New Dedman Law and Cox Websites Revolutionize SMU’s Web Presence

Cox School of Business HomepageIn August and September 2018, the Dedman School of Law and the Cox School of Business both revealed their new websites to the public.  After many months of planning, programming, and design, these sites present a new vision for the future of SMU’s entire presence on the web.
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Culture Eats Cybersecurity For Breakfast

Eggo Waffles weren’t always called Eggo Waffles. In the 1950s, in the boom that followed World War II, Americans began a love affair with frozen foods. Frank Dorsa and his three brothers in San Jose California had been running a highly popular mayonnaise business and had expanded into powdered waffle mix, but demand for their mix had started to evaporate. The problem was that making waffles was a lot of work.

Frank was a bit of an inventor, so he created a giant waffle-making machine using a merry-go-round engine and a number of electric waffle irons. Thousands of waffles were frozen and shipped every day. But the name, the “Froffle,” was a flop. Instead, customers called the waffles as “Eggos,” referring back to the distinctive egg taste of the Dorsa brother’s mayonnaise. The name, like the waffles, stuck around.

The Kellog’s Company bought the Eggo waffles line in 1968, and four years later they introduced the slogan “L’Eggo My Eggo.” The marketing campaign would be one of the most successful of all time, continuously running for 36 years. The commercials depicted kids and parents in an escalating struggle to maintain possession of their precious frozen waffles. The message was clear: the waffles were so good, if you weren’t careful, someone might steal them from you. Continue reading Culture Eats Cybersecurity For Breakfast

Fall into LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn LearningFall at SMU brings many great improvements, and I’m not just speaking of cooler weather, college football, or Boulevarding. In December, SMU will be upgrading from Lynda.com to LinkedIn Learning. If you’re unfamiliar with the acclaimed Lynda.com, it’s a free-of-charge, online learning platform SMU provides to students, faculty, and staff to add business, software, technology, and creative skills to their professional toolbox.  Continue reading Fall into LinkedIn Learning

Microsoft Office Certification Pilot Program Extended for Additional Year

Microsoft Office Specialist LogoIf you haven’t taken advantage of SMU’s Microsoft Office Pilot Program, it may be time to take a closer look! Last year, OIT announced a one-year pilot program to gauge interest in Certiport’s Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications.  During the pilot, Microsoft Office Specialist exam certifications in Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word have been offered for free to current SMU students, faculty, and staff. This industry-standard certification validates technical skills and speaks volumes to prospective employers. SMU students have quickly recognized this value as many who took this as a requirement for a course are returning to the labs to complete additional certifications. Continue reading Microsoft Office Certification Pilot Program Extended for Additional Year

National Center for Arts Research and DataArts Join Forces

SMU DataArts LogoSMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) and the Philadelphia-based non-profit DataArts merged over the summer to create SMU DataArts. DataArts has focused on the development, implementation, and operations of a platform called the Cultural Data Project (CDP). The CDP is a comprehensive survey that connects participating arts organizations with grant-making organizations safely and securely.

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Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Mojave… Just Yet!

The newest version of macOS 10.14 Mojave is expected to be released Monday, September 24, 2018. We highly recommend not updating to this OS as it will be problematic for various software packages causing software to not run and in some cases even lockup your OS. Continue reading Mac Users: Don’t Upgrade to Mojave… Just Yet!

Improved Booking System Simplifies Advising Appointments

The old RoomRes system.

Years ago, a customized application called RoomRes was created to facilitate student advising appointments and reservations of several study spaces within the libraries. As the usage of RoomRes grew, the limitations of that solution became clear. Continue reading Improved Booking System Simplifies Advising Appointments

SMU Linux User Group Arriving in October

Tux, the Linux mascot
Tux, the Linux mascot

The OIT Academic Technology Services is excited to announce the formation of a new Linux User Group (LUG) for SMU. Starting this September October, the LUG will be open to any campus community members who share an interest in the Linux operating system, free and open source software and other related topics—both technical and non-technical. Continue reading SMU Linux User Group Arriving in October