Banner Finance Unavailable 9/14/16

On Wednesday, September 14, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and concluding at 8:00 p.m., Banner Finance (INB Finance and Self Service Finance) will be unavailable for the final round of fiscal year-end roll processing. Normal operations will resume upon completion of these processes. Please remember to sign off and shut down all your Banner Finance sessions before 5:00 p.m. on September 14, 2016.

SHSU Now a Speedtest Host

Have you felt that your Internet connection was a bit sluggish when on campus? If so, you can now use the SHSU hosted service. When on campus you are automatically directed to the SHSU host server by default.  This service will run a quick test and report your upload and download speeds back to you.

For comparison here are the fastest service providers in Texas: In general cable consumers  see around 50 Mbps tops. If you’re getting better than that you are doing better than most.

Download Microsoft Office 2016 for Free

Yes, you read that right! Where and how?! Is this for students only?!

Great questions! All current Sam Houston State University students, faculty, and staff can take advantage of this resource.

First, go to:,

Then, type in your SHSU email and hit enter. You’ll be redirected to another login page where you can log in with your SHSU email and password.

You now have access to the benefits of Office 365! You can now download a copy of Microsoft Office 2016, access online versions of Office 2016 from any browser anywhere, and 1 terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage.

Feel free to contact us at the Service Desk with any questions at 936-294-1950 or


Security Tip: Avoiding Online Tax Scams

Should you respond to an e-mail or phone call claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)?

The short answer, no. Phone and e-mail phishing scams are still on the top of the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2016. Numerous online scams are circulating this time of year in an attempt to steal people’s tax refunds, bank accounts, and identities.

Be on the lookout for unsolicited e-mails, texts, social media posts that ask you to share valuable personal and financial information. According to Truste and the National Cyber Security Alliance, 75% of Americans believe they adequately protect their personal online data, yet statistics show they don’t take the appropriate precautions to do so. Only 39% look for a website’s privacy trust seal/logo, or lock icon before deciding whether to trust the site.

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The IRS has received new reports of scammers impersonating IRS employees and calling to verify tax return information over the phone. The scam tries to get you to give up personal information such as a Social Security number or personal financial information, such as bank numbers or credit cards.

Last month, The IRS discovered that their Electronic Filing PIN application on was accessed by hackers. Using previously stolen personal data, identity thieves used malware to generate more than 100,000 tax return PIN codes. The IRS said no personal taxpayer data was stolen, only the tax return PIN codes. The IRS is taking immediate steps to notify affected taxpayers by mail.

Remember, the IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

According to the IRS, if you know you don’t owe taxes, follow these guidelines:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Carefully select the tax sites you visit and always secure your computer with the latest security updates and anti virus. If you are concerned your personal information has been stolen please visit to report the crime and find out how you can recover from potential identity theft.

The IRS has many more resources and contact information listed here in case of identity theft.


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Office 365 Now Available

Office 365 is now available for all current SHSU students, faculty, and staff. This update will not replace the current Office versions installed on SHSU computers, but will be an enhancement to the current Home Use Program (HUP).

With Office 365, you now have one terabyte of OneDrive storage and access to a free download of Office 2013 for PCs and Office 2011 for Macs. Office 2016 will be available for download in February.

To access your Office 365 account, go to Enter your official SHSU e-mail address (ex., – rather than your alias – and click sign-in. You will be redirected to the SHSU login page where you will enter your SHSU credentials. Your initial login will take about five minutes as Office 365 creates your account.

Office 365 comes with access to the following online versions of Microsoft software:

  • OneDrive (with 1 Terabyte of storage)
  • Word Online
  • PowerPoint Online
  • Excel Online
  • OneNote Online
  • Sway
  • Delve

Microsoft has compiled various YouTube tutorials for Office 365 products and functions with which you may be unfamiliar.

Please note that Office 365 is a Microsoft cloud service subscription that requires an Internet connection for full access to OneDrive storage and other Office 365 programs and features. Please ensure that you maintain a second copy of critical files on your S drive or other storage location.

Contact the Service Desk at 936-294-1950 or if you have any questions, concerns, or login issues.