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UT Tyler Uses Text Messaging System for Emergencies

June 22, 2007

A text messaging system implemented at The University of Texas at Tyler will benefit the University community during emergencies, Dr. Howard Patterson, UT Tyler interim vice-president of student affairs and external relations, announced.

“Text messaging has proven to be one of the most effective methods for reaching large number of people in a short period of time, which can make the difference in a critical incident,” said Patterson. “If something were to happen on the UT Tyler campus, the administration and University Police would be able reach large numbers of students, faculty, staff and parents in a matter of minutes.”

The system allows for the University to send text messages directly to the mobile phone of anyone who subscribes to the free service.

“We acquired the system two years ago to send out announcements and news about UT Tyler athletics,” said Peyton Low, UT Tyler athletics public affairs specialist. “This year, we expanded this to include announcements about student activities and emergency notifications.”

Subscribers will not receive junk messages or advertisements, only those messages for the categories they register.

“When someone signs up, they choose the messages they want to receive so, for example, if someone only wants to receive notifications of emergencies, they simply check that box during the registration process,” Low added.

Sign up is open to everyone, including UT Tyler faculty, staff, students and parents. Users may click on the link on the UT Tyler home page or the UT Tyler Athletics home page and follow the instructions. Registration takes approximately 30 seconds.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

Hannah Buchanan
The University of Texas at Tyler
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