Electronic Newsletter, Free E-Mail Part of New Alumni Internet Services

Alumni can now receive a new monthly electronic newsletter and find a host of alumni services online-including free e-mail-thanks to a major expansion of the UW Alumni Association's Web and Internet services.

The first edition of UW NewsLinks, a free, monthly e-newsletter for alumni and friends about the University of Washington, was sent to 14,000 alumni in April. The newsletter, put together by the staff of Columns, is designed to keep alumni and friends informed about campus news, trends, research and features on a timely basis. UW NewsLinks also takes advantage of the Internet to bring links to fascinating (and unusual) UW-related Web sites, opportunities for quick feedback, a monthly trivia contest and more.

To subscribe to the free e-newsletter, go to and click on UW NewsLinks.

To take full advantage of all UWAA Internet services-including a free e-mail account-alumni should apply for a UW NetID-the best way for alumni to get connected with their alma mater and each other.

UW NetID stands for University of Washington Network Identification. Your UW NetID is your personal identification which allows you access to the UW online services.

Registering for a UW NetID is simple and doesn't cost a cent. Alumni with a UW NetID can set up a free, two-megabyte University of Washington e-mail account with forwarding options, and get access to MyUW, a customizable Web page that you can set up with the UW information you use the most, such as links to the UW Libraries catalog or the latest news from Husky Sports Information.

Until recently, UW NetIDs and the associated alumni services have been available only to alumni graduating after 1998. Now the same services are open to all UW alumni. Those who have graduated since 1998-about 30,000 new alumni-still have their student UW NetID active, along with their student e-mail account, although the size of that account is now set at 2 MB.

Activating a UW NetID takes about 10 minutes. You'll need some information to verify your eligibility for alumni services and access to the World Wide Web. When you're ready to register, go to and click on "Online Services" on the left menu bar. You will need your last name, alumni/member number (available on your membership card or on the label of your Columns magazine) and either the last six digits of your Social Security number or your UW student number and birthdate.

To find out more about UW online services available for alumni, visit the online services resource center at

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