Free Download available to Students for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus

Free Download available to Students for Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus

Starting mid-August, students currently enrolled at Penn can download and install Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus free of charge. Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for both Mac and PC (additionally, Access and Publisher for PC are included).

We encourage you to visit the “My New Computer” section of Campus Express Online at http://campusexpress.upenn.edu for details about forthcoming availability, licensing, and download links.

National Student Employment Week

National Student Employment Week: April 12 - 18, 2015

ITA Group

ITAs go “above-and-beyond the call” by providing valuable support for College House residents.  They are eager to help with any type of computer problem, from diagnosing hardware to software support, and most importantly getting and keeping students connected to the network.  ITAs work tirelessly to resolve difficult computing issues on behalf of their residents and devote significant time to the operation of the House labs – including full-service assistance to residents who use the lab.  Many seek out and avail themselves of outside opportunities to learn more about computing trends, challenges, and new advances in hardware and software.  In short, they have a wholly positive impact on the residents they serve and contribute to the well-being of the College House Community.

Take the time to Salute your ITAs this week for always providing excellent service.

ITA Group

College House Computing Annual Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

College House Computing Annual Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced

ITA teams from Harrison and Kings Court English took the WIN in the annual ITA Penn Museum Scavenger Hunt.

Strong performances were made by all but it was no match for the coordination, skill and speed displayed by the ITA teams from Harrison and Kings Court English. The College House Computing judges hereby award "Best at the Hunt" bragging rights for 2014/15 to the ITA competitors from Harrison and Kings Court English.

Big Thanks go out to all our ITAs in the 11 College Houses for their excellent work throughout this year's move-in.

Tech Blues or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Journey

Neal Wojdowski, Wojo

Once he graduated from Penn (Economics/Computer Science), Neal Wojdowski, aka Wojo, moved to NYC and began working in Analytical & Forensic Technology (Computer Forensics, E-Discovery, and Litigation Support) in corporate America. After a handful of years in the industry working on high-profile legal cases, Wojo began traveling to Pittsburgh from NYC to track some songs he'd written recently at a friend's studio. What started as a simple demo turned into a massive effort, and Wojo eventually moved out of NYC to pursue music full-time. Since then, Wojo released his EP "Sun Puritáe", produced multiple videos, has gotten radio/TV airtime, played numerous shows (opening for Nine Days, Brian Vander Ark [The Verve Pipe], Kip Winger [Winger], and more), and is planning to release the rest of his material in 2014. 

Read more about Wojo's music here:  www.wojomusic.com

Coming Out of the Darkroom

Jean Jacques "JJ" Tiziou


Jacques-Jean "JJ" Tiziou is a photographer specializing in portraiture and movement documentation; he has never encountered an un-photogenic person in his life. 

He has been recognized as one of Philadelphia’s “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia, and is the recipient of the Spiral-Q Artist Activist Award. His images are used both in corporate and editorial contexts as well as arts and activism, and his 85,000sqft How Philly Moves mural at PHL International Airport was recognized as one of the nation’s best public art projects by Americans for the Arts in their 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review. 

Based at The Cedar Works in West Philadelphia, JJ uses his work to celebrate the beautiful people around him who are working to make the world a better place. You  can find more of his work online at www.jjtiziou.netwww.HowPhillyMoves.org and there's a message that he'd like to share with you at www.EveryoneIsPhotogenic.com.

How to Brand and Market Yourself for today's work climate

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson, a Philadelphia native, is excited to join PHL 17’s Eye Opener News as a reporter.  Ashley’s no stranger to PHL17.  At the station she got her first taste of the news business as an intern for six summers through the Emma Bowen Foundation. Ashley’s truly a Philly girl in every way.  She attended the University of Pennsylvania where she dual majored in political science and communications. Ashley went on to attend Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism where she earned a Master’s of Science in broadcast journalism.

Working @Penn and @Cornell in #InformationTechnology

Eric Chen
Systems Engineer- CIT Infrastructure, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Eric graduated from Penn Engineering in 2002 and has worked in Information Technology roles at Penn and Cornell.  From 2002-2009 he supported campus email, web, and network services as part of Information Systems & Computing at Penn.  From 2009-present he has worked at Cornell University on a range of projects, including data management planning for academic researchers, code optimization for high-performance computing, and, most recently, system engineering and application development to support Cornell’s websites.

How Technology can benefit your Career Path: A Current and Former Student ITA Panel

Jerricka Hill, College ‘08
Charu Jangrid, M&T ‘14
Tomo Takebe, SEAS and SAS ‘04
Ka-Wing Tam, SEAS and SAS ‘04
Yizenia Dabideen, M&T '06

Alumni dating back to 2003 will be joining us for an exciting discussion panel.  The panel will discuss how the technology skills they learned in the Information Technology Advisors (ITA) program, and during their time as students at the University, helped to further their career path and choices.  Topics of conversation will range from where they started with their technical knowledge and how they grew their skillset into being a marketable bullet point to their past and for their current employers.

Cultures of Making

Prof. Orkan Telhan, Fine Arts, Rodin College House Fellow: 

Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.

Are you Ready to "Lean In" to a Career in Technology?

