Boost Your Email Professionalism with a TXST Email Alias

Boost Your Email Professionalism with a TXST Email Alias

It’s surprisingly common for people to have quite a few email addresses, each with different hosts and uses. From Gmail to BobcatMail, there are plenty of options to go around. As this pattern becomes increasingly habitual, it’s fair to assume we all forget our aliases from time to time. Since BobcatMail defaults to using our NetIDs for the addresses, it may not be that hard to remember, but an amalgamation of letters and numbers don’t exactly roll off the tongue. The ability to change email handles here at Texas State is often overlooked, leaving a minority of people to benefit from this great service.

One may not consider their email address handles often, but the attention to detail for customization isn’t something to be ignored. As they say, it truly is the little things in life that keep us happy! Adding a personalized email alias is just a couple of clicks away.

As an incoming freshman, I had far too much free time towards the end of my summer, so I was quick to switch up my email handle before even getting to campus. For such a small change, you’d be shocked by the amount of difference it makes. My address is now my first and last name, making it easier for people I email to immediately know who the message is from. For example, changing your email from zzz99@txstate.edu to bokobobcat@txstate.edu makes a world of difference. This is especially handy when considering the professional aspect of shifting your email alias; as a professor or even a student teacher, your email won’t blend into the sea of students with NetID’s for their emails.

In just a few quick clicks, set your Texas State email alias to stand out from the monotony of default emails on campus! Upgrade your alias today to upgrade your professionality on and off campus.

Eva Nobles is a student employee in the IT Assistance Center.

Zoom: The Power Behind a Backdrop

Zoom: The Power Behind a Backdrop

If you’ve had to deal with large meeting calls or webinars at Texas State, then chances are, you’re familiar with the video chat software Zoom. With a stylish and easy-to-use interface, it’s no wonder that Zoom is the popular choice for web conferencing.

When the time comes to set up the webcam, you immediately become aware of your environment, no matter if you’re at a coffee shop, in a cube farm at work, or your residence hall. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d rather not have my coworkers or my roommate bobbing in the back of my important conference call. Luckily for us, Zoom has a fantastic feature allowing the incorporation of a virtual background, no green screen necessary.

In addition to Zoom’s wide array of features—from screen recording to adding up to five hundred participants in one conference call—you’re able to easily enable a virtual background no matter where you are. This protects anyone who could get caught up behind my webcam from being unwillingly broadcasted to the entire call, making meetings a breeze to do anywhere throughout the day.

Zoom allows the use of any pictures available on your computer, which means darting back and forth between study rooms to find a presentable environment isn’t an issue anymore. Plus, setting your virtual background is super easy! Add an image of your choice and you’re good to go. You, your meeting constituents, and everyone in your general surroundings will benefit from the ease of privacy.

Besides, who doesn’t love a good personalized background? Whether you’re needing a professional, blank background or want to goof around with some colleagues—Zoom’s virtual backgrounds are what everyone needs to spice up their workday. From privacy to general customization, you’ve got to try it!

Eva Nobles is a student employee in the IT Assistance Center.