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Email Distribution Lists

There are many ways to email groups of people at Pepperdine. You can add email address manually to an email or select a group. The method of sending to a specific group will largely depend on the message and the audience.


Google Group

Google Groups work well for smaller groups and are created upon request for specified departments, events, and projects. This is a good option for long-standing, mid-sized groups with a core base of people whose membership can easily be updated by one or two people.

  • Used by: Departments, student groups, faculty groups, etc.
  • Examples: All IT employees, all HR employees, School of Law adjunct faculty
  • Characteristics: This is a group of email addresses and has an internal forum, but no inbox. Individuals who wish to create a self-managed Google Group must submit a Google Group Request Form and assign a group owner. The group owner is responsible for adding any other group managers to assist with updating group Membership. Posting access to these groups can be limited to group members or specified users, depending on the group's needs.

Automatically Created Google Groups

Automatically created Google Groups are created with the purpose of reaching large segments of the Pepperdine community at once. Automatically generated groups are populated based on demographic information such as school affiliation, registration status, and/or class standing found in WaveNet. This is a good option for very large groups of individuals that include multiple schools or departments.

  • Used by: Authorized University community members
  • Examples: Faculty and staff distribution lists, students lists (by school), class distribution lists
  • Characteristics: Email sending only. This is a group of email addresses and has no inbox. The lists are updated via WaveNet.

Class Google Groups are also automatically generated based on enrollment in a course.  The groups allow instructors and students of a particular course to communicate to the entire class quickly via email. Each class is given a unique group name based on the class name. The format is similar to CLASS555.01-TermnumberSemesterYear.  If CLASS 555 section 01 was held in Spring 2013, then the name would be CLASS555.01-2Spring2013. The lists are created and updated automatically each day. Find out more about Google Groups.


Listserv

IMPORTANT: Requests for New Listservs are now being created as Self-Managed Google Groups. Existing Listservs will be migrated to Self-Managed Google Groups at a later time.

Listserv distribution lists are opt-in email lists that any member of the Pepperdine community can access and post to. Listservs are best used for email newsletters, announcement lists, and discussion groups. Community members looking to create or join a listserv should read more about Self-Managed Google Groups and submit a request for a Group. New requests for Listservs are no longer being accepted. Learn more about Pepperdine Listservs.

  • Used  by: Students, individuals promoting a service, series of events, or sports group
  • Examples: Pepperdine's Sports and Entertainment Law Society, SAAJ Students, Psi-Chi Announcements
  • Characteristics: Unlike Google Groups, listservs are opt-in and do not require the approval of a group manager to join or post.

Personal Contact Group

Pepperdine Google Mail users have the option of creating contact lists within their address book to reach multiple people via email at the same time. This email distribution option is best for users who need to contact small groups of people and the list has only one sender. Create your own contact list within Google Mail with these instructions.

  • Used by: Individuals
  • Examples: A student creating a contact list of other students with whom they are working on a group project or a professor creating a contact list to easily contact other members on a thesis committee
  • Characteristics: Only one sender, the group lives in your personal email client

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