LCSC will change student e-mail to Google Apps.
The following is a message from the LCSC President Dene K. Thomas: This will not change faculty/staff e-mail accounts.
TimeCruiser’s CampusCruiser to the Google Apps collaborative platform.
For several years our students have expressed an interest in exploring alternatives to LCSC’s current student e-mail application (TimeCruiser’s CampusCruiser). In May 2007 we formed a review committee that represented all constituent groups on campus, with the charge of evaluating and selecting the best approach for LCSC’s student e-mail. After a six-month evaluation and selection process, we are announcing the acceptance of the e-mail evaluation committee’s recommendation to move LCSC’s student e-mail to Google Apps.
Here are some of the benefits of Google Apps, as identified by the committee:
· Over six gigabytes of Gmail storage, instead of the five megabytes in LCSC’s current system. Students will not have to worry as much about having to delete mail.
· Instant messaging and voice calls. Students will be able to connect instantly with others.
· Google Calendar. Students and organizations will be able to schedule meetings, create events, and share calendars with others.
· Personalized Start Page. Students will start off the day with quick information, after adding their favorite gadgets to their customized start page.
· Anywhere – anytime information. Since Google Apps is a web-based product, all content is available online from anywhere in the world. Students will also be able to access e-mail with a mobile device.
There are a number of online resources that provide greater detail regarding each of the products associated with Google Apps. You can visit the Google Apps Help Center at http://www.google.com/support/a/users to start browsing. More information – including training videos – will be available from LCSC’s implementation project team in the near future.
We will be in touch again when we get closer to completing the transition to Google Apps. Our goal is to have current students migrated to the new e-mail platform before they leave for summer holiday.