Latest news for IT Services

  • 12/22/14 – All students, faculty and staff now have about 50Gb of storage space in Outlook/Exchange. Lync Online is now available for text, voice and video conferencing.
  • 10/30/14 – EdTech article about Thomas use of the Cloud.
  • 10/7/14 – Thomas now provides the Yammer service to all students, faculty and staff as part of Office365.
  • 7/11/14 – Thomas now provides Microsoft IT Academy curricula to all students.
  • 5/1/14 – All Thomas usernames now have 1TB of storage space on OneDrive for Business from Office 365.
  • 2/20/14 – Thomas starts using Microsoft Office 365 Education A3 and Student Advantage licenses to provide more services to students, faculty and staff. Services include Office Pro Plus on up to 5 devices as well as Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones.
  • 2/10/14 – EdTech article about the Thomas upgrade from Windows XP in 2009.
  • 2/4/14 – EdTech article about Thomas use of Absolute MDM.
  • 12/30/13  Thomas finishes upgrading Windows 8.1, Windows 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 campus-wide.
  • 12/13/13 – Adtran donates over $18,000 worth of equipment, training, and curriculum resources.  These items will be used by CS/ITM students in the new Alfond Academic Center server room when the building opens in Summer 2014.  Local partner Communications Technologies Inc. was instrumental in facilitating this donation.
  • 11/17/13 – EdTech article about Thomas use of Absolute MDM.
  • 10/21/13 –  Thomas starts campus-wide upgrade to Windows 8.1, Windows 2012 R2, and System Center 2012 R2.
  • 10/8/13 – EdTech article about Thomas use of Microsoft Lync and Office 365.
  • 9/27/13 –  Thomas finishes campus-wide upgrade of iPads to iOS 7.
  • 9/2/13 –  All users are now on Exchange 2013 (and Lync 2013) to provide an enhanced ActiveSync and OWA experience.
  • 8/15/13 – Adobe Master Collection products were added campus-wide this summer.  Products in this bundle include: Premiere Pro, After Effects, InDesign, Photoshop Ext, Acrobat Pro, Illustrator, Flash Pro, Dreamweaver, Flash Builder, Fireworks, Audition, SpeedGrade, Prelude, Encore, Bridge and Media Encoder
  • 3/27/13 – Thomas listed in Microsoft article about Higher Education and K-12 use of Windows 8.
  • 2/6/13 – Adtran Case Study
  • 1/15/13 Thomas students can now download Office 2013 software for free thanks to our Microsoft Campus Agreement.
  • 12/21/12 Thomas finishes campus-wide upgrade to Windows 8.
  • 11/1/12 – Thomas starts Office 2013 deployment.
  • 10/26/12 – Thomas students can now download Windows 8 upgrade software for free thanks to our Microsoft Campus Agreement.
  • 10/3/12 – Thomas expands alumni IT services by adding Office 365.
  • 9/19/12 – Thomas is first organization to run RC-Studio on Windows 2012.
  • 9/18/12 – Black Box iCOMPEL Case Study
  • 8/28/12 – Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 upgrades have begun with all Windows 7/Windows Server 2008R2 upgrades scheduled to be completed by the end of the fall term.
  • 8/10/12 – Campus-wide wireless network upgraded to provide faster access and better coverage for students, faculty and staff in both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz frequencies.
  • 8/6/12 – First all-digital smart classroom added (221).
  • 8/1/12 – First 10G network equipment added.
  • 7/25/12 – Terrier Bucks debit card system has been added for new cafe and store purchases.
  • 7/1/12 – Internet/Internet2 connections upgraded from 100M to 200M
  • 6/15/12 – Adobe products at reduced rates are now available 24×7 from our Kivuto (formerly e-academy) store.
  • 6/13/12 – Absolute Corporation Case Study
  • 6/12/12 – Thomas adds ShoreTel phone system cell phone integration.
  • 5/15/12 – Thomas upgrades wireless network to provide faster connections, stronger signals in all areas, and higher capacity access points to accommodate increased number of Wi-Fi devices per person. A guest network was also added for visitors.
