Monday, December 27, 2010

Permanent Email

One of the things many alumni tell us they miss most about Geneseo is their e-mail address. Good news - U-Knight now allows alumni to have a permanent Geneseo e-mail address!

This is possible because the Geneseo e-mail address U-Knight is offering is actually an e-mail forwarding service. This is different from the webmail account that some of you had during your college years. There is no login site specifically for your permanent Geneseo e-mail address. What this means is that any e-mail sent to your Geneseo e-mail address will be forwarded to your current e-mail account, whether it is with yahoo, gmail, hotmail or any other provider.

To activate your Geneseo e-mail address, you must simply fill in your forwarding e-mail address on the U-Knight page. Your forwarding address is the e-mail you currently use at work or for personal use (e.g As long as you update your U-Knight information with your current forwarding address, anything sent to the Geneseo e-mail address will be forwarded to your e-mail account.

What am I getting by signing up?

  1. Giving people your Geneseo e-mail address associates you with the college, and the Geneseo network as a whole. If you’re on the job hunt, having that Geneseo e-mail on the top of your resume may help you build an essential connection.   
  2. A Geneseo e-mail will not only benefit you in the ease of sending and receiving messages, but it will allow you to be part of the official Geneseo network on Facebook.  To become part of a network, Facebook users have to have an authentic e-mail address associated with that network’s institution. Once in the Geneseo network, you will be able to view profiles of others in the network, as well as create and join events and groups associated with the Geneseo network. T
  3. The convenience of having a permanent Geneseo e-mail address means that even if you change your e-mail service from g-mail, to yahoo, to a company provider, as long as you update your information on U-Knight, your outward e-mail address will never change. This is a huge convenience for family and friends who send you e-mails, because they only ever have to keep track of one e-mail address for you.
  4. Maintaining the Geneseo e-mail address even when you change e-mail services increases the likelihood of not losing touch with people who want to contact you. However, the e-mail forwarding service does not mean people cannot e-mail your actual e-mail address. It just gives you another option for what people see in the “From” field of your e-mail.

Thanks for reading - we'll have more in-depth reviews of various U-Knight features in the near future!
The Geneseo Alumni Team

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