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Fall 2013

Issue 55, Fall 2013 Read this issue for information about the NWACC award for Innovation in Education Technologies, new STC equipment, charging stations for mobile devices, required Windows XP replacement, recommended Java upgrades, a book review for web developers and software changes including Microsoft Lync, the Microsoft Home Use Program, Apple Mavericks, and new LyndaPro Online Training and more. 

 Wishing you happy holidays from ATUS!  


ATUS Workshop Receives NWACC Award for Innovation

Author: John Farquhar

ATUS is pleased to be a recipient of the 2013 NWACC Award for Innovation in Educational Technologies. NWACC is the Northwest Academic Computing Consortium, a non-profit organization that supports communication and collaboration of technology topics among member organizations. The award recognized our “Experiential Faculty Development Program on Blended Learning” for its innovation, collaboration, and effectiveness. The workshop was first designed and delivered in 2011 with personnel from our Center for Instructional...

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Innovative Teaching Showcase Nominations Due

Author: Justina Brown

Western faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to nominate an instructor whose course work reflects this year's Showcase theme, "Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds."

Every year, the Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment creates the INNOVATIVE TEACHING SHOWCASE, an online publication featuring best practices of Western's most dynamic instructors. This year's Showcase, themed "Blended Learning: The Best of Both Worlds," seeks to honor faculty who have designed exemplar courses that capitalize on an effective...

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Upgrade To Java 1.7

Author: Frank Roberts

Java software is required to run applications such as Banner and NolijWeb. Until recently, the recommendation from Administrative Computing was to stay at the old version of Java 1.6 for compatibility with these central applications. However, there are security vulnerabilities in running a version of Java that is not the latest version. It is suspected that some machines may have been infected with malware/viruses recently due to running old versions of Java.

Recently significant testing was done...

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Charging Stations for Student Devices Being Installed

Author: Rob Galbraith

Students are bringing increasing numbers of mobile devices to campus and integrating their use into their academic work.  These devices all run on batteries that require periodic charging.  A pilot project aims to improve the availability and variety of student charging options by installing outlets that include USB charging ports as well as standard AC power plugs.  The project to improve selected student collaborative workplaces is sponsored by the Provost and CIO and will also include upgrades to furniture and Wi-Fi signal...

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Microsoft Lync 2013

Author: Rick Nichols

What is it?

Many of you have been hearing about Microsoft Lync and are wondering what it is all about. Lync is a new, enhanced set of communication tools that allow you to connect with fellow employees in new ways. Lync provides more collaborative, engaging, and effective communications.

Lync 2013 has a set of desktop communication tools and a set of telephony tools. The desktop tools are available to Windows users as soon as you have Microsoft Office 2013 installed; Mac users can install the stand-alone Lync...

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Windows XP End-of-Life

Author: Rick Nichols

Windows XP is nearing “end of life”. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.

Since running Windows XP on our network after it is no longer supported would create increased security vulnerabilities, no university-owned computers running Windows XP will be allowed to connect to the university’s network after March 26, 2014. University-owned Windows XP workstations need to be upgraded or replaced before...

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Software Updates

Author: Susan Brown

Even more software releases and updates than usual have occurred recently. Please contact us or check the Software Services web page for additional information about any of the software mentioned below, or if you have any questions about software licensed to you or your work group:, 360.650.3159,, or stop by Haggard Hall 124.

Lynda Pro Online Training...

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What’s New at the Student Technology Center

Author: Shelby Allread-STC Student Staffer

Lots of exciting new resources await you at the STC! Thanks to the renewal of the Student Technology Fee, we were able to get several new pieces of equipment that are already proving extremely useful for students and staff alike. All of our equipment has helpful instructions at each station, and our friendly staff is always ready to help if needed.



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Web Developer Book Review

Author: Max Bronsema

SMACSS: Scalable and Modular Architecture for CSS – a flexible guide to developing sites small and large.
By Jonathon Snook, ISBN 978-0-9856321-0-6

If you write Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) as part of your job...

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