Monthly Archives: January 2016

Employee Spotlight: Hector Gamon

DSC084402Hector Gamon is an Equipment System Specialist in the ITS Technical Support department and is one of the administrators of One Card and Go Print providing technical services all over the campus. Hector assists students, faculty, and staff by answering questions, walk-throughs for downloading, makes sure One Cards are functioning properly and checks the functionality of the printers on campus. He believes in providing “fast, friendly, and efficient service to everyone” to strive for the best customer service.

Hector and the Technical Support team provide immediate service the minute they are reached for assistance. One of their most important aspects is the One Stop Shop, which offers a place for everyone to get direct help or ask any pending questions in mind. In the two and a half years he has been working for CSUSB, the most rewarding aspect of his position is the customer service he delivers to students, faculty and staff when they come to the office for assistance. Hector enjoys working with wonderful people who support him and who encourage him to continue with his studies.

Hector is handier than you think; he’s a multidimensional character with so much to offer as a CSUSB worker. He is a One Card and Go Print administrator helping students with their IDs, especially during the SOAR experience. As a Go Print administrator, he works all over campus providing paper, toners, or fixing the components of a printer.

On a personal aspect, he is a humorist, a kid at heart, and a supporting father. Hector loves basketball, baseball, soccer and MMA. His favorite teams are the Clippers and the Angels. He also enjoys watching from the sidelines as his son now participates in the sports he used to play as a child. While growing up he played video games; his top runner games were Legend of Zelda. He enjoys watching a variety of movies, although, two of his top favorite movies are Ace Ventura and The Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, giving us a glimpse of the kid Hector still is.

He considers eating as one of his favorite hobbies and having to choose one specific food is a challenge in itself. Although, he does have a preference for pizza and crab legs. He isn’t much of a traveling person but hopes to one-day visit the Big Apple, Atlanta and Disney World. Even though he isn’t much of a traveler, he is true to his roots by returning to his native country and city, Guadalajara, Mexico. Most of his family resides in Guadalajara receiving him with open arms and love.

Hector will hopefully be joining our ranks this coming year after transferring from Mt. San Jacinto College, making CSUSB the new home for his studies. “I am very proud to say I work at CSUSB,” Hector said. “CSUSB has felt like Home from the first day that I started working here.”

 

 

Specialty Software for Students

Students have access to Specialty Center software programs using campus-owned machines in CSUSB’s computer labs that provide aid and resources to various courses. The specialty software available to students include:

  1. Compustat (Standards & Poors): This a database of market information on active and inactive publicly held companies. This database provides annual and quarterly income statements, balance sheets, cash flows, etc.
  2. Geographic Information System (GIS): GIS is used to integrate hardware, software, and data for analyzing and making decisions based on trends in geographic form (maps, globes, reports, and charts).
  3.  Social Sciences Research and Instructional Center (SSRIC): SSRIC is a database that grants access to a number of the primary data sources used by social scientists.
  4. Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP): CRSP is a database that contains information on securities traded on the New York and American Stock Exchange and NASDAQ system. Results include daily listings on prices, returns and various data regarding market performance.
  5. Statistical Analysis System (SAS): SAS is a software that is used to produce analytics for businesses.
  6. SPSS: SPSS is an application that supports statistical analysis of data. It allows for in-depth data access, preparation, reporting, graphics and modeling.

Currently,  specialty software programs are  available on campus-owned machines only, but some software can be purchased at a discounted rate. If you would like personal access, contact the Technology Support Center (909) 537-7677 or support@csusb.edu about purchasing software for use on your own computer.

 

Adobe Acrobat Pro XI for Faculty & Staff

Adobe Acrobat Pro XI is only available to faculty or staff all for the cost of nothing. With the Adobe Acrobat Pro XI the user will have access to creating single PDF files form Microsoft PowerPoint files, word files, or excel files even images. It has special features allowing the user to share their PDF file with others for comments, filling out forms, and even get electronic signatures.

Adobe Acrobat Pro XI allows the user to edit directly from the PDF file without having to create a new one or going back to the original. With the Editing tool bar the user will be able to edit the document when the document has been outlined. This makes it easier to fix mistakes or re-image a photo. Of course, the user could add restrictions to secure the PDF file to prevent copying, editing, or printing of any delicate information.

Before downloading the program make sure to check the system requirements specific to the computer the user is to use. Check out the link below for more information:

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/system-requirements-acrobat-family-products.html

To download the software, please keep in mind there will be two pieces of information you’ll have to have in order to precede with the download. You will need:

  1. Coyote ID with the MyCoyote password
  2. Key Code for Adobe Acrobat Pro XI

*To get the Key Code contact Technology Support Center (909) 537-7677.

