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An Increase in Phishing Emails Sent from New School Addresses

Recently, The New School's Director of Information Security issued an email to the community addressing an increase in phishing emails being sent from New School email addresses.

Phishing is an identity theft scam that uses "spoofed" or fake emails and web sites to trick people into giving out personal information such as user names and passwords, credit card numbers, or social security numbers. The emails or web sites usually look official at first glance, which is what makes them so successful. Exclamation Point

To avoid phishing scams, we recommend that you:

  • Always be suspicious of e-mails asking for sensitive information.
  • Never respond to an email request for personal information.
  • Never click on the links in an email you suspect might be phishing.

If you think you've been the victim of a phishing email and given out an account name and password, credit card information, or other account information, contact IT Central at 212.229-5300 x4357.

If you did not have the opportunity to view this message, we recommend that you take a moment to review the full message. If you are interesting in learning more about protecting your personal information, please visit the Security Handbook section of our website, a resource developed by The New School's Director of Information Security. The Security Handbook is designed to help students, faculty, and staff understand the complexities of computer and information security.

Today is Safer Internet Day!

Today is Safer Internet Day! Safer Internet Day (SID) arrives in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of the internet. Starting as an initiative back in 2005, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in more than one hundred countries around the world. Each year Safer Internet Day raises awareness about a variety issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. For Safer Internet Day 2016, the central topic is "Play your part for a better internet", asking us all to participate in making the internet a safer place.


To learn more about Safer Internet Day, you may refer to their website. The New School's Director of Information Security has also posted a document to help you address Information Security and Privacy at Home and at Work.


Clean Out Your Computer Day

FolderAn unofficial national holiday, observed on the second Monday in February, National Clean Out Your Computer Day is a day to take some time to provide care and upkeep on your computers. Over time, old files and unused applications on your computer can clog the memory and may slow down your computer. The second Monday in February, Clean Out Your Computer Day, is the day to spend time with your computer.

Some suggestions to help you organize your computer:

  • Take a moment to organize your files and arrange your folders
  • Upload old files to your New School Google Apps Drive (which features unlimited storage), and delete them from your computer's local drive
  • Delete junk files, duplicate files, and unused programs

Instruction detailing how to upload files and folders to your New School Google Drive are available on the Google support site.

A Message from the CIO for Spring 2016

The New School's Chief Information Officer, Anand Padmanabhan, recently issued a welcome message to students, faculty, and staff, detailing some exciting new service offerings available for the Spring 2016 term, including: our new TechTalk blog, updates to the MyNewSchool dashboard, participation in Amazon's AWS Educate program, and a new newcard photo portal. Excerpts from that communication are below:

Anand-Padmanabhan-photoI’d like to welcome you back to campus and let you know about some exciting new IT initiatives. We see ourselves as your partner in helping you achieve your goals by encouraging innovation, improving services, and offering excellent support to help you succeed. We will continue to work with faculty, students, and staff to meet your needs and improve our services.

I’d also like to remind you that my door is always open. If you have a question, a concern, or feedback about IT, I invite you to send me an email at anand@newschool.edu.

See the full email message online, with additional details about the new services available for Spring 2016.

AWS Educate Coming March 1

AWS EducateThe New School has joined Amazon as a partner institution in their AWS Educate program. AWS Educate is Amazon's global, grants-based initiative that gives students and educators hands-on experience with AWS technology, cloud training resources, course content and collaboration forums.

We are finalizing the details and will have our partnership in place by March 1, 2016. We look forward to rolling out this exciting new service. Stay tuned for more information.

'NewSchool IT' Facebook Group

laptop03The office of Information Technology at The New School now has a Facebook group called NewSchool IT. Here you can find tips, information, and highlights of The New School's various technology services. This group is part of our newly established social media presence, and we encourage you all to join and stay connected.

NewSchool IT on Twitter

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Did you know that the office of Information Technology at The New School has a new twitter account? You can check us out at  twitter.com/NewSchoolIT for various tips and highlights of The New School's various technology services. We will be posted regularly, so be sure to follow our handle @NewSchoolIT.

TechTalk Blog Launches Today

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TechTalk, www.newschool.edu/techtalk, sponsored by Information Technology, is a new blog which will cover a range of content areas relevant to everyone at The New School. TechTalk will also feature contributions from our student blogger, bringing a fresh perspective, and highlighting practical technology solutions. With fresh, timely content about technology tools and resources available to you at The New School, TechTalk will help guide you through a successful term. We are excited to launch this new blog, and hope you will visit it time and time again.

