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Write the Right Word: Titled vs. Entitled

If you’ve read an article about an upcoming workshop, you may have seen a sentence such as this: “The keynote speaker is giving a presentation entitled “Sustainable Agriculture.”

Unfortunately, whoever edited the article wasn’t paying attention. “Entitled” is the wrong word choice. “Entitled” means having a right or claim to something. For example, “He is entitled to three more days of vacation.”

It also can mean to confer a title on a person. “Queen Elizabeth entitled the man as a knight.”

Instead, use “titled” before the name of a book, lecture, speech, poem or event. For example: “The book left on the table was titled ‘Gone With the Wind.’”

Better yet, avoid the extra words and simply say, “The book left on the table was “Gone With the Wind.’”

, Information Specialist, 701-231-5391

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Save For Later Feature in Facebook

Have you ever been casually scrolling through your Facebook News Feed while waiting in line somewhere and find something really useful or interesting but forget to go back to it or can’t find it once you return to your News Feed?  Facebook has a “Save For Later” feature that allows you to go back to a Page, Post, video or event you didn’t have time to view at that moment.

Just click on the arrow in the upper right and choose “Save post”. And then go to “Saved” in the left column to return to view it at a time that’s more convenient.

 

Save for Later in Facebook

 

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-6403

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Write the Right Word: Who, That and Which

These three simple words - who, that, which - can cause writers a lot of headaches. Despite the way these words often are used, they’re not interchangeable.

“That” refers to inanimate objects and animals without a name. Use “who” when referring to people and animals with names. For example: “Bob Jones is the producer who raises cattle and sheep.” “Fluffy, who is my sister’s cat, just had kittens.” “This field is the one that flooded last year.” “The bull that injured one of the workers will be sold.”

“Which” also refers to inanimate objects and animals without a name. Whether you use “that” or “which” depends on the sentence.

Use “that” to start essential clauses, or those you can’t leave out of the sentence. “Which” introduces nonessential clauses, or those you can leave out and the sentence still makes sense. Here are some examples:

  • “The classrooms that were remodeled last summer are ready to be used this fall.” You can’t leave out “that were remodeled last summer” because it identifies which classrooms you are talking about.
  • “My house, which is gray with white trim, needs to be painted.” You can leave out “which is gray with white trim” because it’s extra information and not essential to your key message: the house needs painting.

, Information Specialist, 701-231-5391

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Important Steps for Office Migration Before March 10

If you use Outlook (whether email on your computer or webmail), OneDrive for Business, SharePoint or Skype for Business, the Office migration will affect you. These Microsoft services are being shifted from NDSU servers to NDUS servers starting March 10.

ITS has created an Email and Office 365 Migration website, but Ag Comm Computer Services is providing more explanation and how-to instructions on its NDSU Office 365 Migration to Start on March 10 page.

To make sure you don’t lose your email contacts, SharePoint documents and other information, please take action now. Review the ACCS website and follow through with what affects you.

After you’ve read the website, you’re welcome to contact Jerry, Jon or Blair at ndsu.agtech@ndsu.edu or to join one of the Skypes where they’ll be answering your questions:

3 p.m. CST, Monday, March 6 – join here (regular monthly Tech Coffee Break time)

10 a.m. CST, Wednesday, March 8 – join here

3 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 15 – join here (regular monthly Ag Comm webinar time)

Becky Koch, Ag Communication Director, 701-231-7875

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Make Your Social Media Presence Official with Verification

Gray checkblue checkGetting “verified” on social media gets your business page ranked higher in search and lets people know you’re the real deal. As a consumer, you can weed through fake or parody accounts and get to the legitimate page you’re looking for.

Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram, you’ll know you’re looking at the official site by seeing a blue badge (red for Pinterest) that’s a blue circle with a white checkmark in it. The badge means that Facebook confirmed that this is the authentic Page or profile for this public figure, media company or brand. If you see a gray badge on a Page, it means that Facebook confirmed that this is an authentic Page for this business or organization.

