New for 2018: Phone Directory in Office 365

An online employee office phone directory has been a top request for some time.

To start the off the new year, ITS is happy to announce that all full-time employee phone numbers will now be stored and maintained in the Office 365 people directory. Please read below about how to look up an employees office phone number and request a change if needed.

Please note, this directory is for employee office phone numbers only.

How to Search

Office 365 for the web (Wumail)

From the “People” screen in Office 365, search for a person. You will see their entire phone number listed right under their name. As we all know, the last 4 numbers is their office extension. The screen capture below shows the returned search result for the name “Robert” and the phone number below the email address.

Outlook desktop client for Windows

Search the address book. Select the radio button for “more columns” and change the drop down to “Offline Global Address List” or “Global Address List”, then enter the the name you are searching and hit “Go”.addressbook_lookupdemo_starktower

Outlook desktop client for MacOS

Search the address book. Search all fields in the Widener Directory, the enter the name you are searching and the name should appear. Click on the employee’s name from the search results and the contact window will display the phone number. The following screen shot shows a sample search.mac_person_lookup

Request a Phone Number Change

Should you find a number that needs revision please open up a QuickTicket at quickticket.widener.edu , choose “Phone Directory Change”, enter the updated information and submit the ticket.

New Faces in ITS: Steve Stratoti & Jessica Storey

We are thrilled to introduce two dynamic professionals to the Widener University community


Stephen Stratoti

Steve Stratoti joined ITS as a Sr. Programmer Analyst in October 2017 and has been quickly getting up-to-speed working with the University Systems team in ACN 105.

Steve is a graduate of Drexel University and has worked as an IT Developer and a Business Process Engineer for 11 years with a variety of educational institutions.  He is very familiar and comfortable working with university students, faculty and staff.  And he’s already proven a perfect fit for the new Client Success focus within ITS.

Steve LOVES learning new technologies and tinkering with home automation gadgets.  He’s into gaming of all kinds–including board games; sings tenor in a Semi-professional A Cappella group; and enjoys cooking and grilling.

Steve and his wife Arielle make their home in Philly along with their dog, Frankie, and cat, Ruka.  Thank you to all who have already made Steve feel like part of the Widener family.  And for those who haven’t met him yet, you are in for a real treat when you do!



Storey Picture

 Jessica Storey has relocated from Fredericksburg, VA to join Widener’s TLT team as an Instructional Designer. She looks forward to working with faculty on digital pedagogy best practices as well as creating course content. In addition, Jessica is excited to assist with the migration over to Canvas and help faculty take advantage of all the exciting features Canvas has to offer.  You can find Jessica holding training sessions and workshops in the FISHtank (Wolfgram Library, 1st floor) or working 1-on-1 with instructors or with department groups.

Jessica has spent the last eleven years in the education field, as both a classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Resource Specialist. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia and a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Mary Washington.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys chasing after her two-year-old daughter, traveling, and cycling. She looks forward to getting to know the local roads and continuing to ride in the MS Bike to the Bay each year.

Meltdown and Spectre

The computing industry has just publicly announced two major vulnerabilities affecting virtually every computer.

The vulnerabilities are being called Meltdown and Spectre, and they are very significant issues. They will require immediate and ongoing attention to secure your computing environment. While Widener ITS is working hard to address the issues with University equipment, everyone that has a personal computer, tablet, or smartphone needs to check with their manufacturer/carrier to find out what updates are available.

For your computer, you’ll first need to update your OS, likely either Windows or Apple (but other OS’s are vulnerable, too). Follow your standard method of patching (Windows Update or Apple AppStore Updates). NOTE FOR MAC USERS: we’re still asking you to avoid updating to High Sierra (version 10.13), so please look for the “Update All” button.

For your IOS device (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone) you’ll go into Settings > General > Software Update. The AppStore will likely alert you, too.

For Android, this can vary, but should be found in Settings > System Updates. Android is usually good about putting updates in front of users quickly.

Browsers – every major browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE, Safari, and others) is being updated. The quickest way to update is usually through the Help > About section of your browser found using the control icon in the upper right corner.


This is a confusing issue, and that’s because it’s a big issue. Also, please be aware that scams around this will be out there soon. If you have any questions, please contact us at the Helpdesk at x1047 or at Helpdesk@widener.edu.

