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December 17, 2008

ITS' Winter Recess Hours of Operation

ITS Client Services, computer labs, Studios, and offices will follow modified schedules of coverage during the NYU Winter Recess:

Saturday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 18::
The Client Services Center will follow its normal hours of operation & coverage; visit for details.

Monday, Jan. 19 - Closed for Martin Luther King Jr., Day (University holiday).

Computer Labs

Monday, Jan. 5 through Sunday, Jan. 18:
ITS Labs will follow a modified Winter Recess schedule; visit for details.

Monday, Jan. 19 - All labs will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr., Day (University holiday).

For Other ITS Resources and Further Information

Visit for details on hours, contact information you can use over the Recess, information on making a gift to the University, and detailed instructions on preparing your voice mail and email for the break.

NOTE: If you use NYU voice mail, ITS recommends that you continue to retrieve your messages while away to reduce the volume of calls received by our voice mail systems immediately following the Break.

New Anti-Virus & Anti-Spyware Protection Available Soon

Within the next few weeks, ITS will be making Symantec Endpoint Protection available for download via the Ask ITS area of NYUHome. Symantec Endpoint Protection will be available under an NYU site license, and may be downloaded and used by current faculty, staff, and students. It provides both antivirus and anti-spyware protection for Windows computers. Endpoint Protection will replace Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition, and ITS recommends that anyone using the earlier product upgrade to this newer product.

Please check the Computer Security Alerts channel in NYUHome or the ITS Software page ( for the latest information on this important update. If you need additional information or assistance, please contact ITS Client Services at 212-998-3333 or at

Call For Student Nominees: Max Goldstein Prize

Each spring, ITS awards the Max Goldstein Prize to an NYU undergraduate student who has applied computing in a creative and practical way to improve the academic, cultural, or social life of the NYU community. The prize consists of a cash award of $500; nominations will be accepted from any member of the NYU community. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2009.

Please send nominations to Vincent Doogan, ITS Director of Student Technology Services, at Include the student's full name, school and class year, your relationship to the nominee, and a description or example of the accomplishment(s) that qualify him or her for the prize.

Max Goldstein, for whom the prize is named, was the director of the Department of Energy computer center at New York University, the co-founder of the Department of Computer Science (Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, FAS), and the first director of the Academic Computing Facility, a predecessor organization of ITS. An important figure in developing computing at the Los Alamos National Laboratory after World War II, Professor Goldstein felt that computing had profound implications for many disciplines and at many levels.

Call For Student Nominees: George Sadowsky Prize

Each spring, ITS awards the George Sadowsky Prize of $500 to a student who exhibits exemplary innovation in using the Internet for community service. Nominations should be sent by March 27, 2009, to Heather Rogers, Office of the CITO, 10 Astor Place 5th Floor, 8071, or via email to

Please send a description of the nominee's work/project, contact information (mailing address, phone number, email) for both the student nominee and the nominator, and a description of the relationship of the nominator to the nominee. If a website is involved in the project, please send the website address as well.

George Sadowsky, for whom the prize was named, worked at NYU with Information Technology leadership for ten years and made tremendous progress toward the advancement of computing and connectivity for education. In addition to his NYU efforts, he worked globally with a number of different organizations to promote the use of the Internet around the world, especially to developing countries where technology is farthest behind. He retired from NYU in 2001 but continues his work as an "Internet advocate" to this day.

Turn Off Your Computer While Away for Winter Recess

In preparation for the holidays, ITS' Technology Security Services would like to remind you to turn off your computer while you are away from the University. Turning off your computer is an important step for these and other reasons:

  • If a new security patch comes out and you've forgotten to activate your automatic security updates features, your computer will not be compromised while you are away.
  • If there is an existing security vulnerability that your computer is already susceptible to, it will not get infected or broken into over the break. Keep in mind, however, that it is important to update your computer's security features as soon as you return from the break!
  • It will help save energy and help make you a good University citizen!

Set Your Voice Mail and Email Vacation Message

ITS recommends that individuals and departments update their voice mail or answering machine greetings to reflect their status during the Recess. We suggest that you explain that the University is closed, including the dates, and whether or not you will call in to retrieve messages during the holiday. You can also use the NYUHome Vacation Message service to alert those who send you email as to your status during the holiday period. For directions on changing your voice mail greeting and setting an automatic email notification, see

Update Your Address to Ensure Receipt of Your W-2

If you are an NYU faculty or staff member or student employee, the University will soon be mailing your 2008 Form W-2 to you. Check the address on your paycheck or Payment Image (available via the Payment Image Viewing channel on the Work tab in NYUHome), and if necessary update your address no later than Monday, January 12 to ensure timely receipt of your W-2.

You can easily update your address using ePASS. To do so, log in to NYUHome using your NYU NetID and password, click on the Work tab, and click "Login" in the ePASS Employee Self-Service channel. Enter your NetID and password when prompted, then click on the "ePASS: Employee Self Service" link, click "Home Information" in the left-hand menu, and make your changes. Your new information will be updated in the Human Resources/Payroll database within two days.

Please note that all University faculty, staff members, and student employees should complete this process. For more information on ePASS, see the article in the Fall/Winter 2007 issue of Connect available at .