New Network and E-mail Security Measures
CPIT announces it is implementing new technology procedures to help protect both the security of the CUA network and users' data. Unfortunately, for some, these procedures have led to the temporary loss of e-mail access.
Beginning this semester, new password procedures were implemented. All new passwords must be stronger than in the past. New passwords must include both upper and lower case letters, as well as at least one number and/or one special character (for example, !,@,#, etc.). If an old password was something like harrypotter, your new password must be something like HarryPotter101 or HarryPotter$. In addition, passwords must now be changed every 90 days.
A second related issue concerns CUA e-mail account expirations. As a result of a recent audit, the university needed to upgrade its security on electronic access and did so by implementing a procedure wherein access is linked to payroll. Thus, if a person goes off the payroll (even though the person knowingly will be coming back on the payroll or will otherwise continue a relationship with CUA) the e-mail account is automatically terminated. This constraint mostly affects certain contract and research members of the faculty, and has resulted in the inconvenient loss of access to e-mail. In the short-term, affected members of the community who believe their accounts should be extended are asked to call the CPIT Information Center at 202-319-4357 for immediate assistance. Since these affected faculty members may in fact not see this e-mail message because their account has expired, all department chairs and faculty who work with contract and research faculty should bring this to their attention. In conjunction with the provost and deans, CPIT is developing a longer-term solution that hopefully will be seamless from the perspective of any faculty, staff and students who are entitled to continuing access to e-mail.
For more information concerning the new Information Assurance Policy, go to http://policies.cua.edu.
Memorial Service for Physics Chair Charles J. "Chick" Montrose
The CUA Department of Physics and Office of Campus Ministry invite the CUA community to a memorial service in honor or Charles J. (“Chick”) Montrose, associate professor and chair of physics, who passed away on Dec. 28, 2006. The service will take place at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. It will be followed by an informal reception in the lobby of Hannan Hall at 5 p.m. Those expecting to attend the reception should R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org (Subject line: Montrose).
Disability Awareness Training
The Office of Disability Support Services will host a brown bag lunch series that is geared toward faculty, but open to the CUA community. The first lunch will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The second lunch will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. They will both take place in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. Two more brown bag lunches will also be offered during the spring semester.
Some of the topics that will be covered in the presentations include: Responsibilities of Disability Support Services, Students and Faculty; Working with Students with Disabilities; and Reasonable Accommodations vs. Over-Accommodation.
For more information, go to the disability support services Web site at http://disabilitysupport.cua.edu, which continues to be updated with resources applicable to faculty. For more information about the lunches, contact Lauren Colandreo at 202-319-5211 or by e-mail at Colandreo@cua.edu.
Faculty and Staff Meal Plans
The Office of Dining Services reminds faculty and staff that they can now sign up for meal plans. New this semester, faculty and staff can use the block meal plans at selected stations in the Pryzbyla Food Court through the meal exchange program. To sign up visit the Office of Dining Services in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 124; Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cash and credit card payments are accepted. For more information, go to http://dining.cua.edu or www.cua.campusdish.com.
Weight Watchers at Work
The Office of Human Resources and the Washington, D.C., branch of Weight Watchers International invite students, faculty and staff to register for a Weight Watchers at Work program to be held on campus for 12 weeks this fall. The program will teach participants how to make wise choices, eat healthy, enjoy food and exercise. The program fee for the 12 weeks is $168, payable in two installments. An information session will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Leahy Hall, Room 100. For more information contact Marion Ficke at 202-319-5870 or email@example.com.
Dining Services Catering Changes and Reminders
The Office of Dining Services announces that Tania Farries has left the staff of the catering department. Shannon Church is serving as interim catering director and can be reached at 202-319-6236.
A few reminders:
All catering e-mail requests will receive a confirming e-mail by the close of business verifying that the request was received.
A phone call will be made by a member of the catering staff to review catering requests.
To provide the service and food variety expected, a minimum of 48 hours notice for all catering orders is needed.
Everything possible will be done to handle any last-minute catering requests.
Contact will be made 24 hours prior to the event to reconfirm last-minute details.
For accounting purposes, please provide a signed event sheet and cost code information prior to the event.
For more information or to make any suggestions regarding Cardinal Catering, contact Roland C. Depew, director of dining services, at 202-319-5296.
Staples Digital Copying Solutions
In an effort to continue consolidating the university's purchasing power, maximize savings and streamline operating efficiency, the Office of Purchasing has established a partnership with Staples Business Advantage to supply CUA with digital copying needs, effective immediately. Staples Business Advantage will offer faculty, staff and students the following:
Orders can be placed at www.staplesprintsolutions.com or www.staplesdcs.com or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org (with an order form accompanying the e-mail). Please include any special instructions.
Fully customized program
Dedicated account management to provide personalized and professional services
2nd-day delivery for orders placed by noon
Free delivery for orders of more than $50
Black and white copies starting at .04 cents for the first 1,000 copies
Additional discounts: .0325 cents for 1,000-2,000 copies; .03 cents for 2,000-6,000; and .029 cents for 6,000-10,000
Color copies starting at .23 cents per copy
Staples contact information for digital copy services is as follows: Jason Sigler, account manager, Jason.Sigler@staples.com, 443-737-1040 x671; Mike Condax, account manager, 1-888-595-6740 ext. 238, email@example.com; Raj Dwivedi, copy solutions district manager, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardinal Financials Upgrade
The Office of Business Services announces that the university financials system will undergo an upgrade from Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. through Monday, Sept. 17. During that time, Cardinal Financials will be unavailable to all campus users. The upgrade enhances the technology that supports this system and offers improvements to the requisitioning and reporting processes. In addition, the new version of the financials system will be incorporated into the Cardinal Station Web portal. Orientation sessions will be offered to campus users for the newly upgraded system. A schedule of these sessions will be available in upcoming weeks. For more information, contact Laura Sweet, director of business systems and support, at 202-319-6098, or e-mail email@example.com.
CUA Offers Emergency Text Message Notifications
Following the shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, authorized university officials to add instant text messaging through the “Alert DC” system established by D.C. government’s Department of Homeland Security to the array of emergency notification tools to be employed for alerting members of the campus community of imminent danger. Faculty, staff, students and others who sign up will receive urgent e-mails or text messages to their cell phone, Blackberry or other mobile device.
In order to be eligible to receive any messages, however, they must first sign up at https://textalert.ema.dc.gov/. Depending on the level and type of emergency, it will be used with one or more of the following communication options already in place at the university including fire alarms, audible public announcements broadcast via public safety vehicles, e-mails and list servs, CUA Web pages, phone messages and building safety captains.Back to Top
For more information, go to the Safety First Web page, http://www.cua.edu/safety/.