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Student email to move to Office 365 platform

By Northern Star staff | March 28, 2016

NIU's student email will be moving from Gmail to Office 365 on May 23, according to an NIU news release. The move, which started in 2014, will also provide NIU students with free Microsoft Office downloads as well as one terabyte of OneDrive for Business...

Campus Internet connection returns after 3-hour outage

By Northern Star staff | March 23, 2016

Update: As of 2:54 p.m., connectivity issues have been resolved, but DoIT is verifying the status of all systems, according to an NIU Tweet.As of 11:35 a.m. today, the Division of Information Technology experienced an interruption affecting all Internet...

Network Outages Expected for Spring Break

By Northern Star staff | March 1, 2016

The Division of Information Technology will perform maintenance and updates to the NIU network over spring break from March 13-20.Although it was scheduled to be the least inconvenient to students, network outages are expected during these updates, according...

Last Day to take Printing Survey

By Northern Star staff | January 25, 2016

Today is the last day to take the NIU printing survey. The Division of Information Technology and the Student Association have asked the campus to participate in a voluntary online survey to gauge the printing needs of the NIU community in an effort...

Appropriate Use policy to be reviewed by administration

By Margaret Maka | October 8, 2015

A revised policy on appropriate use of the NIU Network will be submitted to the president’s cabinet for final review in January.The Division of Information Technology has been working for more than a year to revise the Appropriate Use policy, formerly...

Sophomore sociology major Laura Commings uses a printer Wednesday in Founders Memorial Library. Students will have their $7-per-semester printing subsidy, which was set to end this spring, extended for one year.

$7-per-semester printing subsidy to return for 1 year

By Satta Kendor | April 27, 2015

Sophomore sociology major Laura Commings uses a printer Wednesday in Founders Memorial Library. Students will have their $7-per-semester printing subsidy, which was set to end this spring, extended for one year.

NIU offers up to $30K grant for creating broadband Internet project

By Northern Star staff | March 5, 2015

The deadline to apply for the Broadband Innovation Grant offered by the Division of Information Technology is April 15.Students, faculty and staff are invited to apply. The grant may be up to $30,000 per year for three years. The grant is offered to a...

Students can learn ins and outs of cellphones at Bring Your Own Device Fair

By Northern Star staff | February 18, 2015

The Division of Information Technology will hold the Bring Your Own Device Fair 12:30-1:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Holmes Student Center, Ellington’s Restaurant.Technicians from the Division of Information Technology will help students navigate the functions...

Weekly Gripe: Campus Internet in city overdue

By Carl Nadig | October 23, 2014

NIU should’ve started expanding its wireless network to the downtown DeKalb area years ago to strengthen the relationship between the campus and city, establishing a “communiversity” with the campus Internet as the link.The Division of Information...

Graduate accounting student Kang Gao (left) and Nino Mebuke, graduate sports psychology student, work on computer workstations Monday night on the second floor of Founders Memorial Library. The university has plans to expand its Wi-Fi, potentially providing it to portions of downtown DeKalb.

NIU Wi-Fi could expand to city

By Chris Raufeisen | October 21, 2014

The university’s wireless network may expand down Lincoln Highway to downtown DeKalb by fall 2015, said Chief Information Officer Brett Coryell.WirelessBy the end of the semester, the Division of Information Technology will have reached a decision with...

Internet policy needs deadlines

By Northern Star Editorial Board | September 17, 2014

The Computing Facilities Advisory Committee and Chief information Officer Brett Coryell needs to set deadlines for revising the language in NIU’s Acceptable Use Policy.The university’s Acceptable Use Policy enforces use of NIU’s Internet network...

Pass/Fail: IT upgrades university to Office 365; local Barnes & Noble kicks the bucket

By Carl Nadig | September 9, 2014

Pass: IT upgrades university to Office 365Thank you, Division of Information Technology, for upgrading the university to Office 365.Don’t think I didn’t notice the little changes after I opened up a copy of Microsoft Word — 2013! I was wondering...