All Things Zimbra

Now that most people have made the transition to Zimbra, we’d like to offer some help on some of the frequently asked features of the program. Zimbra is an all inclusive web client, providing email, calendar and contact information in one location.  Because it is web-based, this information can be accessed from any location with internet access. 

Logging into Zimbra:  Zimbra can be accessed by logging into MySJU.  In the center of the SJU Today tab, there is a Connect to Zimbra link and a link to Zimbra Resources.  Eventually, Zimbra will replace MySJU mail, and will be accessed by clicking the mail icon on this platform.  This is the preferred method for connecting to Zimbra.  However, if MySJU is unavailable, Zimbra can be accessed directly by going to: .  Login with your SJU username and password.

If you have not yet made the switch to Zimbra, registering to be transitioned is easy. To find the “Got Zimbra?” channel:

1. Login to MySJU at
2. Under the “SJU Today” tab, you will see the “Got Zimbra?” channel in the center.
3. Click the link that says Schedule My Transition to Zimbra

Answer a couple of questions about your current mail setup and the I.T. department will process your Zimbra switch request.

This month’s blog will focus on the email function of Zimbra.  In future months, we will explore the calendar and contact functions.  All of this information (and more) is available on our I.T. website at .  Login and open the Zimbra link in the Knowledge Base.

When starting a new message, the following toolbar options are available:


  1. Send the message
  2. Cancel the message
  3. Save a draft of the message – message will be saved in Drafts folder
  4. Add an Attachment
  5. Spell Check the message – This feature is not automatic in Internet Explorer and must be selected.  Spell Check is on by default in Firefox.
  6. Creating  a Signature
  7. Options – Allows user to choose plain or styled text.
  8. Show BCC – Toggles between turning  BCC field on/off   z-bcc



Some additional Zimbra features include:
Managing Mail Folders
Searching for Messages

SJU I.T. has posted a Zimbra Blog  and is offering Zimbra Training: .  Please access these resources for additional information.


One Search: Search Multiple Library Resources


Faculty Guide to using One Search                          

One Search is a “federated search engine” tool that provides a customized menu for quickly and easily searching across selected SJU Drexel Library electronic resources and the catalog with a single search request.

One Search offers:

•A multisubject search menu for
general topic searching.
•Customized subject-specific search
menus for many academic areas of

The web address of One Search is .

What electronic resources are included in One Search?

The Library catalog and many of our electronic resources are available for searching in One Search. For a larger list of resources that you can search directly instead of using One Search, visit e-Resources: A-Z or e-Resources by Subject.
How do I perform a search using One Search?

1. Type your search word/s in the search boxes
2. Restrict to a date range (optional)
3. Select a subject category*
4. Click the Search button

* Optionally, you can select/deselect resources from the list of resources that appears below the subject categories list. 
For more information on how to use One Search, please check the One Search FAQs on the Drexel Library website.

Renowned Professor Presents “Effective Teaching in Business Schools” at HSB Teaching Forum

This year’s HSB Teaching forum featured Joseph Hoyle, Accounting professor from the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond.

Mr. Hoyle has written extensively on pedagogy in business schools. He was named Virginia Professor of the Year in 2007, one of the 22 Favorite Undergraduate Business School Professors in the U.S. by Business Week in 2006, and the David Meade White Distinguished Teaching Fellow 2005-07, among many other honors during his career. His philosophy on effective teaching in business schools was featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education in 2007. 

Mr. Hoyle’s presentation was engaging. His main premise was that anyone who wants to be an excellent teacher must be willing to invest the time and hold fast to high standards. Some of the processes he uses to teach include:

  • Send congratulatory e-mail to A students; ask them to write a paragraph on how they did it; let them know that you will pass them along verbatim to the next class; distribute paragraphs to the next class.
  • To assure student preparation, prepare and distribute prior to class a list of specific questions that students will be required to discuss.
  • Call on each student each day, using the Socratic method.
  • Give open book tests, but use deep and complex questions that demand the ability to understand and work with the material
  • Question design:
    • 1/3 on the material
    • 1/3 application
    • 1/3 extend knowledge to new, complex situations
  • Combat silo education by opening up a piece of the world to your students that is outside of your course

Download a synopsis of Joe Hoyle’s publication, Tips and Thoughts on Improving the Teaching Process in College, courtesy of Dr. William McDevitt (Management)


 Download Professor  Hoyle’s materials:

Still Thinking About Teaching After All These Years

Teaching Stuff  (to be published in BizED, May 2009)

HSB Teaching Forum Presentation


To view a video the March 17th presentation, click here.  You must have real player installed.