FAQs

What word-processing software is the Campus using?

The Campus has standardized on the Microsoft Office suite of applications. These applications will be loaded in all Computer Labs. Computers and Software can be purchased at educational discounts from the vendors on this page.

How do I get a Wilson email account?

All Wilson students will be asked to complete a Student Internet Account Application. When this has been completed, signed and processed, she will be given an email account. In almost all cases, her email address will consist of her first name, then a period, and then her last name with “@wilson.edu” added to the end. Example: Jane Doe will become jane.doe@wilson.edu.

I will not be bringing a computer to campus. How many computers are available for student use and how can I access my email?

There are 86 computers that are available for student use in the following locations: 18 computers located in the various Residence Hall Computer Lounges, 8 computers located in the Library, 20 computers in Warfield Hall and 40 computers located in the Science Center. For those students not bringing computers to campus, they will be able to access their email via the Wilson Web-Based Email from any computer on or off campus that has Internet access and a web browser.

How long are the Computer Labs open?

Any student in possession of a Wilson College ID may gain access to the Labs virtually 24 hours per day. However, we do require the students to travel with a buddy after the buildings are locked. 

What will I need to connect to the Campus Network?

All residence halls and the majority of public spaces have free high-speed wireless service available, and each residence hall room is equipped with two high-speed wired network connections. We can supply a free 25 foot network cable if needed

*NOTE* - Wireless Routers or Access Points are NOT PERMITTED anywhere on the student network.

I plan to puchase a computer to use at college. What should I buy?

This is your preference. However, there are a few things you will need to know. We would prefer that student computers be less than 1 year old. Prices can vary, but a desktop computer minimum should be in the $400-600 range and Laptop minimum should be in the $600-800 range. A 3 or 4 year warranty is also recommended as well as an accidental damage plan for Laptops. Computers and Software can be purchased at educational discounts from the vendors on this page.

What if I have problems with my personal computer while at Wilson College?

Although we have a very small computer staff, we will provide network support and try to help with other problems as time permits. However, if your computer is still under warranty, we will advise you to call the manufacturer for assistance.

1. If the volume of your spam is not too excessive, it is helpful if you forward spam you receive to spam@wilson.edu. This is the address that Wilson College uses to register spam so that it can be added to our filtering software.

2. There is not much more you or Wilson College’s IT Team can do about spam. There is currently a worldwide epidemic of spam which is affecting every business and institution as badly as Wilson College. According to one spam filtering company, nine out of ten messages currently sent across the internet are spam. This is confirmed by the our experience at Wilson College.

Real Life Wilson Example:

a. Between 8:30AM on 08 Jan 2007 and 8:45AM on 9 Jan 2007 (Just over 24 hours), Wilson College received 49,592 emails.

b. Of those, 39,666 (79%) were immediately deleted by our SPAM and anti-virus filters.

c. Of the 39,666 that were deleted, 57 contained viruses and 39,609 were detected as SPAM.

d. Since we know that a lot of SPAM still got through, we can assume that the actual volume of SPAM received was very possibly close to 90% of total email received.

3. Veteran users will receive more spam than new users. It is just a matter of time before spammers acquire your email address.

There is currently a worldwide epidemic of spam which is affecting every business and institution as badly as Wilson College. It is very possible that the spam epidemic will get worse before it gets better. The IT Team is monitoring industry reports so that we can react optimally to changing conditions.

 

Revised: 10 April 2007

Questions?

Contact Kevin Gallagher or

Alan Shoop at

(717) 262-2014.