ITS Strategic Planning Process

chalkboardThe ITS Strategic Planning Process is proceeding well in the new year. Staff and Student Surveys are scheduled to go out by the end of the month. In addition, a follow up faculty forum and student forums are being planned. ITS Leaders will be forming working groups to focus on objectives that come out of the strategic planning sessions and strategies to accomplish the objectives. The goal is to have the ITS Strategic Plan completed by the end of the winter quarter. We appreciate the feedback we received so far from the Campus Community.

Employee Spotlight: Russell Jackson

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Russell Jackson is an Operating Systems Analyst in the ITS Security & Emerging Technologies Department — which promotes the privacy, availability, and integrity of information resources. Russell believes in treating systems administration as a craft. He says, “One of the most important aspects of the craft is the ability to maintain systems in a reproducible manner and changes to the system can be made with confidence of their correctness because they have been tested before being integrated.” It is for bringing this aspect to CSUSB that he is most proud of.

As an Operating Systems Analyst, Russell believes the most important reason his department is so important to CSUSB is twofold. First, he believes that IT should be invisible or at least minimally intrusive. “The purpose of IT, in my eyes,” he says, “is to improve efficiency of the organization it serves by automating away mundane or otherwise error prone tasks and allow the human component focus on the remaining parts that require human intelligence.”

Secondly in terms of his own area –Security, Identity and Access Management—he says, “Our goal is somewhat at odds with the ideal of being invisible. Our job is to prevent access to information unless it is authorized. This typically requires some action from those requesting access to prove –to the system– that they are who they say they are (authentication) in a way that is not easily forged by those with malicious intent.” Furthermore he states, “There is a delicate balancing act where there is a need to keep information secure while not being overly onerous to those that require access. As systems become more distributed and exposed on the Internet, keeping information secure becomes all the more important to the campus.”

On a personal level, Russell has many hobbies. One of his oldest is electronics. He originally went to school with the intention of becoming an electrical engineer; however, CSU Bakersfield did not offer an engineering program at the time, so his freshman adviser, who happened to be the current chair of the Computer Science department, successfully “misguided” him into computer science. Little did he know that computer science was neither about computers, nor was it about science. However, he says, “It was probably for the best–never let your hobbies become your day job.”

In addition to electronics, Russell is a woodworker and a Cyclist. Before moving to San Bernardino from Bakersfield, Russell spent most of his free time in the garage as a woodshop rat. Since moving and waiting for a pending house sale, he has not had access to a proper shop, as most of his tools are in storage. This has prompted him to focus on traditional hand tool methods of woodworking which he practices out on the apartment patio in the evenings. Is that just cool or what?  I know I’m not alone in hoping I get him for my Secret Santa next year!

Of all his many hobbies, cycling (as in bicycles) is perhaps his favorite (specifically road cycling). Russell has been a long time recreational rider. More recently, he has become involved in amateur racing and has focused much more on the performance and fitness aspects of the sport. Although he loves it, he has found it very difficult to find the time to maintain his fitness as he’s become older, but he tries to fit it in when he can.  He has found the Cycle Fit class at our own Student Recreation and Fitness Center here at CSUSB to be of great benefit to that aim. He attends the class three times a week for an hour.  He says, “It’s a great workout. I would encourage everyone to come try the class.”  Sounds like a great idea to me. Especially those of us still trying to shed those holiday pounds from last year. Ok who are we kidding, from every year since 2009.

As far as other interests, Russell is a fan of the Walking Dead, Loves Mexican tacos with tons of pico de gallo and is also fond of Chinese ha gow (shrimp dumplings).  Russell says he has traditionally been allergic to travel and always feels like the experience is a blur as one is rushed from attraction to attraction listed on a canned itinerary. Instead, he says his ideal place to go is usually into the wilderness with the only preconceived notion being the destination. On his future bucket list, is to one day ride his bicycle up the French Alpe d’Huez.

Russell has only been with the CSUSB IT Department for nine months, but already the college means a great deal to him and he feels CSUSB represents an “Opportunity to grow in both a personal and professional capacity.”

IT Governance Digest: January 2016

IT LeadershipEmail and SPAM Protection: The ITS team researched and evaluated new solutions for email and spam protection to replace our current Barracuda filter. ProofPoint is an alternate solution that can disinfect emails containing viruses and also can sanitize emails with suspicious links. ITS has negotiated a three-year contract with ProofPoint and will be putting the new solution in place in the first quarter of 2016.

ITS Strategic Planning: ITS is still in the process of developing their strategic plan. Two ITS staff sessions and a faculty forum have taken place and a faculty survey has been sent out. Staff and student surveys are also being created. Thus far, valuable information and feedback has been collected and the division hopes to have the strategic plan completed by March 2016.

