Penn State to conduct test of PSUTXT system

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State plans to test the PSUTXT text-messaging system on Wednesday, April 29, to help ensure its functionality in a true emergency. This test will be sent only to those who have valid PSUTXT accounts and elected to receive alerts for University Park.

"The University Park campus did not delay or cancel classes this winter, and no other situations have arisen to impact the campus' ability to function normally, so we have not sent a PSUTXT message at University Park in quite some time. Because of this, we decided to run this test," said Lisa Powers, director of Public Information. "There is no need to run the test at the other campuses currently because virtually all of them have had reason to send a PSUTXT message in the past several months."

At some point on April 29, those with valid subscriptions to PSUTXT who elected to receive University Park alerts will receive a message that clearly indicates it is part of a test and that there is no emergency. However, not everyone who thinks they're subscribed actually completed the subscription process.

"There are a number of subscriptions in the system that remain unvalidated," said Annemarie Mountz, assistant director of Public Information, who manages the system. "These people have not yet successfully completed the validation process, so they are not set up to receive PSUTXT messages although they may think they are. This test also will help to make those people aware that their PSUTXT accounts are not active and they need to complete their subscription validations."

Validating the cell phone number at the time of opt-in verifies that users have an active text messaging service on their accounts; ensures that only the person who owns the mobile phone is signing up for the service; and ensures that the user correctly keyed in their phone number.

Those who receive the test message on April 29 do not need to take any action. Anyone who initiated a subscription to PSUTXT but does not receive the test message on April 29 should log into the PSUTXT system by going to http://live.psu.edu/ and clicking on the PSUTXT link on the left side of the page.

Once logged in, they should update their cell phone information, and then click on 'Services' to have a new validation code sent. Once subscribers receive the validation code, they need to enter it on the registration page on the Web site to complete the process and validate their accounts, according to Mountz.

Subscribers who continue to have difficulty validating their account should visit http://omnilertsupport.com/e2campus/ online.

Anyone who has not yet subscribed to PSUTXT should go to http://live.psu.edu/ and click on the PSUTXT link on the left side of the page. For more information, e-mail AMountz@psu.edu.

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Last Updated April 28, 2009