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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Social Work Listserv

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What is the purpose of a listserv?

A listserv functions as an integrated mailing system where one member can send an email message to all listserv participants and responses can be shared with all members of the listserv or shared individually. The use of a listserv assists in improving communication between participants, increases the opportunity to share information among members, and increases the ability to routinely keep participants up to date on latest events and program activities.

What is the purpose of the Department Listserv?

The Department of Social Work listserv is named 'sowkers'. This listserv provides students, faculty, alumni, and field instructors with a communication tool for announcements, questions, resource sharing, and suggestions related to the social work program. For example, this listserv will be used to keep students and other listserv participants informed of activities in the Department of Social Work at Minnesota State Mankato. Faculty will send email notices (called posting messages) about scheduled events including Department specific activities such as application deadlines, workshops on campus or in the community that students should consider attending, and Social Work club activities, etc. Further, information, about jobs, licensing, or other opportunities for participation in the Department and the profession of Social Work can be posted by faculty or other listserv participants. In addition, students can post information or requests for information about the social work program

Who should subscribe?

All students in courses offered by faculty in the Department of Social Work should subscribe to this list. Students who are majoring in social work are particularly requested to subscribe to this list. Graduates of the program and professionals in the community who are interested in the activities of the department and are willing to respond to the questions posed by students and/or faculty are encouraged to subscribe, also.

This listserv allows subscribers to send and share email with multiple persons at one time. Faculty, students, and alumni are encouraged to use this listserv to share information and ask questions related to the Department of Social Work program, curriculum, and activities. Participation in this listserv will help you to stay informed about all the activities in the social work program and will give you the opportunity to connect to all the students and faculty in the program.

How do I subscribe to the list?

It is very simple to subscribe to the listserv.

  • Go to the Sowkers webpage
  • On this page, you will be asked for your email address and a password.
  • An email will be sent to your email program (Mavmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc) to confirm your request to subscribe to this listserv.
  • Follow the instructions in the email to confirm your desire to subscribe to the listserv.
  • The Sowkers webpage also gives you links to a variety of other functions performed by this listserv software. It is worth exploring!

How do I post a message?

In your email program, select 'new message', type the address in your 'to' box. Type your message and send! It is that easy. All subscribers will receive your email.

Remember that as long as you send to the email address, all participants on the listserv will get your email.

What happens when I respond to a message?

In your email program, select reply. The reply function will send your message to all members of the listserv! If you only want to reply to one person, select that person's address and copy/paste it into your address box. Please use the listserv responsibly: only post social work related information and be careful as to whether you are replying to everyone or to only one person.

For more information or to report problems with this listserv. or