IT Solutions News

EquatlO Math Software Available D2L Brightspace

EquatlO Math Software Available D2L Brightspace

EquatlO, a cloud-based software, helps you write math symbols and equations, create graphs, and more!
IT Solutions Student Employee Spotlight, Spring 2021 Graduates

IT Solutions Student Employee Spotlight, Spring 2021 Graduates

Learn about graduating Spring 2021 seniors from the ITS team, what they enjoyed about their work, and where they're headed after graduation. Help us congratulate their accomplishments!
Scammers Don’t Take Vacations – Top Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked this Summer

Scammers Don’t Take Vacations – Top Tips to Avoid Getting Hacked this Summer

Take time to protect yourself, your devices, and sensitive information from cybercriminals this summer with our top tips.
Mavericks Esports Partners with Mobalytics and KovaaK

Mavericks Esports Partners with Mobalytics and KovaaK

Mavericks Esports has partnered with Mobalytics Plus and KovaaK 2.0 to help varsity players analyze their stats and train.
Mavericks Esports Reaches New Heights & Brings Exciting Opportunities

Mavericks Esports Reaches New Heights & Brings Exciting Opportunities

Head coach Jacquie Lamm gives an update on Mavericks Esports and upcoming opportunities this spring, summer, and fall.
Microsoft March Spotlight: Apps You Have, But Haven't Heard Of

Microsoft March Spotlight: Apps You Have, But Haven't Heard Of

Increase your productivity and organization at work, in school, or at home with these powerful Microsoft Office 365 tools that you may not know about!
Microsoft March Spotlight: Microsoft Teams

Microsoft March Spotlight: Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is an app within Microsoft Office 365 that all Minnesota State Mankato students and employees have access to - for free.
Microsoft March Spotlight: OneNote

Microsoft March Spotlight: OneNote

OneNote is a digital notebook that makes note-taking easy! Use it to take notes in a variety of ways in school, at work, or at home.
Microsoft March Spotlight: OneDrive

Microsoft March Spotlight: OneDrive

Included in Microsoft Office 365, OneDrive is a cloud-based file storage service that allows you to sync your files on all your devices for access anywhere and easy sharing.
Learn About Microsoft Office 365 Throughout Microsoft March!

Learn About Microsoft Office 365 Throughout Microsoft March!

During the month of March, IT Solutions is sharing helpful information about Microsoft Office 365 tools!
Take the CyberAware Pledge!

Take the CyberAware Pledge!

Take the CyberAware Pledge to become cybersecure this year in five easy steps.
Mavericks Esports Spring 2021 Recruit Competes in Championships

Mavericks Esports Spring 2021 Recruit Competes in Championships

Minnesota State Mankato accounting junior, Taylor Savoy, has been making a name for himself in esports.

Instructor Quick Guide to D2L Brightspace

Instructors can use D2L Brightspace to organize course materials, connect with students, log grades, and more!

Instructors, Prep for the Best with Tech!

Read about top tips for spring course planning with technology, including Zoom tips, course design tips, digital content tips, and more.

IT Solutions Student Employee Spotlight, Fall 2020 Graduates

Learn about graduating seniors from the ITS team and what they enjoyed most about working with us. Our student workers play a big part in helping us succeed, help us congratulate them!

Skype for Business is Retiring

Microsoft has announced that it will be retiring the Skype for Business product - here's what you need to know if you use it.

Shop Safe Online this Holiday Season

Learn how to protect yourself and your information while online shopping.

Meet Jacquie Lamm, Head Coach of Mavericks Esports

Learn more about Coach Lamm in this exclusive Q and A.

New Skills November

IT Solutions is challenging you to learn something new in November! Use LinkedIn Learning to easily develop new skills in a variety of fields.
NEW IT Solutions Center in the CSU Now Open

NEW IT Solutions Center in the CSU Now Open

A second IT Solutions Center location is now open on campus on the lower level of the Centenntial Student Union for tech help and support.
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

This October, IT Solutions wants to help you learn more about the importance of cybersecurity and how to protect yourself.

Life Hacks to Avoid Getting Hacked!

Learn four easy life hacks you can do right now to help you stay safe online and be cyberaware.

Be a Technology Overachiever!

Make sure your tech is up to date for success with this quick checklist.

Ethical Hackers: Heroes of the Cyberverse

Did you know that ethical hacking is a form of legal computer invasion? Learn more about this industry and how cybersecurity professionals defend against malicious hackers.

