Center for Media Initiatives
The Center for Media Initiatives in the new Sawyer, coming in 2014!
Did You Know?
It’s only a bit over 39 days of continuous walking to get from Jesup Hall to Silicon Valley.
ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) was the first general-purpose electronic computer; it was announced to the public the evening of February 14, 1946.
Williams Admission processes 80,000 potential applicants a year through the Peoplesoft Admission module.
By the year 2012 it is estimated there will be approximately 17 billion devices connected to the Internet.
You still have PeopleSoft student system access when you graduate? You can review grades and request transcripts no matter where life takes you after Williams. We love to hear from you!
2,113 students were enrolled in at least one course that used Glow in Fall 2011, representing 99.1% of the student body.
Jesup Hall was built in 1899 and renovated to be a Computer Center in 1983-84. The entire second floor was made up of computer labs as many students did not have personal computers. The 12 Computer Center staff moved over to Jesup from Bronfman in August 1984.
According to Wikipedia, In the twenty years from 1990 to 2011, worldwide mobile phone subscriptions grew from 12.4 million to over 5.6 billion. Current estimates put the world’s total population at about 7 billion.
OIT will NEVER ask for your password!
In Q4 2011, 40% of US mobile subscribers had a smartphone: 47% of them used a Google Android phone, 30% used an iPhone. (comscore.com)
In a typical month, Williams mail servers process 15 million incoming mail messages and 2 million outgoing mail messages. Our spam and virus detection systems block over 84% of all incoming messages.
Modern PC desktops draw about .06 watts when in sleep mode. They also draw about .06 watts when turned off. Night lights are typically 5 watts. You can get to zero by using a power strip and turning it to off when not in use.
Admission uses a Williams-developed Peoplesoft custom application to implement a paperless reader rating process. The new online process insures that every reader is automatically notified if higher test scores arrive after their read has been completed, giving them a chance to re-evaluate the application.
Liquid spills are a common cause of laptop failure and usually voids the computer warranty. Liquids that have damaged college laptops include water, beer, wire, mixed drinks, juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soda, steam from a shower, rain, baby spitup and a broken lava lamp.
There were more than 870,000 logins to the HR/Student system in 2011.
All laptops and other portable storage media that are used to store Williams College confidential data must be password-protected and have their hard drives encrypted. Contact OIT for help encrypting laptops and media.
Every morning, administrative staff review the nightly results from over 50 data quality assurance checks to ensure the accuracy of student and employee records.
Williams College makes admissions decisions available to applicants via our MyApplication site. Over 80% of applicants log in to check their status within the first 24 hours after decisions are released.
On average, Glow delivers a web page to a logged-in user every 7.5 seconds.
Over 19,000 financial reports are produced nightly within our PeopleSoft Financials system. Sign in to the PeopleSoft Financials system to review your accounts at https://finance.williams.edu .
There are over 1,300 active users of the campus room scheduling system? Access the campus room scheduler system at: https://roomscheduler.williams.edu
Faculty and Staff can use the Williams Transport bus service that runs shuttles from Williams to and from New York City and Boston every weekend during the academic year. Go to https://sarah.williams.edu and click on Self Service, Williams Transport to book a ticket.
There are over 6000 student and alumni users of the PeopleSoft student system.
Facilities & Services
December 11th, 2013
Around 4:45pm we started having problem with the college mail system. By about 4:55 systems should be back up and running....
December 3rd, 2013
The Equipment Loan Center will be closing early on Wednesday the 4th.
We will close at 12:00 noon.
November 13th, 2013
There is a new round of phishing/spam emails arriving in many of our Inboxes. With a fake message stating that “your...