Welcome Back!

We’re so glad to see you. If there’s anything Information Technology Services can do for you, please stop by and see us or give us a call at 909-621-8061 or email us at servicedesk@pomona.edu.

Remember there is online help available to you 24×7 in our Knowledge Base at kb.pomona.edu

Here’s to another great academic year!

Monthly Server Maintenance, August 13-14

This Saturday night/Sunday morning (1-5am), our Windows servers will be briefly unavailable while they reboot to apply updates.

Why?

Microsoft releases security patches for its software on the second Tuesday of each month. To minimize disruption, ITS schedules the installation of these patches in the early morning of the weekend following “patch Tuesday.”

Email issue under investigation.

Placement Exam Information

Students take placement exams in areas of the curriculum where correct placement is critical to success. Please read below for the various deadlines*. Placement exam results enable the academic advisors to assist you by recommending the appropriate-level class for you.

Students, incoming and continuing, with any knowledge of Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish who haven’t taken a course in these languages at the Claremont Colleges will be required to take a placement exam. The exams will need to be taken before your arrival on campus.

Chinese Available July 6
The Chinese placement test consists of 2 components; both are required. Part 1 is taken online on Sakai (http://sakai.claremont.edu). *Pomona students must take the online component by midnight on August 17th.

Part 2 (oral and dictation) will be taken in person at Mason Hall (550 N. Harvard Avenue) Room 5 at 8:00 AM on August 21st for Pomona students.

Economics Available July 6 and only available to POMONA STUDENTS
*Pomona students must take the online exam on Sakai (http://sakai.claremont.edu) by midnight on August 24th.

French Available July 6
*Students must take the French Placement test on Sakai (http://sakai.claremont.edu) by midnight on August 21st.

German Available now
The German placement test (http://webcape.org/nwcregister.php?acct=pomona ) can be taken at any time before midnight on August 24th. The password is “sagehens1?. Students must take the test by midnight on August 24th.

Japanese Available July 6
The Japanese placement test consists of 2 components; both are required. Part 1 is taken online via Sakai. *Non-Pomona students must take the online component on Sakai (http://sakai.claremont.edu) by midnight on August 17th.

Part 2 (including oral) will be taken in person at Mason Hall (550 N. Harvard Avenue) Room 19 at 8:00 AM on August 26th for Pomona students.

Latin Available July 6
The Latin placement test is taken online on Sakai ((http://sakai.claremont.edu). Students must take the test by 5 PM on August 21st.

Quantitative Skills Available July 6 and only available to POMONA STUDENTS
*Pomona students must take the online exam on Sakai (http://sakai.claremont.edu) by midnight on August 24th.

Russian Available July 6
*Students must take the online exam on Sakai (http://sakai.claremont.edu) by midnight on August 24th.

Spanish Available now
*The Spanish placement test (http://webcape.org/nwcregister.php?acct=pomona ) can be taken at any time before midnight on August 24th. The password is “sagehens1?.

Accessing the Online Placement Exams on Sakai
1. Point your browser at http://sakai.claremont.edu.
2. Click on “Login” in the upper right corner.
3. Choose your College from the pull down menu under “Please Select Your College.”
4. Log in with your College Login ID. Reminder: you do need to have set up your College email in order to access the Sakai sites.
5. As an incoming student you will see multiple placement exam tabs along the top in Sakai.

If you encounter difficulties logging into Sakai, you can contact the Pomona College ITS Service Desk: help@pomona.edu or 909-621-8061.

Reminder: Monday July 4 is a Staff Holiday.

High Tea @ IT

Topic: Secure Yourself!
Friday, July 15 at 3:15pm in the Cowart IT Building Conference Room

Refreshments Served!

Please RSVP Julie Journitz by July 12 so we have enough tea.

High Tea Flyer

To our graduating seniors

gradpomWe want to let you know how ITS will be working to transition you to your new “graduated student” status. First of all, your MyMail e-mail account will be yours to keep indefinitely, with a few provisions. Microsoft will keep the account active as long as you login to the MyMail website at least once every 6 months; without that regular check-in, Microsoft will suspend the account and potentially clear out any old messages.
Speaking of e-mail, the one address that will remain with you is the userid@mymail.pomona.edu format, so that is the address you’ll want to be sure to use going forward for all correspondence. We will keep your first.last@pomona.edu alias through December of this year to help you make the transition, but be sure and update any systems that use your Pomona address to the MyMail address format.

While your network account will remain active for ongoing portal access, your network space on the Fargo server will be inaccessible after June 30th, so be sure and copy any important files you need to your own computer’s drive, external hard drive, flash drive, or personal cloud storage.
If you wish to donate any remaining print quota balance to another student, you can go to http://print.pomona.edu and login using campus\userid and click “Transfers” on the left. Just enter the person’s user ID in the “transfer to user” box; you can determine their ID based on their Pomona MyMail e-mail address.

April 2016 ITSMonthly

ITS Monthly

Please click below to access the April 2016 version of the ITSMonthly. This month we feature the Physics Department and its use of video in teaching and learning, the new Course Scheduler and ITS employee, Steve Moss. We’ve also added a tip page for those craving a little techno topic.

download the April 2016 ITSMonthly

Cesar Chavez Day is a staff holiday; Service Desk will be minimally staffed.

Sportscode Gamebreak is a Game Changer!

Alex and Computer
Alex La, the Interim Head Coach for the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Water Polo and Women’s Water Polo programs in 2015-16, submitted a Hahn grant for the acquisition of equipment that would enable the coaches to tag segments of game films to organize the films for teaching and coaching the
tactics and the fundamentals of the sport to student athletes.

In a recent conversation with Alex and Tamara Perea, the assistant coach of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Water Polo program , it was clear that the ability to be able to use this software for teaching and coaching so quickly was “a game changer”. SportsCode Gamebreak can separate all aspects of a game or a practice into clips that can be organized by multiple attributes or “tags” such as offensive, defensive or even specific clips of an individual player. This can occur during a game or it can be brought back into the classroom for review and teaching.

Prior to this, the only alternative was for the student athletes to watch the entire video rather than those segments that are relevant to improving their game. Alex said that the students after watching the video repeatedly would “lose their attention, their focus”, thereby
defeating the purpose of it.

Tamara and Alex both noted that the Women’s team is a very young team (with 9 freshmen on it) and having the ability to focus on the tactics, “learning the game” was key to their improvement. After practices, the video can be taken right into the classroom for teaching and coaching the athletes.
Alex said last year he even posted videos on Sakai for students to review independently. Classroom sessions are now about 90% video and 10% whiteboard, said Alex.

Another way of using the software is as positive reinforcement. La put together a “Pump Up Video” last year showing all the goals the athletes had scored in the season. A student (Adam) dropping by the conversation said that these video clips personalize the game for students and allow them to “go in depth on what you’re doing right and wrong.”

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