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Author: Betsy Edwards

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

Grad students and advisers: ETDR walk-in help during Nov. 17 deadline week

The fall semester deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, for submitting theses and dissertations to the Graduate School (via the K-REx system).

Grad students who miss the ETDR walk-in clinic this week (5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in 407 Hale Library) can take advantage of three ETDR help sessions during the deadline week Nov. 13-17:

Monday, Nov. 13 — 2-5 p.m. 
Thursday, Nov. 16 — 1-5 p.m. 
Friday, Nov. 17 — 1-5 p.m.

All sessions are in the Media Development Center, 213 Hale Library (adjacent to the IT Help Desk).  The MDC has both Windows and Mac computers, and all have Acrobat Pro for best PDF conversion.

Zoom conferences for distance students

During the deadline week, distance students and others not on the K-State-Manhattan campus may schedule individual Zoom conferences (no camera required) on a first-come, first-served basis.  Use the ETDR Request Form to suggest meeting times.

Need an ETDR review only?  

  1. Check your document with the ETDR Review Checklist.  It covers 99% of issues that cause ETDRs to be rejected.
  2. Get a preliminary review via email from the ETDR consultant by using the ETDR Request Form (K-State eID/password sign-in).  Request “Email” as the contact method.  Attach your document by using the “paperclip” icon on the form.

For more ETDR resources, see the ETDR website at k-state.edu/grad/etdr.

Grad students: More ETDR walk-in help sessions scheduled Nov. 1, Nov. 8

In response to recent inquiries from graduate students, two more walk-in help sessions on Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) have been scheduled this semester: 5-6 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, in 407 Hale Library. These come-and-go help sessions are primarily for students graduating this semester.

ETDR walk-in help sessions are designed to give fast help on formatting theses and dissertations, Microsoft Word, LaTeX, and ETDR questions.  About 30 Windows computers are available in Hale 407.  Attendees are welcome to bring their laptops for specific help.

If you plan to attend, it will help to accommodate more students if you create an ETDR request form ahead of time and specify a meeting time (Nov. 1 ETDR session 5-6 p.m. OR Nov. 8 ETDR session 5-6 p.m.)  Otherwise, students will be asked to create the online request when they arrive.

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Cybersecurity: It’s not all about YOU, but it’s close

Editor’s note: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). This is part of an IT security series during October to help K-Staters protect themselves, their data, and their money.

Tip

Be suspicious.
By using common sense, you can spot and stop most attacks.

You are the one. Technology alone will never be able to fully protect you. Attackers have learned that the easiest way to bypass even the most advanced security technology is by attacking YOU.

If they want your password, credit card, or personal data, the easiest thing for them to do is to trick you into giving them this information.

 


Examples

  • They might phone and say, “Hello, this is Microsoft tech support. Your computer is infected.” In reality, they are just cybercriminals who want you to give them access to your computer.
  • They might email and say, “Your package could not be delivered. Please click on a link to confirm your mailing address.” In reality, they want to trick you into visiting a malicious website that will hack into your computer.

This is how attacks such as Ransomware or CEO Fraud start. Ultimately, the greatest defense against attackers is you.

Excerpted with permission from the OUCH! newsletter’s “Four Steps to Staying Secure” at securingthehuman.sans.org.

Grad students and faculty: Final ETDR walk-in seminar Oct. 18

Graduate students who missed the September walk-in seminar on Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) may want to attend the October session 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in 407 Hale Library. This is a come-and-go seminar, so students can stay for more tips and timesavers, or get their answers and leave.

ETDR walk-in help sessions provide faster thesis/dissertation help on formatting, Microsoft Word, LaTeX, and ETDR questions.  About 30 Windows computers are available in Hale 407.  Attendees can bring their laptops if they need specific help.

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MATLAB seminar Oct. 24 open to all K-Staters

by Information Technology Services

Representatives from MathWorks will host a MATLAB seminar 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in 1109 Engineering Hall, which is adjacent to Durland Hall (see building locator map).  This event is free to all K-State faculty, staff, and students.  Registration is requested although walk-ins are welcome.

MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation. Using MATLAB, you can solve technical computing problems faster than with traditional programming languages, such as C, C++, and FORTRAN.

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Grad students and faculty: Two ETDR walk-in seminars September-October

Two walk-in help seminars are scheduled September-October for graduate students who want faster help on thesis/dissertation formatting, Microsoft Word, and LaTeX.  Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) sessions are scheduled:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13 — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 18 — 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Both sessions are in 407 Hale Library.  Hale 407 has Windows computers, and attendees are welcome to bring their own Mac and Windows laptops.

Topics include:

  • How to use K-State’s ETDR writing templates (Word and LaTeX)
  • Timesavers, tools, and solutions in Microsoft Word
  • Review your ETDR to meet Graduate School requirements
  • Prior publication and copyright resources
  • Automated features (Table of Contents, figure/table captions, and more)

Each session starts with an overview of ETDR resources and concludes with a question/answer period.  Leave as soon as your questions are answered, or stay and learn more about ETDR resources and using Word efficiently.

