August/September 2009 Newsletter

Upcoming Training Sessions:

  • iPhone/touch Basics, 9/18 or 9/21
  • Configuring iPhone/touch with iTunes, 9/21
  • BYOW Open Lab, 9/22
  • Collage Web Publishing, 9/23 or 9/30
  • Using iPhone/touches with Google Calendar, 9/24
  • Integrating iPhone/touches with Files, 9/24
  • Using NANO Tools in the Classroom, 9/24

View the

Training Schedulefor a list of scheduled classes.


FERPA Policies and Contract Procedures Training

Slade Sullivan and Chris Riley are offering new classes in October dealing with the FERPA policies as well as sessions on Contract Procedures.  

  • FERPA Policies (10/1, 10/6)
  • Contract Procedures (10/13, 10/22)

Techno Tuesday/Friday Open Labs

The open labs offered on Tuesday and Friday afternoons are back in full swing. Employees can receive one-on-one help with Collage, mobile devices, calendars, or any software related issue. Join us on Tuesday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. or Friday afternoons from 2-5 p.m.. Please register online by visiting the

Training Schedule.

iPhone/touch Basics Offered to U100 Classes

If your U100 class is utilizing the new features of polling in the classroom, faculty can request to have Kristy Strickland, IT Technology Trainer, provide an iPhone/touch Basics class during their scheduled class time. Basic navigation, typing techniques, web browsing features, webclips, and myACU Mobile (including Files and NANO tools) are a few topics covered in this session. If requested, Dennis Marquardt (Adams Center) can demonstrate how students can use the Turning Point polling technology in the classroom. To schedule an appointment, contact Kristy Strickland.

Backup, Backup, Backup

We hear the term "backup" all the time, but it isn't until we lose our data that we realize how important a good backup can be. When working on important documents, it is always better to have more than one copy available.

The general rule of thumb is to have at least 3 different backup copies of the files you just can't live without. There are several places to store your backup copies: email it to yourself, upload the document to Files (the network storage place accessed through myACU), or copy the file to a CD or flash drive. Making backup copies seems like a mundane task, but having these backup copies can be a life-saver when you need it.

Information Technology's Apple Camp for Kids

Information Technology offered the first ACU Apple Camp for kids this summer. Children engaged in activities that taught them how to capture great photos, compose music, and how to create videos. They also learned software applications including iPhoto, GarageBand, iMovie and iDVD. By the end of the week, the children had created their own slide show, incorporated their own music into their slide shows and videos, and edited their own movies. 

By popular demand this Apple Camp will be offered again next summer to the public. We will also have more sessions to choose from as well as sessions for our own faculty and staff! 

Reporting Suspicious Messages within Gmail

Lately, there have been several reports of suspicious email messages in employee Inboxes. These types of messages may ask for personal information. If you suspect that phishing is involved, you can follow these

provided by Google.

Traveling with Wireless Devices

Fox News released an article this summer that may be helpful for those who travel. It has been discovered that cybercriminals are hoping to lure travelers into connecting to fake Wi-Fi hot spots. This

explains what to look for and how to protect yourself against such attacks.

Maximizing Your iPhone Battery

If you are looking for ways to extend your mobile device, read CNET's article titled, "


Planned Outage Window

Just as a reminder, Information Technology has  set up a planned outage window schedule to perform system updates, preventive maintenance or upgrades to systems across campus. Information Technology has reserved 5-7 a.m. each morning as the planned outage window.

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