Happy (and Safe!) Holidays

With the holidays upon us, and the new year coming up, it’s a good time to remember that cybercriminals use the rush of the season to target unsuspecting users.

In addition to “urgent” messages to reset your password (reminder: even if you miss the reset date, we’re not deleting your account), it’s important to be ready for themed phishing emails such as Post Office/UPS/FedEx shipping notices.  It’s tempting to check “just in case,” but unless the email has your specific tracking number on it, it’s likely a scam.

Be careful if you get an email that looks like it’s from your bank saying that your card has gone over your limit – the bad guys often take the graphics straight from banking portals to trick people into entering their login data. Check your balance from your app, or give the support number on your card a call.

Remember that Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t secure – while you’re checking your bank balance, someone might be trying to intercept your ID and password.  Head out into the malls with the numbers beforehand, or just use your data connection.  At a busy Starbucks, your own service will probably be faster anyway.

Happy holidays everyone, and be safe out there.


Canvas is ready! Now it’s your turn.

Canvas_vertical_colorIn the first three weeks that Canvas has been open for Widener faculty, over 150 of you have already logged into http://canvas.widener.edu/. Today we’re happy to report that Spring 2018 courses are loaded.

You’re going to start hearing more frequent news and updates from our team. For today’s installment, here’s our recommended action plan of four easy steps to get familiar with Canvas:

  1. Log in to Canvas with your regular Widener username and password.
  2. Edit your Canvas profile with a picture, bio, title, and contact information. Hint: the Edit Profile button’s on the right of your screen.
  3. Try the Welcome to Canvas introductory training offerings. For beginners, we recommend “First Look” and “Course Basics.” (These links will take you to recorded webinars on Adobe Connect.) Later, advanced topics are under the “Building Block Series” heading.
  4. Check out one of your empty 2017-18 courses to review the course template that our project team and Widener faculty co-designed.

Stay tuned for upcoming news about live training options, the future of course evaluations in Canvas, and other hot topics.

Safety for Mobile Devices

National Cyber Security Awareness Month continues, and this week we have some tips on mobile device safety.

Today, we are more dependent on our mobile devices than ever.  At Widener, we make every effort to keep using them easy (did you see our latest update about guest wireless?). But with that ease of use comes some risk.  Take a look at some ideas from the #CyberAware campaign:

  • Mobile Apps – Only download your apps from Google Play or the Apple Store. Apps from other sources are rarely checked for malware or bugs.
  • WiFi hotspots – Although handy, WiFi hotspots are not secure. Anyone connected to it can scan your outgoing data (hello, bank account app), or they can attack your device with no firewall between them and you.  Wait until you’re on your own network, use your cell data network, or check into using a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which is a way to communicate securely over a less-secure network.
  • Lock your device – It sounds basic to those of us that do it, but many people don’t have a passcode or fingerprint reader set up. Our devices are small and portable; they’re easy to misplace, lose, or get stolen.  And most of your apps are probably password-cached, because it’s easy. Nearly everyone does it.  Just make sure that you have your device locked down so that no one can get in if it ends up in someone else’s hands.

For more info, check out this tip sheet, Safety Tips for Mobile Devices. As always, please call the Helpdesk at x1047 for assistance with any IT issue.

Guest Wireless Made Easy

ITS redesigned our guest wireless service to make getting on faster and more convenient for everybody.

We know you’re connected. But what about your family and friends when they visit you on campus? What about your official guests who are attending meetings or an event? If they want to jump on the wireless and check their email or Facebook, do they have to call the HelpDesk?

Until now, they did. But, as of October 23, we’re changing our guest wireless network to make it more convenient for everybody. We are launching self-service wireless access that uses email or text messages to provide guests with login information that is good for 24 hours.

Simply tell your guest to connect to the “WUGuest” network. When they open a browser window, they’ll be prompted to complete the Guest Self Registration form. They will need to tell us three things:

  1. current, working email address
  2. cell phone number
  3. cell phone carrier (e.g. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.)

We’ll respond with login information immediately. It’s all automated and available 24/7.

If you or your guests have any issues or want a login for longer than 24 hours, contact the ITS HelpDesk at (610) 499-1047.