Feb. 18, 2008
Contact: Jessica Wong
Google Apps to be introduced to MUW students
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Mississippi University for Women’s
Technology Services recently announced that it will
be introducing Google Apps to students in March
2008. MUW will be the first university in
Mississippi to implement the service.
The program will offer access to free services such
as email, the ability to create and edit a personal
calendar, instant messaging, on-line storage to save
important projects and documents and programs
similar to Office products. Advantages of the
applications are that students can access the
services from any computer with an Internet
“We believe that Google Apps leverages out existing
investments and allows the university to provide
extraordinary technology to our students,” Larry
Jones, MUW director of ITS, said.
The new applications provide students with more
network storage space.
This solves the problem of emailing files to one’s
own email account or saving it onto a jump drive.
Marco Obaid, assistant director of ITS and network
administrator, added, “Google Apps offers the latest
and greatest cutting-edge technology to our
students. Students will also be able to access these
services from anywhere, including their mobile
phones (granted the cell phone service plans include
Google Apps includes four services – Gmail, Google
Talk and Google Docs.
Gmail is an email service that has special features
such as the ability to block unwanted junk mail from
filling your inbox. Unlike the current email service
on campus which offers only 50 megabytes of storage,
Gmail has more than six gigabytes of storage and
counting, 120 times more than the current email
service. That is enough space to hold all important
emails without having to delete them to make room
Also, the email address used through Google Apps is,
as Obaid stated, “email for life.” This means that
students keep their accounts as long as they want
and don’t have to worry about having their
university email addresses canceled six months after
graduation, losing all their important messages.
Google Calendar allows users to create their own
personal calendar and
input memos, events, meetings, reminders and even
class schedules. It also allows students to post
their schedule for others to see so they can manage
a time to meet up or work on a project.
Google Talk is an instant messenger service similar
to AOL, Yahoo Messenger, and MSN Messenger which
allows participants to chat with
others on-line instead of waiting for an email
reply. It also allows students to “call” other
computers that have Google Talk for free and voice
chat with others.
Google Docs is similar to Microsoft Office but it
allows users to access it on any computer with
Internet access. It can be used to create and save
documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. It also
allows members to invite a friend or coworker to
collaborate and work on that same project at the
same time from another computer.
In addition to the four services, Google Apps allows
students to personalize their own “MyApps” page.
Similar to a website, “gadgets” such as news
updates, weather alerts, personal
schedules/calendars and even games can be added.
There are hundreds of different gadgets to choose
from to fit an individual student’s needs.
Other universities such as Arizona State University
and Northwest University in Chicago have implemented
Google Apps into their schools’ systems.
Jones said, “Google Apps just seems to be the most
logical step to upgrading our university’s
Obaid said, “We just want to offer the best
technology to help out the students. The SGA
(Student Government Association) officers have been
piloting this service and we’re working closely with
them to solve any issues.”