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Marshall University may not be the first to give its entire University Community access to Google Apps,but it certainly is the fastest.

HUNTINGTON -- news release provided by the Marshall University Community office :

In record time,according to Google the entire Marshall University Community (MUC) had easy access to a Google Application pilot that offers them a bundle of collaboration options for educational institutions including website publishing,calender sharing, e-mail,presentations,documents, and instants messaging via the internet not previously available directjy through the University's integrated systems.

A six-member team of information technology employees managed to deploy the service infrastructure in record time. They were able to provision 55.000 accounts for faculty,staff, students and alumni,anyone with an active University e-mail account with in under 100 hours,according to Ed Arractingi,assistant director of information technology infrastructure at Marshall. The task a group this size can take weeks.

''We hope that as Marshall users explore this service that they will give us feedback and let us know how it is working for them,'' Arractingi said. ''It was our plan to get this service out during the summer,but because we deployed it so quickly,now everyone has access to it as our students return from spring break''.

The speed with which the app was deployed to the Community is a feat unparalleled,according to Google.
The internet search engine giant sent Arractingi's team t-shirts,has been lauding the accomplishment via social networking sites like Twitter and even take out a full-page ad in the University's student newspaper,the parthenon, that reads : ''while Google Apps Education Edition is designed to make enterprise-scale deployment's fast and painless,we're pretty sure that the IT departement at Marshall has set a new speed record for launching Apps-up and running with 14.000 accounts provisioned within 24 hours,and 41.000 more soon after. So we're especially please to welcome the students and staff at Marshall University to the growing community of colleges and universities that use Google Apps''.

The ad also explained that users now have the option to use an address with Google tools like Gmail,Google Calender,Google docs, and Google sites,as well as domain-level sharing controls that let people securely collaborate and share work within the Community.

Dr.Jan Fox,senior vice president of information technology and interim
chief of staff,is extremly pleased with the accomplishment and
partnership with Google.
''We are always looking for opportunities to provide our Marshall
University Community (MUC) with better ways to collaborate that will
broaden our educational reach and enrich the experiences of our
students,faculty,staff, and alumni'', Fox said. ''We are commited to
keeping on top of our evolving networking needs and look to
opportunities like as a shining example of the
exellence and powerfull technology that Google provides.
In the spirit,it is even clearer why the city of Huntington is so
commited becoming a Google Fiber Community and why we enthusiastically
support that effost''.
Member of the Marshall University Community (MUC) can go to to begin the process of exploring the
service. They just need their Marshall username and password to log
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