New Graduates and W&L Computing

Some of the Washington and Lee University computing services which graduating seniors (Class of 2009) have used during their time at W&L will become unavailable soon, while others will continue.
Network Access
New graduates will continue to have access to the W&L computing network through the month of June. However, all access to network databases, files, and printers will be withdrawn on 1 July 2009.
W&L’s Instructional Technology Services recommends “If you need files that you have stored on network servers, you must save those files to some type of recordable media (floppy, hard disk, CD or DVD, media ‘stick,’ etc.) or your new Outlook Live SkyDrive.”
Through the end of June, new grads can access their files on network drives by logging in at http://vpn.wlu.edu/.
Questions should be directed to Earl Edwards (edwardse@wlu.edu / 540-461-1015) or the ITS Information Desk (helpdesk@wlu.edu / 540-458-HELP).
Databases
Use of most of the commercial databases to which W&L libraries subscribe, such as JSTOR and LexisNexis Academic, is limited to current students, faculty, and staff.
However, W&L alumni, including members of the Class of 2009, now may use “Alumni Editions” of two commercial “article databases,” courtesy of our Friends of the Library group. Access is available through W&L’s Colonnade Connections resource for alumni.
E-Mail
New graduates will continue to have “lifetime W&L e-mail access” through their new Outlook e-mail accounts.
For more information, see this introduction and this FAQ page.
Questions should be directed to the ITS Information Desk (helpdesk@wlu.edu / 540-458-HELP).

W&L Honors Theses

Approximately 40 current Washington and Lee University seniors have been identified by the University Registrar as scheduled to graduate with honors status.
A major component of each of these students’ work is the completed honors thesis, described in the 2008-2009 University Catalog as “involving six credits (no more, no less) of independent work, such as a significant report based upon field or laboratory research, a creative accomplishment in the arts, or a comparable scholarly undertaking, demonstrating more than simply a mastery of subject matter.”
The Catalog continues, “A permanent copy of the thesis must be deposited in the Leyburn Library.”
These honors theses are catalogued in Annie, the W&L library catalog, and housed in the Archives section of our Special Collections. You can use Annie to view this chronologically-arranged list of past W&L theses.
Seniors submitting honors theses should deliver them to Laura Turner in Leyburn Library’s Technical Services area on Lower Level 1. Another option is to leave it at the Information Desk on the Main Floor, with a note that it should be given to Laura Turner.
If possible, the thesis should be submitted without any binding or stapling on it. The library’s commercial bindery removes any binding that has been done to it, so loose sheets are preferable.