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Student Services – Technology
Labs, Clusters, and Sign-outs
Five labs are available to all students in classrooms AD-126, AD-225, AL-116, AL-204 and the library. Workstation clusters are available in the various locations and res. halls around campus. The labs are staffed by Services Desk support staff when open. Residence hall clusters and a section of the library are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The library has several dozen notebooks and tablets available for sign-out.
Each student receives a Windows/Network computer account ID (username) and password giving them e-mail, individual storage space, a Moodle account for online classes, an Azure Dev Tools for Teaching account for course-related Microsoft software downloads, a Google Apps account for e-portfolios and a Microsoft Office365 account.
Internet and Internet2 Access
Each student may access the Internet or Internet2 from any device registered on the Thomas College network.
Students may access the Thomas College network from off-campus through Remote Desktop. Off campus network services include access to the Intranet, myThomas, e-mail, Moodle, networked printers, and personal network drives.
Faxes may also be sent out from our front desk for a nominal fee.
Residence Hall Room Network
For instructions specific to your operating system, please see the directions at https://update.thomas.edu . IT Services personnel will conduct a computer configuration workshop one of the first days after you arrive. After that, please call 207-859-1204 or visit the Service Desk in the Library for assistance.
Residence Hall Room Telephone
1. Your personal cell phone
- Favored by most students
- You may want to change your phone number to a local number for the next four years
- Both CDMA and GSM networks (used by most carriers) work well on our campus
Verizon wireless seems to have the best signal and highest speed data service
- AT&T and U.S. Cellular systems seem to work well too
- Sprint phone users roam since their network doesn’t go above Portland
2. House phones
- Available in many lounges, halls, or common spaces
3. Skype-for-Business (part of Office 365)
- For $30 per academic year, Cloud PBX can be added to provide voice-mail and phone services (voice messages are delivered to Outlook)
- For $145 per academic year, unlimited U.S. phone calls may be made to/from Skype-for-Business installed on your computer or smartphone (requires Cloud PBX)
- For $290 per academic year, unlimited international and U.S. phone calls may be made to/from Skype-for-Business installed on your computer or smartphone (requires Cloud PBX)
- For $15 per academic year, PSTN Conferencing can be added (allowing students to host phone-based conference calls) (requires Cloud PBX)
Residence Hall Room Cable TV
Cable television connections are provided in all residence hall rooms without the need for a set-top box to QAM capable televisions. You will need a video coaxial cable to connect to the wall port. If you do not have a QAM capable television, you may need to purchase an adapter (for about $50). A special college-focused line-up with over 55 HD channels is available is also included in this packet.
Spectrum premium services are not currently available on-campus. A channel line-up may be found at https://www3.thomas.edu/internal/it/cabletv.pdf .