Well, this is irritating:
Greetings from Whitman College:
Over the next few weeks the Whitman College Alumni Association will be
rolling out a new electronic directory for Whitman College Alumni known as
Whitman Online. The directory provides an opportunity to update your
contact information online, update your graduate school and business contact
information as well as any other information you wish to share including a
At the same time, we are changing our email forwarding address and promoting
our new one -- @ alumni.whitman.edu. Since you currently have a
whitties.org address, we wanted you to be the first to hear and let you know
that the opportunity to change will arrive in your inbox shortly. We hope
that you will sign up for the new email forwarding address and that it will
better identify your connection to Whitman College. The email forwarding
will provide enhanced spam filtering as well as virus checking capabilities.
We think you will like the new features.
When you register for the directory, please take the time to change your
@whitties.org address to the new @alumni.whitman.edu address when prompted
to do so. We don't want you to lose your connections so we will send
reminders for you to change and give you time to switch over and notify your
friends of the new address. (We ask that you do so by 9/30/06.)
So look for the new directory in your inbox soon with the information you
will need to register. If you are no longer using your whitties.org address
or have any questions, please contact me, Polly C. Schmitz, '83 Director of
Alumni Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Polly C. Schmitz, '83
Director of Alumni Relations
When I signed up for my whitties.org account a few years ago, I wondered why we didn't have something sensible like alumni.whitman.edu instead of something shorter but really informal like whitties.org. Now, years later, the alumni relations people have apparently cottoned on to this issue. Why couldn't they have gotten their damn act together in the first place? I thought "lifetime e-mail forwarding" meant just that, not "e-mail forwarding for a few years until we figure out something really obvious." I sure hope "the opportunity to change" to the new address does not actually mean "it's mandatory to change whether you join the directory or not" - I've written to Ms. Schmitz to ask, but I'm not optimistic.
My daddy paid too much money for me to be massively inconvenienced like this! *stamps feet*