On March 11, UAB IT will implement a change to the email system that will result in mobile devices receiving a notice that a policy is being applied. Faculty and staff email users should click "accept" on the popup message on their devices to keep receiving campus email on their mobile devices.

The policy makes no changes to the settings on users' mobile devices but will prevent random popups in the future.

The messages vary by device with some including a list of items that can be managed and others providing a short message similar to the following:

Server mail.ad.uab.edu must be able to remotely control some security features on your phone.  Continue?

UAB IT is adding this default mobile device policy to eliminate future confusing policy messages that occur as part of some Microsoft Exchange maintenance activities.

If you have specific email questions or concerns, please direct those inquiries to AskIT@uab.edu or phone 205-996-5555.

Student email is not affected by this change.
Saturday, 27 February 2016 18:06

Take part in planning UAB's technology roadmap

UAB IT wants to hear the voices of students, faculty and staff as it plots the future of technology at UAB.

Beginning March 24, committees will be formed around each of the department's seven strategic imperatives, and a series of 14 town halls will be scheduled from March 24 through May 3. A preview town hall will be held for each strategic imperative, followed by committee work and a review town hall. UAB IT will publicize the dates of the town halls in coming weeks.

Students, faculty and staff will then be able to review the draft strategic plan and make comments before the final strategic plan is published in June.

"Input from campus is essential as we plan a strategy to implement technology improvements worthy of advancing our world-class university," said Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr., vice president and CIO. 

UAB IT's strategic imperatives state that the department will:

  • Create a secure computing environment for all UAB members through appropriate policy, training and technology.
  • Build an IT shared governance structure with particular focus on partnership with the Health System.
  • Create a world-class IT organization so that if our customers could choose any provider, they would choose UAB IT.
  • Generate business value though reduced costs, process innovation or revenue generation.
  • Innovate UAB through partnerships with institutional business owners, with a focus on academic and research operations.
  • Foster an institutional data-driven decision-making culture that allows UAB to make informed and optimal decisions.
  • Enhance the community of information technology excellence for the economic, social and cultural benefit of Birmingham and beyond. 
Students, faculty and staff can continue to provide ideas through the SPARK initiative, where members of campus can also vote and comment on those ideas.

Partnerships within UAB and throughout the Birmingham community can help UAB IT "enable others to greatness," UAB Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dr. Curtis A. Carver Jr. told members of the UAB community and the Birmingham Business Alliance Tuesday, Feb. 23.

"My job within IT is to partner with our business units to make their lives easier, to take all of those things that get in the way of being great and try to fix those problems," Carver said. "Where we focus is to enable others to greatness."

Carver spoke at a reception sponsored by the BBA and Alabama Media Group. The event, held in the new Hill University Center ballroom, was attended by UAB executives and leaders from key companies from Birmingham and throughout the region. In addition to Carver, honorees included Allen Bolton, vice president for financial affairs and administration; Dr. John Jones, vice president for student affairs; and Dr. Paulette Dilworth, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion.

Technology improvements such as unlimited email, unlimited storage, a faster network and greater research computing capacity will help UAB IT empower UAB students, faculty and staff in their educational and research endeavors, Carver said.

Leveraging the talents of both the campus and the surrounding community is important, said Carver, who noted he was drawn to UAB and Birmingham despite an initial reluctance because the region is "on a trajectory" to fulfill UAB's motto, "Knowledge that will change your world."

"That's why I'm here," Carver said. "The opportunity to participate in a world-class team and to go about the simple business of working hard every day, trying to change the world."

Ryan Murphy, a sophomore chemistry and biology major, used his artistic and video skills to create a palatable message about how to “connect with care.”

Murphy’s effort not only won UAB IT’s first student cyber security video contest but also offers good advice about avoiding spam emails, choosing secure web sites and using safe WiFi.

Murphy used tips from the Stop, Think, Connect web site to come up with his video idea, which compares food safety to safe internet use.

Video Check PresentationCIO Dr. Curt Carver presents a check to UAB sophomore Ryan Murphy.“I was trying to put a creative spin on (the cyber security tips),” he said, noting he has seen the trend of “draw my life” videos.

That’s Murphy’s own hand drawing the whiteboard artwork for his winning video.

Murphy, a graduate of Randolph High School in Huntsville, is also a member of UAB's Science and Technology Honors Program and has been using his video skills to help produce videos for that program, including a “This Month in Science” online newscast.

Murphy plans to go to medical school in the future, but said he also hopes to keep using and improving on his video hobby.