Tuesday Tips

September 6, 2022
Past Editions


While Fall Quarter hasn't started quite yet, this is the first edition of Tuesday Tips that will reach many of our new faculty members, instructors, and graduate students.

For all of the new folks, welcome to the College of Letters and Science! We're happy to have you here! We publish this newsletter, usually every two weeks, to provide updates on new and changed IT services that are available to you.

For faculty, staff, and graduate students in the College of Letters and Science, LS IT is your first stop for IT support at UC Davis. We have some useful materials to orient you to IT at UC Davis on our website. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out via any of the contact methods listed at the bottom of this newsletter for any IT questions!

The start of Fall Quarter is the busiest time of year for many of our clients (you!) and for us. Here are a few quick reminders to help things go smoothly:
  • If you ordered a computer or other equipment but have not yet picked it up from the service desk or arranged an installation appointment, please do so as soon as possible. Our available appointments before the start of the quarter are filling fast.
  • Purchases of software, online services, and data must now be vetted through the campus Vendor Risk Assessment (VRA) process, which can add anywhere from 1 day to several months to the purchasing process. Please plan ahead by getting your purchase requests submitted with enough lead time.
  • While the situation has improved, we are still seeing supply chain delays from our vendors on computers, printers, docking stations, and other computer equipment. With two weeks before the start of instruction, orders placed now are unlikely to arrive before classes start. 

Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT)


The Summer Institute on Teaching and Technology (SITT) returns for 2022 on September 8 and 9, and we would love for you and your faculty colleagues to join us! We meet via Zoom on the mornings of September 8 and 9 for live presentations by UC Davis faculty. You are invited now to browse the on-demand faculty talks and interviews on the SITT website.

To join live SITT events, please register for each Zoom session on the live talks portion of the SITT 2022 website where you will find an agenda of the planned speakers and topics.

Bookmark This: New UC Davis Library Website Highlights Collections, Research and Teaching Resources

Screenshot from Library website

Take a few minutes to explore the new UC Davis Library website, which offers new features to support your research, your teaching, and your students. You’ll find sections devoted to the library’s collections, including digital media; teaching support; data management, funding support for open access publishing, author rights and copyright, and more. Get started at

DataLab Intro Workshop Series

UC Davis DataLab Logo

DataLab has two intro computing workshop series coming up and there are a few spots still available! Graduate students and postdocs have priority registration, but staff can attend space permitting:

Quick Updates and Reminders


Farewell, Kevin!

LS IT bids a fond farewell to Kevin Vellanoweth, who has been a member of the LS IT team since 2019. Among Kevin's many accomplishments during his time with LS IT was setting up our systems for managing Macs, which have revolutionized our ability to support the Apple ecosystem both within LS IT and across UC Davis. Kevin is moving to a position in the School of Veterinary Medicine. We are currently recruiting to fill Kevin's position.

Network4 Upgrade Process

As covered in a previous edition, the campus is upgrading the connections between individual campus buildings and the core campus network. The cutover for each building happens from 5PM to 2AM on the scheduled day to minimize disruption, and the goal is to complete all cutovers before the start of fall courses. Here is the schedule for the remaining LS buildings:
  • 7-Sep: SPROUL, TB-9
  • 8-Sep: MATH-SCI    
  • 14-Sep: 1560 DREW, 1450 DREW
  • 15-Sep: CHEM ANNEX    
  • 15-Sep: EARTH_PHY_SCI    

LS IT Website Updates

Supply Chain Delays

We continue to experience the effects of global supply chain delays on monitors, printers, some computers, and other equipment. In many cases, items we order today are not shipping for several weeks—and sometimes longer. Even when vendors provide an estimated ship date, we are frequently seeing those dates slip by weeks or months. Please plan ahead by ordering as soon as possible, and please be patient. Orders placed now will likely not be received by the start of Fall Quarter.

UC Davis Phish Bowl

The UC Davis Phish Bowl is a fast place to check whether a suspicious email you've received is phishing or legitimate. 
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