Recently we experienced an issue with the WordPress plugin that supports our subscription list for the Web and Digital Communications blog. We suspect that during a recent update the email addresses were inadvertently purged from the database. As a result, we’ve had to manually recreate our subscriptions from our list of CommonSpot contributors, department colleagues… and memory.
We’ve taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future, but we may not have added everyone who was subscribed — or mistakingly added someone who hadn’t. Please subscribe again if we missed you, or accept our apology if we mistakingly added you to the list.
In an effort to make our social media presence more intuitive, the Web and Digital Communications team at Seton Hall has successfully migrated our Twitter address to @setonhall. This new address will allow for a more seamless interaction with past, present, and future Pirates as well as the Seton Hall community. We’re sharing this update across all Seton Hall digital outlets now. