Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Official News/General Announcements
· New Phishing Experiential Learning and Reporting
· Thinking about applying for a grant?
· Richard C. Thompson, former dean, School of Art and Design, passes away
· HR Tip of the Month
· Job Opportunity-Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Biology
· Job Opportunity-Custodian
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New Phishing Experiential Learning and Reporting

Phishing and social engineering attacks are an increasing threat to the University. In ITS, we have implemented a wide range of technologies to prevent the vast majority of the phishing emails from reaching your inbox. Still, that does not prevent a few of these emails from reaching your inbox several times a month. An important layer of our protection is what is often called the "human firewall." Your educated and informed vigilance is one of last barriers of defense when external scammers have evaded all previous defenses.

With this collaboration, we have been largely successful in keeping the University safe from those who would steal our information and disrupt our educational and business processes. In ITS, we have provided educational opportunities as well as tools to help you discern phishing, spam, and malware attempts from legitimate email. The [EXTERNAL] tag in the subject line, among other tools provides an indication of which emails are coming from outside the institution and could potentially indicate a threat.

We have encouraged you to report phishing emails to the helpdesk. We understand that the process to report phishing emails is somewhat labor-intensive and disrupts other tasks. We are now making it easier to report phishing emails...a simple link (inside of Outlook) that submits your suspected email for review. The "Phish Alert" link (just above the body of the email-Please see attached) is one-click button to inform us of emerging concerns that could trick other employees. Look for the "Phish Alert" link in your Outlook email software soon.

Additionally, we have now enrolled all our users into an educational campaign that is designed to teach our campus users how to better discern and respond to phishing emails. On a regular, ongoing basis, we will send you emails (through a service called "Knowbe4") that appear to be phishing emails. When you spot these (or any suspected phishing email), report the email through the "Phish Alert" link. If you are tricked by the email (clicking on potentially problematic attachments or links), the system will let you know that you responded to a phishing email and show you how you can better discern future phishing emails. As we run through this experiential learning program, we are hopeful that we can further build our "human firewall." If you have any questions, please contact the ITS Helpdesk (helpdesk@alfred.edu 607.871.2222).


Attachment: Phish Alert Link in Outlook

Submitted by: Gary Roberts

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Thinking about applying for a grant?

If you are considering applying for a grant, the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and is here to help. Please contact our office as soon as you identify an opportunity you would like to consider, but at least 2 weeks before it is due. This gives our office the time it needs to effectively assist in your application. Grant proposals involving equipment purchases will need to be coordinated with OSP even earlier since Procurement and Facilities also need to be involved in those discussions. The pre-application checklist will be needed for each submission. If you have any questions, please reach out to us directly. Thanks.

Attachment: Pre-application Checklist for Grants

Submitted by: Sarah Rynearson-Moody

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Richard C. Thompson, former dean, School of Art and Design, passes away

Richard C. Thompson of Dayton, OR, former dean of the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, passed away in February. He was 75.

Richard was appointed dean of the School of Art and Design in September of 1997 after a 12-year tenure as professor of painting and assistant chair of the Art and Art History Department at the University of Texas, Austin. Richard held the dean's position at Alfred University until 2005, when he joined the faculty as a professor of painting. He retired from teaching in 2008.


Link: Full Obituary



Submitted by: Mark Whitehouse

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HR Tip of the Month

Did you know that as an employee of Alfred University you could take advantage of discounts to save you money?

AT&T:
-(Foundation Account #02511900) -20% off base plan
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-Existing customers call 866-355-8923 to enroll

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-19% off base plan (unlimited plans excluded)
-Visit www.verizonwireless.com/b...

SUNY Perks at Work:
-Create a free account with your Alfred e-mail and unlock perks for employees
-Visit https://www.perksatwork.c...

Employee Assistance Program:
-Visit https://my.alfred.edu/hr/... to learn more about our EAP program and the benefits offered to you and your family members

-8 free in-person counseling sessions, per incident, per year (not only for employees but their families as well)
-Child/Elder Care Resources, Legal and Financial Consultations, Virtual Concierge, Wellness Resources, Health Advocacy, Online Resources, and Employee Education E-Learning Courses
-Your entertainment benefit provides access to a myriad of different categories including hotels, theme parks, movies, venues, and stores. To access your discounts, click the Entertainment button in the menu or visit www.workingadvantage.com. For new users, a onetime registration is required. Use the Company Code: 871915611.



Submitted by: Kayleigh Jones

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Job Opportunity-Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Biology

Please see the link below for more information on the open Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Biology position.

Link: Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor of Biology



Submitted by: Tamara Green

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Job Opportunity-Custodian

Please see the link below for more information on the open Custodial position

Link: Job Opportunity-Custodian



Submitted by: Tamara Green

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