Blazer for Life: Keep your email address

Keeping your UAB email address can help you keep in touch with the contacts you’ve built over your college career — and remind you that once a Blazer, always a Blazer.

Beginning in 2018, UAB IT will offer students and staff the opportunity to keep their email addresses once they leave the University. It’s easy to sign up for the Blazer for Life email — when it’s time for you to graduate or leave your job, you’ll just set up forwarding to a separate email address. Learn how here.

“I think it is a great idea to be able to carry the UAB name for life,” said Tamia Heard, a junior majoring in public relations. “As a proud Blazer, being able to keep my e-mail handle will allow me to continue showing people where I come from.”

For Ashley Kroeger, a senior biology major, keeping a UAB email address will allow her to keep her contacts.

“Students have many benefits that come with being a student enrolled in an academic institution,” Kroeger said. “As well, it allows you to keep in touch with advisors, peers and mentors from graduation and within the development of your life. I think it’s extremely beneficial.”

Students and staff will be able to keep their UAB email addresses, but the mailbox itself will be deleted. For students, the mailbox is deleted after one year. For staff, the mailbox is deleted after three months. Students and staff who would like to keep previous emails are encouraged to archive them on their own.

Eventually, Blazer for Life could give alumni access to other technology solutions.

“We’re trying to think holistically,” said Curtis A. Carver Jr., Ph.D., vice president and chief information officer. “We want to give students access to resources to reduce their worries as they are starting their careers. And Blazer for Life reminds you that once you are a Blazer, you’re always a Blazer.”
Last modified on December 28, 2017