Select Your email Alias

LaptopSmall08Did you know you can create an email alias to use as an alternative to the NetID email address assigned to you as a student? When you select an alias, your NetID address (yourNetid@newschool.edu) will continue to be a valid, but the alias you select allows you to make your email address more personable or memorable. Note however that when you select an alias, your NetID will continue to be your username to log into all New School services.

Email alias selections are first-come, first-served. If your alias of choice is already taken consider using a number or a nickname to make it unique. You may only pick an email alias once, so think carefully before submitting your selection. Since The New School offers email in perpetuity for alumni, you will have this alias address for the life of your account. Instructions on how to create your own alias are available in the Google Apps section of our website.

Today is Data Privacy Day

Today, January 28, 2016, the United States, Canada, and more than 40 countries will celebrate Data Privacy Day 2016. Designed to raise awareness about privacy as a right and as a responsibility in our digitally dependent and highly networked world, Data Privacy Day highlights the actions that corporations, governments, nonprofits, educators and individuals can take to protect the privacy of personal information.

Identity theft continues to be one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. As such, information security and privacy are increasingly important in our personal lives. Identity theft varies widely, and can include financial identity theft (checking and/or credit card fraud), criminal identity theft, governmental identity theft, and medical identity theft.

In a study about Facebook usage by a Columbia University scientist, every single participant in the study was found to be sharing something they had intended to keep private. So, how private is your data?

The New School’s Director of Information Security has published a Security Handbook on the IT website to help guide you, to help you protect your personal data. This resource highlights some simple steps you can take to ensure that your personal information is safe and secure.

Get to know the lab spaces

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If you are new to The New School, or have yet to fully explore all of the technology resources available to you, you may want to take a moment to discover the core Learning Space Labs around campus, equipped to serve your technology needs. The below list of Technology Labs details locations and some site-specific technology tools, services, and features.

Arnhold Hall Labs; 55 West 13th St
The Arnhold Hall lab provides a range of technology facilities including advanced video, audio, web & print design, 2D & 3D modeling & animation software, research & statistics programs, and MS Office Additional you will find a filly equipped AV recording studio with microphones and lighting gear onsite, with private editing suites, and an Equipment Center nearby on the 9th floor. Specialty scanners (over-sized, slide, film, & drum) are also available for use.

East 16th; 6 East 16th St
The East 16th Street Technology facilities are available on various floors throughout the building. There you will find technology workstations integrated with drafting tables, hands-on computer and presentation classrooms, plotting, color printing, and over-sized scanners. You may take special note of the Innovation Center on teh 6th floor where you will find a variety of unique services and technology capabilities, such as wireless scanning/printing, laptop checkout, huddle spaces with AirMedia display, and more, making it one of the most technologically progressive collaboration spaces on campus.

The University Center; 63 Fifth Ave.
This University Center features four computing classrooms in the basement level (C1). Additionally, the Library (6th fl.) has laptops available for checkout. For printing, please visit room 432 at University Center; in addition, the 5th floor at University Center has wireless printing capabilities.

For more information, you may visit the Lab Locations page, or stop by any of these facilities and make inquiry with our helpful onsite staff.

IT Distributed Desk for Week One of Classes

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For the first week of classes Information Technology will be present at IT Distributed Desks around campus. Stop by any of these distributed desks for help, and learn more about the technology resources available at the New School. We are here to help!

Dates: 1/25/16 (Monday) - 1/29/16 (Friday)
Locations: University Center Lobby, 66 West 12th Street Lobby, and 2 West 13th Street Lobby
Times: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

See the campus map for location specifics and directions. Bring your laptop and/or mobile device(s) and we will help you setup your technology take advantage of the many great technology offerings available to you as a student at The New School.

First Day of Classes: Lab Hours Return to Normal

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As we kickoff another term at The New School, we are happy to announce the the Learning Space Operations’ Technology Labs have resumed normal operational hours. For a full detail of operational hours for each Learning Space Operations’ Technology Lab throughout campus, please see the Lab Hours Calendar.

New Student EQC Primer

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The Equipment Center located on the 9th floor of Arnold Hall offers reservation and checkout of audio and video production equipment for field and studio use for ALL New School students. This includes Canon DSLR cameras, Sony camcorders, various mics, hot lights, etc. A list of all available field production equipment and studio equipment can be found on the EQC section of our website.

