To read or send mail, the Sun mailtool is highly recommended for its graphical interface. Or you can brave the unix mail command. Read the manual pages and/or look for printed documentation in B&H 625. Mail reading on the other machines is flaky.
The university has a central mail forwarding service so that people can send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you are unique, email@example.com. The bad news is that at present there is no way to give a forwarding address and it will go to your mainframe account, if you have one. The operating system has changed recently so to learn how to forward from the mainframe to here, send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
.forwardin your home directory containing a single line with the new e-mail address. Test before you go to be sure mail won't bounce. To keep a copy here as well, the file should contain
email@example.com, \usernameNote the ``.'' in the filename and the ``\'' before your account name.