Food Alert System: The Executive Committee was informed of a new food alert system currently in the works. The concept would be to alert students when excess food from campus events is available. Students would need to sign-up with their cell phone numbers and this information would be used exclusively for the food alert system. Sodexo would send out information about the type of food available and the location. The food would only be available for twenty minutes which is the maximum amount of time the food would be safe to consume. The Blackboard Connect system will be used for this system and the hope is to have the program ready in January 2016.

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Mathematica: Technical Computing Software for CSUSB Students

Wolfram Mathematica software is now fully accessible to CSUSB students. The Wolfram Mathematica software program defines the state of the art in technical computing and provides technical computation and data functions to help students plan, organize, and produce projects.

Mathematica hosts over 5,000 built-in functions and powerful algorithms.

Mathematica uses the Wolfram Notebook Interface, which allows you to organize everything you do in flexible documents that include text, runnable code, dynamic graphics, and user interfaces. It also incorporates the in-depth Wolfram Knowledgebase, which produces real-world data across thousands of domains in real time. Mathematica is built to be connected to everything: file formats, other languages, APIs, databases, programs, and other digital capacities.

The latest software update, Mathematica 10, introduces even more technical areas like machine learning, computational geometry, geographic computation, and device connectivity. More areas include data analysis, algebraic manipulation, image computation, and visualization.

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To get started, visit the Wolfram Mathematica User Portal and create a Wolfram account using your MyCoyote login information.

Step 1: Create Wolfram ID with MyCoyote email credentials.

Step 2: Complete the Wolfram Activation Key Request form. This process creates your unique activation key to download . A copy of the activation code will be sent to your email.

Step 3: Enter the activation key to download your  Wolfram platform.

Once you’ve input the activation key, you can  begin formulating data or learning new technical skills with Mathematica’s tools.

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Mathematica Software Installation for Faculty

Wolfram Mathematica software is now available to faculty and staff at CSUSB. Wolfram Mathematica  defines the state of the art in technical computing and provides the principal computation environment for educators.

With high-powered technical capabilities, Mathematica provides an integrated and continually expanding system that covers the breadth and depth of technical computing. It hosts more than 5,000 built-in functions and powerful algorithms.

Mathematica uses the Wolfram Notebook Interface, which allows you to organize everything you do in flexible documents that include text, runnable code, dynamic graphics, and user interfaces. It also accesses the in-depth Wolfram Knowledgebase, which produces real-world data across thousands of domains in real time. Mathematica is built to be connected to everything: file formats, other languages, APIs, databases, programs, and other digital capacities.

The latest software update, Mathematica 10, introduces even more technical areas like machine learning, computational geometry, geographic computation, and device connectivity. More areas include data analysis, algebraic manipulation, image computation, and visualization.

To download and install the software on University machines or home machines, please use the link below:

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Camtasia Studio Software for Faculty and Staff

Camtasia provides educators with the perfect solution to easily create videos that motivate students and enhance learning. Camtasia allows you to showcase ideas and share knowledge with quick video demos or extensive visual projects.

The Camtasia software includes a screen recorder to capture  high-quality videos and a studio with editing tools to customize video content.

There are many ways to utilize the Camtasia screen recorder and studio. Instead of using class time to go over the course syllabus, create a video that details the syllabus and expectations of the course. This way, each student hears the same message, including those who add the class later. Quiz questions can be added throughout the video to see if students have watched the presentation in its entirety, and if there are any questions.

Camtasia is also useful for professors and staff who spend too much time searching and prescreening videos that align to specific lesson objectives. Instructors can create and publish course-specific visual presentations that keeps students engaged. Using the software tools, instructors can record PowerPoint presentations, add narration, import photos and/or YouTube videos, add music, images from the web, sound effects, and more.

A key is required to fully access Camtasia. To obtain a key, please contact the Technology Support Center at (909) 537-7677 or support@csusb.edu.

For first-time installations and upgrades:

 

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CSUSB Offers LYNDA Free to Faculty and Staff

CSUSB  gives faculty and staff unlimited access to thousands of professional development videos on Lynda.com for free. The LYNDA library hosts more than 40,000 instructional videos and informative articles.

The online tutorial library includes  up-to-date supplemental tools and techniques in business, digital media, design, development, and much more. Video tutorials and text materials can be accessed any time and anywhere on your phone, tablet, laptop, and desktop computer.

In the LYNDA Library, you can create and add videos to a playlist or bookmark material to visit later. In addition to over 3,000 specialized courses, the library includes software tools and tutorials (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. Courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile.

Learn new skills at your own pace by visiting the link below.

Contact the Technology Support Center at (909) 537-7677 or support@csusb.edu if you need any assistance or have questions regarding Lynda.com.