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Updates and Messages to the Community

Commencing in the spring of 2013, Franklin & Marshall College is in the midst of an 18-month project to redesign its website. A college's website is the single most important vehicle for an institution presenting itself to the world, and the Franklin & Marshall website redesign aims to create a presence for the College that inspires, motivates and meets the needs of F&M's many constituencies, with a focus on the primary users of the site, prospective students.


Review and comment on F&M's new website design

Feb. 17, 2014

Want to help us design the new F&M website? You can contribute by taking part in the "user experience" testing of our new website concept.

It will take 15 minutes of your time, and your feedback will be used to finalize the design.

  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Where: Harris 002 (IZ Classroom)
  • How: You may simply drop in or sign-up for a particular time slot (sign-up sheets will be posted on the door of Harris 002 later today).

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Best, Sri

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Srirupa Dasgupta
Director of Web Content and Multimedia
Office of College Communications

Website Redesign Content Workshop

February 10, 2014

Dear Members of the F&M Community,

As mentioned in the website redesign town hall presentation on Jan. 28, the website redesign will include a complete rebuild. In preparation, we are hosting hands-on content workshops.

At this workshop, you will identify:

  1. The primary audience for your website (alumni, prospective students, current students, parents, etc.)
  2. The content that is relevant and useful for your audience
  3. How to best reorganize content to serve your target audience well.

This is a reminder that these workshops will be held on Thursday, February 13 in Booth Ferris South There will be  three sessions: 9am, 12:45pm and 2:30pm.

Please RSVP by Tuesday at:
http://forms.fandm.edu/mach/view.php?id=494

You should attend one of these workshops if:
- you manage a website (you are a CMS user)
- you make content decisions or have an opinion about your website
 
If you have questions, please let me know.
 
Best, Sri

--
Srirupa Dasgupta
Director of Web Content and Multimedia
Office of College Communications

Share ideas with Website Redesign Working Group

May 1, 2013

Dear F&M Community,

I'm pleased to share that the work of the Website Redesign Working Group has begun. This email is an invitation to share initial ideas or feedback about the current site with any members of the group by May 17, when we'll compile the initial feedback into an outline that will help identify a website design firm that will work closely with us to delve deeply into this project in the Fall.

Of course there will be more opportunities for the community to provide insights after the design firm is on board, but we welcome initial thoughts.

Below is the working group's final membership, and I want to thank the faculty, students and professional staff who applied from across the College to fill the student and at-large positions. The expressions of interest and the thoughtful insights offered demonstrated the range of skills and talents on our campus, and we look forward to tapping into these broad perspectives as the work on the website redesign moves forward.

You can learn more about the working group and its charge on an early website redesign Web page. All members are collecting feedback for this initial phase of work. We look forward to hearing from you.

Website Redesign Working Group Members

  • Chris Alexander, College Registrar and Associate Director of Institutional Research 
  • Michael Billig, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Anthropology
  • Barry Bosley, Associate Vice President for Administration 
  • Lydia Brubaker, Special Assistant to the Provost
  • Cass Cliatt, Vice President for Communications (chair)
  • Sri Dasgupta, Director of Web Content and Multimedia, Communications (co-chair)
  • Jay Eckles, Director of Enterprise Systems and Web Services, ITS
  • Dirk Eitzen, Professor of Film and Media Studies
  • Jon Enos, Associate Vice President for Information Technology  
  • Jacob Gordin, Class of 2015
  • Kate Jacobson, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission 
  • Daniel Lugo, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid 
  • Eric, Nturibi, Class of 2015
  • Giang Phan, Class of 2016
  • Claire Retterer, International Programs Coordinator
  • Robert Sternberg, Professor of Geosciences, Don of Bonchek College House
  • Beth Throne, Associate Vice President for Student and Post-graduate Development 
  • Joanna Underhill, Assistant Director of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House
  • Becky Wile, Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations 
  • Alumni relations leader (pending new hire)

Cass Cliatt
Vice President for Communications
Website Redesign Working Group Chair

F&M Website Redesign -- invitation

April 11, 2013

Dear Faculty, Students and Professional Staff:
 
The College is embarking on a comprehensive redesign of the Franklin & Marshall College website, and I'm writing to introduce the members of the working group that will help shape this work and to invite members of the campus community who are interested in participating to join the group. Please submit our online form by noon Monday, April 22, to express interest in serving.
 
A college's website is the single most important vehicle for an institution presenting itself to the world, and the F&M site redesign is an exciting project to create a presence for the College that inspires, motivates and meets the needs of F&M's many constituencies.
 
Changes in technology have established a best practice of refreshing a website or completing a wholesale redesign every two to four years (depending on existing functionality), and it's important that the F&M website support the College's strategic priorities. We're also focused on easing the transition to a new site; one goal is to maintain the College's existing Content Management System (CMS) to enable offices across campus to continue their ease of use with any new design.
 
For those who might be interested in serving, I'll share that the Website Redesign Working Group will not be responsible for redesigning the website, but instead will serve as more of an advisory group. The members generally will meet once a month for the first few months to advise on the parameters of hiring a consultant, and then will meet every four to six weeks to provide insights to a separate Web Design Implementation Committee, which will be the body that works directly with the consultant. The expected period for a standard website redesign is 18 months. 
 
We hope to welcome two at-large members and two students to the working group, which represents areas across campus. Submit a form expressing your interest at: http://forms.fandm.edu/mach/view.php?id=476.
 
Website Redesign Working Group Members:
  • Chris Alexander, College Registrar and Associate Director of Institutional Research 
  • Michael Billig, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Anthropology
  • Barry Bosley, Associate Vice President for Administration 
  • Lydia Brubaker, Special Assistant to the Provost
  • Cass Cliatt, Vice President for Communications (chair)
  • Sri Dasgupta, Director of Web Content and Multimedia, Communications (co-chair)
  • Jon Enos, Associate Vice President for Information Technology  
  • Kate Jacobson, Senior Assistant Dean of Admission 
  • Daniel Lugo, Vice President for Admission and Financial Aid 
  • Alan Sutter, Director of Network Infrastructure and Systems, ITS
  • Beth Throne, Associate Vice President for Student and Post-graduate Development 
  • Becky Wile, Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations 
  • Alumni relations leader (pending new hire)
  • College House leader, To be Announced
  • 2 Appointed Faculty Members, To be Announced
  • Students (max 2), TBD
  • At-large (max 2), TBD
We look forward to involving the community in the exciting work ahead.
 
Cass Cliatt
Vice President for Communications
Chair, Website Redesign Working Group