A few things you will want to keep in mind before using the resources at the EQC:

  • Reservations for field equipment may be made online at least 24 hrs. in advance, with a maximum duration of 4 days, when you login to MyNewSchool > Services > Equipment and Lab Station Reservations and selecting “Book Equipment for Pick-up” under the Services tab.
  • Walk-in checkouts of field equipment may be made on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum duration of 2 days (48 hrs.).
  • Studio gear is available on a walk-in only basis, and must be returned by Equipment Center closing the same day.
  • A New School ID is required and is the only ID accepted for all transactions.
  • Memory Cards are not provided for any gear.
  • The Equipment Center does not provide consumable batteries for equipment.
  • You are fully responsible for all equipment. Check all items and test them thoroughly before signing the contract. If any item is missing or problematic, alert the staff, who will replace it or make a note on the contract.

If you need help or have further questions, please feel free to email the EQC at: eqc@newschool.edu.

Set Up Your Mobile Device for Spring

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Welcome again to the Spring 2016 term. Continuing with our series of news stories about getting set up for the new term, we bring you these tips to help you set up your mobile device, encouraging you to take advantage of various offerings available to you. You may want to take a moment to set up some tools on your mobile device so they will be set for you once you begin your classes.

Your ‘newschool’ Wireless Network Connection
The entire Innovation Center is equipped for wireless access available to you personal laptop. Connecting to the wireless network is simple and requires you to authenticate only once per device and it will automatically join the network every time you come in range, without you having to do anything. Please see our instructions to connect your devices to the ‘newschool’ network.

‘The New School’ Mobile App
The New School mobile app is available for download on Apple and Android devices from iTunes and the Google Play Apps Market Place.

Mobile Apps for your New School Google Apps
Google offers a variety of mobile apps for Android and Apple devices, such as Mail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Sheets. All of these apps can be configured to work with you New School Google Apps account.

POP/IMAP Mail Client Setup
When configuring a mobile device or a mail client, we recommended configuring your device for IMAP. Unlike POP, IMAP offers two-way communication between your New School Email and your mobile device. Full setup instructions are available on our website.

The Canvas Mobile App
Canvas Mobile Apps are available for Apple devices in the iTunes App Store and at Google Play for Android devices. The mobile app allows you to monitor your course activity on the go.

Office 365 Mobile Setup
Microsoft Office 365 is a suite of web-based applications and services, as well as an application you can download and install on mobile devices. Set up Office 365 on your mobile device.

If you have any question or require assistance with your setup, please contact IT Central at itcentral@newschool.edu, or submit a support ticket online at itcentral.newschool.edu.

Set Up Your Laptop for Spring

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As you start the term, you may want to take a moment and setup your laptop in order to take advantage of some of the great features and tools available to you on your personal laptop. Below is an itemized list of features with links to instructional content to help guide your installation

‘newschool’ Wireless Network Connection
The entire Innovation Center is equipped for wireless access available to you personal laptop. Connecting to the wireless network is simple and requires you to authenticate only once per device and it will automatically join the network every time you come in range, without you having to do anything. Please see the linked instructions to connect your devices to the ‘newschool’ network.

Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription
The New School provides all students (enrolled in the current term) with subscriptions for the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications. Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions allow you to install Adobe Creative Cloud software on your personal computer. In order to access your subscription for Adobe Creative Cloud and download the software on your personal computer, login to MyNewSchool and select the ‘Services’ tab. In the Adobe channel you will find the links needed. For additional information, FAQ, and download instructions, see the Adobe Creative Cloud Subscriptions section of the IT website.

Microsoft Office Applications
Office 365 is a suite of web-based applications and services, as well as a portal to download and install the Microsoft Office applications on PCs, Macs, and tablets.You can get started using New School Office 365 by logging in at https://portal.office.com/. To login, your username will be your New School email address, including the '@newschool.edu' portion of the address. Your password will be the same password used for other New School services such as MyNewSchool and Canvas.

Wireless Printing in Campus Learning Spaces
The Innovation Center features two printers for general use: one B&W, the other color. These printers are available from all workstations in the Innovation Center and the drivers can also be installed on your personal laptop for wireless printing. Please see our instructions to install the printer drivers.

Wireless Scanning in the Innovation Center
The technology learning space also features 3 wireless scanners which can be operated directly from your laptop (with a driver installation now available for download). Please see our wireless scanning instructions.

Air Media Display Capability in Innovation Center Huddle Spaces
Through Air Media technology there are several large screen monitors and one projection screen where you can present your desktop screen to others directly from your laptop. Please see the instructions available onsite.