How to Verify

Facebook Page
Twitter
Instagram
Pinterest

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-6403

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Campus Voicemail Offers Options for Staying in Touch

The NDSU campus phone system offers a couple of options, Reach Me and Notify Me, that might help you stay in touch when out of the office.

ReachMeReach Me allows you to forward calls to your office phone to another number. You can distinguish between internal (campus voicemail users) and external callers. For example, you could have internal calls forwarded to your mobile phone but have external calls go to voicemail. You can also control your Reach Me schedule, selecting the days and times you'd like to have your calls forwarded. Having Reach Me forward calls to my office to my cell phone helps me stay in touch when working from home.

With Notify Me, you can choose to receive a text message or phone call when you receive a voicemail through your office phone. You can also choose to receive an email notification which includes a recording of the voicemail message. Instead of calling in to check your voicemail, you can be notified any time you receive a message and even listen to a recording of the message. I choose to receive a text message and an email when I receive a voicemail.

You can control Reach Me, Notify Me and many other aspects of your campus phone and voicemail through the Avaya Aura website at www.ndsu.edu/voicemail. Just login with your phone extension, for example my extension is 17381, and the PIN/password you use to access your voicemail by phone.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

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Write the Right Word: Chili, Chile, Chilly

While chili, Chile and chilly sound the same, they can’t be used interchangeably.

If you’re talking about the pepper or the popular food usually made with meat and beans, it’s chili. By the way, the plural is chilies. For example: “Some cooks like to use extra-hot chilies in their chili.”

Chile is the long, narrow country along South America’s western edge. “A friend plans to visit Chile this spring.”

Chilly is a weather term. It means moderately cold. “A chilly wind is blowing from the north.”

, Information Specialist, 701-231-5391

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Write the Right Word - The Webinar

Not sure when to use a comma? Need help knowing when to capitalize a direction? The "Write the Right Words" webinar can help.
Based on Ellen Crawford’s Let’s Communicate articles, this interactive webinar from February 15, 2017 covers grammar, punctuation, style and more.

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Email Migration Update & More


Upcoming Email Migration

We have not been provided any new information about the migration. We are still under the impression that it will take place during spring break.

The only change we are currently aware of is the requirement to log in with a new username ending with @ndus.edu and the associated University System password (same one used to access Employee Self-Service pay stubs and leave balances, and PeopleSoft). The password for this account will need to be reset every 90 days. Email sent to @ndsu.edu and @ndus.edu addresses will be delivered to your new account, so you may continue to publicize your @ndsu.edu address.

For more information and the latest updates on the migration, please visit the NDSU Help Desk migration page.

Please Be Virus and Malware Aware

Computer viruses can pop up unexpectedly and are capable of more than just a slight inconvenience to you and your data. Recently several organizations, including hospitals and libraries, were forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars to have their computer systems unlocked after malware infiltrated their networks and held their computers and data for ransom.

Here are some tips to help protect yourself:

  • Keep current backups of all important data.
  • Make sure your antivirus program is updated and scanning regularly. Ag Comm Computer Services-supported computers do this automatically.
  • Avoid clicking on links or opening attachments in suspicious emails or websites.
  • Don't download and run unknown software.
  • If you suspect your computer might be (or is) infected, please right away.
  • Any time you feel your password may have been compromised (infected computer, clicked on a phishing link, etc.) please change your password right away.

 ,  IT Systems Specialist  701-231-6395

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Continue to Be Vigilant About Phishing Emails


If you receive a suspicious email, do not reply, click on any links or open any attachments.

If you are not sure it's a phishing email, forward it to the NDSU IT Help Desk, ndsu.helpdesk@ndsu.edu to review.

If you've determined it is a phishing email, forward it directly to ndsu.reportaphish@ndsu.edu, which keeps intact important information that may help IT staff identify the source of the scam. Then delete the message.

Did you take bait?

If you think you may have responded to a phishing message or clicked on any links within a suspicious message, please immediately contact the NDSU IT Help Desk at 701-231-8685 or ndsu.helpdesk@ndsu.edu.

If you have any questions about phishing, please contact us.

Jerry Ranum, IT Systems Specialist, 701-231-6395
Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, 701-231-6403

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