Web Redesign Announcements
October 8, 2007
Web redesign firm to visit campus next week
Kenyon has chosen the firm White Whale Web Services, Inc. to help with the redesign of the College's main website this year. Representatives of the firm will visit campus next Monday through Wednesday, October 15-17, to meet with faculty, staff, and students, in order to better understand Kenyon's needs and engage the community in discussion about the project.
In addition to a number of pre-arranged meetings, there will be several opportunities for any interested member of the College community to offer ideas on the redesign. Once finalized, the times and locations of open meetings will be advertised via e-mail and the online calendar.
For members of the community unable to talk to White Whale because of scheduling conflicts, the company has established a site at www.whitewhale.net/kenyon . The site contains instructions for communicating with the White Whale staff.
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The firm was the top choice of Kenyon's web redesign committee, which entertained a number of proposals this summer. The committee was organized by the public affairs office. Members are: Patty Burns, director of new media; Amy Blumenthal, director of admissions communications; Sarah Christiansen, associate director of admissions; Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions; Jalene Fox, administrative assistant for political science and IPHS; Ron Griggs, director of information systems and institutional research; Judy Holdener, associate professor of mathematics; Cathy Kempton, computer records supervisor for residential life; and Shawn Presley, director of public affairs. Tom Au '08 was also recently appointed to the committee.
Kenyon's current website was designed by mStoner and launched in July 2003. As part of that effort, Kenyon implemented the Ingeniux content management system (CMS). Although the back-end process for publishing content in the CMS will remain the same, the site's look and feel, navigation, and content will be evaluated this year. The purpose of the redesign is to produce a site that better serves both internal and external audiences and effectively conveys Kenyon's strengths as a small liberal arts college.
September 10, 2007
College website to undergo redesign
Kenyon has embarked on a web-redesign process that will culminate in the launch of a new site in the summer of 2008. A redesign committee was formed this summer, and it is currently evaluating proposals from a number of design firms. Members of the committee include: Amy Blumenthal, Patty Burns, Sarah Christiansen, Jennifer Delahunty, Jalene Fox, Ron Griggs, Judy Holdener, Cathy Kempton, Rebecca Mazur, and Shawn Presley. A student representative will be added in the near future.
The redesign process kicked off last spring when members of the Kenyon community as well as prospective students and their parents were invited to complete a web survey about the College's current site. Survey responses helped guide the committee in setting priorities for the redesign, including a new visual interface that more effectively showcases the College's beauty, academics, and student life. Another goal is to improve navigation and searching.
During the 2007-08 academic year, Kenyon will begin a web-redesign process that will culminate in the launch of a new site in the summer of 2008. As part of this process, the College is soliciting feedback from various user groups of the existing site through surveys and informal meetings. The goal is to identify how the site can better serve both internal (current students and employees) and external audiences.
Kenyon's current web site was designed by mStoner and launched in July 2003. As part of that effort, Kenyon implemented the Ingeniux content management system (CMS). Although the backend process for publishing content in the CMS will remain the same, the site's look and feel, navigation, and content will be evaluated. Announcements about the redesign will be archived on this site at www.kenyon.edu/redesign.xml.
To help with this project, please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. Your responses will be anonymous unless you wish to identify yourself. The survey will be available until June 1, 2007.