IT Newsletter

Announcing “Box” File Storage and Collaboration

We are excited to announce that Box will be available to all current employees and students on Monday, January 23, 2017. What is Box? Box is a collaborative, cloud-based, file storage system that works with virtually every internet-connected computer or device. In addition, Box allows collaboration on Microsoft Office documents directly from a browser, tracks […]

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Faculty Laptop Incentive Program – 2016/2017

This year’s Faculty Laptop Incentive Program (FLIP) is brought to you by the UMaine Provost’s Office and UMS IT. The FLIP program will run through April 30, 2017 and is for faculty only. The following program policies apply: Laptops must be ordered through the University Bookstore with an interdepartmental order (IDO). Matching grants are 50% […]

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FirstClass Retirement Project – January 2017 Update

The project to retire FirstClass in May 2018 continues to progress. The project team has been collecting information from faculty, staff, and students about how they use FirstClass, and which features are most important to them. This information will help the team recommend FirstClass alternatives to users as they transition off FirstClass. Along with conducting focus […]

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Semester Start 24 x 7 IT Phone Support

The UMS IT Support Center is pleased to announce a single semester pilot program that will ensure you have the IT support you need during semester startup, and will help us gain a better understanding of how to support you during future semesters. This pilot program is to provide 2 weeks of 24-hour phone support […]

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Winter Term Classroom and Cluster Updates

During the Winter Term, IT was busy updating classrooms and renovating the Union and Library Clusters. See below for information about the completed work. Building Room Description IMRC 113  All New 27″ iMacs w/ Retina 5K displays, 6th Gen. core-i7 CPU’s, 16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drives Shibles 202 Installed Apple TV DPC 105 HDMI connection, Apple TV, […]

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US:IT Staff News

Tom Drake – New Campus Services Operations Manager Tom Drake joined the UMaine IT Staff in 2004 as a Networking Specialist. His primary role has been providing and coordinating all of the IT needs for the Advanced Structures and Composites Center. In his new role as US:IT Campus Services Operations Manager, Tom provides leadership for […]

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UMS Active Directory Project

Ever wish you didn’t have to remember a different username and password to access your computer and other online resources? Confused about how to get common software applications like MS Office, Matlab, or SPSS? Do you wish you could easily connect to other printers on campus? You might be interested in a project that is […]

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Announcing Box – File Storage and Collaboration

We are excited to announce that Box will be available to all current employees and students within the next few months. The Box team is hard at work implementing Box and wanted to share this exciting news with you, as well as answer a few common questions. What is Box? Box is a collaborative, cloud-based, […]

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Retiring FirstClass Email and Conferencing System

FirstClass was introduced at the University of Maine in the mid-1990s as the primary email and conferencing system for the UMaine community. Twenty years later, FirstClass usage is decreasing, and many of its once unique and highly desired features have been supplanted by social media, University of Maine System services, and emerging technologies. Faculty, staff […]

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New Anti-Virus Solution: Requires Action!

The University of Maine System has signed a Microsoft Agreement which provides a broad array of Microsoft services. As a result of this agreement, we have ended our relationship with Symantec for Endpoint Protection.  You will need to install Microsoft’s antivirus software  to keep your devices safe and secure. Your current installation is providing protection […]

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