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December, 2006

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ID theft in higher ed

There have been several stories in the media recently about identity theft.  Some of them have occurred at colleges and certainly provide food for thought:

UCLA loses information on 800,000 individuals:

Nassau Community College loses information on 20,000 more:


Templates for Outlook Mail

Templates are a useful means for storing and reusing common blocks of information that you need to send out to recipients.  Think of them as answers to frequently asked questions.

To create a template, just start by making up your generic message as though it were are regular email message. 

Note - make sure that you are not using Microsoft Word as your email editor.  Go to Tools- Options- click on the Mail Format Tab and uncheck the box to use Word as the mail editor.

Once you have the message created, instead of sending it, go to File- Save As- and choose Outlook Template (*.oft) as the file type.  Give it a suitable name and save it.  Then close the message without saving a copy of it.

Now, if you navigate from My Computer through the path

C:\Documents and Settings\[your username]\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

You will hit a folder that contains whatever templates you created.  You can be really clever and drag one of these icons to your Shortcuts in Outlook, and then whenever you want to send one of these canned messages you can just double-click on the shortcut to get a copy of that message.  You can then customize the message with a personal salutation or other specific information before sending it.

See for complete instructions on how to create and use templates.  If you need more assistance, call Phil Bidwell at 2710.


Planning on course for Wireless Networking in campus Residence Halls

In the summer of 2006 Telecommunications and Networking carried out all the wiring, installation and configuration of 150 wireless access points necessary to support wireless networking in seven residence halls.  Students living in Littell, Wilber, Golding, Tobey, Hays, Sherman and Ford Halls can use laptops and other devices wirelessly, and the signal is also available a considerable distance away from these buildings.

Plans are on the boards to complete the installation of access points in the remaining residence halls (Huntington, Matteson, Macduff, Blodgett, Curtis, Grant and Hulbert) in the summer of 2007.  Higgins Hall is already wireless and all academic buildings were set up for wireless networking several years ago. 

Is my web site in Google?

...and if not, how do I get it there?

You can find out if your website is in Google and when the last time Google's bot (  visited your site to index it by going to:

If Google tells you the site you entered in NOT in Google, you can submit
the site for consideration by going to:

Remember if you have questions about web sites please contact your
respective web coordinator:

Administrative Users: Jennifer Knapp
Academic Users: Diana Moseman



If you have a question for Computer and Telecommunication Services about:

Computer Problems or Related Issues - Call the Information Technology Help Desk at 436-4567

Telephone Service or Problems - Call the Office of Telecommunications at 436-2577

Directory Assistance - call 436-3500