Computer Virus Information
As many of you may be aware, there is a rash of new computer viruses and worms, spreading through the campus network, internet and via e-mail messages.
For your part, we encourage you to take care of your home computer, especially those users who connect to the campus network from home. Make sure you have a virus scanning software program on your computer and that you update your virus definitions frequently.
SPECIAL NOTE for AOL Instant Messenger Users: Be very cautious when following links that appear to be from the friend with whom you are communicating. AIM viruses have plagued many student computers this year.
When viruses are running rampant, warnings about hoax viruses also take off. Please be advised to use a virus removal tool rather than manually deleting alleged virus file(s). A good source for reliable virus information is www.symantec.com.
If you have any questions you can contact the Help Desk at
We thank you for your patience and cooperation. The computer's life you save may be your own!
Limit Your Risk-Computer Virus
Computer Viruses...how to limit your risk
We have been exceptionally fortunate on campus in this area and we would like to keep it that way. General guidelines that can reduce your risk are:
1. Be leery of any attachment, especially those ending with a '.vbs' extension.
2. Store your important files using the network file space. These network systems are backed up each day and thus can be restored in the case of a problem.
3. Keep your virus software on home computers up to date.
If you detect a virus on your computer, or any campus computer, e-mail the Albion College HelpDesk immediately at
or call 629-0479.
Online and On-Campus Resources
We offer resources to help you improve your technology skills:
Watch this space for training opportunities.
It's what we do! Instructional Technology assists students, faculty and staff with academic projects and software training. We can meet one on one with you to help you get that project going, or to show you how to use supported software, enhanced classrooms and other hardware. We will also conduct special training workshops on request for groups/classes. Just fill out the
Personal Training Session Form
for an appointment.
As promised, here is a link to some Office 2010 training resources provided by Microsoft:
Also don't forget to check outAtomic Learning - online training tutorials. Contact Instructional Technology at
if you do not remember how to log in.
About Information Technology
Information Technology is committed to exceeding the needs of the campus community for a robust, secure, easy-to-use, and innovative technology environment. We strive to maintain a high level of service by ensuring data integrity, aiding users in effective and efficient use of technology, and resolving user issues in a timely fashion.
Information Technology staff is divided into three areas: Information & User Services, Instructional Technology & Media Services and Systems & Networking.
Information & User Services (517-629-0960)
- The User Services area (Helpdesk 629-0479) provides technical support for all campus users, alumni, and guests including:
- New user information
- Password and log in help
- General hardware and software support for college-owned computers
- Basic troubleshooting support for student computers
- Albion 1Card support
- Signout equipment
- Staff and faculty telephone support
- Service of all the campus computers and network printers
- The Information Services area - 629-0960 manages the College's administrative software, SCT Banner, which includes:
- Student academic information,
- Financial aid
- Human Resources
- Institutional Advancement
Instructional Technology & Media Services - Director Robin Brubaker 517-629-0962
- The Instructional Technology and Media Services department provides support for faculty, staff and students in their use of technology to enhance teaching, learning. research and presentation including:
- Effective use of technology for classroom activities and presentations in group and one-on-one settings
- Technology and audio visual consulting
- Instructional design and development support
- Technology training for individuals and groups
- Course webs
- Campus blogs
- Classroom and conference room presentation systems
- Printing services
Systems & Networking- Director Eric Beadle 517- 629-0963
- The Systems and Networking department maintains the campus’s fiber optic network and high-speed internet access including:
- Wireless internet service
- Cell and landline phones
- Houses and maintains most of the campus’s servers. These servers provide network accounts that allow faculty, staff, and student’s access to email, file and web page storage, and other technology resources.
- Authorizations for building access
- Software loads for all campus computers