Upcoming Green Jacket Project Seminar Highlights Sustainability Efforts

Green Jacket ProjectThe Green Jacket Project is an interdisciplinary effort between the Cairns Lab and SMU’s Office of Information Technology’s Research and Data Science team, led by Dr. Eric Godat with support from Guillermo G. Vasquez and Research STAR Jaymie Ruddock. The Project involves an autonomous robot designed to spread information about sustainability and will be showcased in an upcoming Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute (DCII) Virtual Event. Continue reading Upcoming Green Jacket Project Seminar Highlights Sustainability Efforts

Classroom Upgrade Project for Summer 2021 Launches

Simmons Instructor StationOver the past 12 months, our classrooms received a significant amount of technology and equipment upgrades and changes.  During the summer months, work was done in 250 rooms to install the various components necessary to support SMUFlex.  During the Winter break, we added more components and changes to approximately 93 rooms to deliver an enhanced SMUFlex course experience. As we prepare now for a fully in-person Fall semester, we will focus our classroom efforts on a variety of maintenance and repair requests with a smaller number of major upgrades than is typical. Continue reading Classroom Upgrade Project for Summer 2021 Launches

Nurturing Ideas to Projects with OIT’s Project Management Office

IT Requests FormIf you have a new idea for a project, we want to know! All members of the SMU community can request an IT project. To get started, just visit smu.edu/itprojects and click the SUBMIT IDEA button. You will authenticate into our Project Management system—TeamDynamix, and from there, you can fill in your idea for the next great IT project. Continue reading Nurturing Ideas to Projects with OIT’s Project Management Office

Provost Office to Standardize and Streamline Faculty Credentialing

In collaboration with OIT and other key business units, the Provost Office plans to announce the availability of a new Credentialing Request eForm this summer. This is one of several new projects birthed out of recommendations made by the Adjunct Initiative Committee, which came together in May 2018 with an overall objective to improve the onboarding process for adjunct faculty. The committee has made incremental changes since 2019. It continues tackling a series of projects that will ultimately provide standard tools and streamlined processes to all departments to improve many of the pain points experienced by adjunct faculty, their hiring departments, and related business units. Continue reading Provost Office to Standardize and Streamline Faculty Credentialing

New Federal Regulations to Affect Telephone Placement

AAudioCodes 445HD TelephoneTo maintain FCC compliance and University employee safety, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), in conjunction with the Office of Risk Management and the SMU Police Department, is developing a roadmap for the removal of all non-compliant telephone devices.

Under Kari’s Law, for a phone to comply, it must have the capability to dial 9-1-1 directly. Similar to a computer, users must sign in to the AudioCodes phone for them to operate. If the user has not signed in to their phone, no calls can be made, including calls to 9-1-1. The Ray Baum act ensures protection for our campus by requiring all phones have a “dispatchable location” when you call 9-1-1. Phones that are not logged in prevent users from calling, and phones that are not signed in after a password has changed will not provide a 9-1-1 dispatcher with the location information for that phone. Continue reading New Federal Regulations to Affect Telephone Placement