“The store wouldn’t have opened without Janice,” said David Yother, assistant vice president for IT technology services. “She saw the vision for what we wanted in the store. She worked with us and with the vendor to get products designed within four weeks and then in the store within one week.”
Yother’s appreciation for Metallo’s work came at the first UAB IT Praise & Progress session, a new monthly event at which the department’s employees choose someone to praise — either within the department or in the larger campus community — and choose something about themselves for which they are proud.
Twelve employees spoke at the first Praise & Progress, and a third of those praised individuals outside UAB IT.
The exercise gives UAB IT employees a chance to speak about campus partnerships and accomplishments — and gives all UAB IT employees a chance to hear about how IT’s work affects the University’s mission.
Those outside UAB IT who are mentioned at Praise & Progress can expect to receive an email from Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dr. Curt Carver about the praise from their fellow University employees.
UAB IT’s monthly Praise & Progress sessions will give all of the department’s employees a chance to speak within two years, when the cycle starts again.
Take advantage of this opportunity quickly to get full value of the price reduction and length of the subscription as the $150 will not be prorated during the year and will be valid only through May 2017. Pricing for any new agreement with Adobe as of June 1, 2017, and subsequent subscription prices to UAB customers, will be based on negotiations with Adobe next year.
Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions include:
· Photoshop CC, for image editing and composition
· Illustrator CC, for vector graphics and illustration
· InDesign CC, for page design, layout and publishing
· Dreamweaver CC, for web sites, app design and coding
· Adobe Premiere Pro CC, for video production and editing
· After Effects CC, for cinematic visual effects and motion graphics
· Acrobat XI Pro, for creating, editing and signing PDF documents and forms
· Adobe Muse CC for web site design without coding.
To learn more about Adobe Creative Cloud and place an order, click here.
As the next phase of strategic planning begins, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue sharing their ideas on the SPARK platform, where there is a campaign for each of the seven strategic imperatives.
Getting campus feedback through the strategic planning period has been essential to shaping a plan that will empower UAB students, faculty, staff and researchers through technology.
By the end of May, an executive committee will approve the draft of the plan before it is shared with the campus for a 30-day review period.
Hundreds of people participated in IT town halls in April, providing feedback that will be incorporated into the draft plan as committees continue to shape IT strategy and priorities for the next three years. Committees are made up of faculty, staff and students from across campus disciplines and departments.
"This is not our strategic plan; this is your strategic plan," Vice President and CIO Dr. Curt Carver said.
During the 30-day review period, UAB IT will host two town halls to showcase the strategic plan, which will be published in June.
But while the plan will guide IT strategy and priorities for the future, Carver noted that the IT Strategic Plan will be a living, breathing document that will evolve as campus needs change.
Details about the plan, committees, strategic imperatives and town halls can be found at uab.edu/empoweruab.
The FBI has warned consumers to be on alert for such scams. Similar scams — in which malicious callers pretend to be law enforcement — have targeted UAB students in recent months, even costing them and their parents money.
The FBI will never call private citizens requesting money.
Often, callers in such scams appear to have students' personal information, but it is important to note that there has been no breach of personal information at UAB. Malicious callers often try to solicit more personal information from their victims over the course of the call.
If students or parents receive a call that seems suspicious, they should disconnect immediately and notify law enforcement.
If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller's instructions. Instead, the FBI advises you should:
- Notify your banking institutions.
- Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
- Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
- File a complaint through the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.
Those who are signed up will get a code via text message to reset their BlazerID password, bypassing the need to talk to AskIT. Beginning May 2, enrollment in the automated password reset tool — Identity — will be mandatory when you change your BlazerID password. For those who are not enrolled, during the next time you reset your password, you will be prompted to enroll during that reset process.
Enrolling in Identity also allows you to receive Oracle RedFlag alerts — text messages that alert employees when their personal or financial information is changed in Oracle, adding another security measure to the system that houses employees' personal and financial information.
Need to log on to WiFi while you're communiting across campus?
UAB IT is working with Parking & Transportation Service to outfit all of the Blazer Express buses with digital signage and WiFi. The digital signs will convey emergency information as well as general content from around campus.
In addition, all buses will have a WiFi hotspot for improved connectivity to the internet.
The signs and WiFi are in testing currently and will be piloted on two buses over the next four to six weeks. Plans are to roll out to all buses in the coming months.
Planning a vacation? People are frequently more vulnerable when traveling because a break from their regular routine or encounters with unfamiliar situations often result in less cautious behavior. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, these five tips will help you protect yourself and guard your privacy.
- Track that device! Install a device finder or manager on your mobile device in case it's lost or stolen. Make sure it has remote wipe capabilities and also protects against malware.
- Avoid social media announcements about your travel plans. It's tempting to share your upcoming vacation plans with family and friends, but consider how this might make you an easy target for local or online thieves. While traveling, avoid using social media to "check in" to airports and consider posting those beautiful photos after you return home. Find out how burglars are using your vacation posts to target you in this infographic.
- Traveling soon? If you're traveling with a laptop or mobile device, remove or encrypt confidential information. Consider using a laptop or device designated for travel with no personal information, especially when traveling out of the country.
- Limit personal information stored on devices. Use a tool like Identity Finder to locate your personally identifiable information (e.g., SSN, credit card numbers, or bank accounts) on your computer, then secure or remove that information.
- Physically protect yourself and your devices. Use a laptop lock, avoid carrying identification cards, shred sensitive paperwork before you recycle it, and watch out for "shoulder surfers" at the ATM.
To ensure that UAB IT is responding to those technology needs, the University community is invited to become active participants in building an IT roadmap for campus. Visit uab.edu/empoweruab to see a timeline of the strategic plan process, read about the strategic imperatives and see the schedule of town halls.
“UAB is a world-class educational and research university that deserves a world-class IT organization,” Vice President and CIO Curtis Carver said. “We want our students, faculty and staff to help co-author the IT Strategic Plan to help us prioritize technology improvements worthy of advancing UAB.”
Seven committees — one for each of UAB IT’s strategic imperatives — will begin meeting April 4 to preview the draft strategic plan. The following week, UAB IT will begin hosting 14 open town halls, with two scheduled for each imperative. Click here to view the schedule for town halls.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the town halls to provide input on the plan. After those meetings, the committees will review and incorporate feedback before a series of review poster sessions.
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.
UAB will deploy a security challenge, a series of questions for which Oracle users will provide unique answers. Each time a user logs in, he or she will be presented with a random question.
The security challenge is part of a series of improvements to make the Oracle system more secure, which have been made with the support and endorsement of the President’s Risk Cabinet.
If users opt in to the security challenge, they will also have the option to click a “Remember Me” box, which will skip the security challenge using cookies in the user’s browser. If a user switches to a different device or a different browser or clears the browser’s cookies, the user will be prompted to answer a security challenge question again.
The security challenge in Oracle will be optional at first, then mandatory for users beginning in early summer.
Last month, Oracle changed its login page to match the Central Authentication System screen used on other UAB systems. And last year, UAB introduced a new Oracle RedFlag notification system that uses the same technology as the B-Alert system to notify employees if changes have been made in their personal information, direct deposit accounts or tax withholding forms via Oracle Self Service.