UNK Today | August 2014 - page 4

By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — When
University of Nebraska at
Kearney students return to
campus this fall, they will
see an entirely new email
system with a different set
of features than its Gmail
predecessor.
Deb Schroeder, UNK’s
assistant vice chancellor of
information technology, said
that while Gmail was popular,
the move to the Office 365
platform will offer students
new features and benefits.
The most prized of those new
benefits may be that students
will be able to download free,
but limited copies of Microsoft
Office.
“It seemed like it was worth
the effort for them to get copies
of Office,” Schroeder said of
the change.
With the new Office 365
platform, students will have
the ability to download up
to five copies of Microsoft
Office to a personal computer
and can download an addi-
tional five copies to mobile
devices.
“Microsoft is moving to
— as most software vendors
are — a subscription model,”
Schroeder explained.
By following the subscrip-
tion model, Microsoft will
provide its software on a
pay-per-month basis instead of
charging a single-payment flat
rate for individual ownership of
the software.
“When you download it as
a student you can run it — as
long as you are a student — for
free,” Schroeder said.
The transition from Gmail to
Office 365 took place during
Memorial Day weekend,
because UNK anticipated that
would be a slow time for email
use.
“The best time for us to do
these transitions is always in
the summer because it impacts
the least amount of students,”
said Dylan Evans, a systems
administra-
tor.
Schroeder
said that
while the
rollout for
current UNK
students
was during
Memorial
Day week-
end, incom-
ing freshmen
were intro-
duced to the
new email system earlier.
“Our goal was to make
this available to students
who came to
new student
enrollment,”
Schroeder said.
“We actually
began rolling
it out with new
accounts as
soon as new stu-
dent enrollment
started in mid-May.”
While Schroeder described
the rollout as “smooth,” she
noted that it was important
to make
returning
students
aware of
the new
email
system so
that they
could
familiar-
ize them-
selves
with it
and use
the new
features.
“One of the problems we
had is that a lot of students
stop check-
ing their
UNK email
accounts over
the summer,”
Evans said.
To get the
word out,
Schroeder
sent out
university-
wide email
reminders to students in April
and May.
Evans — who coordinat-
ed efforts to set up roughly
13,000 accounts on Office
365 for current students, new
students and recently enrolled
students — said that moving
to the new platform would
makes things easier for tech-
nical support because students
will now join faculty and staff
who already were using the
Office 365 platform.
“It is a big change,” Evans
said. “I hope that they’re all
excited for it.”
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By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY —With nearly
2,000 University of Nebraska
at Kearney students living in
the residence halls, resident
advisers play an important role
in the lives of students.
New
student
move-in day
— Friday —
falls on the
beginning
of Blue and
Gold Wel-
come Week,
which
allows
students a
chance to
get to know
the campus
and the
community.
“When
that event
kicks off
on Friday afternoon, that’s
essentially when our staff
— the RAs — are shuttling
those new students to the
right events, getting them to
where they need to be, expos-
ing them to what they need
to be exposed to,” said Alisha
Hanshaw, associate director
of Residence Life.
Hanshaw said that when
students move in, they must
verify the condition of their
rooms and collect keys and will
receive a policy handbook that
contains the rules and regu-
lations of
life in the
residence
halls.
“We
don’t go
through it
line by line
with them
because
they are
adults, as
well, and
most cer-
tainly can
be responsi-
ble for their
education,”
Hanshaw
said.
Hanshaw added that incom-
ing freshman students and their
families are told what they can
and cannot bring to campus
long before move-in day.
Students also attend a floor
meeting in their residence hall
and meet their resident advis-
ers. RAs can be an invaluable
resource for incoming fresh-
men.
With 68 resident advisers
on campus, Hanshaw said that
there is a minimum of one
resident adviser per floor per
building and up to three in
larger halls such as Centennial
Towers West and Centennial
Towers East. Resident advisers
work to make the residence
halls a safe, comfortable and
fun living facility, but they also
offer another service to fresh-
men: advice.
“Take your freshman year
seriously,” said Randall Hall
RA Beth Advey, a junior
education major from Gothen-
burg. “I know a lot of incoming
freshmen are excited about
college and getting involved —
which is great — but some-
times you
don’t want
to get too
involved.”
Mantor
Hall RA
Saman-
tha Citta,
a junior
recreation,
parks and tourism management
major from Papillion, advises
students to use the resources
available to them.
“Use the services on campus,
the tutoring, the counseling,
the health care, anything that’s
on campus. Use your RA as a
resource. Everyone on cam-
pus is here to help you, so use
them,”
Citta said.
Nester
South
RA Cacia
Lyon, a
senior
organi-
zational
commu-
nication major from Cairo,
suggests that students test the
boundaries of their comfort
zones.
“Get to know the people.
Even if you’re super-quiet and
you like to stay in your room
— and that’s totally OK — but
just at least get out, go out
into the hall, get involved in
things like programs with the
RAs,” Lyon said. “At least try
something.”
Lauren Reinman, a junior
chemistry major from Blue
Hill, who serves as an RA in
Men’s Hall, suggests meet-
ing as many new people as
possible, especially people with
differing backgrounds.
“Branch out and meet differ-
ent people,” Reinman said.
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“Branch out
and meet
different people.”
Lauren Reinman, Men’s Hall
Take your
freshman
year seriously.”
Beth Advey, Randall Hall
Use the services
on
campus, the tutoring,
the counseling, the
health care, anything
that’s on campus.”
Samantha Citta, Mantor Hall
“Get to
know the people.
Even if you’re super-
quiet and you like to
stay in your room ...”
Cacia Lyon, Nester South
When that event
kicks off
on Friday afternoon, that’s
essentially when our staff
— the RAs — are shuttling
those new students to the
right events, getting them
to where they need to be,
exposing them to what they
need to be exposed to.”
Alisha Hanshaw
New email system ready
for UNK students
UNK Resident Advisers
Resident advisers
work to make
the residence halls a safe,
comfortable and fun living facil-
ity, but they also offer another
service to freshmen: advice.
Dylan Evans
System offers students new features and benefits,
including free download of Microsoft Office
“When you download
it as a student you
can run it — as long as you are a student
— for free.”
Deb Schroeder
It is a
big
change. I
hope that
they’re all
excited for it.”
Dylan Evans
“Our goal
was to make this
available to students who came
to new student enrollment. We
actually began rolling it out
with new accounts as soon as
new student enrollment started
in mid-May.”
Deb Schroeder
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