Here's what I did. I went to google on my PC and created my Gmail account. Then I went on the email setting (setup) on my BB and added my Gmail address.
I also deleted my previous .edu address from this.
I then logged into my .edu account and enabled fowarding to Gmail.
It seems to be working ok, but when I hit delete from both handheld and mailbox I don't believe that it is being deleted from my .edu or Gmail.