Esports and Gaming Make a Splash at Minnesota State Mankato

The gaming community is passionate about video games and the University is eager to support student interest with an esports varsity team and training facility in the works as of fall 2020.

All About MavAPPS

Use MavAPPS to access a variety of University software for STEM related topics.
Email Login Versus Address: Know the Difference!

Email Login Versus Address: Know the Difference!

Students - never share your University email login! Make sure you know the difference between your email address and your email login in order to protect your account.

Cybercriminals Strike with Financial Aid Email Phishing Scams

Beware of phishing scams involving fake emails posing as University financial aid communications.

Top 5 Tech Tips for Students Living On-Campus

Quick and essential tips to help residence community students get settled in with tech.

IT Solutions in Action

Check out our year in review to see how we contributed to campus technology throughout the 2019-2020 academic year!

Security Tips for Online Banking

Do you engage in online or mobile banking? Find out how to keep your transactions secure with these tips.

Campus Technology 101

Six steps to get the campus tech essentials that you’ll need most for your classes.

Student Quick Guide to D2L Brightspace

D2L Brightspace is a valuable tool! Learn the basic functions of D2L and how to get started using it.

What is Search Engine Optimization and Why is it Essential?

Search engine optimization (SEO) helps drive traffic to your website. Learn the basics to boost user engagement!

Top Tips to Enhance Your Website

University website editors, learn helpful tips to improve your website and increase discoverability.

Get Enhanced Security with Zoom 5.0!

A new version of Zoom is available with more security features than ever before! Update today.

Multi-Factor Authentication for Microsoft Office 365

You can now enable multi-factor authentication for your Microsoft Office 365 account.

IT Solutions Student Employee Spotlight, Spring 2020 Graduates

We couldn’t do what we do without our student workers! Learn about graduating seniors from the ITS team who all have made amazing contributions throughout their time here.

Essential Checklist for Course Planning

Faculty, start planning your courses by following this quick checklist with some important essentials to keep in mind.
New CyberAware Podcast Launched

New CyberAware Podcast Launched

Student workers on the Information Security Team are piloting a podcast focused on educating the University community about cybersecurity topics.
Beware of Coronavirus Relief Scams

Beware of Coronavirus Relief Scams

Currently, there is an increase in phishing and scams surrounding COVID-19, including fake coronavirus relief payments and illegitimate charities.

Computer Repair Still Offered By Campus Computer Store

Though the physical location is closed, the Campus Computer Store is still operating online and is still offering repair for computers. Call or email to inquire.
Keep Safe While Using Zoom, Avoid Zoom-Bombing

Keep Safe While Using Zoom, Avoid Zoom-Bombing

While we make the transition to working and learning remotely, Zoom has been a valuable tool. Learn about important Zoom security settings to help you avoid meeting disruption.
Additional Laptops Available for Students to Checkout

Additional Laptops Available for Students to Checkout

To assist with the need for computers during the transition to online, IT Solutions is launching a new laptop checkout program for students in need.

New Chromebook Support Articles Published

While we don't recommend Chromebooks as a primary device at MNSU, we have published instructions on how to run University software and tools on Chromebooks for those who may be using them.

Over 500 Malicious Google Chrome Extensions Exposed

Google has deactivated over 500 fraudulent Chrome browser extensions.

Campus Wi-Fi Now Available in Lot 11A

Campus Wi-Fi coverage has been extended to parking lot 11 to allow users to park and connect to the internet from inside their car.
NEW Student Technology Access Hotline & Online Chat

NEW Student Technology Access Hotline & Online Chat

A hotline for Student Technology Access has launched, staffed by students for students, to answer questions about accessing technology during the transition to online learning during COVID-19.

Curbside Technology Pick-Up and Drop-Off During COVID-19

During COVID-19, IT Solutions and the Campus Computer Store offered curbside technology drop-off and pick-up.

Computer-Based Phones Rolling Out in Call-Centered Divisions

A new solution called Jabber allows high volume call areas on campus to send and receive calls from one general number.

Online Chat Now Live for Tech Help & Support

With COVID-19 rapidly changing all our usual way of doing things from our greater campus-wide shift to online learning to your daily routines at home, the IT Solutions Center is temporarily changing as well.

WorkMSU Just Launched! Try This New VPN Alternative

You will love using WorkMSU, a brand new way to access more than 14 University software applications and services. Use the VPN in the past? With more applications and faster speeds, we think you will prefer WorkMSU!


MavLABS will allow you to access this software on your personal computers off-campus. You'll be able to connect to labs virtually to access specialty software, like ARC GIS, CAD, labs for geography, physics, biology, and more.

