UT Lists Mailing List Service

Posted on: February 16, 2018

So much of what we do is work behind the scenes, and here is a great example.  As part of our commitment to deliver quality services to campus, the UT Lists mailing list service will be undergoing a service upgrade on Saturday, March 24th. Upgrades to the UT Lists environment will include a new responsive look and feel for the web interface, new features, performance enhancements, bug fixes, and an updated internal service platform with enhanced reliability and management features.

UT Lists has been a widely-utilized, campus-wide service for many years, allowing small workgroups, instructors and their classes, campus interest groups, and communities of scholars around the world to connect with each other while they pursue their mission.

Usage consists of:

* 6,000+ active lists

* 600,000+ subscribers

* An average of 2 million message distributions to ~35 million recipients per year

Every effort is being made to make the service upgrade as transparent as possible – so expect frequent communications reminding you about this change. Mailing list names, subscriptions, ownerships and archives will not change. Furthermore, no action will be required from mailing list owners or subscribers.

To successfully complete the upgrade, mailing list message delivery will be suspended between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on March 24th. More details are available here: https://ut.service-now.com/utss/KAhome.do?number=KB0016573

If you still have questions after reviewing the documentation provided by the UT Lists Team, I highly recommend attending their FYI session on February 28th. This FYI will be held in POB 2.402 from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. The UT Lists team will dive into the new web interface and address all of your questions and concerns. Take some time out of your day to meet and greet the small team that supports a great service for campus – specifically, Mic Kaczmarczik and Victor Olivo, who serve as the technical leads, with Carol Lee, Amy Favela, and David Moss supporting from a project and service management perspective.

Great job UT Lists Team…. Looking forward to seeing the upgrades.

On a parting note, I want to congratulate Wayne “Weed” Wedemeyer as he turns to the next chapter in life, retiring on February 11th.  Wayne was one of the founders of the Office of Telecommunications (OTS), and one of the first to recognize the importance and value of bringing advanced networking and the Internet to University of Texas institutions, staff, and students.  He has been delivering cutting edge networking and telecommunications services to this extensive user community ever since. His dedication, technical expertise, initiative, independent judgment, and his unflagging commitment to the University of Texas System and UT Austin, staff, faculty, and students has been an inspiration to all of us. We are indebted to Wayne for his vision, commitment and huge contributions to our present OTS capability.

Thank you Wayne and our very best to you and your family!