Free Symantec AntiVirus
The New School offers the latest version of Symantec Endpoint Protection as a free download. We recommend that you install anti-virus software on all your personally-owned computers, including Macs. To get the software, login to MyNewSchool and go to the "Services" tab. Look in the Information Technology channel under "Deals". To participate, you will be asked to agree to a License Agreement, enter your secure NetID username and password, and download and install the software. This version of Symantec Anti-Virus is meant for personally-owned computers only. 

If you have any question or require assistance with your setup, please contant IT Central at itcentral@newschool.edu, or submit a support ticket online at itcentral.newschool.edu.

Spring New Student Primer

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Welcome to the New School! As a student here, you will have access to a range of technology facilities and services. To get you started, here is a quick primer detailing some of the core technology services provided.

NetID
Your NetID, a username such as "ParsJ123", is your key to technology services at The New School. With your NetID you will be able to authenticate your access to a variety of information technology resources at The New School. If you do not know your username or password, Lookup Your Net ID at account.newschool.edu.

MyNewSchool
MyNewSchool is the university's web portal, specially customized for students, faculty and staff. Once you securely sign in with your NetID, read the latest news and announcements, find out about events, take care of your university business such as registering for classes, and access important forms, documents, and other electronic services.

New School Google Apps
New School Google Apps is a suite of web-based messaging and collaboration applications. Your New School Google Apps account provides you with the core applications, including: Mail, Calendar, Chat, Docs, Groups, and Sites.You can get started with New School Google Apps by logging in at mail.newschool.edu.

Single Sign-on
The New School uses single sign-on technology to make it possible for you to move between several commonly-used web-based applications, including MyNewSchool, Google Apps, and more, without having to re-enter your username and password. If you are unfamiliar with how this technology works, read this brief introduction.

Printing account
You may print in Labs and Classrooms using your NetID username and password, which is also your print account. Print points may be used through August 15th of the current academic year. After that, any remaining print points will expire. Print points are an allocation that does not translate into actual currency, but helps support more orderly printing and reduces waste. No refunds or credit are issued for unused print points.

IT Central
IT Central is a centralized, integrated IT service desk providing a single point of support for the entire university. They are your primary technology support providers. Every request for IT assistance is directed to this team to ensure consistent and timely service. Contact and location for IT Central information is available here.

IT Relationship Manager
Your IT student relationship manager are your direct IT contacts for questions, concerns, and comments that require more than basic communication with our IT Central team. They are your immediate escalation contact for service issues and will reach out to you proactively to keep you informed. They are an open door to our department for all IT-related matters and can help you when you are not sure to whom to direct requests.

These are of course just some of the IT services available to you at The New School. Additional information about IT services is may be explored in this Student IT Quick Guide and on our website.

Spring IT Orientation for New Students

As a student at The New School, you have access to a range of technology facilities and services. Familiarizing yourself with our offerings is the first step and we want to help you find what you need, and prepare from the start of classes. Please join us at an IT Orientation Event where we can provide information and answer questions.

Information Technology Services and Support Desk
Tuesday (1/19) - Friday (1/22), 10 am - 5 pm
University Center Lobby

Stop by the IT desk for any technology related questions such as how to install wireless printing, on-campus computer lab locations, and how to connect to the New School wireless network.

Learning Spaces Workshop
Tuesday (1/19) 2 pm - 3 pm, and Wednesday (1/20) 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
University Center, Lower Level, Room UL107

Are you interested in getting an in depth overview of the technology resources available to you? There are many technology resources the New School has to offer. Join us at one of our orientation sessions! Each session is 30-45 min long and focuses on a hands on approach for a successful and smooth sailing use of the technology resources we have to offer.

For comprehensive information of IT Services and support online, please see our website and IT Central support portal.

New Gear at the Equipment Center

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At the end of the Fall 2015 semester the EQC added the following audio gear for all Students and Faculty to use. All items can be checked out for the normal 48 hours as a walk-in or for up to 4 days with an online reservation.

Mackie SRM150 5” PA Systems (QTY 2)
The new PA systems provide an option for portable active loudspeakers with a built in three-channel mixer.

Roland AC-40 Guitar Amps (QTY 2)
These guitar amps provide you with a portable stereo amp with natural acoustic tone with dual channels.

AKG C100s Condenser Mic Kits (QTY 4)
The mic kits feature a multipurpose, small-diaphragm condenser microphone, which is - extremely popular for its versatility.

K&M 210/9 Mic Stands with Boom (QTY 4)
These tools provide you with sturdy support for live sound and recording applications.

