The myOleMiss portal will be unavailable 6:00 – 8:00 AM on Tuesday, June 21, due to system maintenance. All services should be restored by 8:00 AM.
Over the past couple of months we’ve been collecting suggestions about where to put the next Campus Live Cam. We’ve narrowed down the possibilities from the responses and now we’re back asking for your preference. But first, why aren’t we including all the ideas submitted? Here are the top three suggestions we aren’t offering.
- Parking Lots: The reasons given for having a camera look at a parking lot (several were suggested) were security and convenience. Since no recording is made, however, (it’s a “live” cam), there are no safety benefits. We also didn’t want to encourage drivers to circle the lot while watching their smart phones for an open space.
- Stadiums: Another popular location was either the football or baseball stadium. But since we are not allowed to broadcast in any way from either of these locations (licensing agreements and SEC Sports rules), these aren’t options.
- Student Media Center: A replacement for the Rebel Radio studio cam is already planned, so we aren’t pursuing that option through this poll.
So now we’re ready to prune down the list even more by asking for your choice of the following:
(This poll is now closed. Thanks for voting!)
Where would you prefer the next Campus Live Cam to be installed?
- University Circle (36%, 94 Votes)
- Construction of 3 halls across from Student Health (17%, 44 Votes)
- University Avenue bridge (12%, 32 Votes)
- Turner Center (Interior) (11%, 30 Votes)
- Pedestrian pavillion between Weir and Odom (8%, 20 Votes)
- Manning Way from atop the Center for Manufacturing Excellence (6%, 16 Votes)
- Another in the Grove (5%, 14 Votes)
- Turner Center (Exterior) (5%, 13 Votes)
Total Voters: 262
There is no guarantee that the most popular spot will be the winner, by the way. We’ll do research concerning the logistics of running power and network cable to the most popular location(s) suggested before committing to that. We do, however, greatly appreciate your input!
Over the next few weeks, the Office of Information Technology (IT) will be rolling out several new features and changes associated with “Ole Miss Today.” Most of these ideas were suggested by faculty, staff, and students through individual comments, focus groups, or committee meetings such as with the UM Web Planning Committee.
The biggest change will be in the name and overall look. To help promote the idea that these are “official” university announcements, IT will be implementing a slight branding change from “Ole Miss Today” to “UM Today.” You will see a new header with visual cues to indicate that the set of messages is customized for each person. Once this change is implemented, the daily summary will come from the email address, “firstname.lastname@example.org” instead of “email@example.com.”
Next, there will be a change in how the messages are organized. Each message type will fall into one of the following categories:
- Emergency and Weather Alerts
- My Messages and Alerts
- Essential Announcements
- Recommended Announcements
You will be able to prioritize message types within the Essential and Recommended Announcement categories according to your own preferences. For example, if you want to see “Human Resources” messages first then you will be able set this. Similarly, you will be able to opt out of Recommended Announcements if that is what you prefer. If you do not want to receive the daily summary, e.g., you are out of the country, you will be able to set this too.
Two changes are planned to help with the viewing of the daily email summary. First, an additional “rich text” version will be offered that minimizes graphics. Some mobile devices are unable to display the current version that includes graphics. Also, some people just prefer a text-oriented version. You will be able to choose between the current version and the new text-oriented version. Second, WebMail is being configured to, by default, display the graphics in the daily email summaries. Up until now, this has required a proactive step by students.
Lastly, those who submit messages have requested the ability to edit the long text that is entered in addition to the subject and summary fields.
These changes will start going into effect this week and will continue for several weeks. We appreciate your patience and support as we make these changes. Please send any comments or concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.