Columns

Staff on the rise at the start of the last century
12/11/2014 - If it weren’t for pine trees in Wisconsin, Cornell wouldn’t have any staff. After its memorable Inauguration in 1868 and successful opening years, Cornell declined sharply by the mid 70s in both finances and number of students. At the university’s 30th Commencement, Jacob Gould Schurman, Cornell’s third president, would say that Cornell had neared bankruptcy by 1881, when, “the...
Getting Ready for SharePoint Online
12/11/2014 - If you’ve been following updates about new and upcoming features of Cornell’s Office 365, you may have heard the name SharePoint Online, or be aware that some campus units have been early adopters of the service for several months now. Those who have not yet interacted with SharePoint Online might be wondering what it is, and what they might use it for. SharePoint Online can be used...
Jingle bells?
11/19/2014 - Once the idea is in your head, it's difficult not to make up the words to Jingle Bells for Criminals, right? It's just as hard not to fall for a good scam. Don't let your holiday spirit get the better of you. Whenever your computer is connected to the Internet, keep in mind that it is under constant attack by criminals seeking to exploit your good will. What criminals want...
Library preserves fracking debate 
11/19/2014 - As the moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the State of New York continues, the rich online conversation surrounding it is at risk. Websites come and go; information easily discoverable today can be lost tomorrow. A Million Fracking Letters (https://wayback.archive-it.org/2788/20140727193403/http:/amillionfrackingletters.com/), which encouraged New Yorkers to write letters to Gov....
First University Librarian laid groundwork for Cornell’s progressive library
11/06/2014 - This column is the second in a series, “Staff in Time,” written for Pawprint as part of Cornell’s sesquicentennial celebration to look at the roles staff have played at Cornell since the university’s founding. Daniel Willard Fiske’s passion lay with books — and a passionate man he was. Cornell’s first University Librarian would become embroiled in a furious scandal...
First University Librarian laid groundwork for Cornell’s progressive library
11/06/2014 - This column is the second in a series, “Staff in Time,” written for Pawprint as part of Cornell’s sesquicentennial celebration to look at the roles staff have played at Cornell since the university’s founding. Daniel Willard Fiske’s passion lay with books — and a passionate man he was. Cornell’s first University Librarian would become embroiled in a furious scandal...
Free Microsoft Office for faculty, staff and students
11/06/2014 - Thanks to Cornell’s agreement with Microsoft, the latest versions of Microsoft Office for Windows and Mac are now available free to Cornell faculty and staff (students have had this option since the summer). This offer applies to personally owned computers and is available as long as the person using it maintains faculty, staff or student status. Being able to have a free copy of...
Travel restrictions put in place as Ebola situation evolves
10/23/2014 - The following message was sent on Oct. 16 to all faculty and staff by Fredrik Logevall, vice provost for international affairs and chair of the International Travel Advisory and Response Team; Dr. Janet Corson-Rikert, associate vice president for campus health and executive director of Gannett Health Services; and Craig McAllister, director of risk management and insurance. A...
Three custodians, some administrators and a president
10/23/2014 - This column is the first in a series, “Staff in Time,” written for Pawprint as part of Cornell’s sesquicentennial celebration to look at the roles staff have played at Cornell since the university’s founding. A solitary, unfinished stone building, doubling as dormitory and classrooms, stands on the crest of a hill in an open field. Footpaths are rough, muddy and slippery....
OneDrive for Business and OneNote help you get organized
10/23/2014 - Several new features of Office 365 will be available after this weekend (Oct. 24) to help Cornell faculty, students and staff organize and keep track of everything they have to do. Two of these features make a great combo for personal productivity: OneDrive for Business and OneNote. Watch for more tips in upcoming TechTalks. OneDrive for Business is a personal document storage space...

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