E-mail Distribution Lists Questions and Answers

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E-mail Distribution Lists

What is an e-mail distribution list?

An e-mail distribution list allows a user to send an e-mail message to a group of people. At HWS, the facultyannouncements@hws.edu, hwsstaff@hws.edu, hwsemployees@hws.edu and hwssodexo@hws.edu e-mail distribution lists are to be used for distribution of announcements or information related to the academic or business needs of the Colleges only. Membership in these distribution lists is mandatory to ensure that broad communications are reaching every member of the respective constituent group.

What are the new e-mail distribution lists?

The HWS e-mail distribution lists are for the distribution of announcements or information related to the academic and operational needs of the Colleges.

How do I subscribe to an e-mail distribution list?

You do not need to do anything to subscribe to an e-mail distribution list. These e-mail distribution lists are mandatory and you will automatically be subscribed based on your role at HWS, as determined by Human Resources.

How do I unsubscribe from an e-mail distribution list?

You cannot unsubscribe from these e-mail distribution lists. Membership in these e-mail distribution lists is mandatory to ensure that broad communications are reaching every member of the respective constituent group.

How do I send an e-mail to one of these e-mail distribution lists?

All messages sent to these e-mail distribution lists must be related to the academic or business needs of the Colleges. Posting a message is as simple as typing in the e-mail address of the e-mail distribution list you wish to send to (i.e. facultyannouncements@hws.edu).
Send to Distribution List

I want to send a message to everyone on campus, except for students, how do I do that?

If you want to reach everyone on campus, except for students, e-mail hwsemployees@hws.edu and hwssodexo@hws.edu, as shown below.
Send but not to students

Can I post to an e-mail distribution list of which I am not a member?

Yes, all faculty, staff and Sodexo employees, with HWS e-mail accounts, can post to any of the following e-mail distribution lists: facultyannouncements@hws.edu, hwsstaff@hws.edu, hwsemployee@hws.edu, hwssodexo@hws.edu. Remember sending to these e-mail distribution lists is only for announcements or information related to the academic or business needs of the Colleges.

Is there a way for me to create my own e-mail distribution list?

Yes, there are a variety of options. You can contact the Help Desk at helpdesk@hws.edu or 315-781-4357 and someone will assist you based on your needs.

Where can I post information about something that is not related to the academic or business needs of the Colleges (i.e. I have something for sale)?

These types of postings should go to the HWS Community Board (www.hws.edu/communityboard).

Will the FACADM, FACSTAFF and STAFF LISTSERV lists be retired?

On February 22, 2011 the FACSTAFF and STAFF LISTSERV lists will be retired. This retirement coincides with the launch of the new e-mail distribution lists and LISTSERV discussion lists. FACADM remains active pending additional faculty review of the new model.

Why are we retiring the FACADM, FACSTAFF and STAFF LISTSERV lists?

There were no guidelines or processes in place when these LISTSERV lists were established. This new communications model provides faculty and staff with more options, consistency and clarity in the use of e-mail distribution lists and LISTSERV discussion lists.

What will happen if I accidentally send something to the FACADM, FACSTAFF AND STAFF LISTSERV lists once they are retired?

If you send a message to any of the retired LISTSERV lists (FACADM, FACSTAFF or STAFF) you will receive an error message in response. The error message will look something like this:
Retired list error

LISTERV Discussion Lists

What is a LISTSERV discussion list?

A LISTSERV discussion list allows members of the group to conduct a discussion via e-mail. At HWS, the facultydiscussions@list.hws.edu, UNTENTUREDFORUM@list.hws.edu, STAFFFORUM@list.hws.edu, and HWSCOMMUNITYFORUM@list.hws.edu LISTSERV discussion lists (forums) can be used by any member of the group to initiate an e-mail-based discussion on any topic they believe may be of interest to the group. Participation in these discussions and membership in these groups is optional, with each user having the option to subscribe or unsubscribe from the list at any time.

What are the new LISTSERV discussion lists?

The LISTSERV discussion lists are for conducting discussions via e-mail.

What is the difference between an e-mail distribution list and a LISTSERV discussion list (forum)?

The e-mail distribution lists are meant for singular communications, like announcements. Membership in the e-mail distribution lists is mandatory to ensure that broad communications are reaching every member of the respective constituent group. The LISTSERV discussion lists (forum) are for conducting campus-related discussions via email. Participation in these discussions and membership in these groups is optional, with each user having the option to subscribe or unsubscribe at any time.

