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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 Receive 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!

July 22
FBI Warns of Financial Scam Targeting University Faculty, Staff, and Students

The FBI has issued a warning regarding financial scams targeting university faculty, staff, and students. Please review the FBI message below to learn the details of this scam and what action to take if you believe you have been a victim.

FBI Warning

Earlier in the year the FBI’s Cyber Division was alerted of a scam victimizing college and university employees.  After the employees file their tax returns, they later learn tax returns were already filed using their social security numbers.  The IRS sent their tax returns to the original fraudulent filers.  There are numerous victims from a significant number of university’s and colleges.  At this time, a new reporting has identified additional victims from four different states nationwide.  Victims can report cyber crime to the FBI at

The attached Public Service Announcement (PSA), which was release in May 2014, includes additional cyber-related scams and the recommendation to file a complaint to IC3 at

In addition to the above, The FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI Campus Liaison initiative identified another cyber-related scam which involves an email notification which was sent to university employees, faculty and staff during the last few days.  Below is an excerpt of the email delivered.  The victims are asked for their bank account numbers to bypass a “fix” that payroll put in place to keep employee records safe. 


The University is having a salary increment program again this year with an average of 2.5%.
The Human Resources department evaluated you for a raise on your next paycheck.
Click below to confirm and access your salary revision documents:

…link removed….to access the documents


Human Resources

Again, the FBI recommendation is to file a complaint to IC3 at

July 18
Job Posting in STARS: 7/18

​​Enterprise Database Specialist (DBA) - Open until filled

Please visit the UTSA Human Resources page to view all available positions:



July 18
When Delete Doesn’t Mean “Delete”

Office of Information Security

It’s always a good idea to take time to clean up your computer’s hard drive.  One of the most important tasks in the cleanup process is deleting files that are no longer needed.  This is especially true now that Identity Finder software is available for users who handle Category I data. 

Identity Finder searches your computer for Social Security Numbers (SSNs) and Credit Card Numbers (CCNs).  Once SSNs or CCNs are found, the user must save the data to the I: Drive - if it is needed for business use.  If the data is no longer needed, it should be deleted.  However, simply deleting the data files does not erase them from your computer’s hard drive.  Some Identity Finder users have found that files they deleted are still found by the scan process.  If you are deleting files, don’t forget the crucial second step - remember to empty your Recycle Bin (or Trash) to fully remove the files.   

If you have questions concerning information security, contact the Office of Information Security via email at

July 17
Student Innovation Coalition Scheduled for the Fall Semester

Do you want to help improve technology at UTSA? Join us for the Fall 2014 Student Coalition scheduled for October 23 from 1-2p.m in the Travis Room (UC2.2.02) on Main Campus! All students are welcome to attend. 

Students who attend will hear brief presentations from IT professionals at UTSA and have the opportunity to share their thoughts. Additionally, students who attend the meeting will receive free lunch and a UTSA Coalition T-Shirt!

The Student Innovation Coalition is a focus group that assists the Office of Information Technology in making sure that the needs of the UTSA student population is heard. Please come and share your ideas about how we can improve campus technology!

For more information about the upcoming Student Coalition or to RSVP contact Rosalind Ong De Trevino at or call 210-458-6616.

July 17
Donations Needed Immediately for Unaccompanied Youth in San Antonio

Graduate students from the College of Education and Human Development are collecting items for unaccompanied minor children at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Numerous refugee children from Central America are currently being housed at Lackland. Currently, volunteers are requesting supplies for female children ages of 5 -17. Donations are needed immediately.

Please consider donating:

  • Hair brushes/combs
  • Hair bands/Head bands
  • Personal Hygiene items
  • Journals
  • Stuffed Animals
  • Shampoo/ Conditioner
  • Shower Poufs
  • Undergarments
  • Arts and Crafts supplies
  • Etc.

All donations are greatly appreciated!

Faculty, staff, and students to drop off donation items in the CRC conference room BOS 2.416 through the end of July, however, please donate as soon as possible as supplies are needed immediately.

For more information contact Bianca Lancerio by email at

July 16
UTSA Benefits Annual Enrollment Period Begins

The UTSA Benefits Annual Enrollment period opened July 15 and will close July 31. Visit the My UT Benefits page to make changes such as adding, updating, or removing, dependents and insurance benefit elections.  The website will be available 24/7 until midnight July 31.

Benefits –eligible employees can review the medical, dental, vision, short-term disability, long –term disability, long-term care, and UT Flex Health Care and Dependent Day Care account elections during this period.

For more information contact Human Resources at or call 458-4250.

Review the following resources for additional information:

July 14
Microsoft Azure User Group Meeting

Members of OIT’s Enterprise Infrastructure and Managed Solutions teams attended the monthly San Antonio Microsoft Azure Users Group meeting at the Microsoft Offices on Saturday, July 12.  Brent League, Harold Meyers, Ryan Key, and Steven Stewart had the opportunity to interact with other individuals in attendance to pose questions and discuss ideas about Microsoft’s cloud environment, Azure. 

What is Microsoft Azure?

“Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.” -

Topics discussed at the Microsoft user group meeting were:

 Topic: Azure Powershell Fundamentals 

  • How to find the commandlets you need to use
  • Connecting to Azure via Powershell
  • Deploying Cloud Services and Virtual Machine from Powershell
  • Re-configuring IaaS assets
  • Using Remote Powershell to install window features
  • Uploading VHD disks and deployment images

Joining user groups and meetings is great ways to learn about technology that may impact your work environment. They provide opportunities to share and expand your technical knowledge. Attending this meeting provided UTSA OIT professionals with fresh perspectives for using the Microsoft Azure technology.

If you are interested in attending future meetings, you can find information from the San Antonio Microsoft Azure Users Group at:

Visit the Microsoft virtual academy for a Windows Azure training jumpstart!

July 11
UTSA Cloud & Big Data Laboratory

UTSA’s Cloud and Big Data Laboratory has the only Open Compute Product Certification Lab in North America. This lab allows the UTSA community to work on the ‘next generation’ of computer manufacturing. The innovative work performed at the lab has generated partnerships between the university and industry leaders.

Check out the video link to learn more about the UTSA Cloud & Big Data Laboratory.

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