Behind the Monitor

Syracuse University ITS

Podcast by Syracuse University ITS

All Episodes

On the semester finale of Behind the Monitor, the crew gets together for a virtual all-staff meeting with fellow co-host Gillian Follett '22 to put a bow on the spring and look ahead to the summer. Plus, we play "Two Truths and a Lie"--which co-host can eat fire?!

May 27

19 min 2 sec

In our latest episode, we chat with CuseHacks co-founder Caitlin Sanders '21. CuseHacks is a 24-hour innovation marathon in which students team up to solve challenges with technology. Captions:

May 3

14 min 43 sec

We sat down with Chris Croad, chief information security officer at Syracuse University, to discuss phishing, password safety, Eric Clapton, board games and more!

Apr 23

23 min 46 sec

On our latest episode, we talk with Sharon Alestalo, director of the Women in Science and Engineering program at Syracuse University (WiSE). WiSE works to help female students and faculty in STEM overcome the obstacles many women in the STEM world continue to face today. Transcript:

Mar 31

21 min 22 sec

It’s springtime in Syracuse (kinda sorta pretty much), and we’re excited to talk tech! From phishing to digital literacy to Zoom to multi-factor authentication and ASTRAL PROJECTION, there is no shortage of topics. Plus, we wrap up with an exciting game of “What’s Older?”

Mar 10

22 min 8 sec

It's all about bandwidth and band saws on our latest episode. We talk to Zeke Leonard, assistant professor of environmental and interior design in the School of Design, about the challenges and opportunities of teaching hands-on disciplines in online or hybrid modalities.

Jan 27

28 min 18 sec

We go behind the monitor and into the (virtual) press box with Newhouse alumnus Andy McCullough '09, senior writer for The Athletic. McCullough talks about his Syracuse University experience and technology's role in his work, including what it was like to cover the 2020 baseball season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Captions:

Jan 15

23 min 26 sec

In a very special episode of Behind the Monitor, your humble hosts put a bow on 2020 and look ahead to 2021. Plus, Eric talks about his cell phone-charging drama--and a TV theme song game that tests the definition of "singing."

Jan 4

23 min 40 sec

On the latest episode of Behind the Monitor, we chat with Online Learning Services instructional analyst Jason Webb about the growth of extended reality at Syracuse University. Extended reality, or XR, is an umbrella term that encompasses three main subcategories: virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR). Webb describes several unique projects undertaken by professors in schools across campus, including the School of Architecture, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Transcript:

Dec 2020

13 min

On the latest episode of the official podcast from ITS, we talk to Ellyn Riley, Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences. Ellyn talks about how she has enhanced her teaching with technology—especially PlayPosit—both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. Captions:

Nov 2020

16 min 35 sec

On the latest episode of the official podcast for ITS at Syracuse University, we spoke with Kappa Theta Pi President Mikey McCallister about his involvement in technology-focused extracurricular activities at SU and how they’ve augmented his knowledge of and love for technology. McCallister also works as a consultant at the ITS Service Center, where he assists members of the SU community with technology-related questions and challenges.

Nov 2020

16 min 19 sec

On the epic 10th episode of Behind the Monitor, ITS Service Centers Manager and Syracuse University alumnus Dan Jeski stops by to talk about supporting campus tech needs during COVID-19 and provides tips for a great online learning experience. Plus, the gang takes part in a "Know Your State Capitals" throwdown.

Oct 2020

16 min 45 sec

On this week’s episode of Behind the Monitor, we speak with Ghufran Salih '20 about the unexpected growth of her TikTok account and how her experience with making videos about data security-related topics has helped her cope with the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic.

Oct 2020

16 min 5 sec

Cayla Dorsey '20 graduated from Syracuse University in the middle of a global pandemic. Despite the extra hurdles added to the already chaotic process of transitioning from college to the workplace, she managed to persevere and achieve her dream job of working as a user experience writer at Microsoft. We sat down (virtually) with Dorsey to discuss what her first few months at Microsoft have been like, how her time at Syracuse University helped prepare her for a career in tech, and what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the start of her professional life.

Sep 2020

12 min 38 sec

The ITS Behind the Monitor crew dips into the mailbag to answer questions from real Syracuse University students and faculty. Topics discussed: changing your name in Outlook, sketchy job offers, uploading Zoom recordings to Kaltura, and more! Transcript available at:

Sep 2020

17 min 51 sec

*Note: This episode was recorded before the location for Syracuse Welcome tents was changed from Manley Field House to Skytop.* In the latest episode of Behind the Monitor, the gang discusses what students can expect during Welcome week, how we're helping faculty get ready to teach this semester, and more! Plus, we answer tough questions like, "What's your favorite ice cream topping?"

Aug 2020

16 min 31 sec

The gang talks about what the new Kaltura video management system means for Syracuse University faculty and students. Captions available at:

Jul 2020

19 min 40 sec

The ITS gang talks about how the ITS Service Center, Online Learning Services, and partners across campus are preparing for the fall semester. TRANSCRIPT:

Jun 2020

20 min 30 sec

The Behind the Monitor gang returns to discuss how we're coping with working from home, how faculty can create engaging videos, and what resources are available for our new graduates (congratulations, Class of 2020!). And in our most controversial segment to date, the Behind the Monitor gang plays This or That, a game that just might tear this podcast apart. Go Orange!

May 2020

15 min 32 sec

In the second episode of Behind the Monitor, your hosts discuss Zoom, phishing scams, online testing and so much more. A cat also makes a cameo appearance. She would not be denied.

Apr 2020

19 min 30 sec

The first episode of Behind the Monitor, the voices of ITS at Syracuse University.

Apr 2020

15 min 30 sec