Message from the CIO

We are pleased to announce that Life University has chosen Google Apps for its new student email and calendar platform, LifeM@il. You have recently received your new Google Apps account and can log in and begin using Gmail, Google Calendar, and the other apps, right away.

What is LifeM@il powered by Google Apps?
Google Apps is a suite of web-based messaging and collaboration applications that Google hosts on their own servers. Google provides these applications as a "service," rather than as software to download and install. To access these applications, you simply use a web browser on a computer that's connected to the Internet.  

Why did Life University choose Google Apps?
We looked for an email and calendar solution that could provide with us the following benefits:

  • Lower infrastructure costs -- All your email will be stored securely on Google's servers, so we'll no longer need to maintain email servers on-site
  • Ability to consolidate our platforms -- We can eliminate redundancy by moving all of our email and calendar platforms to Google Apps
  • Lower support costs -- Because Google hosts the email and calendar services, there's no more email client software to maintain on our servers
  • Innovative solutions -- We can leverage the ongoing creative and technical solutions of the Google Apps platform to provide students with powerful, easy-to-use tools for getting their work done
  • Highly scalable environment -- With Google Apps, our email capacity will grow automatically as our university grows, and we'll avoid the complexity of internal systems
  • Access to services from anywhere, anytime -- A key benefit of the Google-hosted solution is that we can access email, contacts, and calendar from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection, anywhere in the world
  • More collaboration features -- With Google's next-generation applications, we can collaborate with colleagues, faculty, and administrative staff more easily and efficiently than ever before
  • Instant messaging -- Because Google Apps includes Google Talk, we can now implement an instant messaging system for our students 

What exactly does LifeM@il powered by Google Apps include?
Your new Google Apps account will include the following services: 

  Google Mail
Google Calendar Google Talk Google Docs Google Sites Google Video

  • Lots of storage -- You get a full 7.5 GB of online storage for your email (much more than the few hundred MB you have now), so you can archive all of your email online. You'll no longer need to worry about deleting messages or saving them in offline folders.
  • Enhanced message organization and retrieval -- With Google Mail, you'll spend less time managing folders and searching for messages. For example, you can add one or more tags, or "labels," to your messages to organize and store them more efficiently. And with the Google-powered search feature, you can find any message quickly and easily, whether it's in your Inbox or stored in your message archive.
  • Integrated chat -- With the Google Talk instant messaging application, you can communicate instantly with others right from the Email interface. In addition, all your chats are automatically saved in your Email application, so you can always retrieve important information.
  • Real-time collaboration -- Using Google Docs, you can create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.  Now you'll have more options for storing and collaborating on your documents.