Penfield Computer Lab Open 24 Hours

The Penfield Computer lab in 100A Penfield will be open 24 hours starting Sunday, November 29 at 10 am through Friday, December 11th at 4:30 pm.

Penfield Library and CTS have collaborated on opening the lab 24 hours during the last two weeks of the semester to allow for additional workspace for students needing to complete classwork. This will be in addition to the adjacent 24 Hour Room. The Penfield Lab area will be designated as quiet work space, while the 24 Hour Room will be designated for group work.

During the period from 12am – 8am, students may enter the Penfield Lab from the same outside doors they would use to enter the 24 hour room on the west side of the building.  Penfield Lab will be accessible from the doors in the hallway leading into the 24 Hour Room.

There will be no entry to the actual Library lobby and upper levels from Penfield Lab.

There is a printer in the Penfield Lab that will be available to use from 11:30pm – 8am through December 11th while Penfield Lab stays open 24 hours. Select “Penfield Lab 24Hr Queue” from the list of available printers.  Please use the Lobby printers during the day, from 7:45am-11:45pm. Select “Penfield B/W” from the list of available printers.  All printers are configured to work with your allocated print quota.

We hope this change in hours will be beneficial.  If you have any feedback, good or bad, please email and let us know.

Recent Phishing Attempt

A phishing email is a scam by which a person is tricked into giving their confidential information to a third party so they can use it for illicit purposes.

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The above image is an example of the most recent phishing email to surface. Even though Campus Technology Services would never ask for any personal information over an email, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when faced with emails like this. First, always check the address from the sender, not just the name, and, secondly, always hover over links included in the emails to see where they will take you.

If you have responded to one of these phishing emails, or you feel like your email account has been tampered with, please reset your password immediately at

Most importantly, if you see something suspicious, please say something! Marking emails as spam or phishing will help Google better detect illicit messages in the future.

For more information, you can visit this Google Support Article about phishing, or reach out to the CTS Help Desk. The Help Desk can be reached at or 315-312-3456.

Blackboard Learn Faculty Tips – Force Completion & Display One Question at a Time

When creating a test one of the settings in the Test Availability section is Force Completion with the note, “Once started, this test must be completed in one sitting.” When selected the student loses the ability to re-enter the test should something cause them to lose their internet connection (such as an empty laptop battery or dropped internet connection). This typically has a negative impact on the student’s test grade. It also means that unless the quiz is setup for multiple attempts, you will need to either clear the attempt or create an exception to allow the student to access the quiz again.

For this reason we strongly discourage using this feature and instead select Set Timer and turn Auto-Submit ON. This will allow a student to re-enter a test that is in progress as long as the time limit has not expired. Students cannot ‘game the system’ for more time by exiting their exam attempt. Once the student clicks the Begin button the test’s timer will keep ticking regardless if they are actively in the test or not.

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Additionally, Bb Learn allows you to select how the test will display to your students. Currently, we are advising against selecting the option to display one question at a time. This is due to a bug within the user interface that causes the timer to dock on the bottom of the screen. When only one question is displayed at a time the timer often covers the question and/or the answer options. When all questions are displayed the student is able to use the scrollbar to clearly view each question.

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Update: Campus Wifi Compatibility with Apple’s new iOS

Yesterday, September 16, Apple released iOS 9, it’s newest operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

On that day, CTS recommended not upgrading until the official release had been tested for compatibility with the campus wifi.  At this point we have not found any issues or had any reported issues. We feel that is safe to move forward with upgrading to this iOS version.

We expect there will be a high consumer demand to upgrade to iOS 9 which will therefore require more than usual campus network resources.  We will be monitoring network traffic to strike a balance between the upgrades and normal traffic.  Please be patient as we aim to find a balance that works for everyone.

Help Desk, Campus Technology Services
26 Lanigan | | 315.312.3456  

Campus Wifi Compatibility with Apple’s new iOS

Today, September 16, Apple will be releasing iOS 9, it’s newest operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices.

While CTS has tested the latest beta version of iOS 9 for compatibility with the campus wifi network and found no issues, we will not be able to test the official iOS 9 until it is released today.  We recommend not upgrading until we have tested the released version.   We expect to have this completed by tomorrow, 9/17 and will send a subsequent notice.

If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk.

Help Desk, Campus Technology Services
26 Lanigan | | 315.312.3456

Variation of Labor Day Weekend Phishing Email Circulating

As of early Sunday morning, 9/13 a variation of the Labor Day weekend phishing email has been received by some of the campus population.  The number of campus accounts sending the message is a small percentage of last week’s count and have been suspended. Suspended accounts will be notified upon login to LakerApps at

An example image of the content of the variation is included below.  Please note that the clickable web address may vary from email to email.

If you receive a message like this, please do not click on the link.  If you already have, please change your password immediately at

CTS has taken steps to block future messages from being sent out.  We continue to work with Google on identifying accounts with suspicious activity.

Even though there are no classes tomorrow and Tuesday, 9/14-15, the Help Desk will be open all week during normal business hours.  Hours are Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm and Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

ANGEL has been decommissioned

Please be aware that ANGEL has now been decommissioned. All attempts to access the ANGEL website at are now automatically being redirected to Blackboard Learn at

Thank you to all our faculty and students that helped us make this transition as smooth as possible.  We appreciate everyone’s patience and feedback making the transition.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. You can reach us at