UNCG Campus Weekly

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Redesigned UNCG web pages launch April 15

Photo of a web page from the new siteThe UNCG home page will be very different. So will six of the top-tier pages. The upgrade comes Monday, April 15.

The new long-scroll concept will take advantage of the way users interact with their touch-screen and mobile devices. And it allows a dynamic experience, with more content that’s updated often, slideshows, videos – and a generally more richly designed presentation.

For the university, an updated look that provides a great user experience can help in recruiting students and faculty. And one more thing. “Showcasing DSBA stories helps visitors to our site get to know the real UNCG. We are better able to share that with all kinds of audiences,” says Lyda Carpen, director of creative services for University Relations.

Chancellor Linda P. Brady had charged University Relations and ITS to integrate the Integrated Marketing & Strategic Communication (IMSC) strategy into the creation of an upgraded home page and top-tier pages. At the same time, links and content on the pages were updated as well.

The great majority of work on the project was done in-house – with University Relations and Information Technology Services working closely with the UNCG Internet Oversight Committee, composed of staff across campus.

Helen Hebert, associate vice chancellor for university relations, noted the home page and the top-tier pages are often the first experience a prospective student or faculty member may have of UNCG.

“Prospective students, faculty, parents and community members are frequently introduced to UNCG through the home page,” Hebert said. “It’s essential for us to have an appealing, engaging and easy-to-navigate web site. The work of the Internet Oversight Committee achieved the project goals.”

A few highlights:

  • The UNCG News site and the Features site are now combined, to feature DSBA stories and the latest news in one site.
  • A number of pages have calendars. The items on these calendars are drawn from the UNCG Public Calendar – be sure your department’s public events are on the UNCG Public Calendar. The simple instructions are at https://uc.uncg.edu/prod/cweekly/2012/03/27/getitonthecalendar/
  • The addition of an Accolades section that highlights university awards and accomplishments.

The upgrade shows off today’s UNCG. “It shows our university as dynamic as it truly is,” says Carpen.

Next week, check it out. Click through – and scroll through – the pages.

By Mike Harris