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August 01
UTSA Football Fan Appreciation Day – Saturday, August 2

Are you a fan of UTSA Roadrunner football?

Join other fans at the annual Fan Appreciation Day, hosted by UTSA Football, Saturday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Main Campus. There will be free food, a chance to win prizes, and much more!  

Read the full article on UTSAToday for details about UTSA Football Fan Appreciation Day.

August 01
Taking a Perfect Selfie on iPhone

Have you ever taken a horrible selfie with your iPhone? Here is a tip to help you take the perfect selfie. Just aim your phone and push the "+" button on your Apple earbuds while the camera app is open. You can also use the play/pause button in the middle of the remote to start and stop recording video when in video mode. Of course your headphones will need to be plugged into your device for this function to work.

August 01
Farewell Bradley!

Bradley Jones, Instructional Development Specialist for Online Learning. The Office of Information Technology wishes him the best in all of his future endeavors. His work and dedication to our office has been appreciated.Bradley's last day is August 7.

August 01
Welcome Paul!

Welcome to OIT! 

Paul Spargur, Net Tech/Support Specialist I, OIT Support Services, starts August 1.


August 01
Job Postings in STARS: 8/1

Enterprise Database Specialist (DBA) - Open until filled

Please visit the UTSA Human Resources page to view all available position



July 29
DegreeWorks coming to UTSA Fall 2014

OIT and advising collaborate to improve student planning and degree audits with DegreeWorks!

Check out the new DegreeWorks promotional video and share it with other faculty, staff and students to help UTSA improve 4-year graduation rates!

DegreeWorks will be used university-wide beginning Fall 2014. The DegreeWorks system can be used by students to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion. It allows students and their advisors to plan future coursework and run degree audits, easily identifying courses that have been completed and what courses are still needed in order to fulfill degree requirements.

For more information on the OIT GRIP projects visit

July 25
Technology you cannot live without

With new technological innovations, many older devices have become obsolete. Although phones and tablets may perform all the necessary functions of older technology, some of us still hold a special place in our hearts for things such as paper calendars, watches, etc. What ‘old’ technology do you still prefer to use?

July 25
Mac Minute: Alternatives to clicking Launchpad

Windows 8.1 users probably know they can press the Windows key to reveal the Start screen, begin typing to filter all but specific apps, use arrow keys to select, then press return to launch the selected app. It’s just as easy to launch items on your Mac, but you may need to make a configuration change first.

MacBook owners, and other users who have built-in or Bluetooth Apple trackpads may already know that as an alternative to clicking the Launchpad item in the Dock, they can pinch a thumb and three fingers on the trackpad.

To launch Launchpad, click its icon in the Dock, 

Or pinch thumb and three fingers on the trackpad.

If you don’t have a trackpad, you can easily configure a keyboard shortcut to activate Launchpad. 

1. Open System Preferences and click Keyboard.

2. Click the Shortcuts tab.

3. Click Launchpad & Dock.

4. Put a check mark next to Show Launchpad, then type in a keyboard trigger combination of your choice.

Although Launchpad provides a very handy way to launch apps, the following usage tips are important. Lion (Mac OS 10.7) featured the first version of Launchpad, but it lacked the functionality provided in higher versions of the OS, so you will need Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8), Mavericks  (OS X 10.9), or higher for all of these to work.

  • Drag apps to the Launchpad icon in the Dock to make them available when you activate Launchpad.
  • Filter items while Launchpad is active by beginning to type part of the desired item’s name.
  • To avoid reaching for the mouse to click the desired item, press return or enter when it is selected on the Launchpad screen. If you change your mind, press escape to exit Launchpad.
  • Navigate items by using the arrow keys. Use the command key with the left or right arrow key to navigate between multiple Launchpad screens.
  • Drag items onto one another in the Launchpad screen to create folders. Use Return or enter to open a folder, escape to exit a folder.
  • Hold down option while in Launchpad to reveal an X that allows removal of supported Launchpad items (items from the Mac App Store). If you delete it from your system entirely then try to open it in Launchpad, a question mark will appear, then you’ll see the X by its icon next time you hold down option in Launchpad. 3rd party Launchpad utilities such as Launchpad Manager and LaunchPad Lightener provide simple methods for removing unsupported items from the Launchpad screen.

July 24
Job Postings in STARS: 7/24

Enterprise Database Specialist (DBA) - Open until filled

Please visit the UTSA Human Resources page to view all available position

July 23
OIT Team Receives 2014 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Innovation

The award was presented to Kenneth Pierce, CIO and vice provost for information technology and Josef Varga, instructional developer, at the annual Blackboard World users conference July 17.  Using gamification Pierce and Varga redesigned a graduate MBA course taught by Pierce to include motivational mechanics of gamification.

The full article can be read on UTSA Today: UTSA online information systems graduate course recognized for innovation

Congratulations on this innovation achievement for the students of UTSA!

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