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Blackboard to be updated Dec. 19-21

Blackboard will be unavailable for approximately 36 hours during this upgrade.

DoIT introduces eduroam wifi service

Traveling faculty and staff can connect to the eduroam wireless network free-of-charge when traveling to other participating universities.

Safely destroy old documents

Members of the USC community can have up to five boxes of old documents safely destroyed and recycled as part of UofSC Shred Day on Monday, Oct. 12.

Email database to be migrated

Exchange email will be migrated to a new file server, beginning in October. No interruption in service is expected. Some users may see a pop-up briefly appear in bottom right side of their screen. Click on the article for more detailed information.

New University Voice Mail System

The university telephone system was upgraded and a new voice mail system was installed over the summer. Access this article for instructions and frequently asked questions.

UTS Introduces EntertaiNET

EntertaiNET is a wireless network that residential students can use for gaming and streaming video devices.

NMC and EDUCAUSE release Horizon Report -- 2015 Higher Education Edition

Information Security Office Offers Shred Day

Article by @UofSC professor was sixth most popular on EDUCAUSE website in 2014

Partnership with IBM, Fluor approved by Board of Trustees

The Center for Applied Innovation will stimulate economic development and advance higher education.

Faculty Advisory Committee formed to guide Research Cyberinfrastructure

A five-member faculty advisory group has been formed to serve as points-of-contact for the Research Cyberinfrastructure (RCI) program at the university.

No Cost Professional Development Opportunity

Annual EDUCAUSE 2014 Virtual Conference to offer webcasts

OneCarolina project discusses plans for PeopleSoft training

News release from the OneCarolina Communications Team describes customization plan for PeopleSoft training

OneCarolina announces new project director

Howard Haynes to be the project director for OneCarolina beginning September 1, 2014

SEC Network Viewing on Gamecock Cable

Ways to make sure you don't miss the game

Student photos now available in Blackboard

Instructors to have ability to view photos of students in Blackboard

Office 365 for students

University Technology Services announces Office 365 available free for students

BEST Institute to offer faculty technology training

Faculty are invited to the Columbia campus August 18-20 to reinforce teaching and technology skills

OneCarolina project receives honor from state organization

Elite Achiever's Award goes to University Technology Services

OneCarolina Newsletter July 2014

Finance team transitions into next stage of project, and HR and Payroll begin design sessions

Information Privacy lesson plans available

Find lesson plans on information privacy for University 101 classes here

OneCarolina teams begin designing new system

Finance team begins analysis of business processes using PeopleSoft software

Finding cyber solutions

Dr. Moore and the Research Cyberinfrastructure team are helping researchers significantly reduce the time needed to analyze their data

Recognizing Phil Moore

Dr. Moore, USC's director of Research Cyberinfrastructure, will be lending his skills to the High Performance Computing Symposium 2015

Self Service Carolina sees upgrade, PeopleSoft design sessions ongoing

OneCarolina continues to upgrade new systems over the summer months

Campus Technology magazine highlights USC's Center for Teaching Excellence

Article in magazine quotes Christy Friend from the Center for Teaching Excellence

UTS held Cognos Technology Showcase

UTS held a session covering the functional capabilities of the enterprise Data Warehouse Business Intelligence tool at USC

Recognizing Nick Stines

Stines has deep experience supporting the IT needs of USC's Baruch Marine Field Laboratory

Register for the Carolina Analytics Community of Practice kick-off event

The kick-off event will be held on Thursday, May 29th

Effective Online Instruction course offered during summer 2014

This free online course teaches the participants how to transition their classes to an online format

Renee Shaffer wins Sustainable Carolina Curriculum Award

Renee Shaffer of University Technology Services the first staff member to receive award

Spring 2014 Capstone Projects video showcase

Videos of apps available for Computer Science and Engineering spring 2014 Capstone Projects class

Cyber defense team wins 2nd place

The USC Cyber Defense team has won second place in the Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition

OneCarolina releases newsletter

A look into updated student systems and a PeopleSoft software trial

Educause Review Online

The March/April 2014 edition has been posted

Education Advisory Board web conference

Members of the Carolina Analytics Community of Practice are invited to join a web conference presented by the EAB entitled "Developing a Data-Driven University"

