Searching the Registry

The Registry is a dynamic database which allows you to search according to a fairly broad set of parameters. Take a moment to look over these guidelines; you'll be glad you did.

Alumni Registry

The Alumni Registry allows you to search by Graduating Class, First Name, Nickname, and/or Last Name. If you leave any field blank, the database will return all the records that match whatever criteria you enter in the other field(s). If you enter no criteria in any field, the database will return all records. The following guidelines apply to these fields:

Graduating Class - You must use a four-digit number in this field. If you leave this field blank, the database will return records for all graduating classes.

Names - Name fields have three options:

  • Matches - Search will return entries whose name matches what you enter. (Remember Last Name is the name you had in high school!) Wildcards are not interpreted with this option.
    • Example: Entering Smith in Last Name and selecting Matches will return Bob Smith but not Bob Smyth.
    • Try this: Find everyone who has your last name. (Leave Graduating Class blank for some time travelling fun.)
  • Starts With - Search will return entries whose name starts with what you enter. Wildcards are interpreted with this option.
    • Example: Entering a B in First Name and selecting Starts With will return Bob Smith, Brenda Jones, and any other folks whose first name starts with B.
    • Try this: Find everyone whose initials match yours. (Hint: First Name Starts With your first initial, Last Name Starts With your last initial, leave Graduating Class blank.)
  • Includes - Search will return entries that contain what enter anywhere in that part of the name. Wildcards are interpreted with this option.
    • Example: Entering an apostrophe by itself in Last Name and selecting Includes will return D'Agostino, O'Neill, O'Flaherty and any other folks with an apostrophe in their last name.
    • Try this: Find everyone whose nickname is Chip.
Changed Since - You can find all the records that meet your criteria and have been changed since the date you specify. Try finding all the members of your class that have updated their registrations since the last time you visited.

Output as mail list - If you check this box, the output will be formatted as an e-mail list, with one addressee per line. You don't get comments or job information in this format.


Faculty Registry

The Faculty Registry allows you to search by First Name, Last Name and/or Subjects. If you leave any field blank, the database will return all the records that match whatever criteria you enter in the other field(s). If you enter no criteria in any field, the database will return all records. The following guidelines apply to all of these fields:

Matches - Search will return entries whose name matches what you enter. Wildcards are not interpreted with this option.

  • Example: Entering Smith in Last Name and selecting Matches will return Bob Smith but not Bob Smyth.
  • Try this: Find everyone who has your last name.

Starts With - Search will return entries whose name starts with what you enter. Wildcards are interpreted with this option.

  • Example: Entering a B in First Name and selecting Starts With will return Bob Smith, Brenda Jones, and any other folks whose first name starts with B.
  • Try this: Find everyone whose initials match yours. (Hint: First Name Starts With your first initial, Last Name Starts With your last initial.)

Includes - Search will return entries that contain what enter anywhere in that part of the name. Wildcards are interpreted with this option.

  • Example: Entering an apostrophe by itself in Last Name and selecting Includes will return D'Agostino, O'Neill, O'Flaherty and any other folks with an apostrophe in their last name.
  • Try this: Find everyone whose subjects include History.

Output as mail list - If you check this box, the output will be formatted as an e-mail list, with one addressee per line. You don't get comments or job information in this format.


Wildcards

Wildcards are characters that allow you to search for things when you're not sure of the spelling. The Registry uses two wildcards, which are described in the following paragraphs.

% (percent symbol) The % matches any number of characters in a field.

  • Example: Entering Ste%n in Last Name and selecting Starts With would return Stevens, Stephens, Stevenson, and Stephanopolous.
  • Try this: Find everyone whose last name starts with T and has an n in it.

_(underscore character) The _ matches any single character in a field.

  • Example: Entering Ste_en in Last Name and selecting Starts With would return Stevens and Stevenson, but not Stephens, Stephenson, or Stephanopolous.
  • Try this: Find everyone whose last name is Anderson or Andersen.