Adobe Creative Cloud Now Temporarily Available to All Students

Adobe has granted partner Universities around the world access to their Creative Cloud suite temporarily during the COVID-19 pandemic.

IT Solutions Video Team Available During COVID-19

IT Solutions Video is here and available to support your transition to online teaching and working by helping you capture and produce quality content.
Cybersecurity Safety During COVID-19

Cybersecurity Safety During COVID-19

During events like the Coronavirus outbreak (COVID 19), cyber attackers often use these opportunities to, unfortunately, try to take advantage of the situation.

First IT Solutions Partner of the Year Awarded

The first ever recipient of this award is Dr. Dan Cronn-Mills, a passionate innovator who helped with the development of Minnesota State Mankato's online academic catalog.

Mav Life Now Available for Future Students

Future students now have access to a lite version of Mav Life that helps them find information about Minnesota State Mankato.

Students Thank IT Solutions for Continued Support and Innovation

IT Solutions strives to make lasting connections with the people who matter most. In recognition of the team's work, a special award was given to Vice President and CIO Mark Johnson.

Adobe Connect Service Ending May 2020

In May 2020, service is ending for Adobe Connect. Switch to Zoom for a fast and reliable web conferencing solution.

Poll Everywhere Free for Faculty and Staff

Embed interactive polls into your presentations with Poll Everywhere, a unique audience response system.

Email Scam Alert: Fake Job Offers and Gift Cards

Beware of recent email phishing scams involving fake job offers and gift card requests, and learn what to do if you receive a suspicious email.

MATLAB and Simulink Available for Students and Faculty

Programming software MATLAB and Simulink can be downloaded on your personal computer for coursework and research.

Wi-Fi Upgrades Made Across Campus Over Winter Break

Wi-Fi upgrades implemented over winter break improve network speed, coverage, and reliability.

New Features in Mav Life: Automatic D2L Integration

An update coming January 2020 will allow users to automatically see their D2L courses in Mav Life!

Top Tech Resources for Graduate Students

Learn about our campus technology resources that can help you succeed in graduate school.

New homepage upgrade in D2L Brightspace in 2020

The D2L Brightspace homepage will get two new upgrades in 2020. A School tab that makes it easy to toggle between courses at different MinnState campuses. Plus the My Courses widget featured more prominently on the homepage to get where you need fast.

Episerver December Enhancements

Learn about the upcoming minor changes coming soon to Episerver, the website content management system (CMS) at Minnesota State Mankato.

Game-Based Learning and the Quest for Student Engagement

To help increase student engagement and success, Minnesota State Mankato is working to incorporate more games into the learning experience.

Kaltura MediaSpace Updates for Fall 2019

A handful of new and exciting updates are coming to Kaltura MediaSpace on November 21, 2019.

LinkedIn Learning is Here! has upgraded to LinkedIn Learning! Log in now and enjoy the same great content with tons of new features.

Essential Checklist for Course Planning

We're making the tech side of course planning easier! We’ve streamlined the D2L course request process and improved your resources.

New Option in MavMAIL Helps You Report Phishing Emails

Microsoft Outlook's new option allows you to quickly report phishing and junk emails.

Bus Tracking App En Route to Improving Mankato Public Transportation

The bus tracker, developed through a partnership between the University and the City of Mankato, has helped make transportation more convenient and efficient for the community.

Is Your Smart Home Protected?

Any smart devices connected to your home's WiFi can be vulnerable to cybercriminals if they are unprotected. Stay safe with these security tips.

MavPRINT Updates Coming Fall 2019

New updates are coming to MavPRINT that make it easier than ever to print on campus.

Get to Know the 2018-2019 IT Solutions Outstanding Service Award Recipient

Chris Lienemann is a Solutions Architect who received the 2018-2019 Outstanding Service Award for the IT Solutions division.

Capital One Information Breach Estimated to Affect 100 Million U.S. Customers

A recent breach compromised information from Capital One credit card applicants and Capital One credit card customers.

Zoom is Here, Replacing Adobe Connect

Zoom is a fast, easy, and dependable web conferencing service now available to staff, faculty, and students.

Shield Your Socials!

Add these three positive habits into your social media routine to ensure your privacy and protect your character online.

Meet Gizmo, a Superdog with a Helping Heart

Cathy Colby, a Solutions Architect, volunteers with her dog Gizmo to provide therapy sessions to individuals in the Mankato and surrounding area.

Summer Shopping Tips

Before you buy anything online, ask yourself a few key questions to make sure your information is safe from cybercriminals.