I&TS is pleased to announce a proposal for the next generation of email and related personal information services for Pacific Lutheran University.
Since the mid-1990s PLU has been using this same e-mail platform as the foundation for many of the communication and personal information management services used by PLU students, faculty, and staff. In recent years the age and limits of this system have become steadily apparent. Last year I&TS began an initiative to identify a new solution that could replace and enhance our current systems.
Thanks to the work of many participants, both within I&TS and several representatives from around campus, we are pleased to recommend that we move our current e-mail and calendar environment into a Google Apps for Education solution.
Before we complete the planning and details surrounding this proposal, we are asking for your feedback and input. We realize this is not a good time in the academic year to seek your attention, and we do apologize for any inconvenience. But this process having come to completion only in the last few days, we think it very important nevertheless that you have opportunity to share your views and contribute to a final decision before we disperse for the summer.
I&TS will be hosting open forums as well as reaching out to some key constituent groups around campus in the next couple of weeks. During these sessions we hope to share how this possible change could greatly enhance the services and capabilities we currently provide as well as some of the ways we will work to maintain consistency with many of the services you currently use.
Open Session 1 – University Center 201, Friday 5/8, 10:00-11:30am
Open Session 2 – University Center 201, Monday 5/11, 10:00-11:30am
Open Session 3 – Library Basement Training Room B, Tuesday 5/12, 12:30-2:00pm
Project Website - http://www.plu.edu/google-apps/
We look forward to seeing you at one of these demonstration & discussion sessions.
David P. Allen, Director/I&TS Systems & Communications
Chris Ferguson, Associate Provost/I&TS