Seawolf Email, Calendar & Google Apps
All current SSU students have a Sonoma State email address provided to them by Sonoma State through Gmail. The University communicates with you primarily, and for some purposes only through your SSU student email account. Check your email regularly for registration, financial aid, library and course communications.
Your Seawolf Gmail Account gives you access to Google Email, Calendar, Google Docs and several other applications.
Seawolf Email Accounts for Faculty & Staff
All SSU employees have a Sonoma State email address and account on Exchange. Employees may request a Seawolf Email (Gmail) account in addition to Exchange. This may make it easier for some faculty who are sharing Google Docs with students, or for employees to collaborate with coworkers. Visit the IT Help Desk to request an account.
Gmail via Web
- SSU Online Services portal page to Seawolf Gmail: You are required to log in to the portal page to access your Seawolf Email account via the web. You cannot login directly via Google.
Using a Client to Access Gmail
Follow the instructions linked here to use Outlook, Thunderbird, Apple Mail, smartphones and other applications to access your Gmail account.
- Gmail's general configuration page.
- Gmail Client configuration page for IMAP connections (recommended)
- Gmail client configuration page for POP
Important Notes about Gmail and Email Clients
- While following instructions on configuring email clients, you will need to use your firstname.lastname@example.org as your username.
- Our affiliation with Google is considered part of the Google Apps agreement.
- We recommend using IMAP as does Google but you do have the option of using POP if preferred.
- You can not access Gmail by going directly to www.gmail.com.
Gmail Support Links
The following Gmail support links are available on Google's website:
- Gmail Help
All Gmail Help topics
- Getting Started
Brief overview of Gmail
- Managing Contacts
Create, edit, import and organize your address book.
- Gmail Help Forum
Get help from Google support staff and other Gmail users.
Google provides accessibility information for most of their applications.
- Keyboard and mouse shortcuts for Gmail: This article explains how to perform specific actions in Gmail like skipping between messages, muting conversations and starring emails.
- Accessibility information for Gmail's basic HTML view: Gmail offers a simplified HTML interface that doesn't use AJAX and is easy to navigate with a screen reader. Read this article to learn about the features of Gmail's HTML view.
- Using the basic HTML view with a screen reader: Learn how to navigate Gmail's HTML view with a screen reader.
- Using the standard view with a screen reader: Learn how to navigate Gmail's standard view with a screen reader.
Google Docs Accessibility
- Keyboard and mouse shortcuts for Google Docs: This article explains how to perform specific actions in Docs like changing text styles, turning on lists or selecting cells in a table.
- Using Google Docs with a screenreader: Learn how to navigate to the ARIA enhanced version of Google Docs and use keyboard shortcuts.
Google Calendar Accessibility
- Keyboard and mouse shortcuts for Google Calendar:
Use combinations of keyboard strokes and mouse clicks to get things done faster or without looking at the screen. This article explains how to perform specific actions like creating new events, switching views and skipping between entries.
- Using Google Calendar with screen readers:
Learn how to navigate to the ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) enhanced version of Google Calendar and use keyboard shortcuts.