In the wake of the snowfall, travel with care

Broken and downed limbs have created safety problems in many North Texas neighborhoods after last week’s record snowfall. SMU’s main campus is no exception. University Emergency Management personnel cautioned drivers and walkers to be careful in the following e-mail sent Feb. 15, 2010:

SMU urges caution this week as crews work to remove tree limbs and debris from last week’s snowstorm. Please avoid areas where cleanup is underway and avoid low-hanging tree limbs. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Visit the Emergency Management homepage at

By | 2010-02-15T10:23:18+00:00 February 15, 2010|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

H1N1 flu shots now available from SMU Health Center

Vaccination syringe stock photoA limited supply of H1N1 vaccine is now available to SMU faculty and staff. H1N1 vaccination clinics will be offered in the west wing of the Health Center during the following times:

Dec. 10 – 2-6 p.m.
Dec. 11 – 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Students, faculty and staff will be vaccinated on a first-come, first-served basis as supplies last. Bring your SMU ID card to the vaccine clinics. The administration fee is $15 and must be paid in cash.

If you are unable to receive an H1N1 vaccine during these clinic times, please consider getting the vaccine over the holiday break.

The vaccines are provided by Texas Department of State Health Services. For more information, visit

By | 2009-12-10T13:26:25+00:00 December 10, 2009|Categories: News, Save the Date|Tags: , , , , , , |

SMU observes Emergency Preparedness Day Sept. 16

SMU campus cinematic shot

September is National Preparedness Month, and SMU has joined in its observation by scheduling Emergency Preparedness Day for Sept. 16. The details were shared in the following e-mail sent to students, faculty and staff members on Sept. 14-15:

As a part of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Month, SMU has designated September 16, 2009 as Emergency Preparedness Day.

We encourage SMU students, faculty and staff to do the following:

  • Orient yourself to Lockdown procedures by viewing the video, “Shots Fired on Campus.”
  • Update your personal contact information, especially your cell phone number, in Access.SMU so you can be notified in the event of an emergency.*
  • Know What to Do in emergencies on campus by reviewing the safety actions: evacuation, shelter-in-place and lockdown. Look for posters in classrooms or review them online.

* Please Note: A test of the SMU Emergency Notification System will be conducted on September 16. The test will consist of cell phone messages, text messages and e-mails that read: “This is a test of the SMU Emergency Notification System.” No action on your part will be necessary.

President Turner outlines SMU flu procedures

SMU President R. Gerald Turner provided details of the University’s response to cases of flu and flu-like illnesses on campus in an e-mail to the entire community dated Sept. 4, 2009. The e-mail listed procedures for faculty, staff and students and included links to more information.

Read the entire text at the SMU News site
Visit the SMU flu site

By | 2009-09-15T11:09:27+00:00 September 15, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Information Technology provides details on new phishing scam

SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) discovered a new e-mail phishing attempt that was sent to several University community memmbers over the weekend of June 5-7, 2009.

Phishing is a common form of e-mail fraud in which perpetrators attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity such as a popular social website, auction site, online payment processor or IT administrator. Phishing e-mails often direct users to enter details at a fake website designed to look and feel almost exactly like the legitimate one.

OIT sent out the following information on June 8:

Several individuals received an e-mail this weekend indicating their webmail quota had been reached. The message asked individuals to send their email address, password, country and name to a non SMU email address. Please do not respond with your credentials. This was a phishing attempt and did not come from SMU. Remember, we will never ask you to provide your credentials. Please do not respond to any e-mail asking for your login information no matter how valid the email appears to be.

If you responded to the email, please go to the Online Password Reset tool and reset your password immediately (

Additional Details:

The e-mail contained the following characteristics indicating it was a phishing attempt:

  • In some cases, the From address is not an SMU address. Some messages were sent (in which) the From address was spoofed. However, most of these were trapped by the spam filter.
  • The To field was actually blank, indicating it was blind-copied (BCC) rather than addressed directly to an individual.
  • The e-mail requests that you send your credentials – and requests that you send them to a non-SMU e-mail address.

OIT is taking action to block any new responses to those addresses and to reduce the risk of this type of message making it through to your mailbox in the future.

If you have any additional questions or need assistance, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 8-4357.

By | 2009-06-09T09:49:10+00:00 June 9, 2009|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |
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