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Campus Connection Submissions for Oct. 21, 2011

UTech Launches Central Sign-On for Zimbra for Enhanced Phishing Protection

Zimbra users will see a new sign-on page when accessing WIU email, thanks to a new “WIU Central Sign-On” website launched by University Technology (uTech). The implementation of WIU Central Sign-On will reduce the possibility of a phishing attack by making it difficult for criminals to fake a landing page and obtain your login credentials. An additional benefit of WIU Central Sign-On is the convenient ability to change your password through integration with GUAVA.

Phishing incidents at Western Illinois University, resulting in compromised user accounts, have increased almost 70% compared to this time last year, explained Michael Rodriguez, chief technology security officer for University Technology. "An example of a phishing attack would be that you receive an official looking email stating that you need to confirm your user information. To do so, you are requested to click on a link that takes you to a webpage that looks like a familiar, WIU-sponsored page. If you enter your user name and password, criminals will have your credentials and can access your personal information and other university resources.

"WIU Central Sign-On provides enhanced security," Rodriguez continued. The new site does this through the use of an Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificate, visually confirming the highest level of authentication available among SSL certificates. Web site visitors will notice when the address bar changes color in modern browsers. This enhanced security is found on websites such as PayPal and online banking sites.

Before entering your password, verify that the address bar starts with https://auth.wiu.edu.

For more information about Central Sign-On or Internet security, contact the uTech Support Center at (309) 298-2704 or support@wiu.edu. For additional information, visit Western’s Knowledgebase (   wiu.edu/kb) and the Internet Safety and Security for College Tip Sheet.

 

Free Hearing, Bone Density Screenings Offered by Employee Wellness

WIU Employee Wellness will offer two health screenings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9:

  • Bone Density Screening co-sponsored by McDonough District Hospital. Stipes Hall Room 111
  • Hearing Screening co-sponsored by the WIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Stipes Hall Room 103

Both screens are free of charge. No registration required. For more information, contact Judy Yeast at (309) 298-1670, or visit wiu.edu/vpas/wellness/events.php.

University Counseling Center Receives Re-accreditation

The University Counseling Center has been re-accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-based organization of counseling agencies in the U.S., Canada and Australia. The center was evaluated by IACS against high standards of counseling practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele. Approval by IACS is also dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance.

Grants & Contracts

  • Richard Carter, non-traditional programs—$10,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA for "Degrees at a Distance - FY12."

Professional Activities

  • Xiaolan Liu and Fred Iutzi, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, presented "Development of Biomass Feedstock with BCAP in Illinois" at the Biomass and Energy Crops IV conference held by the Association of Applied Biologists Sept. 21-23 in Champaign, IL.
  • Cynthia Struthers, IIRA, presented a poster co-authored with Chris Merrett, IIRA, titled "Social Responsibility: Core Value and Practice," at the 12th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference on Oct. 2 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. The poster illustrated the myriad ways WIU faculty and students are engaged in service learning and outreach in the region and beyond, which were collected during the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement application process.