Technology Services News

Acadia Celebrates Cyber Security Awareness Month in Style

Acadia University Technology Services staff ushered in Cyber Security Awareness Month with some new swag. 

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Notice: 2018 CUCCIO Collaboration Award

On June 20, Acadia University and its partner institutions won a prestigious national award in recognition of an innovative collaboration. 

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Launch of SharePoint Services

Technology Services is pleased to announce the launch of its online SharePoint Service. This cross-Atlantic Higher-Education Institute initiative has been on-going for several months. We engaged project champions to help us create, preview and roll-out Acadia departmental SharePoint sites. 

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Acadia Invites Students to Experience New Virtual Tour

Prospective students now have a whole new way of experiencing Acadia University. Acadia launched a new Virtual Tour that invites prospective students and their parents to follow “a day in the life” of Acadia students through photos, immersive photospheres, video, and text.

 Unlike many virtual tours, Acadia’s tour is grouped around scenes and ideas instead of forcing visitors to navigate from building to building. Prospective students are invited to explore slices of life representing residences, dining, classrooms, fitness, volunteering, and more. Photospheres welcome prospective students to view the inside of spaces like a classroom, gym, Wheelock Dining Hall, residence room, and more, whether the student is using a computer, phone, or VR goggles.

The Virtual Tour website was created by Acadia University’s Technology Services Team, working in partnership with Enrolment Services. Students, faculty, and staff also contributed their time to appear in new photos and videos.

The Virtual Tour is now available, and will be incorporated into Enrolment Services websites and communications in December and January. Prospective students are invited to visit to experience campus for themselves.

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2017 Chipman Rose Memorial Award

Acadia Technology Services is pleased to announce recipient of the 2017 Chipman Rose Memorial Award. This year’s recipient is Katherine Waterbury. Katherine began a Bachelor of Community Development degree as part of Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

Acadia Technology Services established the Chipman Rose Memorial Award in 2016 to honour two former Technology Services employees, Lynn Chipman and Kim Rose, both of whom, unfortunately, lost battles with cancer. The award is given, annually, to a female student from the Annapolis Valley, entering Acadia University.

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Cyber Security Phishing and Education Campaign

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. It is a time to promote safe practices around users’ activities online.

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Microsoft Office for Students, Staff, and Faculty

We are pleased to offer Microsoft Office free for students, staff, and faculty. 

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Download our “Connect to Acadia” guide for your getting connected questions.

This guide will help you setup your computers account, map network drives, install printers and email for Acadia. (For PC and Mac)

Connect To Acadia

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AUCTC 2017

Acadia Technology Services hosted an extremely successful Atlantic Universities and Colleges Technology Conference (AUCTC).  Early June brought Information Technology Professionals from the Higher Education sector to Wolfville for the event.  Over three days, participants took in industry relevant presentations, networked with other attendees and vendors, and enjoyed several social events.  By all accounts, AUCTC provided a wonderful forum to share experiences, knowledge and develop lasting relationships.  As one delegate said, “The best AUCTC I've been to!”

Conference highlights included a Games Night featuring the Microsoft HoloLens.  David Fraser, Canada’s eminent privacy and technology lawyer opened the conference. The Closing Keynote was provided by Bill Carr, author, actor, humorist, and former Acadia student.  Bill reminded attendees of the importance of taking a moment to pause and reflect while staying true to our mission.  He did it with a great deal of humor and a few tears. 

Conference by the numbers…

Delegates: 154
Vendors: 69
Presenters: 36
Cups of Coffee: 1058
Hours of preparation: Innumerable

For further information on the program, please see the Acadia 2017 AUCTC website.  Remember to mark June 4-6, 2018, in your calendar as St. Francis Xavier University is hosting next year’s AUCTC in Antigonish!

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