Issue 01 | Spring/Summer 2016

May 2016

DoIT News Stories from May 2016

May 11, 2016

Qualtrics launches new user interface

Qualtrics, the survey and research tool, get a fresh new face and a few new features

Stony Brook University’s survey software tool, Qualtrics, which allows students, faculty and staff to conduct insightful research, is transitioning to a new user interface on June 14, 2016. The Qualtrics Insight Platform aims to simplify and streamline survey workflows through a new layout and design as well as some new features. All existing data and surveys will still be there, but you’ll now have access to new features to enhance your survey building and reporting experience.

May 09, 2016

Important Changes to MySBmail, MySBfiles and Sparky Taking Place May 25, 2016

Three important changes will take place on Wednesday, May 25, affecting three different IT services:

MySBmail ( will be discontinued on May 25, 2016. This means that all incoming mail will no longer be accepted by For those who were forwarding their mail to another email address, mail will continue to forward. On Wednesday, Aug. 31, mail archives will be deleted (and no longer recoverable). For groups that would like a shared mailbox or group email, please refer to the Setting Up Departmental Shared Mailboxes knowledgebase article.

MySBfiles will no longer provide web hosting as of Wednesday, May 25. Any websites that currently exist at will no longer be available as of Monday, Aug. 1, 2016. Stony Brook provides the following alternatives:

  • SB You (WordPress platform)
  • Google Sites
  • Digication (ePortfolio)
  • UNIX hosting (SSH/SFTP required) - Stony Brook's UNIX server is called Sparky

SFTP/SSH will be required to use Sparky. Sparky, Stony Brook's UNIX server, will have new connectivity requirements as of May 25. SSH and SFTP will be required to access Sparky moving forward.

May 03, 2016

Woo Issues Call to Action for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Intended to kick off an extended effort during the next year in EDUCAUSE to help people gain usable knowledge of why diversity, equity, and inclusion is important and how to increase it in the higher education IT workforce, Stony Brook University CIO Melissa Woo co-authored an article that appeared in the May 2 issue of EDUCAUSE Review Online titled "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Call to Action." Woo and her colleague, Keith McIntosh, associate vice president and chief information officer of digital instruction and information services at Ithaca College, argue that the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are "imperative for improving decision making and outcomes," and "should be valued as much as budgets, strategies, governance, and the technologies we deploy and support." They lay out seven suggestions for the higher education IT workforce to immediately take action on and welcomed ideas from the online publication's community at-large.