An open forum to discuss changes in UI’s email system left unclear the implications that the changes will have for University staff retirees.

The forum was one of two scheduled by UI Information Technology Services (ITS) to address questions about the migration of UI’s email system to Microsoft. About 50 persons, at least half of whom were retirees, including UIRA Board members, attended the forum August 6 in Pappajohn Business Building. The changes have been prompted by the Board of Regents’ TIER (Transparent Inclusive Efficiency Review) project.

In response to questions, ITS presenters Lance Bolton, Romy Bolton and Chris Clark said they did not know whether UI retirees’ email would be moved to the new system and whether UI retirees would be able to continue to use their email alias, i.e., firstname-lastname@uiowa.edu . They indicated the decision would be made elsewhere on campus, likely central administrators. Indications are that emeritus faculty will be considered as faculty and be included in the changeover.

More meetings to discuss the changes are expected to be scheduled in September or October. Time and place will be announced on the OneIT website: http://oneit.uiowa.edu/ . The site also provides additional information about the “forthcoming upgrade to the university’s email system.”