For more information about the Equipment center, please visit this section of our website. A full list of available field production equipment can be found on the Equipment Center Kit Details (PDF) guide. The Equipment Center In-House Gear (PDF) guide details the studio production gear available for use with the Arnold Hall 8th fl. audio and video suites.

Upgrades in the Audio Suites

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We are happy to announce the latest improvements to our Audio Suite facilities with the following installations now available for the Spring 2016 term.

Lexicon PCM92 Effects Processor
55 West 13th Street Room 820 (Audio Suite 3)
Audio Suite 3 is now equipped with a Lexicon PCM92 effects processor, which features up to 96 kHz sample rate, 32-bit floating point processing, 28 Lexicon reverbs, and delays, modulation effects, and provides 1200 factory presets.

TC Electronics Finalizer 96k Mastering Processor
55 West 13th Street Room 820 (Audio Suite 3)
This new mastering processor delivers an unprecedented level of clarity, warmth and punch to your mix, weilds 96 kHz internal and external processing, and has a complete range of mastering tools.

QSC AD-S8T Speakers
55 West 13th Street Rooms 805 and 806
These specialty audio classrooms have received upgraded speakers, providing you with cleaner output and playback.

We hope that you enjoy these new facilities, as we continue our efforts to provide you with quality services and tools to aid you in your academic work.For more information about the Audio Suites, please see additional details on our website.

MyNewSchool Dashboard Enhancements

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You may notice some new features on your MyNewSchool dashboard. These recently launched features are designed to deliver the information most relevant to you, immediately when you login to MyNewSchool. The most notable change you will find is the addition of new informational sections on the right panel of the dashboard. These new sections are detailed below.

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid section of the dashboard will alert you in the event that any Financial Aid requirements need to be addressed. An alert icon in the section header will bring any outstanding issues to your attention. The body of this section will provide a link to more information about your Financial Aid Status, so that you can address any/all outstanding requirements related to you Financial Aid package.

Holds
In the event that you have any holds preventing you from registering for classes, the Holds section will bring this to your attention by displaying an alert icon in the section header. This will bring any outstanding issues to your attention. In the body of this section you will find a links to more information so that you can address any outstanding holds affecting your registration.

Grades
As available, the grades section will display your courses and grades from the previous term. Additionally a link is provided that will allow you to review your full academic record. Displayed in the bottom of this section is your cumulative GPA for all academic work completed at The New School.

We hope that you find these new features helpful as you embark on a new term, and we look forward to continue development of new and innovative features in MyNewSchool.

Apple Deals at The New School

Apple on CampusThinking about upgrading your personal computing hardware for the upcoming term? Be sure to take advantage of deals offered to New School Students, Faculty, and Staff, such as those offered by Apple.

To take advantage of this opportunity, visit Apple at The New School and get extra discounts on Mac devices, including recommended models for most academic programs.

Also take a moment to check out other hardware and software deals offered to the New School community for a variety of technology hardware and software. See our Deals page for deals on other hardware and software.

New School Calendar Mobile App ‘Reminders’

CalendarIf you use the Google Calendar Android and iOS apps for you New School Calendar, you can now create Reminders to track your to-dos:

You can create Reminders the same way you create an event in the mobile app. Just tap the red Create icon (“+”) in the bottom right corner of the screen and add a Reminder

The biggest functional difference between and event and a reminder is that While events are connected to a specific window of time, Reminders will stay so you can keep track of them until they're complete. If a Reminder is not completed, it will be displayed at the top of your Calendar the next day. Simply swipe the Reminder with your finger to indicate that the to-do item is complete.

Provided you have the latest versions of Calendar installed on your mobile device you are ready to begin using Reminders.

Check out the Google Help Center for more information.

Changes to The 'Recent' View in Drive

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The new sort feature gets rid the drop down options (‘Last modified,’ ‘Last modified by me,’ and ‘Last opened by me’) and instead provides a display based on your activity. Files will still be segmented in sections based on time (‘Today,’ ‘Earlier this week,’ etc), but will also indicate whether the item has been opened, modified, or uploaded. This feature ensures that the files you actually use are more the ones that will be most prominently displayed.

For more information see Google Apps Updates blog and Help Center.

Research in Docs on Android

If you use an Android device you can now do research using Google’s search engine without ever leaving the New School Google Docs app for Android devices. Additionally, you can add found information, images, and quotes directly to your document, saving time spent toggling between apps and copying and pasting.