Dear Class of 2013,
Congratulations! As you join the ranks of Columbia Journalism School alumni (10,494) around the world, we want to provide you with answers to some frequently asked questions we receive from students as they transition to alumni. As always, we are happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
Communications and Community
- The Alumni website - www.journalism.columbia.edu/alumni, the alumni online community is your primary resource to stay connected witheach other and the School. You can update your personal information; find information about events and access resources available to alumni. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or at (212) 854-3864.
- Online Alumni Directory - The University-wide Alumni Directory helps you stay connected with alumni from all Columbiaschools. Update your information, and then search the directory for old friends and new contacts.
- The class listserv - Every Journalism School graduating class since 1942 is linked via its own e-mail listserv, and listmembership is restricted to classmates. It’s a great way to connect with friends, share information, plan reunions, swap job leads, and debate ethics in journalism. The Journalism School has also created listservs by region, including an international listserv. To join a listserv or to change your email address, complete the Update Contact Information form.
- This e-mail explains what you need to do to use your class e-mail listserv. Please read the e-mail carefully and follow the few basic steps.
- To set up the J2013 listserv, we used the “real world” e-mail you supplied in your graduation survey (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, EarthLink, etc.). Please use the listserv with care; once you’ve posted a message to it, your message is read by EVERYONE on the list i.e. the entire class. Your postings cannot be retracted, so be forewarned. If you are in a dispute with someone, whether it’s political or personal, please take it off-line. Your classmates should be treated with respect. Also, the listserv does not accept attachments; our anti-spam filters are designed to prevent passing on network viruses. And if you hit the “reply” button without thinking, you will automatically broadcast your response to everyone!
Here we go:
1. HOW DO I USE THIS LIST?
To send mail to the list, address your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mail will automatically be forwarded to EVERYONE on the list. Be careful about replying to e-mails from the listserv as everyone will read your opinion.
2. WHY SHOULD I BOTHER WITH THIS LIST?
This list is only as good as the people who participate. It represents an opportunity to maintain a connection with your fellow alums even though you’re scattered across the planet. It’s only for J2013 and a few friendly J-School staffers (Irena, Melanie, and Ernie), so enjoy this great networking tool. The listserv is also the primary vehicle used to send J-School announcements, invitations to events in your area, and the monthly E-News, so remember to keep us updated as you move, change jobs, etc.
3. WHAT TOPICS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR THE LIST?
Appropriate topics include:
1. Journalism and J-School related topics.
II. Job leads.
III. Story leads.
IV. Great stories and helpful information & web sites.
V. Fun stuff. Off-the-wall war stories or amusing incidents are welcome, but this is not an Internet joke-of-the-day forum. Same deal goes with gossip.
Flames are possibly abusive or inappropriately aggressive e-mails directed toward somebody. Be sharp, be witty, be pithy, but let’s keep it clean!
5. I LIKE THIS LIST, BUT THERE ARE TOO MANY MESSAGES . . . WHAT CAN I DO?
Filters. Presuming you’re using a modern e-mail client (Eudora, MS Outlook Express, MS Outlook or Netscape Messenger,) you can filter messages to different folders. Every message from the list will have[J2013] in the subject line, so tell your filter to look for that term and move the message to a separate folder so it doesn’t clutter up your inbox. You can also request a digest function, which will combine all the day´s posts.
6. MY MAIL PROGRAM LETS ME USE HTML MAIL. SHOULD I?
HTML messages download more slowly and not everyonecan read them. HTML mail messages (where you can change colors and customize font sizes) look nice, but are unreadable to those poor souls who use CUNIX or other simple e-mail programs.
7. AND ONE MORE THING…
Some of our e-mails are long and some e-mail systems will read those as spam — so set your system accordingly.
- E-mail for Life and Forwarding - The Columbia Alumni Association offers alumni free, Web-based e-mail and email forwarding. Alumni email forwarding is a free service that combines the convenience of a single lifetime email address with the flexibility to change Internet service providers. More information about your Columbia email and forwarding is at http://alumni.columbia.edu/access/s2_2.html
- Special Events - As an alumnus/a, you will be invited to a number of alumni events throughout the year and throughout the world. Please remember to keep the Alumni Office updated with your latest contact information so we can stay in touch. Remember to also save the date of April 25-26, 2014 for your first year Reunion!
- Alumni Career Services - The Office of Career Services will be open all summer so please don’t hesitate to contact them if you still need help finding a job or internship, weighing or negotiating an offer, and other advice. Also, it’s very important that they have accurate records for your class, so as soon as you find employment, please remember to let Anusha Shrivastava know at email@example.com. As always, all of our password-protected pages on job hunting and contacts are available to you with your UNI, and this includes JobNews, which is updated every day.
Campus Resources/Nuts & Bolts
For general information about alumni benefits and services, click here.
- Health Insurance - Students who are currently under the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan will be covered through the summer following graduation until August 31, 2013. For those graduating students who would like to extend coverage, please note that you do have the option to participate in the Continuation Plan. Information will be posted on the Health Services web site on or around July 15, 2013. To access the Health Services site, click here for information regarding plans, dates, continuation and general coverage (including dependents). Be sure to access this site to confirm all dates including deadlines for continuation and coverage. It is the responsibility of each student to contact Health Services regarding their coverage.
- Alumni ID Card - To apply for an alumni ID, take one form of photo ID to 201 Butler Library, have your photo taken and pay the $5 fee. This ID card will be valid for six years after which you can renew it.
- Auditing Classes - All University alumni are welcome to audit courses through the School of Continuing Education. The Auditing Program provides adults not currently enrolled in college with the opportunity to attend selected lectures drawn from the University’s offerings in the arts and sciences during the academic year. For more information about the courses available for auditing, please visit the School of Continuing Education Web site at: http://ce.columbia.edu/
- Library Access - With an alumni ID card, you may do research at campus libraries. Alumni who wish to check books out may obtain a borrowing privileges card for $30/month at the Library Information Office. Please see “Alumni ID Card” above. You can also access many full-text databases online at the Libraries Alumni Gateway at www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu.
Transcripts and Diplomas
- Transcripts - Extra copies of your transcript are available from the Office of the Registrar. To receive a transcript you must fill out a “Transcript Request Form” at http://registrar.columbia.edu/alumni/transcripts and mail it to:
Columbia University Office of the Registrar
205 Kent Hall, MC 9202
1150 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
You can also call (212) 854-4330. Press “1″ to order a transcript or verify degrees. There is no fee for this service; however, if the transcript is needed immediately, alumni must call and pay to have the transcript sent via FedEx.
**Note: Information on important documents from the Registrar can be accessed online at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/registrar/docs/alumni/index.html
Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations with any additional questions. Once again, congratulations!