  • 1/19/12 – Vice President for Information Services to be luncheon speaker at the CTI ShoreTel Customer Appreciation event January 19th at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth
  • 1/17/12 – Google+ was added to the Thomas Google Apps domain
  • 12/15/11 – Thomas is connected to MainREN for high-speed Internet and Internet2 connectivity
  • 12/12/11 – Thomas receives RUS grant along with several K-12 schools for a second Cisco Tandberg online learning device
  • 8/12/11 – All classrooms now have interactive projectors and mini-document cameras
  • 8/8/11 – iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch Recommended Apps list now available
  • 8/7/11 – Thomas adds 25 iPads for sign-outs and classes
  • 5/15/11 – Thomas purchases a portable Cisco Tandberg device to facilitate online learning and remote meetings with Maine and other schools
  • 3/11/11 – Vice President for Information Services to be part of a NEASC evaluation team
  • 1/18/11 – Lync 2010 has been deployed college-wide
  • 1/4/11 – Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 has been deployed college-wide
  • 1/3/11 – HTTPS (SSL) has been enabled for Moodle in preparation for enabling single sign-in
  • 12/30/10 – Single sign-in has been enabled for off-campus access to library databases
  • 12/17/10 – Skype is now integrated into all systems
  • 9/27/10 – EDTech article on blade servers
  • 9/1/10 – Thomas deploys first virtual Windows 7 desktop to lower hardware/energy costs and increase application compatibility
  • 6/24/10 – Dell Case Study about our use of their products, virtualization, and Windows 7.
  • 5/12/10 – Thomas College introduces new 24×7 way for students to buy Microsoft Windows/Office for a low price
  • 5/10/10 – Thomas College upgrades all College computers to Office Professional Plus 2010
  • 4/2/10 – Microsoft Case Study on how Thomas uses Windows 7.
  • 2/15/10 – Thomas College upgrades to Exchange 2010
  • 12/23/09 – Thomas College is the first college to complete upgrades of all client computers to Windows 7
  • 10/2/09 – All Alumni are now using Outlook Live instead of Hotmail
  • 5/4/09 – Dell Case Study about our use of their products and Windows Vista
  • 4/15/09 – Thomas Magazine focuses on Information Technology
  • 4/1/09 – Thomas adds latest high-speed wireless network access (802.11n) to library
  • 9/29/08 – Thomas introduces ThomasTV, a video-over-IP service using technology from Video Furnace
  • 8/15/08 – Thomas deploys Windows 2008 network access protection (NAP) to enhance network and student computer security
  • 8/1/08 – Thomas deploys power-over-ethernet to the entire college network to reduce electrical infrastructure, provide IP phones to students, and enhance battery-charging in laptops/devices
  • 8/1/08 – Thomas saves energy by replacing traditional servers with blade servers and network storage
  • 7/15/08 – Thomas saves energy by converting monitors from CRT to LCD and purchasing Energy Star 4.0 compliant notebooks and desktops
  • 6/5/08 – Microsoft Case Study on how Thomas uses Vista.
  • 5/15/08 – Thomas deploys new IP-based phone system to lower costs and increase service
  • 5/12/08 – Thomas removes analog phone lines from res. hall rooms due to limited demand and installs a new VoIP phone system for faculty, staff, and students
  • 5/5/08 – Thomas consolidates computer labs to make room for new computer-based science lab
  • 4/15/08 – Thomas adds Microsoft Learning Essentials software for faculty and students
  • 4/4/08 – Thomas selects Panopto’s CourseCast lecture capture software for our new smart classrooms
  • 4/3/08 – Thomas selects Moodle to replace Blackboard as CMS effective 7/1/09
  • 4/2/08 – Thomas College hosted the Maine Telecommunications Users Group (MTUG) April meeting on Security. Chris Rhoda presented updates on last year’s presentation and how Thomas views safety & security
  • 3/4/08 – Thomas is now running Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 for enhanced features and security
  • 1/22/08 – Thomas implements Office Communications Server 2007 as platform for next-generation communications
  • 9/10/07 – Vista use at Colleges.
  • Fall 2007 – IT Enhancements and New Purchases.
