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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Students and employees to convert to new e-mail system

Posted: October 25, 2012

Antelope Valley College will convert to a new e-mail and campus calendar system beginning in November.

Gmail

Campus e-mail users will have the option of migrating to Gmail and Google Calendar beginning some time next month and continuing through March 1, 2013.  After March 1, all remaining users who haven’t migrated to the new system will be converted.

Woody Burns, network manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), explained that the college was in a position where it needed to replace its current myAVC e-mail and calendar system.

After looking at different options, district officials entered into an agreement with Google for free access to Google Apps Education Edition. Many colleges utilize Google for e-mail, including California State University campuses.

Users will find many improvements over existing myAVC e-mail including:

  • Increased storage capacity
  • Highly effective spam filtering
  • Integrated voice and video chat
  • Integrated instant messaging
  • Powerful search capabilities

Google Calendar will feature improvements, including two-way synchronization with mobile devices and customized reminders.

During the transition, users will follow a link to a page where they can reset their e-mail password, at which point they’ll be taken to Google. This will enable users to use the same username (i.e. janedoe@avc.edu) with Google as they do with myAVC.

Users will be able to log into Google services directly by using their full AVC e-mail address as their user name and their myAVC password as their password.

Google accounts will appear the same as they do for other Google accounts.

More details on the conversion will be provided by ITS closer to the launch date.