Center for Digital Humanities weekly newsletter

The first CDH weekly newsletter contains information about project Paragon, current events, and announcements

3-day training in Geographical Information Systems

This course will include general GIS principles and in depth training with ArcGIS software

Creating the next generation of social media

App brings a new dimension to social media with features based on the location of the user

Thomas Cooper Library adds 120,000 e-books and a new discovery tool

New titles cover a wide range of scholarly topics and can be downloaded or printed

OneCarolina schedule finalized for project's second phase

OneCarolina has an official timeline with launch dates as early as July 2015

Are you familiar with Google's Safety Center?

Visit Google's website for tips on how to stay secure online

"New Media Consortium launches online training academy for teachers"

The NMC Academy will include a "catalog of free online mini-courses for teachers around the world"

Sign up to attend USC's 2014 Research Retreat presented by the Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research has created a registration page for the 2014 annual Research Retreat

EDUCAUSE promotes material for Data Privacy Month

Visit the EDUCAUSE website to find materials promoting the "effort to empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint"

New Media Consortium releases "2014 Horizon Report for Higher Education"

The eleventh edition of the Horizon Report discusses "emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education"

Center for Digital Humanities offering help with Python programming

The Center for Digital Humanities is now offering extra help hours with the Python programming language for students, faculty or staff primarily in the humanities

OneCarolina's next phase getting underway

The OneCarolina infrastructure team has been setting up servers and installing the platform that will serve as the backbone of the human resources, finance, and payroll systems to be implemented during the second phase of OneCarolina

Vice President for Information Technology featured by EDUCAUSE

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Bill Hogue has both a video and article featured in EDUCAUSE Review Online, the association's digital flagship publication for the higher education IT community

RCI group to host nationally-known scientist in HPC and life sciences

Bhanu Rekepalli to discuss "Impact of Next-Generation High Performance Computing (HPC) Architectures on Life Sciences Research" on January 29th

Several IT leaders join South Carolina Division of Technology

Three information technology leaders at the University of South Carolina will soon be leading the state Division of Technology

Strategic Information Manager to join Division of Information Technology

Michael C. Kelly, Ph.D., was named the Strategic Information Manager for the Division of Information Technology, effective January 16, 2014. Kelly will lead the development of policies pertaining to data administration across all University of South Carolina campuses

USC Aiken highlighted on website for Campus Technology magazine

USC Aiken is featured for improving security on campus with its "911 Pinpoint" service

OneCarolina news release recaps 2013 successes

The OneCarolina Team has issued a release highlighting significant numbers that track the accomplishments made in 2013

USC Professor discusses cybersecurity in "Smart Energy Universe"

Professor Mark Harris has an article featured in "Smart Energy Universe" where he addresses what next generation cybersecurity professionals need to be proficient in

"OneCarolina staff thanked at celebration event"

Members of the OneCarolina team reviewed the status of the project before Thanksgiving where they were thanked by several university leaders

Khushru Tata named one of the "Top 40 Innovators in Education" by the Center for Digital Education

"Khush" Tata, the Vice President for IT and CIO of the South Carolina Technical College System, has been recognized for his achievements in the field of information technology in education and government across South Carolina

Students: 2014 list of classes in digital humanities available

The Center for Digital Humanities has listed coursed available in 2014 dealing with digital humanities

Office of Vice President for Research announces call for 2014 ASPIRE submissions

Information regarding the 2014 ASPIRE funding program is available from the Office of the Vice President for Research

Recording available for Center for Digital Humanities Future Knowledge lecture

Ted Underwood's lecture, "Can Mining A Million Books Tell Us Anything New?" is now available for viewing on the Center for Digital Humanities website

"USC Graduate develops seat-tagging app"

An article on discusses an app made by a USC graduate that helps people find where their friends are sitting in sports stadiums

Division of Information Technology salutes our veterans

Veterans Day provides an opportunity to hear stories about how the military service of employees of the Division of Information Technology helped prepare them for the positions they hold today.

