Computer System Maintenance – October 13

TiredJust because it’s a holiday, doesn’t mean there isn’t work to do!  ::grin::

If you’re relatively new or simply don’t remember, Computer Services routinely uses the Monday holiday in each semester to do major system maintenance. The advantage is that for our vendors, it’s a normal work day, and for us, well, you-all aren’t here!

What makes this important is that ALL SYSTEMS will be OFFLINE AND UNAVAILABLE between 6 AM and 4 PM on Monday, October 13.

This includes and is not limited to:

  • College web site
  • Genesis / Blackboard
  • Employee Email (mail will not be lost; it will be held until delivery is possible later in the day)
  • Student Email (well, not offline, but they won’t be able to get to it)
  • Library
  • Access to Banner Self Service

FACULTY: If you have work due in any course on October 13, please take this into account. Students will not be able to submit work until later in the day.

I am very aware that many working students like to take advantage of the day off from classes to catch up on assignments. Your instructor can help by providing a list of “things you can do for 10 hours while Blackboard is offline.” There are reading assignments, research papers, videos and other work that can probably be completed without Blackboard. We’re not shutting down the entire Internet (although don’t you wish we could every once in a while?), just our little corner of it.

Questions? You know where I live!

Spring and Summer Registration open October 6

queue-largeRegistration for Spring 2015 and Summer 2015 open to students on Monday, October 6.

If you need assistance with registration or have questions about courses, you may want to work with an adviser. If you’re not sure who your academic adviser is, you can check out the list of advisers on the GCC web site.

You can use one of our Curriculum Worksheets to assist you with deciding what courses you need to take. You can find the current curriculum worksheets on the college web site.

New students (freshman and transfer) should contact the Advisement about getting registered for Spring.

Clery Act Annual Report Now Available

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Act, Genesee Community College is providing the below link to the 2013 Genesee Community College Campus Security and Fire Safety report.  The report outlines crime statistics and useful safety information. Hard copies of the report are available at the Admissions office, Campus Safety Office, College Village Safety Office and in the Human Resources department.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephen Wise, Director of Campus Safety.

http://www.genesee.edu/clery

Stephen Wise
Director of Campus Safety
Genesee Community College
One College Road
Batavia, New York, 14020
Phone (585) 343-0055 ext 6847

System Maintenance – Sunday – 6 am to 10 am

TiredSigh… they mystery is gone… I’ve spilled the beans in the subject line and, well, really, there’s not much else to say!

With the recent discovery of the Bash Bug (and if they asked me to name things, I’d certainly come up with a cuter name than that!), we have some critical systems that need to be taken off line and patched. There’s no danger to anything at the moment, but it’s work that needs to be done.

Go ahead and sleep in, have breakfast, read the paper, do the crossword puzzle… by the time you’re done with all that, we’ll be done working and you should be all set!

If you do start working (anything: web, Blackboard, Library, Banner, email!) before 10 AM, you may get unceremoniously kicked out… just a warning!

Questions? You know where I live!

 

Twelve Week Courses Start Monday!

twelveIt’s not too late to register for 12 week courses that start on Monday (September 22). There’s a pretty wide variety of courses open at this point:

  • BUS 110 – Personal Money Management
  • CEP 101 – Career & Educational Planning
  • CRJ 122 – Intro Emergency Management
  • FPT 101 – Intro to Food Processing Tech
  • HUR 101 – Human Relations 1 (Warsaw)
  • LIT 213 – Science Fiction (Online)
  • MUS 203 – Hist Rock & Roll: Blues & Beyond (Albion)

Of course, 12 week courses are faster paced than the full semester course, but nowhere near as fast as an 8 week class — and there are a bunch of those starting on October 20. More about those later!

This is an opportunity to talk to an adviser, especially if you’re kind of drowning in one of your courses. You can get out of that going-to-be-awful course and into something new — you can save a ding to your Grade Point Average and make the entire semester better. Dropping and adding another course may take some help of an adviser… don’t hesitate to ask for help!

The full list of 12 week courses is available here: http://www.genesee.edu/courses/schedule/?term=201409&pace=12week Although, check that list carefully — there are courses in Batavia, Warsaw, Albion, and online in that list… so don’t sign up for a course in Warsaw by accident! (Although you’re welcome to do it on purpose!)

 

 

Woo hoo! Time to Celebrate!

 

Happy New Year!

I’m hauling out the celebration-kitty to celebrate the 500th post on this blog!

Yay, me!

The blog originally started as a “walk the talk” for one of our professional development courses. I was teaching about social media and needed to have something to actually show for it. It quickly took on a life of its own, and has been here now for a long time! Since January of 2010, to be exact!

I’ve talked about technology, Genesee things and events, business process and even some personal things. So the content has been pretty eclectic over the years.

I suspect it’ll stay that way!  ::grin::

Many thanks to those of you who have followed me for a long time and welcome to the newer folk! I hope you’ve found it as fun and useful as I have over the years! Here’s looking to the next 100 posts!

 

When in doubt – clear cache!

… and reboot!

Now… for some context.

bb-logo2The Blackboard update we did in July has fixed some things and broken others. That’s always a given, when you do a software update.

We’re keeping an eye on the servers and find we need to reboot the servers a tad more often than we like. We’re working on fixing that but, in the meantime, you can do some basic troubleshooting by clearing the cache in your browser when you encounter Blackboard issues.

Here’s how: https://help.yahoo.com/kb/web-browsers-cache-cookies-sln4525.html

Additionally, when given a time frame for the clearing (for example, Firefox default is only for the last hour), make the time “Everything” or “Forever” (or whatever really long time period is available) to make sure you clear out all of the cache.

And then, because if you’re anything like me, you really never do this, reboot your computer.

If nothing else, it may speed up your computer in general.

Couple other things you should be aware of:

Make an exception for GCC in your pop-up blocker. Here’s how: https://kb.indwes.edu/Apps/Blackboard/Getting_Started/02._Preparing_for_Online_Courses/Pop_Up_Blocker_Exceptions  (Replace “*.indwes.edu” with “*.genesee.edu” and “blackboard.indwes.edu” with “learn.genesee.edu”)

Make sure your operating system and browser combination is compatible with Blackboard. Find compatible configurations here: http://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_2014_04/Administrator/010_Release_Notes/Supported_Technologies_for_End_Users

That should help keep your system and your Blackboard interactions working more smoothly.