Wireless Updates Offer Continued Improvements

Effective Monday, May 8, 2017, the ecu-onboard and Pirates networks will be decommissioned and replaced with the ecu-wifi wireless network.

Similar to Pirates, the ecu-wifi network is an open, non-secure network that allows on-camps users to:

  • Onboard to eduroam. The eduroam network service is the primary network for all ECU users. Authentication is done on initial setup with wireless access good for four years wherever eduroam is a service, including several other UNC campuses. There is no log on posturing process necessary.The Pirates wireless network will be turned off beginning Monday, May 8, and users still connected through Pirates should make the switch to eduroam. New and existing staff and students can pre-enroll their Android, iOS, Chromebook, Windows or Apple wireless device from anywhere on or off campus before arrival. Visit the network connect home page for more information and specific device instructions.
  • Connect internet-ready devices. Smart TVs and other multimedia devices not able to connect through eduroam can connect to the internet through ecu-wifi; however, users must authenticate each time they log on to the network.To avoid the logon process each time, users can register their device through the My Devices Portal. Find step-by-step instructions on the eduroam website.

If you have questions or require assistance connecting to the ECU network, please call the IT Help Desk, 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.

On-campus students can also take advantage of the walk-in help from any Pirate Techs Student Computing Support Center. Find the nearest campus Pirate Techs location.

ITCS and Vidant IS Implement Email Enhancements

Begins TODAY, Monday, May 1

ECU Information Technology and Computing Services (ITCS) and Vidant Information Services (IS) have partnered to implement two significant email enhancements.

Beginning TODAY (Monday, May 1, 2017), the following changes become effective:

  1. Vidant Health and ECU employees are no longer required to log in to a secure portal to retrieve an email that contains sensitive information when the email originates from Vidant Health or ECU. Employees are to continue following their respective organization’s standards and procedures for sending and receiving emails that contain sensitive information.
    See the Email Encryption Standard website for more information.
  2. Vidant Health and ECU employees may now “busy search” Outlook email calendars across the two organizations. Please note, employee availability in Vidant and ECU Outlook email calendars is searchable by default.

Creating Accessible Email and Event Announcements

Email announcements help us spread the word to the ECU community on all sorts of important topics: department events and seminars, office openings and closings, HR-related information and much more.

By designing email announcements in multiple formats and using the accessibility guides explained in the attachment, you allow those of your audience using screen readers and keyboard-only access to read your message.

In addition to the tips listed in the attachment, ITCS is also offering a training class specifically for those of us who write email announcements (registration in Cornerstone):

Creating Accessible Email Messages and Announcements

Thursday, May 11 Joyner East 204 1:00p – 2:00p

Need one-on-one help? Submit the IT Accessibility Consultation form to request an appointment with the ITCS accessibility coordinator.

Self-paced resources include this Lynda.com course, Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents. This course goes step-by-step through how to format documents using styles, the accessibility checker and more.

Additionally, see our other accessibility resources in the IT Accessibility category of the ITCS services catalog.