You may have noticed that the University home page has an updated layout today (April 6). Campus personnel in Admissions, Web Services and University Communication worked together on updates that provide for richer and more frequent content updates and a better browsing experience for users, particularly prospective students, while remaining as a useful portal for UW-Green Bay’s primary audiences.
UW-Green Bay computer science student and part-time Web Services and Help Desk employee Jordan Stubblefield, a staff sergeant in the Army Reserve, is the winner of the ‘Best Warrior’ title in the 80th Training Command of the Army Reserve. Stubblefield spent Feb. 5-7 at Camp Bullis in Texas competing in a rigorous challenge for the annual title, designed to identify the best competitors from among the 6,800 soldiers within the command. The competition includes physical fitness, weapons handling, marksmanship, drill and ceremony, land navigation and a written test. Stubblefield beat out nine other non-commissioned officers to earn the title during the soldier competition. He moves on to compete in the overall U.S. Army Reserve Command’s 2015 Best Warrior Competition. See more.
The Information Services division has announced the appointment of Josh Goldman as the interim Web Manager. In addition to his current position as the User Support Manager, Josh will direct Web Services and its staff. In this new capacity, Josh will immediately begin work to fill a vacant web developer position to accomplish web projects including the deployment of a Content Management System (CMS). “I believe Josh’s management experience and knowledge of technology will strengthen Web Services to help us achieve institutional goals,” said Rajeev Bukralia, Associate Provost for Information Services and CIO. Any inquiries related to current or future Web Services projects can be directed to Goldman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The candidates for the position of Web Services Manager will make visits to UW-Green Bay next week that will include presentations open to the public. The finalists and the dates and locations of their public presentations are:
• Steven Lewis, Web Manager / Information Security Coordinator at SUNY Brockport (Presentation: Monday, Feb. 11, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Cofrin Library room 304)
• Jay Hanning, Contract Web Developer, Jay-Ware, LLC (Presentation: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Cofrin Library room 304)
Check out page 250 of the best-selling business book Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. You’ll notice that author and social media guru Michael Hyatt credits Andrew Buckman in the book’s “Acknowledgments” section. Buckman, who works days (and the occasional night) as a web developer for UW-Green Bay Web Services, had a lengthy list of private clients including Hyatt well before joining the University a few years ago. Hyatt writes in the acknowledgment: “… Andrew Buckman, my web developer, who implements my crazy ideas and keeps my blog running in tip-top shape. If I can conceive it, Andrew can code it. He also has the guts to push back when I suggest a bad idea.” Hyatt is the chairman and former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, the seventh largest trade book publishing company in America, and a prominent blogger known for his focus on “intentional leadership.”
Reminder: UW-Green Bay Webmaster Bridget Bishop will lead an informational session on blogging with WordPress, the blog platform used at UW-Green Bay, from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 13) in IS 1129 (General Access Computer Lab). You’ll find out why blogging might be a good solution for you, what makes a successful blog and what sort of functionality a WordPress blog can provide. This event is free to attend. It is organized by the UW-Green Bay Academic Staff Professional Development Committee. More information.
Our friends in Web Services deserve kudos for their role in the early movement to produce device agnostic web pages through a process called responsive design (for those who don’t speak tech — web pages that allow the layout to shift and adjust as the screen size becomes smaller, making for easy reading on a desktop computer, tablet or mobile device). The website collegewebeditor.com recently ran an article on the trend, including an example direct from UW-Green Bay (you might need to copy and paste the link into your browser; scroll down to see screen shots from our Web Services page). Click here.
Curious to try it for yourself? Click this link www.uwgb.edu/webdev/, then grab onto the bottom right corner of your browser window to scale it smaller and watch how the layout shifts.
Finally, Web Services has made these template files available to campus developers to use: www.uwgb.edu/webdev/support/responsive-template.asp.
Join UW-Green Bay Webmaster Bridget Bishop for an informational session on blogging with WordPress, the blog platform used at UW-Green Bay, from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13 in IS 1129 (General Access Computer Lab). You’ll find out why blogging might be a good solution for you, what makes a successful blog and what sort of functionality a WordPress blog can provide. This event is free to attend. It is organized by the UW-Green Bay Academic Staff Professional Development Committee. More information.
Web Services will be moving to their new office location of IS 1148 (in the Instructional Services Building, adjacent to the Help Desk, across the hall from Media Services) on Monday, Aug. 29. They are relocating from their current location in the Information Services Administration suite on the 7th floor of the Cofrin Library to join the rest of the Information Services Division in the Instructional Services building. The new location will ease collaboration with other IS departments as well as provide more convenient access for faculty, staff, and students.