What is an email alias?
This is what we refer to when students have an email address based on their name (firstname.lastname@example.org for someone named John Smith for example) instead of the BannerID (like N00110059@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu). This makes it easier for people to remember your address and associate it with you (instead of the long string of numbers).
How do you setup an alias?
1 – Login to my.newpaltz.edu
2 – In the “Student Information” section, click “Computer Services”
3 – Click “Request E-mail Alias”, read the provided information, and choose an alias
4 – Your alias will be setup within 24 hours. You will receive an email (at your hawkmail address) when it is setup.
To send mail FROM your new alias
If you want to setup your hawkmail account to use ALIAS@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu as your from address, instead of your “NPCUID@hawkmail.newpaltz.edu”, then follow the steps below:
1 – Login to the hawkmail account
2 – Click on the icon at the top right which looks like a gear
3 – Click on “Mail Settings”
4 – Click on the Accounts tab
5 – Choose “Add another email address you own”
6 – Enter your email@example.com address (NOT your firstname.lastname@example.org) and click “Next Step”
7 – Click “Send Verification” and you will be sent a verification email. Follow the instructions in that email.
After you are verified, you can make it your ‘default’ address
1 – Go back to the Gear icon and click “Mail Settings” again.
2 – Click on the Accounts tab
3 – Click “Make Default” next to your alias address
Note regarding a bug with aliases on Google
If you email your own alias, from your Hawkmail account, it will not go through. This ONLY happens when you are in your own Hawkmail account, trying to email your own alias. If you email anyone else’s alias address it will work fine. If you email your own alias from an account other than your own Hawkmail account, it will also work fine.