Monday, June 5, 2017

Spring 2018 Technology Workshops

Check out the schedule of Spring 2018 Technology workshops at along with full workshop descriptions and registration information. Workshops include a diversity of topics, including:
  • Microsoft Excel Basics
  • Video Editing: Intro to Premiere Pro
  • Tips for Taming Your Gmail Inbox
  • Google Docs and Drive Collaboration
  • Photoshop Basics: Editing Images
  • Adding Interactivity to Videos with EDPuzzle
  • Basics of Visual Design
  • Trello Basics: Managing Tasks and Projects
  • Podcasting with Audacity
  • Backups and Data Security at PLU
For a complete listing of workshops and their descriptions, see the workshop listings page. Here you can register for the workshops. You’ll receive an email confirmation and the workshop will be added to your Google Calendar.


Custom Workshops

Need a technology workshop for your class to support an assignment? Or is your department interested in learning more about a particular software or hardware? Instructional Technologies staff develop customized workshops to meet your pedagogical and technological goals. Contact us at and we’ll do our best to meet your specific needs.


New Online Cybersecurity Awareness Training

The Cybersecurity Awareness Training curriculum is intended to provide PLU Employees with the skills needed to be compliant with overall security awareness standards. Ten short, interactive video modules portray realistic, memorable scenarios that are transferable to everyday tasks. By completing the ten core training modules, learners "build their shield" to protect themselves, their families, and PLU. This optional online training includes the following recommended topics.
  • You are the Shield 
  • Social Engineering
  • Email, Phishing, and Messaging
  • Browsing Safely
  • Social Networks
  • Mobile Device Security
  • Passwords
  • Data Security
  • Hacked 
  • Conclusion
Detailed descriptions and login instructions are available in the attached document, or you can login to the online training at using your PLU ePass.. We encourage you to complete one or more of the modules as you have time. Thanks!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Phishing Messages Appearing to be Originating from the President's Office

Recently a wave of new phishing emails have been sent out to campus email addresses claiming to be sent by President Krise. A screenshot of the email is attached at the bottom of this post.

This email is most definitely fraudulent, and should be marked as SPAM or phishing in your inbox to help Google identify these as fraudulent and begin to block them.

Traditionally, we have reserved this blog and the Status page for updates related to system outages and other items related to the technology at PLU, but due to the craftsmanship which went into these phishing emails and their appearance of authenticity, we felt it was appropriate to post an announcement regarding these messages.

To recap from our previous posts on Spam/Phishing emails from the Help Desk Blog, PLU will never solicit your account information. All of our ePass account transactions (e.g., password changes) take place at or via the PLU account login page.

If you have clicked on the links in the fraudulent email or sent any information to the sender, please contact the Help Desk immediately at 253-535-7525 or You can also stop by the Help Desk, located on the first floor of the Library.

Always err on the side of caution when it comes to account security -- if you're ever uncertain of the veracity of an email, please contact the Help Desk for clarification.

We apologize for the inconvenience that these phishing emails can cause, and we will do our best to keep you up to date with current information on when they are being actively spread. We appreciate all who take the time to check with us when they receive these emails and those who are diligent with reporting these emails to us. Your dedication to keeping us informed helps immensely, and we appreciate having an extra set of eyes available to check for these messages.