Spring Brings Some Jeffersonians a New Telephone Exchange - 503
Effective April 15 at 7 p.m., personnel in six Jefferson buildings
will be assigned a new telephone prefix ­p; 503. These individuals will
retain their existing four-digit extension. The 503 exchange will be used
for telephones and voice mail boxes as well as fax and computer modems currently
using the 955 exchange in the Bluemle, Edison, Jefferson Alumni Hall, Martin,
Scott and Sheridan buildings. Only highly publicized and clinical practice
numbers in these buildings will retain the 955 exchange. All callers using
the old exchange after April 15 will hear a new number message for 90 days.
To test how the new exchange will work, on March 4 at 7 p.m., the department
of information systems (DIS) will change all of its 955 exchange to 503.
After 7 p.m., call DIS using a "3" before the last four digits
of the extensions you want to reach.
"Because we are rapidly approaching using all of the 10,000 numbers
originally available to us in the 955 exchange, the decision was made to
assign the 503 exchange to those areas less likely to impact consumers and
clinical service related areas," said Al Giacomucci, acting director,
department of information systems. "Implementing use of the 503 exchange
in this way, makes it possible for Jefferson to retain the 955 exchange
in our clinical areas."
Departments affected by this change will soon receive information from the
department of information systems graphics and printing center concerning
how to go about changing letterhead, business cards and buck slips and how
to order postcards to notify those outside the University of their new number.
It's important at this time that you notify telecommunications to disconnect
lines no longer in use yet still accruing charges, said Betsy McMenamin,
support services manager, department of information systems, who will implement
installation of the 503 exchange. This will free up scarce 955 numbers for
reassignment in clinical areas.
If you have questions about the 503 exchange, please call the hotline at
3-9999. Your questions and concerns will be directed to Betsy McMenamin.
Please familiarize yourself with the new calling instructions:
- enter "503" followed by the four-digit extension.
- enter "3" and the four-digit extension number when calling
an internal extension or voice mail with a 503 number
- continue to enter "5" and the four-digit extension number
when calling an internal extension or voice mail with a 955 number
Please note that you will also need to:
- Enter "22"
- Enter four-digit pager number
- Receive confirmation tone
- Enter either "3"-and four-digit extension or "5"-and
four-digit extension as your call-back number.
- reprogram your speed dialing/auto numbers