University website to experience more changes

John Ellinger, chief information officer for Information Technology Services, spoke about more upcoming changes to the University’s online services at the fourth Graduate Student Senate general meeting Friday afternoon.

In November or early December, students and faculty will have access to SkyDrive, a file sharing service that will give users 25 GB of personal storage space. The current service, MyFiles, will eventually be phased out, Ellinger said.

This January, the 12-year-old homepage and all pages within it will be replaced with an Adobe system. The search engine on the page will also be redesigned for better organization, he said.

“There are 44,000 pages without a date on any of them,” Ellinger said. “You want something current, you can’t get it.”

The Alert BG program, which is currently an opt-in program, will become an opt-out program, meaning everyone will be automatically signed up to receive emergency alerts, he said.

Next semester, a new application called SharePoint will give users access to lite versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which they can continue to use after graduating, Ellinger said.

“Lite version has about 80 percent of all the tools that everybody uses,” he said.

Also during the meeting, the senate voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting the Not In Our Town campaign.

“I’m glad the resolution was passed so we can have official support,” said Lingxiao Ge, GSS President. “Even though the GSS has always been supporting the campaign, I’m glad that we eventually had the official support.”

The next GSS meeting will be Nov. 8 in the McFall Gallery from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.