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IT Services Latest News

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 10/21/13 -  Thomas starts campus-wide upgrade to Windows 8.1, Windows 2012 R2, and System Center 2012 R2.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 24x7 from our Kivuto (formerly e-academy) store.
  • 6/13/12 - Absolute Corporation Case Study [local copy (PDF)]
  • 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
  • 8/7/11 - 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
  • 9/1/10 - 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. [local copy (PDF)]
  • 5/12/10 - Thomas College introduces new 24x7 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
  • 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 [local copy (PDF)]
  • 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. [local copy (PDF)]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1/15/07 - 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 [local copy (PDF)]
  • 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 [local copy (PDF)]
  • 11/18/04 - Thomas Reviewed by Microsoft [local copy (PDF)]
  • 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) [local copy (PDF)]
  • 12/15/03 - Article on Bartlett and Summer Upgrades [local copy (PDF)]
  • 4/8/03 - Microsoft in Education Seminar at Thomas College [local copy (PDF)]
  • 2/14/03 - Slammer Worm, Security Precautions, and Bandwidth Management at Thomas College [local copy (PDF)]
  • 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 [picture]
  • 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. [Press Release]
  • 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 - 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
  • 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 - Interview by Interface Daily
  • 10/15/95 - Waterville Sentinel (page D1)- Dormitory Computer Capabilities
  • 7/22/95 - Waterville Sentinel (page 10)- Waterville School Internet Agreement Signed

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