No matter when you went to CLU, you can get your own firstname.lastname@example.org email address. If you like Gmail or want to try it out, now is the time to request an account. Starting this fall, current students and alumni are getting CLU-branded Google accounts with the Gmail interface, and with messages old and new sitting on Google’s servers instead of CLU’s.
According to Julius Bianchi, associate provost for Information Systems and Services (ISS), the University did not make the change for the small savings on data storage. Instead, the idea was to improve service by retiring the old Web Mail interface and giving all current students access to Google’s suite of apps for classroom collaboration. In the near future, professors will be able to include their students automatically in online groups using these apps.
Perhaps best of all, these educational accounts are free of commercials, Bianchi said. Neither current students nor alumni will be presented with the narrow, horizontal band of clickable advertisements that Gmail users are accustomed to seeing or mentally blocking.
Alumni who never had CLU email accounts or who lost access to them since college can start again by sending a message to email@example.com.