OneCarolina newsletter for fall 2013 now available

The fall 2013 newsletter covers all of the major highlights that have occurred since the summer

"Clemson, USC students challenged not to text, drive" reports that students from USC and Clemson can sign the "Texting Can Wait" Challenge, and the school with the most pledges will be announced at the Carolina- Clemson football game on Nov. 30

Students, faculty and staff invited to participate in social media survey from the social media team

The social media team has created a short survey to gather information from students, faculty and staff to find out how they are using social media and how they like to engage with university focused accounts

Chief Information Security Officer featured by @UofSC

Marcos Vieyra, Chief Information Security Officer for USC, has been highlighted for his role in safeguarding the university's computing and information assets

"OneCarolina set to begin next phase of project"

The Board of Trustees has given the green light to OneCarolina Phase Two, meaning work on the comprehensive overhaul of the university system's finance, payroll, and human resources infrastructure is expected to begin next year and wrap up in 2016

Faculty and staff invited to participate in virtual EDUCAUSE conference

The Division of Information Technology invites faculty and staff to virtually attend the EDUCAUSE National Conference, October 16-18 in the auditorium at 1244 Blossom Street, free-of-charge

"USC wins $250,000 grant for space technology research"

The Columbia Regional Business Report has noted that NASA has selected USC to receive a grant to study early stage space technologies

Vice President for Information Technology tapped for national honors

Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Bill Hogue is one of two individuals nationwide elected to the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors

University Information Security Office (UISO) creates website for National Cyber-Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

The IT Security Office has created a website devoted specifically for National Cyber-Security Awareness Month

Video recordings of Center for Digital Humanities 2013-14 Future Knowledge lecture series now available

The first installment of the 2013-14 Future Knowledge lecture series is now available to stream

Office of the Provost announces distributed learning course development grant program for 2013-2014

The Distributed Learning Course Development Grant Program "is designed to encourage faculty participation by providing financial incentives, expert instructional design assistance, and technological support"

Register for one-day workshop on DH Press with the Center for Digital Humanities

Limited seats are available for a one-day workshop that will introduce participants to DH Press, a new open-source toolkit for visualizing humanities data

Are you aware of the IT Bulletin from University Technology Services?

Be sure to check the UTS IT Bulletin for the latest IT updates, especially about issues involving technical support

Columbia highlighted for its Technology Incubator

The USC/Columbia Technology Incubator is mentioned for its success in developing the local economy by helping entreprenuerial businesses develop

University Technology Services helps make processes more efficient for students

Over the past several months, many projects were completed that modernize, streamline and enhance both administrative and academic services

OneCarolina News Update: "More features being added to, Self Service Carolina"

Key functionality being added in preparation for the start of the fall 2013 semester

Research Cyberinfrastructure announces upcoming workshops

Research Cyberinfrastructure will offer a remote workshop August 13-14, as well as a series of other monthly workshops extending into 2014

Palmetto College discussed on ETV podcast

Dr. Susan Elkins is featured on the July 29th edition of the "Speaking of Schools" podcast with Doug Keel

Website launched that provides video tutorials and help guides for Self Service Carolina

A website is now available for students, faculty, and staff to provide them help for Self Service Carolina

OneCarolina Update: Student accounts now active in Self Service Carolina

From the OneCarolina website, "students and parents now have the ability to view and pay tuition bills for the fall using Self Service Carolina (SSC)"

Dr. Phil Moore of Research Cyberinfrastructure mentioned in Day Times, Faculty and Staff Notes

Dr. Phil Moore with Christopher Kendall and Enrica Viparelli gave a presentation earlier in May at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention

July 17th issue of EDUCAUSE Policy Digest available

This issue includes a mention of the availability of online conference recordings from the Security Professionals Conference 2013

Are you subscribing to the NMC Pulse?

The NMC Pulse is a monthly e-newsletter from the New Media Consortium that consolidates all of the latest updates into one email

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative call for proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting

ELI - the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative - is seeking proposals for the 2014 Annual Meeting that has the theme: "Connected Learning: Opening Pathways, Enabling Collaborations"

Have you heard of the "SLIS bits" blog?

