Library SSO, Databases & Journals unavailable 1/23, 7am-4pm

Information Technology is performing upgrades on Saturday, January 23, that will result in Library Single Sign-On and Library Databases & Journals being unavailable between 7am and 4pm.

Here is the full list of services that will be down:

  • myScranton
  • Applications using Single Sign-On (includes the Banner ERP environment, Student Self-Service, Banner Admin, Employee Applications, RoyalSync, PeopleAdmin, Library SSO, Library Databases & Journals)
  • Any ERP services that access the production ERP database.

If you have any questions, please contact the Technology Support Center at 570-941-4357 or techsupport@scranton.edu.

The Great Cathedral Mystery

Brunelleschi's Dome

Looking for something interesting to watch this Easter break?  Check out the NOVA/National Geographic special “The Great Cathedral Mystery” about the construction of Brunelleschi’s dome atop the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.

The full episode is available here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/great-cathedral-mystery.html

You’ll learn about how Filippo Brunelleschi, a fifteenth century metalsmith, was able to breach a chasm of 150 feet by building a dome nearly 300 feet in the air without using any internal supporting framework—a task that would be difficult even with today’s technology.  Brunelleschi developed a special bricklaying technique and also invented the first reversing gear system for hoisting tools and materials. These were just a few of his innovations that allowed the dome to rise skyward, unsupported from within.

Then for more details, check out Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King, available here in the library.  The television program and the book complement each other well because the program focuses on unraveling the methods used to build the dome, while the book dives deeper into the life of Brunelleschi and the context and history of the period in which the cathedral was built.

Have a nice break!

400 Years of the Jesuit Province of Lithuania

The Heritage Room in the Weinberg Library will serve as host for the traveling exhibit “400 Years of the Jesuit Province of Lithuania” from July 16 through August 13. The panel exhibit documents the Jesuit presence in Lithuania from their arrival in 1569. By 1579 the Jesuits had founded the University of Vilnius and by its peak, the province had more than 1000 Jesuits, almost 2 dozen schools, and more than 60 Mission stations. The exhibit documents the suppression of the Jesuits in 1773, their survival through the 19th century, and the reestablishment of the Jesuit school and province in 1923. The effects of World War II and the Iron Curtain are also examined.

The exhibit is being held in conjunction with Lithuanian Heritage Day at the Anthracite Heritage Museum and is being provided by the Baltic Jesuit Advancement Board. Lithuanian authors who were formerly instructors at the University will also be featured: Sister Virginia Vytell, CSC, Dr. Antanas Kucas and Juozas Venchas S.J.

You are most cordially invited to attend the reception for the Exhibit on Saturday, July 31st from 5-7 pm, Heritage Room, 5th Floor, Weinberg Memorial Library, University of Scranton.

Resources will be unavailable 7/9-7/10

Due to the construction of a new Data Center in Alumni Memorial Hall, substantial modifications to electrical services will require downtime affecting nearly all Information Resources services. The power shutdown will begin at 11 p.m. on Friday, July 9, and end at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 10.

Internet service, e-mail, ResNet and all enterprise services such as Banner will not be available during the power shutdown. Users outside of our campus will not be able to reach online services with the exception of our emergency website. Cisco Voice over IP telephones will be functional during the maintenance window. Please plan accordingly.  Let us know if you have any questions or if we can help you out in any way!