U.S. Daylight Saving Time is here again: The time shift begins this Sunday, March 9, 2014, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour, and check your computer and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.
Extra sleep and early sunsets return this weekend: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013.
Remember to set your clocks one hour earlier in observance of Standard Time. In addition, check your home and office computers and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.
Originally published Aug. 20, 2013.
SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has responded to requests from the Student Senate and the faculty-led Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC) to let users take more control of their campus e-mail subscriptions.
The President’s Executive Council reviewed a revised University bulk e-mail policy that allowed individuals to opt out of certain types of information. This policy was approved in August 2012. Implementation of the new subscription management solution will begin Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
As part of its implementation plan, OIT has developed a portal, mylists.smu.edu, that will allow each user to manage all nonessential e-mail preferences with a single login.
The new service helps the University to achieve two goals:
- Ensure that essential messages are delivered to faculty, staff and students, while also enabling those recipients to opt out of nonessential messages they do not wish to receive.
- Improve the effectiveness of essential communications by empowering recipients to limit nonessential messages to their own areas of interest.
University bulk e-mail lists sent out more than 3,200 messages in the 2012-13 academic year. The volume of e-mail has decreased the effectiveness of these lists in communicating critical information to appropriate audiences, according to the OIT. The new system will group SMU e-mail lists as follows:
Current e-mail lists for faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduate students will be maintained, and membership to these lists will continue to be mandatory (users may not opt out of receiving messages). However, only essential messages related to safety and health, and those related to personnel and academic business, will be delivered. In addition, the ability to send to these lists will be restricted to a select group of accounts.
New lists will be created for the communication needs of departments, programs and schools. Initially, these lists will be populated with all campus e-mail addresses. However, individuals will be able to unsubscribe from a managed list through an automatically generated link in each e-mail message, or to adjust their subscription preferences through mylists.smu.edu. These preferences can be changed at any time.
Departments are encouraged to review their current communication plans and strategies to help encourage individuals to remain subscribed to their lists. These strategies may include increased use of social media such as Twitter and Facebook to distribute updated or time-limited information.
For more information, contact Rachel Mulry in the Office of Information Technology.
U.S. Daylight Saving Time is here again: The time shift begins this Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward one hour, and check your computer and other electronic devices to be sure they’re displaying the correct time.
Computer programmer and political activist Aaron Swartz posted his Guerilla Open Access Manifesto on the nonprofit Internet Archive in 2008. On Jan. 11, 2013, at age 26, the Reddit co-founder took his own life, apparently despondent over his imminent federal prosecution and the threat of up to 50 years in prison.
Almost two years to the day before his suicide, Swartz had been arrested and charged with two counts of wire fraud and 11 violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for hacking MIT’s computer network and downloading nearly 5 million articles from the JSTOR digital library.
Yet he was no ordinary accused thief. A Fellow in Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and a longtime friend of its director, Lawrence Lessig, Swartz was also a well-known and well-liked figure in the open access movement – a worldwide effort to provide free and unrestricted access, via internet, to scientific and scholarly research.
SMU’s Central University Libraries has organized a panel discussion of Swartz’s legacy and how his actions could impact millions of students, teachers, researchers and publishers around the globe. “Jailbreaking Information: The Legacy of Hacktivist Aaron Swartz” begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2013 in the Science Information Center Mezzanine, Fondren Library Center.
- Mary Hollerich, asssistant dean for Scholarly Resources and Research Services, Central University Libraries
- Tyler Moore, assistant professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Lyle School of Engineering
- George Finney, director of digital interests and information security officer, Office of Information Technology
- David Sedman, director of technology and associate professor, Division of Cinema-TV, Meadows School of the Arts