Distance students or others who cannot attend may request an ETDR meeting via Zoom webconference, in person, or by phone.  Class presentations are also available in person or via Zoom.  Use the ETDR request form (K-State eID/password required) to specify what help you need and to schedule meeting times.  Response time is 24-48 hours.

New thesis/dissertation requirements for 2017 

These changes are now mandatory for all theses, dissertations, and reports submitted in 2017 and on:

  • Title format must be in sentence case (not ALL CAPS)
  • Author name format must be in standard name format with uppercase/lowercase, as shown in KSIS records (not ALL CAPS)
  • Copyright line new format:  © Firstname Lastname 2017.

For more resources, see the ETDR website.

Grad students and advisers: ETDR walk-in help sessions Aug. 9-11

The summer deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, for submitting electronic theses, dissertations, and reports (ETDRs) to the Graduate School via the K‑REx repository system (krex.k-state.edu).

Walk-in help sessions are scheduled the last three days of the ETDR deadline week:

Wednesday, Aug. 9 — 3-6 p.m. 
Thursday, Aug. 10 — 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 
Friday, Aug. 11 — 2-5 p.m.

All sessions are in the Media Development Center, 213 Hale Library, which is adjacent to the IT Help Desk.  The MDC has both Windows and Mac computers, and all of them have Acrobat Pro for optimum PDF conversion.

Zoom conferencing for distance students

During the deadline week, students not on the K-State-Manhattan campus can schedule individual Zoom conferences and phone meetings by using the ETDR Request Form (K-State eID/password required) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Want a preliminary review of your ETDR?  

  1. Before you submit your ETDR to K-REx, use the ETDR Review Checklist to catch 99% of errors that cause ETDR rejections.
  2. Use the ETDR Request Form (requires eID/password sign-in) to get a review by the ETDR consultant. Use the “paperclip” icon at top to attach your Word file or PDF, and specify “Email” as the contact method.

More about ETDR resources is on the ETDR website at k-state.edu/grad/etdr.

More ETDR walk-in help sessions scheduled April 17-21

The spring semester deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, for submitting theses and dissertations to the Graduate School (via the K-REx system).

Grad students who miss the last weekly ETDR walk-in clinic 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. today (Wednesday, April 12, in Hale 301A) may be glad to hear more ETDR help sessions are scheduled every day of the ETDR deadline week April 17-21:

Monday, April 17 — 1-5 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18 — 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19 — 9-noon
Thursday, April 20 — 1-5 p.m.
Friday, April 21 — 1-5 p.m.

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Free seminars March 13-April 4: DSLR cameras, Adobe (Premiere, Lightroom, Illustrator) and Video Format Conversion

Students and faculty/staff are invited to participate in these hands-on seminars offered March 13-April 4 by the Media Development Center. No enrollment is needed. Stop by 213 Hale Library at the times and dates below.

  • Introduction to Using a DSLR camera and Adobe Premiere Pro — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 13
  • Introduction to using Adobe Lightroom and Photo Retouching — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14
  • Introduction to Adobe Illustrator-Basics — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27
  • Introduction to Video Format Conversion — 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, April 4

For details, see the MDC classes webpage or contact Jahvelle Rhone, media development coordinator (785-532-7422, rhone@k-state.edu).

Thesis and dissertation walk-in help 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Hale 301A

Master’s and doctoral students who are writing or having formatting issues with their theses and dissertations are encouraged to attend Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports (ETDR) weekly walk-in clinics 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. every Wednesday through April 12 in 301A Hale Library, even during spring break.

Stop by and get your Word and LaTeX questions answered.  Leave when you like.  Stay and learn more tips, timesavers, and solutions.  Bring a laptop if you want specific help on your ETDR.  Topics vary (depending on your questions) but usually include:

  • Getting started using K-State’s ETDR writing templates
  • Reviewing ETDRs to meet Graduate School requirements
  • Prior publication
  • Adding figure/table captions
  • Plus your specific formatting needs

Distance students or those who cannot attend may request an ETDR meeting in person, by phone, or via Zoom webconferencing.  Class presentations are also available in person or via Zoom.  Use an ETDR request form (K-State eID/password required) to specify help needed and schedule meeting times.   Response time is 24-48 hours.

Reminder: New requirements for spring 2017 

Last August, updated ETDR writing templates went on the ETDR website with three changes that are now required for all theses, dissertations, and reports submitted in spring 2017 and on:

  1. Title format must be in sentence case (not ALL CAPS)
  2. Author name format must be in standard name format with uppercase/lowercase, as shown in KSIS records (not ALL CAPS)
  3. Copyright line new format:  © Firstname Lastname 2017.