Category Archives: Miscellaneous

Fraud/Phishing alert from Bank of America

Bank of America has contacted Harvard University to make us aware of a recent email scam that has affected the University of Michigan and two local schools. The emails will appear to come from an official University department with a link asking employees to either confirm their login information or update their payroll or Open Enrollment benefits. If employees enter their data, it is captured by the perpetrators of the fraud. Once that credential data is captured, the information may then be used to change direct deposit information.

As always, please be suspicious of any link in email. If asked to log in to PeopleSoft or another sensitive system, do not follow the link. Instead, enter the URL directly into your web browser, or connect via a trusted source such as harvie.harvard.edu.

If you suspect that you are the victim of a fraudulent email, please contact the HSPH Helpdesk for support.

Thank you

Brush up on your Microsoft Office skills this Fall!

The Department of Information Technology is pleased to offer our fall computer training series for faculty, staff and researchers.

Fall 2013 classes include:

  • Microsoft Excel 2010 classes of all levels from Introductory to Advanced
    • Whether you are new to Microsoft Excel or an advanced user, these trainings will cover what you need to know to become an Excel power user.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Project 2010
    • Keep your projects on track, on time and within your budget by learning how to track all project management information in Microsoft Project.
  • *New*Intermediate Microsoft Project 2010
    • Learn how to manage and customize project plans during the implementation stages of a project.
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
    • Learn how to create professional and captivating Microsoft PowerPoint presentations by presenting information in a concise and exciting format.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Access
    • Take control of your data with efficient database solutions, querying data, forms, reports and automation tasks. 

These courses are free of charge and are conveniently located in the Kresge computer labs.  Courses are taught by New Horizons, HSPH’s training partner, and include an excellent workbook that can be used as a reference after the training.

To sign up for courses and to view the course descriptions, please visit:

http://hsph.me/training

Sign up early to make sure to reserve your spot in one (or more) of these valuable trainings as classes have been consistently selling out.

If you have suggestions for future training courses, please contact Erin Provensal, Instructional Technologist, eprovens@hsph.harvard.edu, 617-432-2580

Malware Warning

Dear Harvard Community,

We are currently experiencing a targeted malware campaign against Harvard resources. We believe the malware is coming in via phishing emails. If you receive an email from someone you do not know or receive an email from someone you know that looks suspicious, do not open any attachments or click any links. If you suspect your machine is currently infected please contact the HSPH Helpdesk for support.

Thank you.

Snowstorm Alert for February 1st and 2nd: Notice to HSPH Community

Harvard School of Public Health has canceled all classes for Wednesday, February 2.  For today (Tuesday, February 1), we encourage supervisors and faculty members to begin a staggered departure schedule after 1 p.m. to ensure safe travels and minimize traffic congestion. Faculty are responsible for notifying their students if a class is canceled today. Please check with your supervisor for further clarification. 

While the School will remain open, only designated personnel responsible for such services as maintaining resident housing, animal facilities and laboratory experiments need to report on Wednesday.  All other personnel are encouraged to stay home. If you have any questions about this, please ask your supervisor. 

For updates regarding classes and work for the remainder of the week, please watch the School’s website, www.hsph.harvard.edu, and call our information line at 617 432-NEWS (6392). Non-exempt overtime-eligible individuals who are considered non-designated personnel should report their time in PeopleSoft as an excused absence for the remainder of today and tomorrow.  The excused absence should be entered in PeopleSoft Absence Management as an Absence Request and not through the Timesheet in Time and Labor. 

Designated personnel should report their regular hours as usual in the Timesheet.

If you have any questions, contact your HR Partner.