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Changes to Face Mask Policy Michael A ArgoShow MyInfo popup for Michael A Argo 8/11/2021 5:19:34 PM

Dear Campus Community,

This week, the Risk Management Task Force unanimously recommended that we temporarily require facemasks for all indoor spaces. I agree with this recommendation. This precaution will extend to the entire SAU System.

As the Covid-19 variant increases and our hospitals are stretched for resources, we feel it only prudent to do everything we can to keep one another safe. Facemasks will be required in all indoor spaces, including classrooms, residence halls, in shared offices, when in transit inside buildings, and in cafeterias and other dining venues.

Employees in personal office spaces are not required to wear a mask, and students in personal residence hall rooms are not required to wear masks when only in the presence of suitemates or roommates. When gathering in shared public spaces within residence halls or when gathered with visitors or non-roommates, we ask that students mask up to protect one another.

We want to maintain a vibrant college experience as much as possible this fall. Course delivery will continue as scheduled. Athletic and student activities will continue as planned. It is our hope to maintain scheduled events this fall as we begin another year of “monitor and adjust.

I encourage all members of our community to use good judgement. Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Wear facemasks off campus. Avoid crowded spaces. Get the vaccine. Be healthy and be safe.

Together, we can do more.

We are excited to welcome students back to campus and launch the fall 2021 semester next week. Let’s have a great year!

Trey Berry

Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching Program - Free Software for Students Michael A ArgoShow MyInfo popup for Michael A Argo 9/10/2019 10:00:00 AM

Dear Students,

Because of our Microsoft Campus Agreement, SAU qualifies for the Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching, formerly known as Microsoft Imagine, which is a Microsoft program to provide students with software design and development tools at no charge.

Once you log into the mySAU portal, you will see a link named “Azure Dev Tools for Teaching-Free Software” at the bottom of the “Quick Links” box on the left side of the page(To see this link, you must be logged into the portal). After clicking on this link, you will be asked to login to the Azure site using your Microsoft login credentials (SAU student ( email address and password).

Once on the Microsoft Azure site, please click on "Software" in the left column list and you will get a full list of the software available. 


Revised Systems Status Notifications Michael A ArgoShow MyInfo popup for Michael A Argo 11/6/2015 11:10:00 AM

In case you have not already noticed, recently a new revised/enhanced communications system using color indicators has been implemented to notify users of the known statuses of important production technology systems:

1)      The “Systems Status” tab on the mySAU portal has been removed and a “System Status” link with a color indicator has been added to the main toolbar. This indicator is visible on the  portal page whether logged into the portal or not.

2)       When you click on the “System Status” indicator/link, you will be taken to a status page showing a list of production technology systems along with their current status indicator based on a color scheme also defined on the page at the top. At the present time this page refreshes automatically every minute, thus the status indicator is valid for the last minute.

3)      The “Overall ITS System Status” indicator at the top of the page is the indicator included on the toolbar of the mySAU portal page. This indicator will reflect the lowest/worst status of any system included in the list. For examples, 1)should there be any single system at any status other than normal/green, then that status will be reflected by the overall status indication whether yellow, blue, or red, 2)should there be multiple systems where one is yellow and another is red, then the overall status indicator will reflect red, 3) if yellow and blue, then blue, etc.

4)      In the “Notes” column of the system affected, we will include an explanation of the current issue(s).

5)      Additionally an ITS Operations Calendar for planned maintenance dates and times has been provided.

6)       The system status page is also available from our ITS home page and in the SAU main website “Quick Links” list.

7)      This new notification system does not exclude email notifications for major issues.

As always, ITS will continue to investigate more effective ways to provide accurate and meaningful information to all users. Additionally this procedure may be modified when improvements are identified.

If you have suggestions to improve this procedure, please send them to me for consideration.


Mike Argo
Director of Information Technology Services
Southern Arkansas University

100 East University
MSC 9407
Magnolia, Arkansas  71753