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    Look What is New in Office 2011 for Macs

    Thu, Feb 20, 2014
    Here are a few new items.  Click on the links for more fun new items.

    Microsoft Office Mac Ribbon.  To learn more, go here.

    Equation tools, now available on the Ribbon.  For More information, click here.

    Finish your work sooner?  More information here.

    Windows 7 Calculator

    Thu, Feb 20, 2014
    The calculator in Windows 7 has been improved, with more features.

    Scientific Mode

    Programmer Mode

    Statistics Mode

    Calculation History

    Convert values from one unit of measurement to another

    Calculate Dates

    Calculate fuel economy, lease or mortgages payments

    Blackboards Retention Center

    Fri, Feb 21, 2014
    The Retention Center provides an easy way for instructors to discover which students in their courses are at risk. Instructors can communicate with struggling students and help them take immediate action for improvement.


    And you can revise the Retention Center to show students that are high achievers!

    Here is a summary of what can be done within the Retention Center.

    To learn more, click here.

    Office for Mac - PowerPoint 2011

    Fri, Feb 21, 2014
    Tools you want, when you want them.

    Making Every Presentation Professional

    For more Microsoft 2011 for Mac, go here

    SPAM/PHISHing Email Information

    Wed, Mar 05, 2014
    Due to the rash of emails that got into the Google domain the past couple of weeks and the fact that many responded or provided his or her information figured this would be a good time to point out the TechFAQ article about SPAM and Phishing email context and what to look for if you are unsure if it is SPAM or valid.

    The link to the article is

    While this may never catch all scenarios, experience with these emails indicates most fraudulent emails have at least one aspect included in the article. One big trigger, which should be obvious, is that the "reply to" address is external or any links or addresses requesting the information are not associated with Saint Mary's University or

    Again we do not ask for information in this manner unsolicited. You, as the customer of the SMU HelpDesks and/or  Information Technology Services, have already been in contact with us in some way regarding your account and we have responded, with some initial problem solving or directions, to you via email, chat, or phone.

    We hope this helps you keep your information safe and assists you in helping us protect Saint Mary's University resources going forward.

    Brian Behling
    HelpDesk Manager - Winona Campus

    Blackboards Item Anaylsis

    Fri, Feb 21, 2014
    Use Item analysis to see statistics on overall test performance and on individual test questions. Identify and easily correct ineffective or misleading questions and your tests are re-graded automatically.

    To watch the video and learn more, click here.

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