Thursday, May 18, 2017

Keep Calm and Join Macalester Wifi

Connect to Macalester Wifi today with your Macalester username and password. Visit Macalester WiFi for instructions. On May 31, 2017, Macalester’s wireless network is being upgraded to increase campus information security. As part of this upgrade, Macalester and Macalester-student wireless networks will no longer be available and will be replaced with Macalester WiFi. Macalester-Guest will change to Macalester Guest but will be otherwise unchanged.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Alert: Ransomware Notice

Starting Friday May 12, you may have seen news reports of a new 'ransomware' cyberattack affecting British hospitals and numerous other organizations worldwide. The malicious program spreads through a PDF email attachment, makes files on a computer unusable by encrypting them, and then requires payment to unlock them. We have not received any reports of this attack against Macalester individuals.

Services affected: Windows OS

Services NOT affected: Mac OS, Mobile devices

What you need to do:

  1. Run Windows Updates. Microsoft released a patch for this issue in March 2017. Updating Windows (and restarting if prompted) will protect your computer.
  2. Remain aware of unexpected attachments. If you receive an email attachment that you aren't expecting, check with the sender before downloading or opening it.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 651-696-6525 or

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New look, same secure log in

The next time you log into Banner, JobX, New Student Portal, Slate, TimeClockPlus, IMLeagues, Beacon, Macalester Patient Portal, Medicat, OrgSync, AIM, or The Housing Director a new login page will appear. 1600grand and Google are not affected.

This change was made in order to brand the login page with the Macalester look and feel.

Contact the ITS Help Desk with questions or concerns 651.696.6525.