Author Archives: Joseph Vaughan

Update from the CIO

In this post, I will provide updates on our Identity and Access Management initiative, wireless and other IT infrastructure, the Shanahan Center, Data Privacy Month and the new CIS web site. Identity and Access Management Project (IAM@HMC) I wrote to many faculty individually before the break to ask them to synchronize their passwords on our […]

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Summer 2013 Update from the CIO

Welcome (back) to all! 2013 was one of the busiest summers ever for CIS, with a large number of projects and a heavy stream of upgrades and improvements. In this message I will cover some of the things we got done. Shanahan Center The Shanahan Center for Teaching and Learning is now up and running! […]

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Fall Semester 2013 Reminders

Here are a few reminders about IT services for the Fall Semester. CIS Help Desk The Help Desk is located in the Learning Studio on the ground floor of Sprague. The hours are 8am-5pm, including lunch hour. We will also be staffing the IT “pop up store” next to the Living Room (part of the […]

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December 2012 Update from the CIO

This is the final update from the CIO for 2012. Getting ready for the TLB. That shiny new building will be ours in a mere 203 days.  CIS is working hard on preparations for our part in getting a building like this open. The things we are working on include: Network within the building Campus […]

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The value of honest feedback

We request feedback in many ways.  One of them is via the surveys that are sent out when we close a ticket in Footprints, our service request management system. Over the past year, we’ve seen a definite increase in the number of people who are filling out those surveys. Whenever we receive feedback, I ask […]

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CIS Holiday Closure Arrangements

During the winter campus closure, from Saturday December 22 through Tuesday, January 1, CIS services will be reduced (we reopen on Wednesday January 2nd). The Help Desk and all other areas of CIS will be closed throughout the holiday and, for the most part, CIS staff will not be working. However, the servers and other machines […]

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Data Management Plans

Many faculty are already aware of the fact that the NSF and other funding agencies are now requiring that grant applications include a “data management plan”.  Last Spring, Jeho Park, our Scientific Computing Specialist wrote a report on data management plans, which is at (requires HMC credentials). Jeho has also recently told me about […]

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November 2012 update from the CIO

I did not send out an October 2012 update from the CIO. My apologies. It does mean there’s a lot to report this time.  Hopefully, before you take off for Thanksgiving you’ll have a chance to read this update and maybe even comment on it. CINE wireless signal. If there’s only one thing you take […]

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Portal Advisory Group

I have been discussing the portal with a number of people around campus over the last few months. Improvement and expansion of the portal will be a key initiative for the next two years. There are several reasons for this: The portal plays a key role in many important areas of the College’s activities.  Grades, […]

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Google Apps for Education tips

Here are two tips for using HMC’s Google Apps for Education instance ( 1. The following URLs will all take you directly to the Google Apps site or, if you’re not logged in, they’ll take you directly to the HMC Credentials page (not to Google first). takes you directly to your Inbox takes […]

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