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Goodbye BSAD e-mail

School of Business Administration eliminates separate e-mail accounts

Published: Monday, September 27, 2010

Updated: Monday, September 27, 2010 20:09

Incoming business students will no longer have a separate email account for the school of business administration.

The class of 2012 is the last class to have both username@bsad.uvm.edu and username@uvm.edu.

Current seniors and juniors will keep the business account they were given as first years, Nick Gingrow, technical support specialist in the School of Business Administration, said.

"If you didn't get one, you'll never get one," Gingrow said.

The business e-mail was connected to an exchange server that allowed students access to educational benefits outside of the classroom, Information Technology manager John Ritter said.

Professors could create public files under the exchange server that students could download or submit homework into, Ritter said.

When UVM started working with Blackboard, the additional e-mail became unnecessary because Blackboard offered the same advantages to all university students, he said.

"We wanted to standardize, not duplicate," Ritter said.

Some upperclassmen who have the BSAD e-mail said they chose not to use it because they prefer the typical UVM student account.

"I think it's a lot easier," junior Danielle Winkler said. "There's no point in having a separate account because I would forward everything to the other one anyway."

Sophomore Melisa Dobraca said that she does not feel at a disadvantage without the BSAD e-mail.

"I'm not sure what the benefits would be for having a BSAD e-mail. It just seems like another email to check," Dobraca said.

The public system that allowed file sharing was easier, but unfair to non-business majors in the classroom, Assistant Dean at the School of Business Administration Nicole Chittenden said.

"A single log-on is what the school is striving for, and we just wanted to help with that," Chittenden said.

Faculty will continue to use the exchange server because they are already integrated into it, Ritter said.

The money saved in having fewer people connected to the exchange being used toward educational technology, he said.

The money saved in eliminating the e-mail is being used toward educational technology such as free printing, Kalkin Hall's new stock ticker and a Smartboard, Ritter said.

"In terms of cost to UVM, it's not like we've eliminated positions because we have fewer mailboxes," Ritter said.  

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