IT Announcement for Fall 2017

CUNY Graduate Center
Information Technology
IT Announcement for Fall 2017
Please take note of these important announcements from Information Technology (IT). 

  • We are pleased to note that GC IT services now extend to include the community based at the Advanced Science Research Center.  While our efforts at GC/ASRC are just underway, we look forward to fulfilling the IT needs for our colleagues there.
  • The central office CIS CUNYfirst implementation team has revised the timeframe for enacting the Campus Solutions component of CUNYfirst for the Graduate Center. The current target date is March 2018.  Prior to the go-live date, student-related processing previously executed via the GC’s Banner student system will be terminated; following go-live, such processing will happen in CUNYfirst Campus Solutions.  These processes include class schedule, course registration and add/drop, faculty grade submission, student transcripts, etc.
  • There will be many run-on effects as a result of the CUNYfirst Campus Solutions implementation, beyond the immediacy of the Banner exit.  In addition to the many business processes that currently connect to Banner and therefore must be completely re-engineered, being wholly in the CUNYfirst environment requires that we alter many IT resources and services previously tailored to the greater GC community to align now with CUNYfirst practices and constraints.  In some instances, we can take advantage of this transition to simplify and streamline resources.
  • Recall that the GC IT website now includes the CUNYfirst service alerts posted on a routine basis by central office CIS.  For additional information see our FAQ about CUNYfirst assistance.
  • Faculty and staff desktop Mac computers at GC/Fifth sufficiently capable have all been upgraded to OSX ‘El Capitan’ and MS Office 2016; the remaining faculty and staff Macs are all now in the process of being replaced.  In addition, OSX ‘Sierra’ is now being deployed.
  • Faculty and staff desktop PC computers at GC/Fifth have all been upgraded to Windows 10 and MS Office 2016.
  • The recent upgrade of our McAfee desktop protection now extends Data Loss Prevention to faculty and staff desktop Mac computers at GC/Fifth.
  • Student (“public”) Macs with adequate specifications have been upgraded to OS X ‘El Capitan’ and MS Office 2016.  Individual computers incapable of supporting these current software platforms will continue to be decommissioned.
  • Student (“public”) PCs have been upgraded to Windows 10 and MS Office 2016.
  • Student “web printing” has now been implemented, enabling students to send files via any web-enabled device for subsequent release-and-printing in the GC Library.
  • All student (Dell) printers in the PhD program suites and DSC spaces have now been replaced with new, faster, higher-capacity (KM) printers.
  • Some legacy storage environments are being replaced with GC Drive (now fully operational) and GC Collaborate (available in a beta state).  These can be accessed via the GC Portal.
  • The former audio-visual unit is now retitled IT Media Services and is under new leadership with the appointment of Mr. H. Anthony Olavarria. Requests for Media Services assistance are now routinely routed to IT Services for classroom and technical support.  Requests specifically related to upcoming events can be submitted to
  • A variety of upgrades to Media Services resources in several GC venues have now been completed, with additional upgrades in the planning and procurement stage.   Forty classrooms are targeted for replacement of classroom projector systems and that work is well underway. 
  • Lastly, note that ongoing budget reductions continue to require that we scrutinize every existing IT service, resource and configuration to identify measures intended to streamline operations, reduce overhead and prune costs.  Your cooperation is always appreciated.
Information Technology

Submitted on: SEP 20, 2017

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