Mailing Lists

Mailing Lists (List Servs)

A mailing list may be more appropriate than a distribution list (in your email addressbook) for a long list of recipients. These lists are suggested for groups mailing to twenty or more. One benefit of a mailing list over a distribution list is the header is brief; the names of all individuals receiving the mailing do not appear. List administrators can manage many editable features for their mailing lists. The administrator of the list is responsible for subscribing and unsubscribing recipients. Mailing lists can be requested by contacting the IT Help Desk.

New mailing lists are being created on the Mailman system we have implemented. Information about managing Mailman mailing lists is linked on the left.

Class Mailing Lists

Class mailing lists are a specific type of mailing list used on our campus. They are used by professors to send an email to all students registered for any given class. Automated processes on the mailing list server update the email addresses for each list to match the current class roster information. This means that a professor needs to remember only one email address for communicating with their students, as opposed to needing to update their personal addressbooks with the address for each individual student. Professors teaching in any department can use these mailing lists.

As of Fall 2010, class mailing lists are now opt-in and are not automatically created for every class. Instructions on how to opt-in for your class can be found on this class mailing list tip sheet. The address to send messages to will use this format:

semester-class-section-l@lists.valpo.edu (ex. 2010fa-mus101-a@lists.valpo.edu)

We use the Mailman system for managing these opt-in class mailing lists.