Thursday, October 3, 2013

Emergency Text Alerts for Computers Update

As mentioned in a University Wide Notice earlier this week, Groupwise Messenger, our emergency messaging tool for University owned computers, will not be used for emergency messaging after October 6, 2013. 
To ensure that emergency communications can be delivered to classroom and office computers, we are deploying the new emergency messaging client for university computers, AlertUs. It will be automatically deployed to different areas of campus starting at the following days:

October 3
Student Affairs computers
Executive area computers
Governmental Relations and General Counsel computers
University Advancement & Marketing

October 4 in the morning
Administration and Finance computers
Academic Affairs division computers
All Lab and Classroom computers, (VFS and MCO Clinic computers will not be getting the installation at this time.) 

Kendall College of Art and Design will not be getting the install at this time.
If your computer was not on the network at the start time, the next time you connect your computer to the network, the AlertUs software will be installed.  You will have to reboot before the icon shows up.
After a reboot, you will notice a new icon showing up in the system tray in the bottom right corner of your screen (near the clock) on a Windows computer, and on a Mac it will be in the menu bar on the right hand side. The icon will look like this:

The main purpose of Groupwise was to distribute emergency notification to Ferris computers, such as campus weather-related cancellations, employees have been using Groupwise to communicate with colleagues. The implementation of Office 365 has been scheduled for Spring/Summer 2014, and will have a chat tool for us to use.  
Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, contact the Technology Assistance Center at (231) 591-4822 or toll free at (877) 779-4822.
Ferris Information Technology Services