The "SLIS bits" blog provides "Fast app and tablet info for the scholarly, with tech bits"

Self Service Carolina to be temporarily unavailable July 12-16

Self Service Carolina will be unavailable beginning Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5 p.m. until Tuesday, July 16 at 8 a.m. to apply a substantial system upgrade. Students, faculty, and staff will not be able to sign in during this period

Summer 2013 edition of OneCarolina Newsletter available

This edition covers such topics as the Accounts Receivable go-live and the impact on students, An overview of DIRT, and the new parking system coming in July

Local news features USC student who started an online business

A student from USC has created an online business selling thrift called

EDUCAUSE's Policy Digest for June 26th available

The Policy Digest for June 26th includes coverage of the Top 10 IT Issues and provides an Information Security Program Assessment Tool

Online courses from USC Aiken featured in Aiken Standard

The Aiken Standard has an article discussing how online courses at USC Aiken have been an asset for the school

June 12th issue of EDUCAUSE's Policy Digest available

Included in this issue is discussion of the HathiTrust case and a plan to offer public access to research

Technology staff from Columbia and Beaufort campuses represent USC at New Media Consortium conference

Several staff from the Columbia and Beaufort campuses recently attended the New Media Consortium's national conference to speak, present, and volunteer

Article from MidlandsBiz highlights tech sector in Columbia

A recent article from MidlandsBiz discusses the origin and growth of Columbia's tech sector

Article from the freetimes highlights Columbia's tech sector

The cover story, "Hacking Soda City: Momentum Builds in Columbia's Tech Sector," discusses factors helping to grow the city's tech sector

Position openings at the Center for Digital Humanities

The Center for Digital Humanities is looking to fill several part-time positions selects USC/Columbia Incubator as one to watch highlighted the USC/Columbia Incubator as one of three college-town incubators to watch

EDUCAUSE Policy Digest for May 21 available

EDUCAUSE has posted its biweekly Policy Digest for May 21. Included are comments on the Cybersecurity Framework initiative and a recap of the 2013 Privacy and Information Management Forum

Self Service Carolina sees thousands register for classes, claim financial aid

With the registration and financial aid portions of the OneCarolina project now up and running, thousands of students have used Self Service Carolina to register and file for financial aid

Chancellor of Palmetto College to be featured in "Speaking of Schools" podcast

Dr. Susan Elkins, Chancellor of Palmetto College, will speak with ETV's Doug Keel for his "Speaking of Schools" podcast series

Announce Listserv to end on May 31

Beginning this summer, the USC Announce listserv will no longer be active. Announcements for the general, internal university audience will be included in the Day Times that is sent to all faculty and staff across the system, allowing announcements to reach a broader audience

Chart available on to help you understand university login credentials

A chart and FAQ section is available on the website to help clarify how to use your university login credentials

Applications Analyst receives Staff Partner Award

Eric Patterson, senior applications analyst for University Technology Services, was awarded the Outstanding Staff Partner Award from the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support

Division of Information Technology welcomes new addition to staff

Michele Branch-Frappier, former CIO of Columbia International University, has recently joined the Division of Information Technology

EDUCAUSE Policy Digest for May 8th

The May 8th issue of EDUCAUSE's Policy Digest is available for review, and includes information about Information Management Week, the new NTIA Broadband Adoption Toolkit, and more

Position openings within the IT Security Office

There are currently four positions open for those interested in working in the IT Security Office

Seats still available for XSLT Institute

There are still several seats available for any USC students, faculty, or staff who are interested in learning the XSLT programming language

Fall semester course, "Python for Humanists," to be offered

A new course in the fall, CSCE 500, will teach the Python programming language to graduate students outside of the Computer Science program

New Media Consortium (NMC) Newsletter: The NMC Pulse

Sign-up to receive the free, monthly e-newsletter from the New Media Consortium to find out about the latest edtech initiatives, news, and other events

Webpage developed for Self Service Carolina to help users with login questions

To help clear up any confusion regarding which login information to use during the rollout of Self Service Carolina, spells out what each account is and what it allows a student, faculty, and staff member to do

