DU Gets Rid of Student Email

I think this is pretty ridiculous. Email is a basic service that should be offered by the university to its students. If the university had a better system (e.g. Gmail) then students would actually use it.

From The Clarion:

Beginning in March, students will no longer be able to use the university WebMail systembut will be required to register a “preferred” off-campus e-mail address, such as at Gmail, Yahoo or AOL, to which their @du.edu address can be forwarded.

The e-mail system for faculty and staff will not change.

Students will continue using their DU-provided address of their firstname.lastname@du.edu while they are attending DU.

Beginning Oct. 1, DU stopped issuing new e-mail accounts to new students.

In the announcement e-mail sent to all students yesterday, University Technology Services (UTS) urges students to register the address immediately. Once the address is registered, UTS will send a confirmation email and students will have 10 days to move all emails to the new address before their DU e-mail account is deleted permanently.

Students may change their “preferred” off-campus e-mail address at any time.

According to the e-mail, DU has offered basic e-mail services for more than 20 years, and its current system, using Sun Java, is 6 years old. When the initiative was announced in the spring, Ken Stafford, vice chancellor of communications, said it was at the end of a typical lifespan. He then estimated that a replacement university-wide system would cost $350,000.

In an e-mail sent to all DU faculty and staff last week, UTS said, “Considering the online alternatives, the costs associated with continuing and improving our current services, and after reviewing what other higher education sites are doing, the university decided to no longer compete with the low-cost and free email services available to students.”

Currently, DU spends around $100,000 per year on e-mail security initiatives, which block some 2 million span messages per day. On a bad day, the DU mail server is hit with 24 spam e-mails, separate from the ones marked “suspicious.”

Already, more than half of DU students forward their university e-mails to another account, Stafford said in the spring.

Another alternative considered in the search for a new e-mail system as Gmail, however Google could not guarantee privacy, and according to Stafford, the university couldn’t receive answers on the process for holding or archiving e-mails for legal issues.

Students’ DU e-mail addresses will remain active until 290 days after graduation, or when students stop taking classes.

To register the “preferred” e-mail address, visit myweb.du.edu, select “Personal Information,” then “Update e-mail addresses.” Students with questions may contact the UTS helpdesk at 303-871-4700 or visit http://www.du.edu/studentemail.


New Email Address

[This has been edited due to an increase in spam.]

I have a new email address: joelaportman [at] gmail.com.

I’ve been contemplating changing my email for some time, but never wanted to take the time to update all of my accounts, etc.  Nevertheless, I decided it was time to move from “mazeltovjp@gmail.com” to something more professional as I begin my last year of college/graduate school and take on the job hunt.

This has also given me the opportunity to update something else: my address book.  I decided it would be good to back up all of the phone numbers from my cell phone onto my computer.  As I considered this, it made sense to also update email addresses.  It seemed to me that if I had someone’s phone number in my phone, then I should probably also have their email address readily available.

I’ve had the “joelaportman [at] gmail.com” account for some time, sitting and waiting for use.  I wanted to use Gmail, as it is currently my favorite email provider and hopefully will continue to hold that place well into the future.  My ideal address would have been “jportman” or “joelportman” but since those were already taken, I included my middle initial.  I have posted that I have a new email address on Facebook and have gotten such quality comments as “im gonna call you ‘joela’ now cause thats what it looked like when i saw it” and “i’m going to call you Joelapo R. Tman”.

The Second To Last Day

Today was amazing.  I really do not want this internship to end.  I hate goodbyes – although hopefully this will not be goodbye.  I would love the opportunity to come back to work for Build-A-Bear Workshop after graduation and it seems as though that may be a possibility if a position becomes available.  I’ve got my fingers crossed.

When I got to work today, I had an email from Maxine (the CEO) that she had sent to all of the interns with the subject “You guys rock!!!”.  That’s pretty awesome.  She wanted to thank us for our work this summer and asked us to be in touch.  That seems to be a theme with most people in the company and they genuinely seem to mean it.  I will definitely be in touch.

Laurie, who coordinates our internship program, shared with me a message that Maxine had sent out to Tina (CFO), Eric (General Counsel), Darlene (Chief of HR), and Laurie early this morning.  She had seen my blog post from yesterday and sent it to them to “enjoy”.  How nice!

Today I worked on finishing a few projects, went to lunch with the international team, met with several people, and went to the Bon Voyage Paw-ty for the interns.

At lunch, Cory and I were each given a Zakumi, the World Cup mascot, from Build-a-Bear Workshop International for our work on the World Cup as well as a Build-A-Bear Workshop International portfolio and highly sought after jacket.  I was pleasantly surprised and am happy to be able to take these with me to remember the international team.

At our Bon Voyage Paw-ty, a good chunk of BearQuarters showed up to say goodbye.  It was nice of them to come se us off and showed me, once again, how interconnected we all are.  The company gave each intern a bear with a shirt that had been embroidered with our university name on it, a signed copy (with a personal note) of Maxine’s book, The Bear Necessities of Business, among other gifts.  They are really very kind.

I met with Tina and Eric today.  It was my first chat with Tina and I got to find out her history and involvement in the company and a bit about her personally.  I was able to reflect on the summer and the company’s future with both of them.  Everyone here has such unique stories and perspectives that together give the company a lot of opportunities.

There will be a Bear Builder in town from Denmark the week after next.  Even though I will no longer be with the company, I have been invited to help show him around St. Louis and participate in events with him in the evening.  That should be a lot of fun.

One more day.  I know it will be good.


Stress seems to be never ending.  If this is the way life is now, I can only imagine what the rest of my life holds… Nevertheless, I find that I function well in high stress situations.  Proper stress management is imperative in this effort.

I got an email today about stress and find its advice quite true.  I thought I would share:

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,
Raised a glass of water and asked;
‘How heavy is this glass of water?’

Answerscalled out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, ‘The absolute weight doesn’t matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it

He continued,
‘And that’s the way it is with stress management..
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
As the burden becomes increasingly heavy,
We won’t be able to carry on. ‘

‘As with the glass of water,
You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.’
‘So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it
home. You can pick it up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you’re carrying now,
Let them down for a moment if you can..’
So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don’t
pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you’re the pigeon,
And some days you’re the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,
Just in case you have to eat them.

* Always wear stuff that will make you look good
If you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It’s not only cars that can be
“Recalled” by their maker.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
It was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
Because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.
Just get up and dance.

* When everything’s coming your way,
You’re in the wrong lane.

* You may be only one person in the world,
But you may also be the world to one person.

* We could learn a lot from crayons… Some are sharp, some are pretty and some
are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have
to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery
On a detour.