At Illinois State University, it's called the "iCampus." It's "My Cal Poly" at California Polytechnic State University. They call it "My VT" at Virginia Tech. It's "UD&me" at the University of Delaware.
What are iCampus, My Cal Poly, My VT and UD&me? They are portals, a new technology that greatly increases Internet convenience through single-sign-on access to both local and global Web information that is personally customized according to each student's needs.
Fort Hays State University is designing a portal that will allow a student to check FHSU e-mail on line; interact with classes, professors, and friends; look up club and event information; and conduct business with the university. Students also will be able to perform such tasks as checking their grades, reviewing their transcripts and paying their tuition, all from a computer keyboard.
Faculty and staff will also have access to the portal to communicate with students and other faculty and to conduct business with the university.
Because the portal's initial design is primarily focused on students and student-related services, the Portal Development Committee has decided that students should choose the name for the FHSU portal. A two-part contest will take place over the next two weeks, with five $100 gift certificates to be awarded to students who participate.
The first part of the contest allows students to suggest names for the FHSU portal. Every student who suggests a portal name will be entered in a drawing, and three of those students will win $100 gift certificates to the University Bookstore in the Memorial Union. A portal contest committee will choose the best of the suggested names and place them on a ballot. The second part of the contest allows students to vote on their favorite portal name. The name that gets the most votes will become the official name of the FHSU portal. Every student who votes will be entered in a drawing, and two of those students will win $100 gift certificates to the University Bookstore in the Memorial Union.
The contest will be conducted entirely on-line.
The first part of the contest begins at 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, and runs through noon Friday, Sept. 23. To enter a portal name, a student must go to http://www.fhsu.edu/portal/ and follow the instructions on the page. The three participating students who win $100 in the drawing will be announced Friday afternoon. The official ballot also will be announced at that time.
The second part of the contest begins at 8 a.m. the following Monday, Sept. 26, and runs through 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. To vote, a student must go to http://www.fhsu.edu/portal/ and follow the instructions on the page. The two participating students who win $100 gift certificates in the second drawing will be announced Thursday morning, Sept. 29. The official name of the FHSU portal will also be announced at that time.
Students who wish to participate can learn more about portals by visiting:
Demonstrations and tours of portals at other universities are available at:
California Polytechnic State University -- http://portaldemo.calpoly.edu/tour/
Illinois State University -- http://www.ilstu.edu/icampus/
Virginia Tech -- http://my.vt.edu/content/myvt3/myvt/tour-uportal/
University of Kansas Medical Center -- https://my.kumc.edu/index.jsp
Interactive portal demonstrations are available on the Web at:
Denison University -- http://my.denison.edu/
University of California, Irvine -- http://snap.uci.edu/
Iowa State University -- https://portal.iastate.edu/uPortal/
University of Delaware -- http://uportal.udel.edu/student/
University of Colorado -- https://cuconnect.colorado.edu/uPortal/index.jsp