University Seeks Community Input in Enhancing its Main Web Homepage

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Case Western Reserve University has started to showcase its updated logo -- as selected by the university community -- in publications, on select merchandise and on the Web. In order to better highlight the new look, symbolic of the university's traditions of academic excellence and breakthrough research, among others, in its digital communications, the university is requesting help from its community in enhancing its main homepage.

By updating its main homepage, the university plans not only to give its new visual identity greater visibility but also to better address the needs of its various audiences and better communicate its mission and values.

In this next phase of community input, which begins today, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the university are invited to participate in an online discussion regarding a university's homepage in general. The university is asking for input around three questions:

  1. What are the two or three most important objectives of a university Web homepage?
  2. Who are the two or three most important audiences for a university Web homepage?
  3. What kinds of content would best meet those objectives and reach those audiences?

Members of the university community can participate in the discussion via the homepage project blog. Those with a Case network ID also can contribute through the online forum. Both discussions will remain open through August 31, at which time a summary of both will be posted to the homepage project Web site.

A history of the multi-year homepage project and its previous stages of community involvement is available online. The next phases of the project will include members of the university community testing two or three live prototypes and a follow-up usability and satisfaction survey. Join in the blog or forum discussion.

Campus News

The university is a cosponsor of the Adult Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine International Meeting, being held in Cleveland August 27-29. The target audience is faculty, graduate students and new and experienced investigators. Read more.

For Faculty & Staff

The Department of Facilities Services has two vehicles being offered for sale through sealed bid. Read more for information on the vehicles, viewing date and location, and bid due date.

The Weight Watchers at Work program will have a registration meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on August 29 in Thwing center's Spartan Room. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays in Thwing from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. beginning September 5. Participants receive 12 sessions for $144 (payable by cash, check or charge at the August 29 registration meeting). Call 368-3924, or send an e-mail to Sara Fields to learn more.

For Students

Students are being asked to make sure that their computers have some preventative maintenance performed prior to the start of the academic year. Students are asked to install and/or update the Symantec Anti-Virus program, which is available on the university's Software Center. Security patches and fixes for Windows systems are available on the Microsoft Web site. Students also can download and use VPN in order to access restricted resources on the university's gigabit network. For additional information, call 216-368-HELP. Students who have not purchased computer systems yet can visit the Case e-store for special offers and details on recommended specifications.

Events

Refer to the Web event calendar for a list of events and activities on campus and in the community today and in the days ahead.

August 21, 2007

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Case in the News

How office tyrants in critical positions get others to grovel

Wall Street Journal, August 21, 2007
Richard Boyatzis, professor of organizational behavior at Case Western Reserve University, provides insight on office gatekeepers.

Our shrinking city looks down the road

The Plain Dealer, August 19, 2007
An article on Cleveland's shrinking population cites research from Case Western Reserve University's Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development.

The history of the American lawnmower

CBS News, August 19, 2007
Like lemonade and long walks, mowing the lawn is an essential part of summer, just a little louder. Ted Steinberg, a history professor at Case Western Reserve University, tells CBS News about the history of the lawnmower.

Higher Ed News

No Berlin Wall mars this Mindset

USA TODAY, August 21, 2007
For this fall's incoming college class, "off the hook" could mean "excellent" or escaping blame, but for sure it has nothing to do with telephones.

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