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University Google accounts now have unlimited storage with Google Drive for Education. Drive for Education provides for unlimited storage and other enhancements to Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos. You may store as many Google Drive files, Gmail messages, and Google+ photos as you need.

Community fund drive - donate now!

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The Community Fund Drive continues until October 31 and provides a variety of ways to make a charitable donation. You can make a pledge to the six federation partners or a 501(c)(3) of your choice. The Office of Undergraduate Education has a 20% participation rate thus far, which is lower than last year. In the last week, ASR has increased its participation by 2%. The highlights of the ASR community fund drive activities are here. The penny war continues, with Williamson Hall in the lead (points are apportioned by number of staff per building).

Come one, come all to the 8th annual Student Veterans Appreciation Event on Thursday, November 6, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. in the Great Hall at Coffman Memorial Union. Say "thank you" to student veterans, grab a slice of pizza, and participate in some carnival games. The event is free and open to the public; no RSVP is required. Can't make it? Stop by our booth to write a thank-you message to our veterans. Dates and locations are available on the One Stop website.

The University's Campus Climate work group is hosting a series of World Café events for University staff, students, and faculty to share individual and collective experiences that have made them feel more or less welcome, included, and respected on campus. A staff World Café will take place November 11, 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room 5, Recreation & Wellness Center, East Bank. For more details and to RSVP, visit the Campus Climate website.

Employee engagement survey

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The deadline to participate in the Employee Engagement survey is October 31st. Thus far, Office of Undergraduate Education, including ASR, has the highest response rate at the University with 71% of employees responding. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete and your response is appreciated. For more information, visit the survey website.

The University of Minnesota will soon begin conducting its second annual E2 Employee Engagement Survey. You should have received an email today (Thursday, October 9) from Mary Stein in Bob McMaster's office with the subject line "IMPORTANT: Employee Engagement Survey." That email contains important information about how to define certain terms used in the survey. If you need that email re-sent to you, please send an email to

Benefits-eligible faculty and staff will receive an email on October 13 from the Hay Group, an external vendor that is administering the survey. Take 10 minutes to share your thoughts about your work and your workplace. All answers are confidential. Your answers will help the University fulfill its teaching and research mission.

If you have any issues with the survey link you receive, contact the Hay Group directly to request a new link at Each survey link is customized and can only be used one time.

More information on engagement is available from the Office of Human Resources.

ImageNow upgrade

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On November 7-9, Collaboration & Web Content Services will upgrade ImageNow to version 6.7. While changes to the user experience will be minimal, it is necessary to upgrade in order to maintain technical support from the vendor. In addition, based on vendor recommendations, the ImageNow infrastructure will be enhanced to conform more closely with industry standards.

The upgrade activities will require down time for the tool. To minimize disruption to University business, the majority of the work will occur over the weekend of Nov 7-9:

Status updates will be provided during the upgrade via IT Service Status. Additional details about the upgrade will be sent to ImageNow users in the near future.

If you have questions about the upgrade or ImageNow, send a message to

ESUP Readiness FCoP

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The IT@UMN community kicked off an important new Formal Community of Practice (FCoP), the ESUP Readiness FCoP. The community has three affinity groups — teams with specific tasks that contribute to the FCoP’s goal — including Change Management, Computer and Device Support, and Tertiary Systems (IDEAA). If you’re interested in being a part of the community, you may wish to attend the second meeting on Thursday, October 2 at 2 p.m. in room 50B of the Humphrey Center.

Microsoft Office for Students

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Beginning August 22, registered University students can download Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus at no charge (the regular price is typically about $80 for college students). The software package includes Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, and OneNote. To learn more, and download the software if you are a student, visit

Welcome Week

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The start of the school year is just around the corner - but first, Welcome Week! The Class of 2018 will participate in on- and off-campus activities August 27-September 1. The Live Like a Student (LLAS) team will lead a game show providing tips and tricks to help students be savvy with their money during their time at the University. If you are interested in attending one of the game show sessions, please contact Nate Peterson at

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