December 27, 2012 Students CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Beware of holiday phishing attacks

Our campus is constantly under attack by a barrage of attempts to steal personal information (aka phishing). Often these attacks come during holidays when campus IT support is unavailable. Even when you can’t contact the IT Service Center there are still clues and resources to help you figure out if the e-mail you have received is legitimate or a phishing attempt. More at

CU-Boulder: Highlights of 2012

Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of 2012 at the University of Colorado Boulder, including important accomplishments in research, athletics, the arts and student service, among other top stories:

CU-Boulder student life: Criminology Buffs

Criminology students at CU-Boulder had the opportunity to find out what life is like on the other side of the bars when they toured the prison complex at Cañon City, Colorado.

Three tours held during the fall semester took 59 students to the Territorial Correctional Facility, Colorado State Penitentiary, and Arrowhead Correctional Center to learn about the criminal justice system, prison facilities, and inmates.

Degree of difficulty: Flips and physics at CU-Boulder

The acrobatic flips of spirit squad member Ozell Williams are a good illustration of how University of Colorado Boulder students strive for a higher degree of difficulty. Professor Paul Beale reveals the science behind both Ozell's amazing tumbling and CU's top-ranked physics program.

Community Notes

Data Center firewall upgrade will make Enterprise Services unavailable night of Jan. 3

The data center firewall in the Computing Center must be upgraded to higher performing hardware and this will take place on the night of Jan. 3 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. A number of key enterprise services including the portals and e-mail services will be unavailable for varying amounts of time during the upgrade window. A full list of affected services is available at the link below.

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Desire2Learn upgrade rescheduled for Jan. 2; Includes new tools & retirement of others

Desire2Learn (D2L), CU-Boulder's online learning environment, will be upgraded on Jan. 2, 2013 to a new version that improves usability, offers new functionality, and fixes a number of bugs and other known issues. The new features include a redesigned interface with a less-cluttered layout, simplified navigation bars, easier content creation, enhancements to the quiz tool and a lot more. You can find much more information about the upgrade’s improvements on the Desire2Learn Upgrade page.

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