Students, you are getting bMail, bCal, and Drive with your berkeley email address!

Hello all,

After working for years on this project to ensure that students have the most up-to-date technology  to meet our academic, personal, and social needs, I am proud to say that students will finally be receiving the following products all associated with their berkeley.edu email accounts:

bCal – An Online Calendaring tool allowing you to interface with other students , staff, and faculty to schedule meetings and for personal calendaring

bMail – email system that will replace our age-old CalMail system with a fresher user interface

Drive – 25 GB Online storage

The effort to receive products like this began a few years ago when I was the ASUC Technological Development Director and then ASUC President Noah Stern ran on a goal of implementing GMail for the students of UC Berkeley. After further exploration with the Student Technological Council and UC Berkeley Student Google Representatives as well as an ASUC Senate Bill in Support of Google Apps for Education, the campus brought “Google Apps for Education”  as possible product on through the Operational Excellence Productivity Suite Initiative. Last year ASUC President Vishalli Loomba and GA President Bahar Navab, worked hard to advocate for the statistically backed more commonly used by student platform of Google Apps for Education over Microsoft 365. And this year, they it is finally being implemented. For further history read: http://www.dailycal.org/2012/06/06/campus-will-begin-switch-to-google-email-and-calendar-applications-in-july/.

This is an exciting time and a great win for the student of UC Berkeley! The changes will bring greater lines of communication, efficiency, productivity, and new career skills to student life.

best,

Justin Sayarath

ASUC Executive Vice President

 

MESSAGE FROM CIO LYLE NEVELS, ASUC PRESIDENT CONNOR LANDGRAF, and GRADUATE ASSEMBLY PRESIDENT BAHAR NAVAB:

We are pleased to announce that final preparations for the campus-wide introduction of Google Apps for Education, known as bConnected on our campus, are underway. Every CalMail user with an “@berkeley.edu” email address will be provided with bMail (email), bCal (calendar), and Drive for online file sharing and storage. Your bConnected account comes with 25 GB of personal storage and is accessible from your computer, your mobile device, or anywhere you have Internet access.

 

bConnected (your Google Apps)

 

When will I get it?  Sometime between October 22 and November 2 you will get an email to let you know your bConnected account is active. At that time you may login and begin using bCal and Drive. Beginning in November we’ll initiate the move from CalMail to bMail.

 

How will I move to bMail?  Following bConnected account activation, we’ll begin the process to move each user’s CalMail email archive and reroute incoming messages to bMail. To ensure that email data is transferred efficiently and securely and to minimize disruption, the email migration will be conducted in stages across the campus. Learn more athttp://bconnected-project.berkeley.edu/migration/.

 

What will be moved?  Mail sitting in your CalMail inbox as well as folders with saved messages will move from CalMail to your new bMail account. Because there are lots of email accounts and lots of saved data, this process will take time. But don’t worry — you’ll never be without email access, and we’ll let you know when everything has moved from CalMail to bMail.

 

What should I do to get ready?  You don’t need to do anything to prepare for your bConnected account. Once your account is active, however, there are several tasks to complete to ensure your CalMail data is transferred correctly to your bMail. We’ll let you know more when it’s time to move your mail.

 

More information on using the bConnected tools, training and user support, and details on the transition from CalMail to bMail can be found on the bConnected Project website: http://bconnected-project.berkeley.edu/.  If, after visiting the site, you have questions about this project, please email bConnected@berkeley.edu.

 

Information about how to log in to the bConnected applications will be provided, via a CalMail message, to each user as accounts are created.

 

Google Apps for Education (bConnected) is provided at no additional cost to students by the Operational Excellence IT Productivity Suite project.

 

 

Lyle Nevels

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor, IT and CIO

 

Connor Landgraf, President

Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC)

 

Bahar Navab, President

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)

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