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From: University of Chicago
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Subject: New Important Course Message


Dear user,

You have received a new message from your Technology Admin posted to you through the Blackboard Learning System.<>

University of Chicago
Admin Management

From: "Jerome, Marilyn K" <>
To: &lt;;
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 16:38:10 +0000


Your Webmail account Certificate expired on the 24th-02-2016, This may interrupt your email delivery configuration, and account POP settings, page error when sending message.

To re-new your webmail Certificate, Please take a second to update your records by link below or copy and paste link

account will work as normal after the verification process, and your
webmail Certificate will be re-newed.

Your security is our priority.
Copyright (c) 2015 All rights reserved
Division of Information Technology

From: Crystal Ramos <>
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10:32 AM
Subject: Notice


We have safeguarded your account, there is a possibility that someone other than you is attempting to login your account. As part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best protection to all our customer's security.

We therefore ask you to fill in your online data correctly, in other for us to update the settings in your account, by click or copy past this link on your browser:

Your security is our priority.
Copyright © 2016 All rights reserved
Division of Information Technology

From: Blackboard Learning
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 14:46:23 +0000
Subject: Message On Your Email:



You have two course work message's from your faculty stored in your online blackboard learning.
Click below to read your message's


The above link will no longer be active after this email has been read.


Blackboard IT Learning

From: []
Date: Monday, January 25, 2016 12:23 PM
Subject: Your Paperless W2


Dear: Account Owner,

Our records indicate that you are enrolled in the The University of Chicago, paperless W2 Program. As a result, you do not receive a paper W2 but instead receive e-mail notification that your online W2 (i.e. "paperless W2") is prepared and ready for viewing.

Your W2 is ready for viewing under Employee Self Service. Logon at the following link:

Click here If you have trouble logging in to Employee Self Service at the link above, please contact your Payroll Department for support.

If you would like to un-enroll in the Paperless W2 Program, please logon to Employee Self Service at the link above and go to the W2 Delivery Choice webpage and follow the instructions