Do I need to subscribe to these LISTSERV discussion lists (forum)?

No. Everyone will automatically be subscribed to the appropriate LISTSERV discussion list (forum) at the time the lists go live (February 22, 2011) or at the time they are hired. You may unsubscribe at any time. Additionally, members will be removed when they separate from the Colleges or their status changes. If you unsubscribe from the list, you must then submit a request to the LISTSERV discussion list owner to renew your subscription.

How do I unsubscribe from a LISTSERV discussion list?

You can unsubscribe from a LISTSERV discussion list one of two ways:

  1. Send an e-mail to listserv@list.hws.edu. In the body of the message, you should type "unsubscribe" and the name of the discussion list from which you wish to unsubscribe. Please see the screenshot below for an example.
    Unsubscribe from listserv
  2. The second option for unsubscribing is to send an e-mail to helpdesk@hws.edu and clearly identify from which discussion list you wish to unsubscribe.

I’ve unsubscribed from a LISTSERV discussion list but would like to re-subscribe. How do I do that?

You can request to be subscribed to a LISTSERV discussion list one of two ways. Please note that your request will be sent to the owner of the discussion list, who must approve your request.

  1. Send an e-mail to listserv@list.hws.edu. In the body of the message, you should type "subscribe" and the name of the discussion list.
    Subscribe to listserv
  2. The second option for subscribing is to send an e-mail to helpdesk@hws.edu and clearly identify to which discussion list you wish to subscribe.

I requested a subscription to a LISTSERV discussion list and received an e-mail that I must reply to the message to complete my subscription. What do I need to do?

Click on the link provided in the confirmation e-mail. See below for an example. Once this is done, the owner of the LISTSERV discussion list will need to approve the request.
Complete listserv subscription

Can I subscribe to a LISTSERV discussion list with a non-HWS e-mail account?

Yes, you may subscribe with an account other than your HWS e-mail account. However, this is not recommended as the LISTSERV discussion lists are intended for internal use only. In addition, all requests to be added to a LISTERV discussion list are subject to approval by the discussion list owner.

How do I begin a LISTSERV discussion?

Posting a message is as simple as typing in the e-mail address of the LISTSERV discussion list you wish to send to (i.e. facultydiscussions@list.hws.edu). However, only those subscribed to the list may post to the group. Keep in mind, only members of that group will receive your message.

Can I post to a LISTSERV discussion list of which I am not a member?

No. Only subscribed members of each LISTSERV discussion list may start a discussion with the respective group.

What if I only want to reply to the sender on a LISTSERV discussion list message?

If you select "Reply" when replying to a message, it will only go to the sender of the original message.

What if I want to send a response to the entire membership of a LISTSERV discussion list message?

If you select "Reply All" when replying to a message, it will go to the entire LISTSERV discussion list membership.

I am not a member of a LISTSERV discussion list, but think I need to be.

You can request to be subscribed to a LISTSERV discussion list one of two ways. Please note that your request will be sent to the owner of the discussion list, who must approve your request.

  1. Send an e-mail to listserv@list.hws.edu. In the body of the message, you should type "subscribe" and the name of the discussion list. Please see the screenshot below.
    Subscribe to listserv
  2. The second option for subscribing is to send an e-mail to helpdesk@hws.edu and clearly identify to which discussion list you wish to subscribe.

What is the role of the "owner"?

The role of the owner is to serve as the key focal point and facilitator of discussions that may need to take place regarding the membership or feedback regarding the use of the respective e-mail distribution list or LISTSERV discussion list.

I want to create my own LISTSERV discussion list (forum), what are my options?

In addition to the new LISTSERV discussion lists, there are a variety of ways to conduct electronic discussions. You can contact the Digital Learning team at DLC@hws.edu where someone can help you with the best solution for your needs.

Other Questions

If I am a member of more than one LISTSERV discussion list (forum) or e-mail distribution list, will I get two copies of messages that are sent?

It depends on how the message was sent. It is best for users to send one message with multiple recipients, rather than separate messages to each group. This will ensure that people who are members of multiple lists will only receive one copy of the message.

If I need to send a message to more than one list, do I need to send the message multiple times?

No, you should address the one message to all the groups you wish to receive your communication. For example, if you want to send a message to all faculty and staff, send the message to hwsemployees@hws.edu, as shown below.
Email HWS employees

Are any of the student e-mail distribution lists affected by this new model?

No. There are a number of student e-mail distribution lists already in place for communicating with various student groups.

 

 

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