Thursday, June 22, 2017

Network Maintenance Day, July 8 2017

ITS staff will conduct a scheduled system maintenance period on Saturday July 8 2017 from 6:00 AM until 12:00 noon.  We will perform upgrades, test connections, apply patches and do other tasks to keep our critical campus information systems running efficiently.

Services affected: Advancement, Argos, Banner, core router, 1600grand, DegreeWorks and the Macalester Login Page (Beacon, Jobx, TimeClock Plus, Medicat, Slate, Rave, AIM, Get, Banner Application Navigator, IMLeagues, THD). Because of the core router work, there is the potential for a network-wide Internet outage of approximately 30 minutes.

What is being done: multiple upgrades and patches.

When is this taking place: Saturday morning, July 8 2017 between 6:00 AM and 12:00 noon. 

What you need to do: expect that these and most other networked services - including Moodle, Advance and PaperCut-based printing - will be down, completely or intermittently, during the maintenance period. 

Further communications: there will be notes in the Daily Piper Tuesday 6/27 and Thursday 6/29, as well as an email reminder Friday 6/30.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Ramón Rentas at 651-696-6633 or via email,

Monday, June 5, 2017

Fall 2017 Moodle updates

Moodle Update Schedule
  • Friday, June 9: spring 2017 Moodle disabled 
  • Monday, June 12: fall 2017 Moodle enabled

On Monday June 12, 2017 we plan to turn on Moodle for fall 2017. In order to be prepared for this transition we are going to disable access to spring 2017 Moodle at or around 8:00 AM on Friday June 9. Moodle will return at or around 8:00 AM on June 12 at its normal location, At that time, the archive of spring 2017’s Moodle will be available at and on the archive page. We greatly appreciate your patience as we prepare Moodle for the next semester.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact your AIA:

Brad Belbas
Carnegie 04h

Eric Handler
Olin-Rice Science Center 272

Alison Sommer
Neill Hall 115K

Fritz Vandover
Old Main 212

Macalester’s Academic Technology Team
Brad, Eric, Alison, Fritz and Ted