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Electrical Testing May Cause Brief Power Outages Before 7 a.m. on August 12

If you work in an office or reside in a house on campus, follow the tips below to ensure that your morning will not be disrupted by the outages.

Smith College will begin testing the new campus power system at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The test is expected to cause two temporary power outages, each lasting up to 10 minutes, between 5 and 7 that morning.

Testing will continue after Aug. 12, but additional power outages are unlikely; the project is expected to wrap up by Sept. 9.

To protect computer data stored on the main campus server that Tuesday, Information Technology Services (ITS) plans to shut down all network servers from 4 to 10 a.m. That means the following computer services will be unavailable during that time period: Internet access; GroupWise email; network printers; Moodle; Banner, BannerWeb and Resource25; Luna Insight; key-served software; BlackBerry enterprise server; access to Smith network; some on-campus telephone and OneCard services.

If you work on a computer at Smith...

...And need to work on documents stored on a network drive Aug. 12 between 4 and 10 a.m.: Put a copy of those files on your desktop or on your hard drive. As long as there is electrical power, you will be able to use all applications and files stored on your local hard drive.

...And you are a Windows user:  When the Novell login window appears, click in the “Workstation only” checkbox. The username will typically fill in as "Smith." Click “OK” and you will be able to access your local hard drive.

...And you are making changes to a document: Save your changes often.

...And you have additional questions: Call the User Support Center at ext. 4487.

If you reside in a campus house...

...And depend on an electric alarm clock to wake you: Determine a back-up plan in advance. Ask someone to call you on your cell phone or ask someone who does not rely on an alarm clock to wake you.

...And the outage causes a disruption in telephone service: Before Aug. 12, find out who else in the residence has a cell phone. If there is a disruption of telephone service, and an emergency arises, use that cell phone to notify Public Safety at (413) 585-2490.

...And there is a fire alarm during the outage:  Follow the usual protocol and evacuate the building immediately.

Check The Grécourt Gate for updates on the testing. This is a necessary test of Smith’s new technology related to the co-generation power system. We apologize for any inconvenience this testing causes the Smith community and its visitors.


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