Creating Accessible Email and Event Announcements

Email announcements help us spread the word to the ECU community on all sorts of important topics: department events and seminars, office openings and closings, HR-related information and much more.

By designing email announcements in multiple formats and using the accessibility guides explained in the attachment, you allow those of your audience using screen readers and keyboard-only access to read your message.

In addition to the tips listed in the attachment, ITCS is also offering a training class specifically for those of us who write email announcements (registration in Cornerstone):

Creating Accessible Email Messages and Announcements

Thursday, May 11 Joyner East 204 1:00p – 2:00p

Need one-on-one help? Submit the IT Accessibility Consultation form to request an appointment with the ITCS accessibility coordinator.

Self-paced resources include this course, Creating Accessible Microsoft Office Documents. This course goes step-by-step through how to format documents using styles, the accessibility checker and more.

Additionally, see our other accessibility resources in the IT Accessibility category of the ITCS services catalog.

ITCS Information Security Launches Online Training for Faculty and Staff

ITCS Information Security launched its Employee Best Practices in Information Security awareness training earlier today through an auto-generated Cornerstone email from This launch was first announced in the February 2, ECU Official memo from Chief Information Security Officer, Jack McCoy, and explained that all faculty and staff have been automatically enrolled in the training and that subsequent announcements would notify users when the training became available.

There has been some concern expressed regarding the legitimacy and formatting of this morning’s message, and we apologize for any confusion this message may have caused.

Additionally, we include browser recommendations and a four-step login process here for those who may have never accessed Cornerstone or had difficulty loading the training module earlier due to a browser incompatibility.

Get Started with Cornerstone

Open the appropriate browser for your operating system, then follow these four steps to log in to Cornerstone.

  • Windows: Internet Explorer
  • Mac: Firefox
  1. Navigate to
  2. Click the Faculty/Staff Login button. The ECU login page opens.
  3. Type in your PirateID and passphrase and press Sign In. Your Cornerstone dashboard opens.
  4. From the My Training section, click the Launch button beside the Employee Best Practices in Information Security title.

If, at any time, assistance is required, users should call the IT Help Desk at 252.328.9866 | 800.340.7081.