The Pennsylvania State University - Administrative Information Services, a unit of Information Technology Services

AIS Newsletter

November 2011

Web & Communication Services

As you may have already heard, the PSU ITS Photo Archive project is now up and running.

John Harwood, Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology, and his team did a fantastic job with the photo project, making a treasure of photographic memories available that had either been previously seen by only a few people or had been stored away, collecting dust. In addition, the images are all interactive; anyone can log into a Flickr account (via Yahoo!) and "tag" people (helping to identify them for others) or add a comment to an image.

Thanks to contributions from Paula Royer and Kathy Plavko, along with the Web & Communication Services (W&CS) team's existing collection, we have begun to accumulate a number of photos chronicling events from AIS's rich history. That said, we could always use more photographs.

If you have pictures (digital files, prints, negatives, slides) that you think would be appropriate additions for the collection, then please contact Multimedia Specialist Peter Yezukevich. Peter is heading the project, which will either become part of the existing ITS Archive or a new feature of our own Web site. The project is still in the early stages, so all we really can say for now is send us your pics!

If you haven't had a chance to check out the ITS photostream, we recommend it highly. A trip down memory lane can sometimes prove helpful when navigating the road ahead!

AIS Training Resources

Administrative Computing Courses

Administrative computing courses are offered at no charge.

In an effort to make training more accessible, funding has been secured to provide free training for the administrative tools that you use every day. If you haven’t already, then come and check us out! 

Courses in Administrative Computing at Penn State are joint offerings of Administrative Information Services (AIS) and Information Technology Services (ITS) Training Services.

To register for Administrative Computing courses or to obtain additional information, go to the registration page of ITS Training Services or call (814) 863-9522.

Course Date 
iTwo Answers: Advanced November 1-2
Penn State Financial: IBIS Financial on the Mainframe (CCOM) November 7-8
iTwo Dashboard: Basics (via Meeting@PennState (powered by Adobe Connect) November 9
Official Data Training November 16
Data Warehouse: Introduction to Queries Using MS Access 2010 November 17-18
iTwo Answers: Basics November 21-22
Data Warehouse: Advanced Queries Using MS Access 2010 November 29-30
iTwo Dashboard: Basics November 30
Enterprise Information Systems December 1-2
Data Warehouse: Introduction to Reports using MS Access 2010 December 5-6
Penn State Financial: IBIS Financial on the Mainframe (CCOM) December 5-6
Student Data Training December 6
iTwo Answers: Advanced December 7-8
Penn State Financial: The Financial Information Tool (FIT) December 12-13
iTwo Dashboard: Basics (via Meeting@PennState powered by Adobe Connect) December 14

Lynda.com Enhancements

Lynda.com has been available to Penn State faculty, staff, and students for the past couple of years, providing video tutorials on hundreds of topics. The videos are available 24 hours per day, creating a flexible, self-paced learning environment for many topics, including Microsoft Office applications, Dreamweaver, Flash, SQL, and operating systems.

ITS Training has recently announced that the lynda.com service has been upgraded to lyndaCampus, and here are a few of the new features now available to faculty, staff, and students who sign in at lynda.com at Penn State:

Lynda.com tutorials, especially with the new tracking information, are a great resource for either learning skills necessary to better perform your job or as a professional development activity--perfect for our SRDPs (Staff Review and Development Plan).

For more information, see the lynda.com at Penn State page, or contact ITS Training.

Online Tutorial for PAWS Available

Learn about the Penn State Administrative Web Suite (PAWS) through an online tutorial located on the ITS Training Services PAWS page.



Did You Know?

AIS Events and Notes

AIS has a history of informal gatherings, with the intention of getting staff together to take a short break from work and have a little fun and food. AIS held a couple of such events in October--an ice cream social and Halloween munch-out. And I have pictures to prove it!

Ice cream social

Ice cream brings a smile to everyone's face, especially on a Friday afternoon. A special thank you goes out to Paula Royer for providing the ice cream and toppings, of which there were many.

Speaking of treats, what would Halloween be without some?

Halloween treats

More Halloween treats

Not pictured are all of the scary people who ate the treats--scary because of costumes, of course, not scary for any other reason.

Thanks to everyone who brought in treats to share but especially to Paula, who provided many of the treats.

ITS Award Nominations

Congratulations to Kelly Hartzfeld (pictured above getting ice cream) and Deb Brooks for having been nominated for ITS Awards in the recent ITS All-Staff meeting. Kelly was nominated for "Coach of the Year," and Deb was nominated for "Keeping it Positive."

Information about the awards program can be found on the ITS Awards Program page of the ITS Staff Intranet, or you can contact Jamie Oberdick of the ITS Climate and Diversity Team.