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This month’s Tech Talk announces the new email forwarding program available to graduates, the new GitHub shared license, and a Qualtrics update. Also, learn about the technology and printing resources available as well as an important security alert. Read our April newsletter below!


Laptop & Hotspot Loaner Program Still Open
Current UIC students enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester in need of a laptop or cellular hotspot, can submit a request for one here: Laptop Hotspot Request Form.

Once their status has been verified, eligible students are able to pick up their laptop and/or hotspot from campus or have it shipped to their residence for as long as inventory remains available.

For more information regarding technologies available to students, please visit: go.uic.edu/technology-tools-students. For questions about this program, please contact the Center for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence (CATE)’s Support Team at LTS@uic.edu or visit CATE’s website to learn more.


Find A Wepa Print Station
Wepa print stations are available on campus to students to fulfill printing needs. To view a map and list of available Wepa print stations, visit go.uic.edu/find-printing

Don’t forget about touch-free printing with the Wepa Express App. Learn more here: go.uic.edu/touch-free-printing


Zoom Display Name Update
UIC Zoom settings have been updated to allow users to change their Display Name - the name you wish other people to know you by on Zoom. The Display Name could be your preferred name, nickname, or another name.

Zoom Display Names default to your university system name. Learn how to change your default Display Name in Zoom


Email Forwarding Program for Graduating Students
Did you know students can continue to use their UIC email address after they graduate? Through the Email Forwarding program, sponsored by the UIC Alumni Association and UIC Technology Solutions, graduating students can forward their UIC email address to a personal email account of their choice.
Learn more at go.uic.edu/forwardemailFAQs.


New Box User Interface
On Tuesday, April 13, University of Illinois enabled a new user interface (UI) for U of I Box (uofi.app.box.com). This change impacts UIC faculty, students and staff with a U of I Box account.  You do not need to take any action to view or use the new UI. It will be visible when you log into the service.

To learn more about the new UI, what’s different, and how it looks please visit, go.uic.edu/boxupdates.


GitHub Shared License Now Available
Technology Solutions is pleased to announce that the UIC community now has access to a shared enterprise-wide, GitHub Enterprise license! 

GitHub Enterprise is a code hosting platform for version control, issue tracking, and collaboration on software development projects. This platform provides a means for collaborative software development within departments and across various units and the entire university system. Learn more at go.uic.edu/GitHubatUIC


Qualtrics License Extended
Following a significant license price increase for the Qualtrics survey platform in 2020, UIC IT leadership formed a committee to evaluate the University’s survey needs, and to identify the most appropriate vendor solution to fulfill those needs.  

IT leadership and the committee have affirmed the value Qualtrics brings to the UIC community, and determined that Qualtrics licensing will be renewed for UIC for the next three years.

We will begin with a one-year renewal (July 01, 2021 - June 30, 2022) followed by a longer-term renewal next year as IT leadership explores options to secure better pricing. We will keep the community informed with any updates and planned changes on the it.uic.edu website.


Research Technologies at UIC
This webinar will provide an overview of research technologies available to UIC faculty, staff, and students at Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research (ACER) to empower their research. We will describe the various high-performance computing (HPC) systems available to our users, our service portfolio, available software, high-performance data management with Globus, and our consulting and training programs.

      Date: Thursday, May 13
      Time: 3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
      Register Here


GitHub Essentials Training (2h 55m)
GitHub is the industry-standard tool for collaborating on and sharing code. It’s popular among software developers, project managers, designers, and students for its flexibility and control. This course introduces GitHub and Git, the version control system that GitHub is built upon.

Universal Principles of Design (5h 29m)
Universal Principles of Design illustrates one design principle, ranging from the tried and true (the 80/20 rule) to concepts that you may not have ever heard in a design context. These principles are critical to successful design - no matter what the discipline. Anyone who creates, designs, engineers, or illustrates will learn invaluable lessons that can take their work to the next level.

PowerPoint Quick Tips (32m)
Enhance your PowerPoint abilities - and get on-the-spot solutions to common questions - with this collection of quick, bite-sized tutorials. Each video is self-contained and about one to two minutes in length, making it easy for you to squeeze in a few learning opportunities throughout your workday.


Tax Scams Targeting Educational Institutions
The Internal Revenue Service has reports of increased IRS-impersonation scams that target educational institutions, including students who have “.edu” email addresses.

The scam emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their refund. The phishing website requests taxpayers provide sensitive information including social security numbers, name, birthday, address, annual income, and other sensitive information.

If you receive a suspicious email, please do not click on any links and send the email as an attachment to security@uic.edu.


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