EMS has replaced eReserve (AdAstra)

A new online system,  eSchedule/EMS, replaces ereserve/Astra for making reservations for campus space.  This new web app will allow faculty and staff to more efficiently request space as well as provide a more real time and user friendly application process.  Ultimately, this new app will also result in a more timely approval response.

Media Services Has Moved

Media Services has relocated to Winthrop Hall while the Communication building is being renovated. The service desk and equipment area is located in Winthrop 100a. The phone number x55304 and the email address (mediaservices@easternct.edu) remain the same.

Banner Moving to the Cloud

During the weekend of February 9-11, 2018, the Applications Development team will be moving Banner to the Cloud. All functional offices in conjunction with the IT staff will be involved in the testing of this environment prior to the move. Please note that eWeb, Banner, and eReports will be unavailable during the actual timeframe of the move. More details will be provided closer to the move date.

Wireless Access and Network Upgrade

Over the past eighteen months Eastern has installed several hundred new Wireless Access points around the university, increasing the total to over 1,000.  Offices, classrooms, and congregation areas received the majority of these new access points.  Residence halls received a smaller number of new access points to improve performance monitoring and known gaps in coverage.  Continue reading

ITS and History Department Collaboration

ITS has worked closely with Jamel Ostwald, Associate Professor of History, to create a research laboratory for the History Department from funds donated to the department for that purpose. Located in Webb 408 just outside the Webb 410 general purpose computer lab, a grand opening is being planned for this semester before the Thanksgiving break.  The lab contains scanners and special software for conducting modern historical research.

Teaching with Video Conferencing

Jeff Trawick-Smith, the Phyllis Waite Endowed Chair and professor in Education, is currently utilizing the classroom-based videoconference system in CECE 167 to deliver his course, “Families, Culture, Childhood Development” to 11 Norwalk-based students in addition to his Eastern Students. The system includes auto tracking cameras, far site cameras, large screen displays, room microphones and content sharing. It is the first use of this technology at Eastern.

Hyperion and e-Reports Changing

The hyperion application that runs eReports is being transitioned to IBI’s WebFOCUS.  Currently, three departments are using the new report tool.  Within the next few weeks, anyone who has a budget to manage will be receiving an email containing their latest budget reports that will begin occurring monthly.  No training is necessary for this new tool that provides greater functionality and ease of use.   Other reports will continue to be deployed over the course of the next year until all existing eReports will be replaced by the end of 2018.

Information Technology Advisory Committee

The Information Technology Advisory Committee met October 16, 2017 and elected Brendon Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Economics, as chair. Please contact members of the committee if you have input you’d like to share or wish additional information:

Garry Bozylinsky
Alex Citurs
Brendan Cunningham
Denise Matthews
Scott Moore
Patricia Szczys
Janice Wilson

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