Communication Tools

The University provides a number of technology tools to help facilitate communication. The office of Communications and Marketing is available to assist with your communication needs.

Service Offerings


Blog publishing tool from Google

The Telecommunications Department provides local and long distance service to the entire Morris campus. We have an onsite telephone technician on campus to make our adds, moves, and changes as quick and smooth as possible. Voicemail is provided to the students, staff, and faculty.

There are numerous email lists for the convenience of Morris campus students, faculty, and staff. UMMFACPA, UMMUSA, and UMM-ALL-EMPLOYEES are for messages of University business. Examples include announcements about class seminars, conference opportunities, and job postings.

Email Services

The University of Minnesota provides email accounts to all eligible faculty, staff, and students. Additional services are also available for managing email. Some of these are provided by default; others require the user to opt in. Initially, all email accounts are basic client/server accounts.

Email is a common good service provided by the Office of Information Technology. Central email service for the Twin Cities, Morris, and Crookston campuses include mail routing, spam blocking, and virus filtering. In addition, the University has partnered with Google to offer Google Apps for the University of Minnesota's students, staff, and faculty. Partnering Google will give the University community access to a suite of state-of-the-art communication and collaboration tools, which includes Gmail.

Google Groups

Google Groups is all about helping users connect with people, access information, and communicate effectively over email and on the web. With members of your team all in the same group, Google Groups makes it easy for sharing things like Google Calendars and Docs with one another.

Google On Air

Google On Air is an easy way to stream video to multiple participants. Some features include:

Google Sites

Create Web sites and secure group wikis.

Lecture Capture

Lecture-capture tools, such as ScreenPal, allow instructors to record lectures directly from their computer, without elaborate or additional classroom equipment. Consider recording your lectures as you give them, and then uploading them for students to re-watch. Studies show that posting recorded lectures does not diminish attendance and students appreciate the opportunity to review lectures at their own pace and their learning increases.

Mass Email

Formerly known as ExactTarget, Salesforce Marketing Cloud is the enterprise-supported tool for sending mass email communications to both internal and external audiences at the University.


SAFE-U is the University of Minnesota's emergency notification text messaging system. Everyone in the University community who has a mobile phone number listed in their personal information is automatically be enrolled in SAFE-U and will receive emergency text messages.

Student Email Lists


The UMM Official email list can be used by campus programs, faculty, and staff to disseminate important information about University services, major events, programs, or opportunities and other messages of importance to the student body.

Other Options

If your message subject does not meet the criteria to be sent to the ummofficial list, but you want to reach a large number of Morris campus current students, consider using the Student Organization Leaders’ Network mailing list,, which currently includes over 300 of the most active student leaders.

Detailed information on how use configure and use voicemail on the Morris campus.