Time for a Tune-up on Emergency Alerts

screenshot of Brenau's e2Campus webpage

The beginning of a new academic year is the perfect time for all faculty, staff and students to enroll in or check their settings for the university’s e2Campus Alerts system that automatically will send you vital information in case of an emergency. The would include class cancellations or other weather-related changes in schedules and operations on all the university campuses. Since the system is “opt-in,” you will need to log in and tell it how you want to receive information – text, email, calls to home and mobile phones, voice messages or all of the above.

To learn more or to sign up, visit http://www.e2campus.com/my/brenau, and click “Create New Account.”

Please keep the following in mind when you sign up for the service:

  • All Brenau students are required to register with the service to ensure that they receive emergency notices.
  • When you first sign up, your account is verified by sending a code to your cell phone via a text message. If you would prefer to register using an email address, just click the “Click here to sign up using email only” link at the bottom of the sign-up page. Use the method most convenient for you.
  • When creating your account, be sure to select the alert groups (Gainesville, South Atlanta, Augusta, etc.) that are relevant to you so that the alerts can be more targeted towards the affected persons.
  • Maintaining your e2Campus account data is your responsibility. If your cell numbers or email addresses change, it is your responsibility to update them via the e2Campus system (a link will remain on the intranet).
  • Once you create an account, please register your Brenau email address and any non-Brenau email addresses such as a Gmail, Hotmail or other account that you may use outside of the university. The system will send it to all of them.
  • When you sign up for the service, you will also be asked for an “opt-out date.”  This is the date when you would like to be removed from the system automatically.  For students, this would be your expected graduation date, etc.  Please keep in mind that you may change this date at any time. And, like some of you need to do now, you will have to periodically update your account to push the date farther out.

If you have additional questions: please email the Helpdesk at helpdesk@brenau.edu

Across campus, classrooms receive technology upgrades

Over the summer, the IT department has been busy upgrading equipment in several classroom spaces. Here is a quick rundown of some of the new additions across the Gainesville campuses:

  • In the Academy Building, half a dozen rooms have new white boards. The installations are in rooms 101, 103, 201, 202, 203 and 204.
  • In the Science Building, rooms 12 and 13 have new 8-foot screens as well as new speakers.
  • In the Owens Student Center, new screens have been installed in rooms 202 and 204.
  • In  the Jacobs Building, there are new projectors in rooms 201 and 208.
  • In the Redwine Technology Center there are four new projectors. The equipment has been installed in rooms 102, 106, 107 and 108.
  • Over on the East Campus, the Whalen Auditorium has new 12-foot screens and laptop hookups. Two nursing classrooms, 130 and 133, have new clickers installed.

A more detailed list of technology upgrades is available at the following link: https://update.brenau.edu/wp-content/uploads/formidable/ClassroomUpgrades-Summer2015.pdf

 

Brenau Migrating to Online Forms

Brenau Migrating to Online Forms

One of the constant complaints from faculty, students and staff is the ubiquity of paper forms that Brenau uses for various processes. In order to address this concern and streamline operations, Brenau is implementing a product called FormStack which allow users to fill out forms online using a web browser or a mobile device. The forms will allow managers to perform approvals in real-time and they even include the ability for users to sign their forms using a finger or a mouse.

Look for these forms to gradually start replacing paper forms or PDFs on all campuses. You can read more about the product at this site: https://www.formstack.com/industry/higher-education.

Please Reboot Your Machines

Due to server upgrade for the http://www.brenau.edu website, all IT managed Brenau computers will require a full reboot for the site to appear properly on your machine. The website has remained active and accessibly to all outside users without a break in service. Only Brenau IT machines are affected.

IT Equipment Procurement Procedure Reminder

This is a friendly reminder that all technologies specified in IT Procurement Policy (IT-03) must be requested through the IT department. Please do not purchase university IT equipment without getting a quote from the IT department or you may be forced to return the equipment for a refund. We follow this procedure to ensure that the hardware and software being purchased will be compatible with our existing systems and will receive all of the discounts, tax exclusions and free shipping that we receive through our established vendors. Thank you for your assistance in following these procedures.

You can view the full policy at http://goo.gl/d7kM9D
Please note that desktop printers are subject to a specific policy at http://goo.gl/CNrU3Z

Intranet Upgrade

intranet.breanu.edu
intranet.breanu.edu

The Brenau IT department recently completed an update of the Intranet to a new design and platform. The Intranet has used the same design and technology for roughly the past eight years and this change comes with many advancements.

  • Better performance (site uses continuously updated technology and is fully optimized for speed)
  • Consistent branding (site themes can now be synchronized between internal and external Brenau sites giving a more seamless browsing experience)
  • Better uptime (site is hosted externally so outages in Gainesville will not affect Intranet access for external users)
  • Better security (external hosting also prevents vulnerabilities affecting the internal network)
  • Mobile ready (the new site is mobile-ready and adjusts its presentation to match smartphones and tablets when applicable)
  • Easier authentication (some links, like human resources, will require you to authenticate but you can now use your Google email account to access those links with a single click rather than having to use your network credentials)
If you have any challenges or suggestions please contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@brenau.edu or via the links on the Intranet.
Please keep in mind that some links may have changed so if you are having trouble accessing an old link, visit intranet.brenau.edu and follow the links from there to get where you need to go.

MS Office FREE for Faculty and Staff

It’s like the holidays have come early! All faculty and staff with a brenau.edu email address are now eligible for a FREE license for Office 360  to install on your personal devices. You can  download Office on up to five non-Brenau laptop or desktop devices, five mobile devices (iPhone and Android) and up to five tablet devices (Surface and  iPad). This offer includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, OneDrive, and access to Newsfeed and Sites.

Follow the steps below to setup your account.

Steps for faculty/staff:

  • Go to www.office.com/getoffice365.
  • Click on the “Teachers” tab.
  • Click on the “Find out if you’re eligible.”
  • On the next screen, input your brenau.edu email address and click “Sign Up.”
  • It will then prompt you through some instructions to setup your account.
  • Prosper.

 

 

Free Microsoft Office for Students

How often have students bemoaned the cost of essential software such as Microsoft Office? Problem solved. Right now Microsoft is giving a free, five-machine license to students with an eligible .edu email address. Please let your students know to take advantage of this offer.

Sadly, faculty, staff, alumni or even humble webmasters are not eligible. This offer is for currently enrolled students only.

Visit http://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education for more details.

EMS Calendar Software Upgrades for Administrators

If you are an administrator of the EMS calendar please submit a work order ticket to Information Technology for a software update. An update is now available and IT needs to know a good date and time to complete the upgrade on your computer. This upgrade is for anyone who has the EMS software loaded on their computers, including office managers and special events support staff.

Mobile Device Charging Station Installed in Trustee Library

Trustee Library introduces mobile device chargingThe Brenau University IT department has introduced a new mobile device charging station on the Gainesville campus in the Trustee Library outside of the Writing Center. The new charging station can power up your Android devices (usually micro-USB or mini-USB) and iPhones and iPads (old and new). See the student technology fee in action and remember to thank the IT department when you see them. If you have comments or questions please contact helpdesk@brenau.edu.