Appraise vs. Apprise

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Sometimes similar sounding words get used interchangeably, even when they have different meanings. For example, appraise and apprise have different meanings despite their similar sound.  Appraise means to estimate the monetary value of something (appraise the value of a house, for example) or to estimate the importance of something (such as to appraise the writing of Shakespeare). Apprise, on the other hand, means to give notice to or inform (for instance, to be apprised of a friend's travel plans).

Bike to work

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The University has many resources to consult for biking to work. Biking to work can improve fitness and help you earn wellness points; you can earn 75 wellness points in the Bicycle Commuter Program. Bicyclists who ride to work three or more days per week are also eligible for Metro Transit's Guaranteed Ride Home Program. Registered participants can request reimbursements up to four times per year or $100 in value, whichever comes first, for eligible trips with valid documentation.

UCard

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As the building access pilot program has been rolled out, several building UCard sensors have been replaced with proximity sensors rather than a card swipe device. If you have small orange letters and numbers on the back of your UCard, it will work with proximity sensors. To obtain an updated card, visit a UCard office. If you need your access adjusted as an ASR staff member, contact the access coordinator for your building.

Phishing scams

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Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is a type of scam that can lead to identity theft by stealing your personal data or information such as credit card numbers, account IDs and passwords, and other account data. It can also pose a risk to the University by providing access to University systems or data. Most often, phishing scams use email that entice people to provide their personal information on fraudulent web sites. There are also telephone scams and other email scams that work with Google calendar. If you receive email that appears to be a phishing scam, you can check the University’s phishing blog. If you receive a phishing email that is not listed on the blog, forward the message to phishing@umn.edu.

Microsoft Office for Students

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Beginning August 22, registered University students can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at no charge (the regular price is typically about $80 for college students). The software package includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and OneNote. To learn more, and download the software if you are a student, visit http://z.umn.edu/msoffice.

The MyU portal project team recently conducted usability on the new MyU with 24 total evaluators; 12 staff members and 12 students (about half undergraduates and half graduate students). The new MyU’s combination of self-service access and information was seen as a positive improvement by students. The majority of students were able to successfully complete all the assigned tasks, and the names of the self-service tabs also resonated well. The most frequently chosen phrases to describe the portal were: “Clean,” “Easy to Use,” “Straightforward,” “Informative,” and “Understandable.” There were some usability issues discovered, which the team has analyzed and prioritized for fixing. The portal team will return to the usability lab in October to evaluate MyU with faculty and advisers.

Collegiate staff have been asked to release reserved group seats by Friday, August 29th. Seats that have not been released by the deadline will be released by OCM, which allows students to enroll who do not meet the reserved seat capacity restrictions. Guidelines for the Management of Reserved Group Seats are available to help department schedulers determine the appropriate release date.

ASR employee mini-survey #4

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This week's poll asks whether communication in your department is effective, then gives you the chance to weigh in on the sort of music you would like to hear at the October 29 ASR staff event. Please tell us what you think.

The previous poll question asked whether you would attend a “brown bag” session for ASR staff about ESUP and what topics you would like covered. 40% of respondents said they were likely to attend a brown bag session and another 6% said they were undecided. Many respondents indicated they already feel very well informed, but several topics were suggested including the student experience in the portal, an overview of the training plan, overviews of what's changing, and information about time and absence management for staff and managers. Watch for more information to come about brown bag sessions for ASR staff.

Thank you to everyone who donated items, time, and money to the ASR Auction. Together, we raised over $800 to go towards an existing student scholarship. Winners will be announced by end of day today (Thursday). Again, thank you for a great auction!

In an effort to establish consistency in the way we all share contact information with our audiences, an email signature standard has been developed by University Relations. Please note that this standard is based on email signature best practices and does not allow for the addition of graphics or images.

To use, select the version that best applies to your situation. To use the template:


  • Copy the selected version

  • Open your email settings and go to the "signature" section

  • Paste your selected email version into the "signature" section

  • Customize your information

  • Click "Save changes" at bottom of screen

OPTIONS:

1 unit

Jane Doe
Multimedia Designer | Government Relations | govrelations.umn.edu
University of Minnesota | umn.edu
janedoe@umn.edu | 612-624-9098 | c. 612-555-5555

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John Doe
Senior Public Relations Consultant | Information Technology | oit.umn.edu
Director of Student Communications | Office for Student Affairs | www.osa.umn.edu
University of Minnesota | umn.edu
johndoe@umn.edu | 612-624-3302

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+ address

John Doe
Senior Public Relations Consultant | Information Technology | oit.umn.edu
2218 University Ave, Suite 305
University of Minnesota | umn.edu
johndoe@umn.edu | 612-624-3302

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+ address + office hours

John Doe
Senior Public Relations Consultant | Information Technology | oit.umn.edu
2218 University Ave, Suite 305 | Office hours: MWF 3-6pm, Tu 2-4pm
University of Minnesota | umn.edu
johndoe@umn.edu | 612-624-3302

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+ 2 units + 2 addresses + office hours

John Doe
Senior Public Relations Consultant | Information Technology | oit.umn.edu
2218 University Ave, Suite 305 | Office hours: MWF 3-6pm, Tu 2-4pm
Director of Student Communications | Office for Student Affairs | www.osa.umn.edu
100 Church Street, Rm 4 | Office hours: MWF 3-6pm, Tu 2-4pm
University of Minnesota | umn.edu
johndoe@umn.edu | 612-624-3302

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