Gmail has a built-in Google Chat gadget that lets you send instant messages to other students, directly from your email application. You can also chat with people outside Newman University using the standalone Google Talk client.
Send instant messages
Send instant messages
Quick steps on using Google Chat to send instant messages and use voice and video chat.
Google Chat Help Center
Find out more about using IM, voice, and video chat with the Google Talk gadget in Gmail.
Download the Google Talk client
This is not something you want to do on your Newman University machine, but you can choose to venture forth on your own machine. Download the standalone Google Talk client to chat via IM, voice, or video with users inside or outside of the Newman community.