Take Control of your Email Subscriptions: Introducing Mylists.smu.edu
Next week, a new service will be available to campus allowing faculty, staff and students to select the types of email communication they wish to receive. This new service is being implemented in response from recommendations from the student senate and faculty representatives to reduce the number of campus wide communications sent each year. This service is delivered through a partnership with SMU's Office of Public Affairs and the Office of Information Technology.
Beginning on September 9, the campus community can login to mylists.smu.edu. There are three tabs listed: Campus Lists, School Lists, and My Subscriptions. Simply uncheck the box next to the desired list to stop receiving messages from that department or check the box to re-subscribe to that list. There are also “easy” buttons to subscribe or unsubscribe from all non-essential messages.
Before you hit the unsubscribe button, please think carefully. Many of the departments rely heavily on the email lists to communicate events, information and important services to the campus. If you choose to be removed from these lists, you may miss out on important announcements!
Membership on the four main lists (Faculty, Staff, Undergraduate and Graduate) will continue to be mandatory. These lists will be used for essential communications from a select group of departments or individuals. Essential communications includes critical information related to health, safety, emergency or critical employee or academic business only.
During the summer, OIT tested a new guest wireless service for summer conferences and AARO sessions. SMU_AARO tested the self-provisioning piece where a user could create the account from their device and authenticate to the network after logging in with the provided password. These self-provisioned accounts allowed access to the network for 48 hours only. SMU_Conference tested the sponsored account component where usernames and passwords were created by the Help Desk. The sponsored accounts allowed the individual to utilize the network for the duration of their conference.
We received valuable feedback about both of these networks. Although we are still revising the configuration and strategy of a true guest network offering, we consolidated the two wireless networks into a new network called SMU_GuestPilot. This one network is configured to allow an individual to self-provision an account that is valid for 24 hours. Once connected to the network on their device, the web browser will redirect them to a portal page. They can create an account providing their name and email address. The password is then emailed to them. Once they retrieve the password, they are able to login and gain access to the internet. If someone will be visiting campus for longer than 24 hours, the help desk can create a wireless sponsored account that remains valid for the duration of their stay. With the exception of Cox, this new network is available now on main campus and at SMU-in-Plano.
As the name implies, this service is still in a pilot phase. We will be meeting with various technical representatives to determine the best strategy for guest wireless as well as delegating access to create accounts for various events and visitors as needed for wireless authentication only. Faculty, staff and students are still encouraged to use PerunaNet for their wireless network connections as it provides the most security for your data.