  • 8/21/07 – Thomas College mentioned in Financial Times article about Microsoft/Nortel alliance
  • 8/07 – Thomas College completes upgrades to Windows Vista and Office 2007; one of the first colleges. [College Planning & Management]
  • 4/4/07 – Thomas College hosts the Maine Telecommunications Users Group (MTUG) April meeting on VoIP. Chris Rhoda presents how Thomas has implemented Unified Communication and VoIP
  • 1/17/07 – Thomas College quoted in Microsoft/Nortel joint press release about the Innovative Communications Alliance (ICA) event in New York City
  • 1/15/07 – Thomas College has new web design
  • 1/11/07 – Thomas College upgrades alumni system: Fourth in the nation. [ITS outline]
  • 12/28/06 – Thomas College upgrading Microsoft Office to 2007 and Windows XP to Vista with completion scheduled for July 2007
  • 10/1/06 – Thomas College implements increasingly converged communications services between its Microsoft and Nortel communication systems
  • 9/15/06 – Thomas College provides students with increased VoIP options
  • 9/2/06 – Thomas College provides grades, bills, course advising via cell phones.
  • 8/28/06 – Thomas College provides increased software update services to students using Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS)
  • 8/14/06 – Article on Spam – Morning Sentinel
  • 5/16/05 – 3rd generation firewall presentation given to CUMREC 2005 – a higher education administrative technology conference in Keystone, Colorado
  • 4/14/05 – Vice President for Information Services to be part of a NEASC evaluation team
  • 12/20/04 – Article on Second Microsoft Case Study – Morning Sentinel
  • 11/18/04 – Thomas Reviewed by Microsoft
  • 3/14/04 – Application-level firewall presentation given to 2004 Innovations in Higher Education conference in Orlando, FL
  • 3/04 – The ABCs of Safety (Honeywell)
  • 12/15/03 – Article on Bartlett and Summer Upgrades
  • 4/8/03 – Microsoft in Education Seminar at Thomas College
  • 2/14/03 – Slammer Worm, Security Precautions, and Bandwidth Management at Thomas College
  • 2/3/03 – Mid-Maine Communications partnership provides lower-cost Internet connections to students, employees, and alumni
  • 11/10/01 – Wireless network article in the 5th Annual Central Maine Business Journal 2001/2002
  • 10/24/01 – Radio talk show interview about Thomas College technology with Chris Rhoda and Peter Gilbert at WRKD 1450AM in Rockland
  • 8/28/01 – Thomas College wireless infrastructure
  • 5/1/01 – Thomas College web site listed in the “Top 75 Web Sites in Maine” by Portland Magazine – [Their Description of our Site]
  • 1/31/01 – IT Services Director gave a presentation about the Effective Use of the Internet and the Web in Businesses to a local group of Business Owners.
  • 11/1/00 – IT Services Director gave a presentation about the convergence of technology at Thomas College to the Maine Telecommunications Users Group (MTUG)
  • 7/13/00 – New Service: Windows & Office 2000 Access from off-campus
  • 7/13/00 – Article on our Admissions Web Site – Morning Sentinel
  • 5/9/00 – IT Services Director will give a presentation about the Thomas College Intranet/Extranet at the annual Maine Telecommunications Users Group (MTUG) trade show in Portland, Maine
  • 5/7/00 – Article on our Extranet – Morning Sentinel
  • 5/4/00 – Article on our AuditoriumInterface Tech News
  • 4/7/00 – New auditorium building opens with several key voice/data/video technologies
  • 4/7/00 – Article on our Auditorium – Bangor Daily News
  • 4/4/00 – Article on our Auditorium – Morning Sentinel
  • 3/20/00 – IT Services Director gave a presentation about the Thomas College Intranet/Extranet at the annual NERCOMP conference in Sturbridge, Mass
  • 1/5/00 – Forum 2K interview on UPN 35
  • 11/29/99 – Thomas College creates first of its kind College Extranet
  • 11/99 – Interface Monthly web site review (page 40)
  • 8/99 – New England Business Journal article (page 25)
  • 6/18/99 – IT Services Director participated in the edACCESS ’99 conference at Choate Rosemary Hall [picture]
  • 6/10/99 – Made In Maine Show
  • 5/3/99 – Microsoft Case Study about our Web-based Information Systems – Microsoft
  • 3/15/99 – Newspaper Article on our Intranet – Portland Press Herald
  • 12/98 – Student Survey Results
  • 12/98 – Interview by Interface Daily
  • 9/98 – A Leader in Education
  • 7/98 – Solutions IQ Case Study (updated version in 2003)
  • 3/96 – State of Maine Partnership
  • 1/10/96 – Central Maine Wide Area Network
  • 10/15/95 – Waterville Sentinel (page D1)- Dormitory Computer Capabilities
  • 7/22/95 – Waterville Sentinel (page 10)- Waterville School Internet Agreement Signed