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University of Maine at Farmington Awarded Technology Grant to Create Interactive Campus Web Portal

FARMINGTON, ME (March 16, 2010)–University of Maine at Farmington has been awarded a grant by the CampusEAI Consortium to support the creation of a web 2.0 myCampus portal that will provide the UMF campus community with an interactive internet gateway to information essential to all aspects of campus life.

One of higher education’s most widely used campus portals, myCampus has the capability to provide current students, faculty and staff, student organizations and university administration with a single sign-on access to everything from academic information and administrative applications to social networking.

“Web 2.0 capabilities take the next big step in creating and fostering a dynamic online community,” said Fred Brittain, UMF director of information technology. “This innovative new campus portal will be a great resource for UMF students, faculty and staff to interact and collaborate and will ultimately assist in the highest level of student learning already taking place at UMF.”

The CampusEAI Grant Program is designed to cover the costs associated with the implementation of a myCampus portal solution. The grant offering includes software, project management and installation and training costs necessary to install and operate the portal. eCampus, UMF’s current aging web portal created in 2001 by staff at the University’s Computer Center, will be replaced by the new, cutting-edge technology.

The grant will provide UMF with $1.154 million in software and services over five years. Grant recipients are selected based on commitment to information technology initiatives, strong academic alliances, ability to implement the project effectively and compatibility with the consortium’s goals.

The CampusEAI Consortium is a global, not-for-profit information technology services and consulting provider focused on helping to implement enterprise information technology solutions in a cost-effective and timely manner. It has over 250 active K-12 and higher education members in over 10 countries. For more information, visit http://www.campuseai.org.

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Media Contact: Fred Brittain, UMF director of information technology, 207-778-7303, or brittain@maine.edu.