Michele Grab, Director of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE), University of Pennsylvania:

Michele Grab has been the Director of Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE) at Penn since October 2007 where she is charged with spearheading the AWE initiatives to recruit and retain women in engineering.  Prior to her position in Engineering, Michele spent 3 years as the House Dean of Stouffer College House and as an Academic Advisor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Penn. Michele came to Penn from Carnegie Mellon University, where she spent 5 years in the Dean of Student Affairs office working on gender and leadership programs, coordinated sexual assault outreach education, provided support services for sexual assault survivors, coordinated a scholarship program, and supervised a residential building of 300 residents. Michele has a master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a bachelor's degree in communications from the State University of New York at Geneseo.

One-Woman Band

Mikaelyn Austin, PHL17 Producer of "Eye Opener" and Freelance Photographer for the Philadelphia Phillies:

Mikaelyn Austin is a Producer with PHL17, where she manages and oversees the daily production of "Eye Opener," a two-hour, live morning news, comedy and variety show.  She also currently serves as a freelance shooter for the Philadelphia Phillies, working one of their two live handheld cameras during in-game production for Phanavision. Mikaelyn first pursued a career in mixed media immediately after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  She founded Philly Philms, an independent multi-media production company based in her adopted hometown of Philadelphia.  Under the Philly Philms moniker, Mikaelyn developed and produced three feature-length sports documentaries that aired on ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, PBS and Comcast.

Adaptive Learning in Higher Education

Dr. Stephen Sullivan, Associate Professor of Anatomy & Physiology Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA: 

Steve began teaching Human Anatomy & Physiology at the college level in 2002. By 2005 his course was paperless, using digital tools for all assessments and content delivery. By 2008, he had developed one of the first fully online A&P courses in the country using virtual physiology labs and cadaver dissections. In 2009 he began writing the digital content that currently accompanies McGraw-Hill’s popular line of A&P textbooks. Steve is now a lead A&P digital author for McGraw-Hill Higher Education and a recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. He maintains active membership in the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society and has given presentations at their annual conference each of the last five years.

Solar Power is a Computer and Other Reasons to Stay in School

John Ross Cromer, MEAM '06: Owner of Voltmate LLC: 

Trading a career in oil refining for solar power entrepreneurship, John-Ross Cromer has spearheaded industry growth by dismantling market barriers to entry. His solar power design programs have been taught to engineers and architects in all 50 states.  Aided by strategic partnerships, he designed and installed the largest solar array in Mississippi, doubling the entire state'a installed capacity, and is booked for a repeat performance next year.  His latest venture Voltmate aims to disrupt the entire renewable energy sales market.  And he willingly credits the undergraduate math, science, and entrepreneurship courses currently offered by Penn engineering.

Titan Arm: A Powered Upper Body Exoskeleton

Nick McGill, Universivity of Pennsylvania Master's Program in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and an MSE in Robotics:  

Currently a student at the University of Pennsylvania, Nick, is pursuing a BSE dual-major in electrical and mechanical engineering and an MSE in robotics. His interests include medical devices, robotic design & mobile robots, and signal processing.  Outside of classwork, he enjoys photography, cooking, and travel.

Humanoid Robitics for Soccer, Rescue and Research

Stephen McGill, PhD candidate in the Electrical and Systems Engineering department
Master’s degree in Robotics, 2011, UPenn Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2010, UPenn

Stephen McGill is a PhD student, studying humanoid robots and their interactions with humans. He has worked with Penn’s RoboCup teams since 2010, as well as Penn’s Team THOR entry in the DARPA Robotics Competition.

Agile In The Workplace: When it works and When it fails

Paul Mekler, Technical Consultant for Excelacom 

Agile software delivery/process is a great advantage and can speed up the development and deployment pace of software resulting in faster quota and increased revenue rate. However, not all workplaces are ready for becoming agile. Often, creating an agile workplace presents unique challenges and can sometimes even create bottlenecks and ironically slow down the delivery of new software. And what about the customer?

Paul likes exploring the world, one day at a time. He graduated Penn over three years ago and has since had the opportunity to experience both the corporate world as well as the start-up world. Before his current consulting job, he has also worked for a brief time at Siemens as a Programmer Analyst. He has been involved with 3 different start-ups, in addition to full-time work. In his current role, Paul is involved in the User-story writing process or traditionally known as requirements writing. Having experienced and witnessed the effects of the agile workplace, one of his favorite topics to discuss is the interesting world/idea of the agile framework(s).

Morning Glory: The Life of a Morning Producer & Reporter

Zachery Lashway, PHL17 Reporter

Zachery Lashway is a Reporter/Anchor at PHL17. Before coming to Philadelphia, Zach was an Anchor at KRTV in Great Falls Montana. Born in Plattsburgh, NY, Zach graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh in 2011 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism/TV Video Production and a degree in Public Relations/Advertising.

 

Mikaelyn Austin, PHL17 Producer of "Eye Opener" and Freelance Photographer for the Philadelphia Phillies:

Mikaelyn Austin is a Producer with PHL17, where she manages and oversees the daily production of "Eye Opener," a two-hour, live morning news, comedy and variety show.  She also currently serves as a freelance shooter for the Philadelphia Phillies, working one of their two live handheld cameras during in-game production for Phanavision. Mikaelyn first pursued a career in mixed media immediately after graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004.  She founded Philly Philms, an independent multi-media production company based in her adopted hometown of Philadelphia.  Under the Philly Philms moniker, Mikaelyn developed and produced three feature-length sports documentaries that aired on ESPN, Comcast SportsNet, PBS and Comcast.

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