Looking forward to the new DeSales.edu!

It is with immense pleasure that we announce the process to completely update the DeSales website has begun. 🙂 The plan is for the  new site go live sometime between January and June of 2012. If this seems like a very long time, you’re right. But, to give you an idea of the Herculean task at hand, our current site now has 11,927 pages!

The recently created Internal Communications Committee (ICC) will oversee the entire process. (If you aren’t familiar with the ICC, it includes representatives from across campus and now advises all University marketing and communications.)

The new site will be lean, focused, and audience-driven.

We’ve broken the process down into four basic tasks, with evaluation groups assigned to each task:

Task one: March – April  2011
Laying out the foundation: content management system (CMS) selection

  • the framework the site is built upon
  • allows users from across campus to contribute content to their respective areas of the site
  • managed jointly by web manager and web content coordinator
  • Base on the recently completed CMS user group survey results, technical, and marketing requirements

The people: led by exec. director of communications. Includes web manager, web content coordinator, sports information director

Task two: April – June 2011
The look: design, branding, and strategy

  • goes beyond the web site to encompass the next marketing campaign, as well
  • content strategy, information architecture, and templates for the site (including sub sections) will be developed at this stage

The people: led by exec. director of communications. Includes director of marketing, director of publications, web content coordinator, undergrad admissions rep, graduate admissions rep, ACCESS rep, student life rep, alumni/donor relations rep

Task three: April 2011 – Jan/June 2012
If you build it, they will come: content creation and population

This is the bulk of the work and involves the most people. All decisions will be based on best practices,  user surveys*, site statistics.

  • current site content audit – how many of our pages are actually used and/or needed?
  • content editing and/or creation: copy, images, videos, integration with social media, forms, interactive elements, etc.
  • consistent tone and style
  • each department/section will be worked on individually according a master schedule – we’ll notify you when it’s your turn

The people: led by web content coordinator. Includes director of marketing, web manager and the current CMS users group (approximately 48 representatives from all areas of the University.)

Task four: April 2011 – Jan/June 2012
Making all that work, um, work: technology implementation

  • CMS installation
  • servers
  • data integration
  • launch
  • old-site page redirects
  • and more!

The people: led by web manager. Includes IT staff and web content coordinator (as needed)

We hope you’re looking forward to the new site as much as we are, and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on any interesting developments. 🙂

Questions? kristin.greenberg@desales.edu or x 1764

* We want to make sure the site works for our audiences, so we’ll be conducting surveys of students, staff, and community members throughout this process. Stay tuned to the Daily for updates.

Network maintenance today, 3/9

The IT department will be performing network maintenance on Wednesday, March 9.  Users may experience brief losses of internet connectivity during the late morning and early afternoon. Access to on-campus resources will not be affected.

Questions? Brian Keifer at x1777 or Brian.Keifer@desales.edu

Salesian Center to Honor John Paul II with One Man Drama, 4/4

To mark the sixth anniversary of the death of John Paul II, who will be beatified on May 1, the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture continues its memorial Arts & Culture series by hosting LOLEK, a one-man drama in two Acts, which commemorates his life and legacy. Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center.

The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Lenten spiritual offerings

Ash Wednesday Services (Wed, March 9):

  • 12:05pm Wills Hall Chapel – Prayer Service with Distribution of Ashes
  • 5pm Wills Hall Chapel – Mass with Distribution of Ashes

There will be 8pm Mass in Connelly on March 13

Weekly Lenten Spiritual Offerings (beginning the week of March 14)

  • Mondays: Mass: 12:05 pm and 5 pm Wills Hall Chapel
  • Tuesdays: “Be Fed” – Lunch and Lenten Reflection
    12:30 – 1:30 pm  Danko Room, McShea
    All faculty, staff and students are invited to share a simple lunch (provided) and reflect and share on a Lenten themed reading.
    Please RSVP: Magdalene.riggins@desales.edu

    Mass: 5pm Wills Hall Chapel

    Confessions: 7pm-8pm Connelly Chapel

  • Wednesdays: Mass: 12:05 pm and 5 pm Wills Hall Chapel
    “Sword of the Spirit” – Catholic Bible Study
    8:15pm – 9:15 pm Alacoque House
  • Thursdays:Mass: 5 pm Wills Hall Chapel
    Praise and Worship 8-9 pm Connelly Chapel
  • Fridays: Stations of the Cross: 12:05pm Wills Hall ChapelExposition of the Blessed Sacrament: noon – 4 pm Connelly Chapel

    Mass: 5 pm Wills Hall Chapel

Questions? Magdalene.Riggins@desales.edu