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Alumni E-Mail Transition
In 2011, Dartmouth decided to offer matriculated Dartmouth students an e-mail address for life. This means that the address they get when they matriculate at Dartmouth will be theirs to use for the rest of their life. Since the vast majority of alumni already forward their Dartmouth e-mail to free commercial e-mail services that better meet their needs – and are much better at blocking spam and other unwanted messages - Dartmouth made the decision to transition all alum.dartmouth.org accounts to this dartmouth.edu "e-mail address for life" service as well. By the end of 2013, Dartmouth will retire the College-administered e-mail service used by some alumni (BlitzMail) and instead offer Dartmouth.edu addresses to all alumni.
It is important to note that the "e-mail address for life" service is an account with an e-mail address, but does NOT have a mailbox attached to it. Dartmouth will provide you with the tools to forward your Dartmouth.edu address to any other e-mail account you own, such as gmail or hotmail. This means that you can give out your Dartmouth.edu address when you start as a student and know that this address will always be yours – not just for the time you are in Hanover.
To help you manage this change, the Alumni Help Desk (603) 646-3202, will provide alumni with information (see below) on how to obtain, setup, and configure free e-mail accounts that are offered by Microsoft or Google. They will also assist with configuring those accounts to allow you to send e-mail from your new Dartmouth.edu address. This will allow you to receive and send mail from a Microsoft or Google account but using a Dartmouth.edu address.
For graduating students: your e-mail address will stay the same but approximately 60 days after commencement your mailbox will be removed. Prior to this time, your dartmouth.edu address should be forwarded to a non-Dartmouth account. Information will be sent to you during the spring term regarding this transition, giving you time to migrate any messages or contacts to another non-Dartmouth account.
8 Steps to a Successful E-mail Transition:
- Know your NetID: When you log in you will be prompted for your NetID. If you can't remember what it is, you can find it at http://login.dartmouth.edu. Click the Lookup your NetID link on that page. In the window that appears, type your first and last name. Do not press Enter. If more than one account is displayed, click on the line with your complete name. Your NetID will appear.
- Set Forwarding on Your Account: Log into Dartmouth's Directory Manager system (dartdm.dartmouth.edu) and set the forwarding on your account to another non-Dartmouth e-mail address that you own.
- Migrate Any Messages You Want Retained: If you have used BlitzMail in the past, log into your alum.dartmouth.org account and review any messages there. If there are any you want to keep, forward them to your non-Dartmouth account.
- Migrate Any Addresses You Want Retained: If you have used BlitzMail in the past, log into your alum.dartmouth.org account and review the personal mailing lists you have there. Set up these same mailing lists in your non-Dartmouth account and test those lists to ensure you transferred the addresses correctly.
- Remove BlitzMail from any Computers Your Own: Once your transition date arrives, remove the BlitzMail application from any computer you own so that you don't accidently log back into your alum.dartmouth.org account and wonder where all your new mail is.
- Watch for e-mail updates for specific information informing you of your transition date. We will be sending you more detailed e-mails, including the date on which your account will transition. After this date, if you have not set forwarding on your account, e-mail sent to your alum.dartmouth.org account will be returned to the sender as undeliverable.
- Have a mobile device (smartphone, iPad, etc.)? Delete your alum.dartmouth.org and/or Dartmouth.edu account from this device before your transition date.
- Update your contact information with your new Dartmouth.edu address. If you have your alum.dartmouth.org e-mail address on any business cards, resumes, etc. update those places to reflect your new Dartmouth.edu address.
Other Information You Should Know About the Alumni E-mail Transition:
- Once your account moves, use your NetID to log in to systems instead of your user name.
- Your new primary Dartmouth e-mail address will be your name, followed by a class designation (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org or jane.a.doe.GR@dartmouth.edu).
- If you currently use the BlitzMail program to check your alum.dartmouth.org e-mail, you'll need to use a different program.
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