EDUCAUSE webinar: Higher Education In The Ultra-Connected Age now available

Watch this hour-long presentation that discusses the new, connected landscape of higher education and how institutions should adapt to the situation

Research office names internal funding winners

The Office of the Vice President for Research announced the results of the 2013 ASPIRE internal funding competitions. A total of 226 proposals were submitted to the ASPIRE programs this year, representing a 15 percent increase over the inaugural competition in 2012

Sign up for EDUCAUSE's monthly e-newsletter, ECAR Update

EDUCAUSE's ECAR Update is "the best way to hear about new research reports, bulletins, infographics, data tables, and maturity indices on current IT topics in higher education"

USCB Student Develops Safety App for Campus

Bill Glesias from USCB has created an app to help students get safety information during emergencies

EDUCAUSE Policy Digest from April 24th

April 24th's issue covers such things as a recent security conference, developments on state authorization, and information about the HathiTrust/Authors Guild lawsuit

Student-created app, CloudShouts, gains recognition

Chase Mizzell and Rishi Patel recently launched the app CloudShouts that aims to connect people on the University of South Carolina's campus in a new way

March/April 2013 edition of EDUCAUSE Review is available online

Included is a feature article on the issue of "Bring Your Own Device"

Update to Java addresses 42 security vulnerabilities

Oracle has released a critical update for Java which addresses 42 security vulnerabilities

USC grads create app for local Columbia food and drink deals

Two USC grads have developed an app that finds local food and drink deals around Columbia

Palmetto College launches, enrolls online students

South Carolina residents now have the opportunity to earn a University of South Carolina degree anytime, anywhere through the online programs of South Carolina Palmetto College

SC Department of Consumer Affairs Posts Youtube Video on ID Theft

The SC Department of Consumer Affairs has added another video to its Youtube channel, this time focusing on ways ID theft can ruin a student's day

Mid-Project Analysis of OneCarolina Indicates Project is on Target

Stakeholders continue to see the benefits of the OneCarolina project, according to an analysis conducted by Collegiate Project Services last fall

Professor Mark Harris from College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management Quoted in Security Blog

Professor Harris received mention in a security blog discussing how shaming can be used to possibly help enforce IT security policy

Latest EDUCAUSE Policy Digest issued April 10

EDUCAUSE has issued a new Policy Digest on April 10th. In this Digest, topics such as how MOOCS treat intellectual property and comments submitted for the NIST Request for Information are covered

Chancellor of Palmetto College Highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently interviewed Dr. Elkins to discuss her background and plans for Palmetto College

Update to USC Student Antivirus Software

Students using the Trend Micro antivirus software that was downloaded from VIP need to uninstall it from their computer and install the free antivirus software currently available on VIP

OneCarolina hits another milestone as fall registration gets underway

Thousands of undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus began registering for fall classes using Self Service Carolina (SSC) for the first time on Monday

Columbia preparing for first undergraduate registration using Self Service Carolina

On April 1st, thousands of undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus will begin registering for fall classes using Self Service Carolina (SSC) for the very first time

Chair of Computer Science and Engineering Department Receives IBM Faculty Research Award

Dr. Michael Huhns recently received an IBM Faculty Research Award to conduct research into cloud computing and virtualization

Take the TechQual Survey and Enter to Win an iPod Nano

By taking the online TechQual Survey used to assess technology services at USC, students can enter to win an iPod Nano

Students - Enter EDUCAUSE's Information Security Awareness Video and Poster Contest

Submit a poster or a 2-minute or shorter video to EDUCAUSE's fifth international contest for a chance to win a cash prize!

Registrar unveils site to help users move from VIP to SSC

Learn about the website created to assist students, faculty, and staff in the transition from VIP to Self Service Carolina (SSC)

Digital Brown Bag with the Center for Digital Humanities

Bring your lunch and join others to hear Dr. Duncan Buell speak about the topic of "Work vs. Research: Translating Paradigms of Scholarship from Computer Science to the Humanities"

Students to begin registering for fall classes using Self Service Carolina

Campuses across the University of South Carolina system are preparing to register students using Self Service Carolina (SSC) for the first time over the next several weeks.

