Latest news for IT Services

  • 6/1/15 – Thomas College became an Internet2 member today.  Internet2 is an exceptional community of U.S. and international leaders in research, academia, industry and government who create and collaborate via innovative technologies. Together, Internet2 members accelerate research discovery, advance national and global education, and improve the delivery of public services. This community touches nearly every major innovation that defines our modern digital lives—and continues to define “what’s next.”
  • 5/28/15 – Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC versions are now available on any College computer.
  • 5/26/15 – Sway is now available under Office 365 for cloud-based presentations.
  • 4/15/15 – Skype for Business is now available to all students, faculty and staff.
  • 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