The transition occurred the weekend of May 17-18, 2014.
No. The transition will happen automatically.
No. Your @student.mtsac.edu address will stay the same. All email sent to that account address after the transiton will be stored in the new Mountie Mail+ system. Email in the current system will be transfered to Mountie Mail+ on the transition date.
You will access Mountie Mail+ the same way you currently access student email, by clicking the link in the upper right corner of the portal (my.mtsac.edu).
Mountie Mail+ is Mt. SAC's branded version of Gmail and other Google Apps.
Mountie Mail+ is free to the college and to all Mt. SAC students.
Mountie Mail+ is comprised of the Google Apps, including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs word processing, Sheets spreadsheet, Slides presentation software, Vault, and more.
Mt. San Antonio College has reached a crisis point with student email.
The Sun ONE Messaging server that supports student email is obsolete and the version of the application that we have in production is no longer supported. The operating system upon which the application runs is also obsolete, and there is no upgrade path. As a result, we can't expand the storage used by the student mail system. Although we have purged old student email several times (the latest purge on 3/12/14 deleted any mail older than 12/31/13), the mail server only has 8% of disk space available for additional mail. Last month we went from 84% to 97% in just 30 days.
The most effective solution to this situation is to quickly transition to Gmail as our mail platform for student email.
According to the 2013 Campus Computing Project, 80.5% of the higher-education institutions surveyed use an internet provider (about equally split between Google or Microsoft) for their student email. Following is a partial list of colleges and universities in California that rely upon Gmail for students:
Gmail is a no-cost option for educational institutions. As part of the Google Apps for Education suite, not only do students receive up to 30 GB of storage per user and free spam filtering, they also receive the ability to use Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides (for presentations) and Google Sites (for website creation) for free. Gmail is already a popular and familiar option for many, as 71,1143 students, faculty and staff have recorded a Gmail address as their personal email address in our Banner database.
Google services are extremely reliable, with uptime that cannot be matched by locally-hosted services. In addition, all of the Google Apps are very mobile-friendly and platform-agnostic; working well on Windows PC's, Mac's, iPads, Android devices and Chromebooks.
Yes. You may forward your @student.mtsac.edu account to your other email addresses in order to receive all email in one place.