University Technology Services (UTS) To Replace Antivirus Software

University Technology Services (UTS) will replace the current Trend Micro antivirus software during the spring 2013 semester

Office of Research Student Video Contest Announced

All students are invited to submit a short video detailing their research or research idea with the chance to win up to $500

New Hires For The Division of Information Technology

Find out more about the three newest staff added to the Division of Information Technology

EDUCAUSE's Southeast Regional Conference 2013 Announced

EDUCAUSE has announced details and registration information for its 2013 Southeast Regional Conference in Atlanta

SimCityEDU Announced, Planned Arrival March 2013

SimCityEDU will be available March 2013, and will provide an online community for educators to create and share lesson plans based on the upcoming SimCity game

University Technology Services (UTS) to Offer Training Courses During Spring Semester

2 courses - "Effective Online Instruction (EOI)" and "Using iPads in Higher Education" will be offered by UTS during Spring 2013 semester

February 11th UTS Update to Adobe Flash Player

On February 11th, individuals who have a SLA agreement with University Technology Services (UTS) will receive AND SHOULD INSTALL the update to Flash Player

OneCarolina Project Takes Another Step with Addition of Registration Section

The OneCarolina Project recently added the new registration section to Self Service Carolina (SSC), and has it technically up and running

MBA Student's Idea for Improved Software Wins Him $15,000

Sean Rankin's idea for user-friendly HR software won the $15,000 SCRA Technology Ventures Prize from USC's Proving Ground competition

The Horizon Report > 2013 Higher Ed Edition Released

Find out about the 6 emerging technologies that are predicted to impact learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education

Business School Emphasizing Analytics

A recent gift from the software company SAS will help propel the Business School's Analytics Initiative

Beware of Phishing Emails

University Technology Services has been notified of several phishing emails circulating this semester

The New Media Consortium Horizon Report for Museums Released

The New Media Consortium has recently published its latest version of the Horizon Report for Museums

OneCarolina Update: The Latest on Self Service Carolina for Students

Self-Service Carolina will be available spring 2013 for students to manage their financial aid awards and information is LIVE! Find the information you are looking for HERE, the landing page for prospective, admitted, and enrolled students, as well as faculty, staff, alumni, and others, is now available

Now Out: The Center for Teaching Excellence's 2013 Program Calendar

The CTE has updated its calendar to show the scheduled events for 2013 - see how you can develop your skills!

Update From the School of Medicine's E-Device Checkout Program

See about the usage statistics for the first semester of its implementation

Students One Step Closer to Using Self Service Carolina (SSC)

Self Service Carolina, the web-based system that will integrate student records into one easy-to-use platform, recently achieved a milestone

Collaborative Project Yields Innovative App

Professors Duncan Buell and Heidi Cooley led a highly collaborative project that has resulted in an engaging new app about the Horseshoe

Learn About Your Cells Through a Virtual Microscope!

Dr. Ogilvie and Dr. Sawyer are moving into their 3rd year of teaching the increasingly popular distributed learning course on histology

USC Students Create App to Track Mobile Device Usage while Driving

Students and software developers for the local Columbia company 52apps have created an app that tracks when and how a mobile device is being used on the road

USC, Innovista work with Halliburton Energy Services, Inc.

Dr. Michael Myrick, a chemistry professor at USC, developed a technology acquired by Halliburton after they realized it would save them time and money

Summary Materials for the 2012 Campus Computing Survey Announced

Advance materials summarizing the findings of the 2012 Campus Computing Survey are now available.

SLIS Conducts First Ever Live Streaming Event

The School of Library and Information Science conducted its first live streaming event on Friday, November 16th

EDUCAUSE- What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs

Stay in the loop on developments with Massive Open Online Courses and learn about the big players in the game. This EDUCAUSE brief runs down key factors in working with these platforms

Adobe Connect App

Faculty and Students - Do you want to have your online lectures available on your mobile devices? Check out the Adobe Connect App for iOS and Android

NMC Horizon Report

See the latest findings from the New Media Consortium regarding the emerging technologies in education