Staff Utilizes Microsoft Office Certification to Sharpen Skills

Microsoft Office Specialist LogoAs our Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot Program moves along, we’re meeting all kind of interesting students, faculty, and staff members who are using Office in many different ways. One example is staff member Jie Sun, who works as an Academic Data Analyst in the Dean’s Office at Dedman College. Jie has just recently earned his Excel Expert certification and is working on obtaining certifications for all of the other Office programs! Continue reading Staff Utilizes Microsoft Office Certification to Sharpen Skills

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot Program Update

At the end of September, the Office of Information Technology announced the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Pilot program. “This pilot initiative illustrates one of the many services that IT offers for both students and faculty which makes available leading-edge Microsoft certificate credentialing as part of SMU’s already extraordinary academic course content, ” stated Jason Warner, Director of Academic Technology. Continue reading Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot Program Update

Jacob Becker awarded Microsoft Excel Certification

Jacob Becker, a sophomore planning to major in Finance and Econometrics, was SMU’s first student to receive the Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Excel as part of OIT’s Microsoft Office Certification pilot program. Prior to his certification, he spoke with one of his Finance professors as to how he could better prepare himself for his field of study. “After searching the SMU website, we stumbled on the announcement about the Microsoft Office Specialist program,” said Becker. I thought, “Why wouldn’t I want to do this?Continue reading Jacob Becker awarded Microsoft Excel Certification

Upcoming Microsoft Office Certification Info Sessions

Get Certified with MOS CertificationDuring the 2017–2018 academic year, OIT will be providing access to the Microsoft Office Specialist Exams for free to current students. Get certified and stand out among other candidates for those upcoming internships and job interviews next spring! This 30-minute info session will walk you through the process of how to get started, where to get practice exams, and what to expect on the exams. You’ll also learn how to promote your certifications on LinkedIn and share digital transcripts with potential employers.

These info sessions will be located in the Hughes-Trigg Forum on Wednesday, October 18. Sessions will take place at 12:45, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:15.

OIT Announces Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot

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During the 2017–2018 academic year, SMU’s Office of Information Technology will be providing access to the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam for free to current students and benefit-eligible staff and faculty meeting the parameters of the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot program. Certification exams will be taken on campus through IT Training on a first-come-first-served basis as a limited number of exam vouchers are available. Continue reading OIT Announces Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Pilot

Got Spam? Report it to Us!

In 2016, SMU received over 504 million e-mails. Out of all of those e-mails, only 2.8% of them were legitimate messages that actually made it to inboxes. The rest were all junk, including messages with viruses, marketing materials, and other messages from addresses with bad reputations.

Obviously, our spam filters are doing a pretty great job at filtering out the majority of spam messages that arrive at SMU. However, no spam filter is perfect, and bad messages occasionally end up in your mailbox. If you receive a suspicious and/or unsolicited message in your SMU inbox, make sure to follow these guidelines to stay safe and let us know about the message.

Don’t Open the Links!

Most spam messages usually contain cryptic addresses that could lead to viruses and possible identity thieves. Make sure to NEVER click on links within a suspicious message. The same rule goes for attachments. Even if the attachment filename or file format looks safe, it is most likely trying to deceive you.

Let OIT Know!

If you just delete the spammy message as soon as you receive it, we may never know about it! Help OIT and your fellow SMU community members by reporting the message to prevent further messages. In SMU webmail, simply right-click on the spam message and select Send As Attachment. If you’re in Outlook, select the message and then press Ctrl+Alt+F. This will open a new e-mail with the spam message as an attachment. Send that message to spam@smu.edu. This will send the offending e-mail to our spam filter for processing. This helps the filter become even better at blocking harmful messages in the future.

Of course, if you’re ever unsure about a message or have any questions, give us a call at 214-SMU-HELP or drop us a line at help@smu.edu

Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely

 

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Usually, when you build or buy a computer, you have lots of choices. What processor to use, how much memory you’ll need, et cetera. You also have a choice in operating systems, like MacOS, Linux; or Windows 7, 8, or 10. As Microsoft works to get as many people on their newest OS as possible, your choices may soon become fewer. Continue reading Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely

Get Your Projects into Shape with OneNote

OneNoteIt is now that time of the semester when things get hectic! This time is filled with even more studying, exams, and sometimes those big projects. As your workload gets busier this time of year, large projects can appear especially daunting.

Thankfully, there are resources that can help you keep your projects organized and on track! Continue reading Get Your Projects into Shape with OneNote

Vista’s Out, Creator’s Update is In

TWindows Vista Logooday is the day. April 11, 2017 is the day that Microsoft officially ends support for the beleaguered Windows Vista operating system. First released in 2007, mainstream support for Vista ended five years ago. Now, all support has ended and it moves to the big hard drive in the sky. Continue reading Vista’s Out, Creator’s Update is In