more information regarding the Dallas Fuel watch party!

Find out more about the 2018 Summit by going to https://www.utdallas.edu/oit/innovation-technology-summit/. If you have any questions about the Summit, please contact Lacy Fenn at [email protected]