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November 17, 2017

Reminder: Record Thanksgiving as Holiday Time Off in Workday

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Most UW employees need to sign into Workday and record that they are taking the day off on an official UW holiday. This applies to staff who accrue time off and who would normally work on the day on which the holiday falls. However, Department of Intercollegiate Athletic coaches and academic personnel (faculty, librarians, residents and fellows and other academic staff) do not need to track time off for holidays in Workday. Medical Centers employees report time off for holiday hours in Kronos. Review the quick guide and full user guide for time off, and check out related information on the Time Off page of the Integrated Service Center website.


November 16, 2017

Protect your wireless-enabled devices with these security tips

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UW’s wireless network is designed for secure, seamless access to online resources. But your device — be it a computer, phone, printer — may still be vulnerable. UW-IT and the Office of the Chief Information Officer recommend the following best practices:

  • Use secure protocols (e.g., https: in your web browser).
  • Always apply security updates to your operating system.
  • Keep your anti-virus software up to date.
  • Use your computer’s built-in secure firewall.
  • Use Husky OnNet to securely connect to the UW network when off campus.
  • Do not install a departmental or “do it yourself” Wi-Fi access point. These are prohibited, can affect the performance and security of the UW’s Wi-Fi infrastructure, and can be vulnerable to an attack.
  • Turn off the wireless card in printers if not connecting to the UW’s Wi-Fi network.

November 15, 2017

High tech, huge bandwidth support innovation at GIX’s new Steve Ballmer Building

Inside the GIX building

Students in the technology innovation degree programs at the new Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) building are supported by a super-fast, high-bandwidth computing network, thanks to early coordination between GIX, UW Capital Planning and Development, and UW Information Technology. Students in these programs will imagine, design and build smart, connected devices that tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues – from climate change to chronic disease.


November 14, 2017

Use MyPlan to track required courses and credits

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How many classes do you have left to complete your degree? Check out MyPlan’s Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) to stay on top of required credits and courses and to track your progress. DARS reports are now personalized, with your declared major at the top of the selection list for fast and easy access. Haven’t declared your major? Use DARS to explore majors and minors listed by UW campus.


November 13, 2017

Get tech-savvy with free help

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Take advantage of free tech support and workshops. Bring your laptop and get help loading software and troubleshooting virus-infected machines at the Technology Help Desk and the Computer Vet on the second floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Check out free workshops and learn video editing, 3D printing, making music in the Sound Studio, and more.


November 9, 2017

Class full? Get Notify.UW

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Notify.UW is a free tool that lets you know when a course becomes available. Subscribe to Notify.UW and you can choose to be notified via email and/or text when classes you are interested in become available or close for registration.


November 8, 2017

Preparing for Tax Season in Workday

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With the tax year ending next month, now is the time to start preparing. Ensure that your taxes are accurate and delivered on time with these two simple steps: verify your address is correct in Workday and opt out of paper tax forms. When you elect to receive your tax documents online, you’ll be able to access them two weeks before paper tax forms are even mailed.


November 7, 2017

Email help@uw.edu for technical support and questions

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For the fastest, most accurate response to your IT inquiries, please email help@uw.edu. UW-IT staff respond within 3, 6 or 9 business hours, depending on the urgency of your need. UW-IT monitors its email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can also get help by phone, in person or by searching for information on IT Connect. For Workday inquiries, continue to contact ischelp@uw.edu.


November 6, 2017

Get help with your data science questions

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Get help with cloud computing and data-intensive science challenges during the UW eScience Institute’s office hours. eScience data scientists and other experts in data management, predictive analytics, software engineering and visualization are available on specific days and times in the Washington Research Foundation Data Science Studio on the sixth floor of the Physics/Astronomy Tower. They can also help brainstorm about data-intensive research questions and approaches.


November 2, 2017

Tech Talks on Nov 7: Disaster recovery, Network Portal and cloud management

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Learn about the Code42 disaster recovery and security solution; a new tool for administering network resources; and how to manage devices in the cloud at Tech Talks, 10 a.m. to noon in Odegaard, room 220. The quarterly Campus Tech Talks bring together information technology enthusiasts from across the University to share ideas, resources and know-how.


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