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Leaving K-State? A technology checklist and money-saving tips

It’s that time of year again, when people leave K-State. Students are graduating, transferring to other universities, or just need a break. Faculty/staff are retiring or moving to new jobs. Whatever the reason, all can use the technology checklist on the Preparing to leave K-State webpage prior to terminating affiliation with K-State. And the money-saving tips below can help both students and employees.

The Preparing to leave K-State page covers what steps you should take to manage your electronic communications, files, and access to resources (and what happens if you don’t).  Here’s the highlights:

  1. Forward your email by signing in to eProfile and setting email-forwarding options. Note that students who were last enrolled at the university during the Fall 2011 term or later will have their email account continue at K-State for a year from the time they leave.
  2. Review your mailing list subscriptions. Unsubscribe from those you don’t want. For those you want to keep, subscribe from your new email address and  remove your K-State email address.
  3. Copy email and folders to other storage devices or services. (You can also export your calendar data to other calendar services.)
  4. Copy files you’re entitled to keep, including those on your computer, K-State storage spaces, and your personal webpage (www.k-state.edu/eID). Don’t forget documents stored in your Zimbra Briefcase.
  5. Remove software on your personal computer that was received under a Kansas State University site license or volume purchase agreement, including but not limited to K-State’s TrendMicro antivirus software.  (Be sure to install another antivirus product; see Wikipedia’s List of antivirus software for ideas.)
  6. If you’ve been living in a residence hall, point your computer back to the Microsoft Windows Update Service. No matter where you go, your computer will continue to get automatic updates from Microsoft.
  7. Continue to change your eID password during the password-change deadlines at the beginning of spring and fall semesters.

Money-saving steps to consider before leaving K-State

Take advantage of your buying power through K-State’s Student Select educational discount. Employees and students can purchase computer software and hardware at significant savings through the K-State Student Union Computer Store. Popular items at the store currently include the full Microsoft Office suite at $79.95; Adobe software and suites (some up to 80 percent off); and operating system upgrades.

Go to the K-State ID Center (first floor of the Union) and get a refund of any remaining CatCash balance on your Wildcat card.

If you have any questions about IT services or resources, contact the IT Help Desk, 785-532-7722, helpdesk@k-state.edu. 

About Betsy Edwards

• Web/information specialist in Information Technology Services • Editor/writer, K-State IT communications • IT News blog moderator • ETDR specialist