Due to a malfunction, the Batavia campus of the college has lost power.
While there is power in some parts of the building currently (about noon), that may or may not last through the afternoon.
All Batavia campus classes are cancelled for Wednesday — both day and evening classes.
Employees should contact their supervisor; only essential personnel are to report. Campus center staff should contact their dean.
A message has been posted on Genesis (https://genesee.open.suny.edu) — that message will be removed when the power outage problems have been resolved. While Blackboard access should be stable, students who have “one time only” tests should not access the test until this is resolved.
This outage may last into the late afternoon. Updates will be made as they become available.
There is a planned upgrade to Internet hardware and software (Check Point Firewall) on Monday. This will impact wired access to the Internet in Batavia and all Campus Centers.
Systems impacted will be:
- Self Service Banner (SSB)
- Any sites supported at SUNY (i.e. Degree Works)
- Library (including the catalog and journal databases)
- Genesis and Blackboard. We are planning to route access to Genesis/Blackboard via a disaster site at our Dansville Campus. Access will only be available via wireless on campus OR from a non-GCC remote location.
- E-Mail – messages inside the college will continue to flow. Incoming and outgoing messages (to addresses outside of Genesee.edu) will be queued up and delivered when Internet access is restored.
- Genesee Website – external access to the website will point to a status page, stating that maintenance work is being performed. Internal access will work throughout the upgrade.
Most systems (except Banner Self Service (SSB), Library and the Genesee Website) should be accessible via wireless access (laptops or phones) as the wireless network will not be interrupted.
Banner INB users will receive a link that will allow for access to Banner outside of Genesis.
We will send out a message on Monday morning, to offer a status on where we are. If you encounter any issues or have any questions, please email the Help Desk (HelpDesk@genesee.edu).
If the upgrade concludes sooner than the anticipated schedule, we will send out a message.
Thank you for your patience.
How is it the middle of March already?
Did you have a good Spring Break — for folk that got one? If you’re in upstate NY at all, you spent at least 1, if not 2, days inside with the snow we got. All of winter in 2 days!
You would have thought I’d’ve gotten a lot of stuff done! Nah! I napped through one day and read a couple of short-ish books (novellas, really) the other. Nothing productive for 2 days!
I need to pay for that this week. I have papers to correct and stories that are due soon-ish…
And I need to go back to the gym. Having the head cold from heck for all of February has put me off doing anything physical. Every time I’d feel better, blammo! The cold was back and I was down for another 3-4 days. Glad that’s finally better.
This is a ‘buckling down’ week… back on track, getting the work up to date and getting to the gym.
I think I have my work cut out for me!
How are you doing?
One of the new ‘features’ that will be available in Office 2016 — although it says only when you have an Office 365 subscription — is Word Researcher.
This tool uses Bing to go out and help you find information on a paper you are writing.
The cool part is that it allows you to add citations to your text. There isn’t overt information on the page, so I’m not sure if it allows for APA / MLA / etc style… I guess I should watch the video.
The good new/bad news is that you only have to highlight text from a web page and it will add it to the document… not that it wasn’t already easy enough to copy/paste from a web site already!
It purports: Researcher uses Bing to pull in the appropriate content from the web and provide structured, safe and credible information. YMMV
Going to be worth your while to check it out!
Click this link for more information and how to access Researcher.
I guess I’m starting to sound cranky, but if I can’t complain to you, who can I complain to? 🙂
Another pet peeve…
If you (the generic ‘you’, not you personally, of course!) send me (or the help desk) an email asking a question or asking me to do something, I would think you would kinda watch your email a tad more closely, to see if I get back to you. I may not get back to you immediately (although I do that a lot), but usually within a couple of hours.
I’m pretty good about answering emails and a lot of time I have an answer for you or, often, another question. Sometimes I have to do the “do you mean…” or “do you want me to do A or B?” sorts of emails back at you. Until I have an answer, I can’t do anything.
When you send an email and then don’t answer my question back for two days, I have to figure it’s not as important as you made it sound in your initial request.
My current example is a student who asked the help desk for something that I need to fix. No problem, but I need to know something from the student first. The original question comes in on Friday morning and by Saturday noontime, there’s no response. Turns out the answer came in Saturday late afternoon. But, on Tuesday morning there’s a follow-up “I haven’t heard from you” not-quite-a-complaint. Sigh.
We all have that happen… the student who calls your office every 15 minutes wondering why you haven’t answered them, when you have like 3 classes back to back and you’ve barely been to the bathroom, much less had a chance to check your phone messages. I get it.
So… if you ask a question, you can usually expect an answer… that’s what I do, after all. Watch for it and make sure I’m not asking you a question back…
You may or may not know that I live in Buffalo and commute to Batavia daily. It’s not a bad drive, about 40 minutes on a good day, and the time allows me to ‘gear up’ and ‘wind down’ on either end of the day.
The best route to and fro involves driving on the Thruway. It’s well kept, they plow it religiously (important with the snow we get) and it’s a pretty straight shot.
A lot of times, it’s not annoying, but then, sometimes…
There are a number of vehicles, mainly tractor-trailers but sometimes cars pulling camping trailers, who drive at or slightly below the speed limit. They’re okay, since they are good about staying in the right lane. Traffic kinda bunches up around them, but the slower folk mind their own business and stay out of the way.
What drives me crazy are the folk who insist on passing these slower vehicles, going like 1/2 a mile per hour faster than the vehicle they’re passing.
If you’re going to pass the slower vehicles, put a bit of effort into it! You don’t need to go 80, but you’re causing more of a back-up by now making both lanes go slower than prevailing traffic!
And — don’t even get me started on the guy who pulls up on the right thinking he’s going to cut the line! Sheesh.
Well, I was really never gone… just didn’t post a lot! Or at all for the last year.
For 2017, one of my New Year’s resolutions is to post something weekly… there’s things to say or announce or just marvel at… so I’m going to remember to share.
If you have topics you want me to talk about, do leave me a note! I’d love to write something you’d like to read.
Otherwise, I’m just going to talk about things I think you maybe should know more about. Whether you knew you were interested in that topic or not!
I’m looking forward to starting up again!