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Web, database, portal and authentication server maintenance scheduled for 6:00 AM Saturday

The three servers that serve the www.secure.missouristate.edu website will be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Anyone using a web application on the www.secure.missouristate.edu website (including some applications linked to via My Missouri State) may be prompted to log in again.

A central MS SQL database server will also be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Several web applications depend on data which resides on that server, so there will be a brief interruption of service for those applications as the database servers restart.

The two servers that serve the mis.missouristate.edu website will also be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Due to server redundancy, this should not produce an interruption of service.

The two servers for the cas.missouristate.edu website will also be restarted to apply operating system updates sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.  Due to server redundancy, this should not produce an interruption of service.

My Missouri State (my.missouristate.edu) will have a brief interruption of service for system maintenance sometime between 6:00 and 8:00 AM CDT Saturday, January 24.

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Save for your Future – Deferred Compensation (457b)

The Office of Human Resources is sponsoring a visit by our ICMA-RC representative on:

Monday, January 26th, 8:30-5:00 in Plaster Student Union Room 308B.

ICMA-RC is the University’s Section 457 (Deferred Compensation) plan provider.

Ms. Deborah Taylor will be available to meet individually with employees who already have a 457 account as well as employees who have questions about such accounts or about starting an investment program with ICMA-RC under 457.  Employees currently in the program are asked to bring their new account access user id and password, if they have set up account via Deferred Comp. website:  www.modeferredcomp.org.  Thirty-minute appointments are being scheduled for interested employees.

Ms. Taylor is also going to have a short presentation for anyone who is NOT currently enrolled in the 457 plan.  The presentation is to discuss the benefits and features of the deferred compensation plan and the process to enroll will start at 12:30 p.m. in PSU Room 308B for interested employees.

Employees who want to meet with Ms. Taylor can use the hyperlink to sign up:  State of Missouri Online Scheduling  this is used for an appointment time or to confirm attendance at the presentation meeting due to limited seating.  (Remember to go ALL THE WAY through the registration to get to the CONFIRMATION #).

Supervisors please post for those without immediate access to a computer

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Blackboard Mobile Web Services Off

Update 5:05PM 1/13/2005: Cengage and Blackboard Mobile remain off. Other performance issues seem to be resolved at this time.

Our Blackboard Administrator has reported the Blackboard Mobile Web Services building block has been temporarily turned off as a result of the issues that started this morning. It is not known how long the service might be off. Until the service is turned back on, Blackboard Mobile app will not function.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and will update as soon as more information become available.

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Campus saves $70,000 over winter break

Thank you for taking measures to conserve energy over the winter break!

The University saved $70,994 in electricity and steam compared to the same number of days during the months of November and December (Baseline 11/29/14 – 12/14/14).

This is a reduction of:

  • 30 percent in electricity (951,885 kWh) which is equivalent to energizing over 78 homes per year!
  • 11 percent in steam (522,350 lbm)

An average house in the U.S. can consume 12,164 kwh

(For a typical house of 1,500 to 2,000 sq.ft. according to EIA Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey)

Your efforts made a difference. Congratulations!

If you have any questions, ideas and/or comments about the MSU Energy Program, please contact Pilar Karlen, energy manager.

Also, stay tuned for the “Campus Conservation Nationals” this coming spring. Get ready to compete with other universities in electrical conservation from April 5-26.

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Mercy/Med-Pay onsite support continues

We are pleased to announce the continuation of this great service to our participating faculty and staff.

Mercy/Med-Pay Onsite Support

  • If you currently participate in the Medical health insurance provided by the University and,
  • have had any issues with claims or the processing/billing of your claims,
  • or sometimes just wish you had a better understanding of how your benefits worked.

Then come meet with a representative to help you with your needs. Representatives will be here from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in Carrington 110.

No appointment necessary, just show up!

Please contact the office of human resources at 6.6616 if you have any questions.

 

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Blackboard Known Issues

Blackboard is aware of issues with editing content items and is working with our Computer Services staff to resolve this issue. We will keep you informed and apologize for this inconvenience.

From Blackboard System Administrator:

Here is a list of the confirmed known issues with Blackboard.

Unable to edit existing content items. You can create new items but you are then unable to edit that item.
Unable to create an assignment. When you try to create an assignment, you are taken back to the ‘My Dashboard’ page.
SCORM engine is also not working.

A ticket is open with Blackboard.

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December 20 Upgrade Day – Systems Unavailable

On Saturday, December 20th, Computer Services will be performing system software upgrades to a number of mission critical information systems between the hours of 8:00a.m. and noon.

During this time many University computer resources, to include but not limited to, the My Missouri State portal, various web servers, Banner, etc., will have interruptions of service. Please note that from 7:00a.m. until 7:00p.m., Blackboard Learn will be unavailable as it will be undergoing a major software upgrade.

These interruptions of services are necessary because network and computer infrastructures, operating systems, and software applications must be updated periodically to provide optimal services and improve information security capabilities. Departments and users are encouraged to plan accordingly and to not depend on uninterrupted services during this time period.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pat Day at PatDay@MissouriState.edu or 417-836-6555.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving holiday is finally here! See below for our hours this week.

Call, email, or chat with us:

  • Tuesday: 24 hours – Midnight
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 am – Midnight
  • Sunday: 12 pm – 24 hours

Our Open-Access Labs are open during the following hours:

Tuesday, November 25

  • Cheek Hall: 24 hours – Midnight
  • Meyer Library: 7 am – 10 pm
  • Glass Hall: 8 am – 5 pm

Wednesday, November 26: All Labs Closed

Thursday, November 27: All Labs Closed

Friday, November 28: All Labs Closed Saturday, November 29

  • Cheek Hall: 10 am – Midnight
  • Meyer Library:  12 pm – 6 pm
  • Glass Hall:  12 pm – 6 pm

Sunday, November 30

  • Cheek Hall: 12 pm – 24 hours
  • Meyer Library:  12 pm – 2 am
  • Glass Hall:  3 pm – 11 pm
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