Office 365 Spam Filtering and E-Mail Routing Changes

ITS has removed e-mail routing through the old Washburn mail system.  E-mails to addresses are now being delivered directly to Microsoft Office 365.

For the most part, this change will not be noticeable to you.  Key changes:

  • E-mail spam filtering is no longer being done via the Barracuda Spam firewalls
  • E-mails will no longer arrive with [SPAM] or [POSSIBLE SPAM] headers
  • You will no longer receive e-mail quarantine reports (with a possible exception of a last one for today)
  • Spam filtering is being perform by Microsoft Office 365 anti-spam systems and suspected spam is delivered to your “Junk Email” folder

Let us know if you have any questions.  We’re preparing additional guidance on managing your spam settings and will publish that shortly.  Microsoft documentation on spam management in Office 365 can be found at this link:

Questions or problems, please contact ITS User Services at or by calling 785-670-3000.


Vote for Washburn University Virtual Tour and Campus Map

The eduStyle Higher-ed Web Awards celebrate the best work in college and  university websites.  This year Washburn University’s website is a finalist in the Best Campus Map or Virtual Tour category.  Vote for Washburn University Virtual Tour and Campus Map by September 2nd at:

virtual tour

Winners will be announced by Sept. 9th.

(You must register to vote)

Welcome New Faculty-Technology Support Information

Welcome new and returning faculty at Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology.  This past week, new faculty at Washburn University have had a lot of activities and new information to absorb.  Please remember the technology support contact information from Information Technology Services (ITS):

Technology Support Center
For desktop/laptop/classroom support
Bennett Computer Center, room 104

Online Education Support
For online course support in Desire2Learn
Henderson Learning Center room 3

Instructional Design/Technology Training
Assistance with effective use of technology.
Sue Taylor-Owens, Instructional Designer
Henderson Learning Center, room 10B

Technology Learning Center
Lab/Classroom facility for faculty and staff.
Bennett Computer Center, room 102

Multimedia Production
Production, media duplication & audio/video streaming.
Dale Rusche, Production Coordinator
Henderson Learning Center, room 10D

Website Support
Web space requests and content management.
Shane Bartley, Webmaster
Henderson Learning Center, room 18C

New Website

I hope you’ve had a chance to visit and browse around the new website for Washburn University.  This is a great step in enhancing our online presence and engaging our community as well as those we hope will join our community.  Below are some of the features of the new website taken from a news release written by Amanda Hughes.

  • A consistent and professional design for all areas featuring new imagery. The Cascade Content Management System (CMS) provides a framework for managing the brand across the website, while allowing individuals to publish specialized content.
  • A new “Meet Our Faculty” area allows students to get to know more about the Washburn faculty reflecting Washburn’s commitment to student engagement with faculty taught courses and other faculty lead opportunities, such as service and research.
  • The new interactive virtual tour gives insight into Washburn University and not only covers academics, but includes student activities, campus life, and athletics through an interactive map, pictures and videos.
  • Highlighted are six messages, with accompanying videos, which speak to realizing your dreams through quality, affordable education at Washburn.
  • A number of new tools have been added to include a comprehensive calendar of events and news services from across campus.
  • In addition, schools and departments can personalize the displayed news and events on their web pages which are relevant to their specific audience.
  • The use of social media has been adopted to better promote campus programs and allow faculty, staff and students to share information with their friends and colleagues.
  • With the growing use of mobile devices, Washburn employed a “responsive” design for the new website enabling the effective use of smart phones and tablets as well as laptop and desktop computers.

Our Blog is Live

Welcome.  I’m extremely excited for our new web blog to go live.  I hope you’ll find the information posted here useful and interesting.  Since I like short postings, I’ll simply direct you to the About page for a more detailed introduction.