9/27/2012 Chris Karlesky

New Web Portal in Development for F&M Campus Community

Students, faculty members and professional staff at Franklin & Marshall College will soon have a new window through which to view information about themselves, academic life and campus services at F&M.

The College is preparing to launch Inside F&M, a new Web portal designed to streamline information about initiatives, news and operations of use specifically to the campus community. The portal is the next milestone for Project BOOST, F&M's Enterprise Resource Planning Project that launched in January to upgrade software systems managing student and academic information, human resources, finances and admission.

Set to go live Dec. 16, Inside F&M will replace the current Web portal, MyDiplomat. It will include all information currently available in MyDiplomat, in addition to several new features including targeted announcements affecting students and College employees on campus and gateway access to Google Apps, mail and calendar. Members of the campus community will get a sneak peek at the new portal in late October during which they will have the opportunity to provide feedback toward the final version, Director of Network Infrastructure and Systems Alan Sutter '87 said.

"Our intention is that Inside F&M will become the home page for everyone in the campus community," said Sutter, team leader of the portal team of Project BOOST. "We want to create a distinction between the F&M home page for external audiences and Inside F&M for our internal audience."

The home page will continue to highlight news of the research, teaching, public events and student life of the College for prospective students and their families; alumni, parents and friends of the College; and the world of secondary and higher education, among the full range of audiences that engage with F&M.

For campus constituencies, Inside F&M will provide a single point of entry to numerous resources, including financial information for employees, course information for students and faculty members, email, calendars, news and events. The portal will organize information under a series of tabs titled My Info, Academics, Community, Campus Services and Budget, with "portlets"—or boxed sections—containing information on each page. Like MyDiplomat, Inside F&M will be password-protected and accessible from any computer.

While the final product remains in development, Sutter said Inside F&M will provide a replacement for the student and faculty and professional staff gateway pages on the F&M home page.

In addition to Sutter, the Inside F&M development team includes Sri Dasgupta, director of Web content and multimedia in College Communications; Harry Haddon, coordinator of applications development and evaluation; Teresa Hagan, assistant director of Web services; Ryan Harris, Web programmer and developer; and Todd Higgins, server systems administrator, all of Information Technology Services; and Laura Medvic, assistant registrar and assistant director of institutional research.

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