WMU News

Learn more about electronic theses and dissertations

May 30, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- John Eaton, associate provost for graduate studies at Virginia Tech, will visit the campus Friday, June 2, to discuss and promote the development of electronic theses and dissertations at WMU.

An open panel discussion with Eaton and selected members of the University's Electronic Theses and Dissertations Task Force will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the Commons area on the first floor of Walwood Hall. Those who attend will be able to learn more about the implementation of the project at WMU, and ask questions of the panel.

Graduate students will have their own opportunity to meet with Eaton at 3 p.m. that day when he meets with members of the Graduate Student Advisory Committee. The meeting will be open to any graduate student who wants to attend, and will take place in the Connable Board Room on the second floor of the Bernhard Center.

Last November, WMU officially joined the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations, an initiative founded by Virginia Tech and now consisting of more than 80 member universities and libraries from the United States, Canada, the U.K., Germany, Spain, and South Africa. As a result of its NDLTD membership, WMU has committed to implementing a two-year pilot project to allow graduate students to submit and archive their theses and dissertations electronically as an alternative to the traditional paper copies.

WMU's ETD Task Force, chaired by Dr. S. Hossein Mousavinezhad of Electrical and Computer Engineering, began its work in 1997 and consists of representatives from the following areas: Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Information Technology, the Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, University Libraries, the Lee Honors College, and the Office of the General Counsel.

Eaton's visit to campus is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of The Graduate College. For more information, contact: Julie Scrivener at 616 387-3569 or <julie.scrivener@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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