July 30, 2013 Faculty-Staff CU-Boulder Today

In this Issue

Data center power failure and service restoration

At approximately 3 a.m. today, a main power component in the campus data center failed. The nature of the failure caused all redundant power systems, which normally would have activated, to immediately go offline for safety reasons. This consequently caused all computer systems in the data center and dependent services to go offline.

Services affected included VPN, Desire2Learn, Exchange, CUAccess, MyCUBoulder, MyCUInfo, www.colorado.edu and UCB Files. While Exchange email service is restored, it is experiencing delivery delays due to the recovery process. 

Staff from Facilities Management and OIT, along with various vendors, restored power and worked diligently until all services were fully restored. Updates on the issue can be found at www.colorado.edu/oit/node/12611.

Ice-free Arctic winters could explain amplified warming during Pliocene

Year-round ice-free conditions across the surface of the Arctic Ocean could explain why the Earth was substantially warmer during the Pliocene Epoch than it is today, despite similar concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, according to

CU-Boulder sustainability training program expands to national online offering

The University of Colorado Boulder this week began offering its sustainability training and non-credit certificate program entirely online, making the option available to participants across the nation.

Community Notes

Nominations sought for the 2013-14 University Perspective Program

The University Perspective Program is seeking staff nominations for 2013-14. The program's purpose is to retain and continuously develop staff from all levels at the University of Colorado by providing participants with a peer network and the opportunity to have engaging and educational meetings with campus and university leadership. Participants will deepen their knowledge and understanding of CU, while gaining perspective on their work's impact on the university’s mission.

Suspect in Folsom Field burglaries

Suspect sought in Folsom Field burglaries of cell phones, employee lunches

The CU-Boulder Police Department is asking for the campus community’s help in identifying a burglary suspect who has stolen cell phones from Folsom Field offices twice this summer. CU Police have obtained surveillance video of the suspect and ask that anyone who recognizes him to call Detective Paul Davis at 303-492-3459. The YouTube video can be seen at bit.ly/Stadiumburglary072113.


Maximize your course development time by requesting a D2L course now

If you're teaching a course in the fall and are planning to use Desire2Learn (D2L), now is great time to request your course. Requesting your course now will allow you to maximize the available time to develop your course. To request a course, instructors should log in to MyCUInfo and choose the Course Tools tab in Teaching Tools to "Request Desire2Learn Course." More info >>

CULink retires July 31

CULink account owner access ends July 31

The CULink e-mail and calendaring service is being retired as all accounts have been migrated to CU-Boulder Gmail or the campus Microsoft Exchange service. CULink accounts that were set up to forwarded e-mail now have their forward being carried out by CU-Boulder's Identity Manager service. Access to CULink has been temporarily preserved so that account owners can retrieve any information they need such as contacts or calendars. However, starting July 31, 2013, account owners will no longer be able to login to CULink.

Property Services’ live auction of surplus property and equipment

University of Colorado Boulder Property Services will hold an auction of surplus property and equipment that is open to the public on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Items will be available for preview beginning at 8 a.m., and the auction will begin at 9 a.m.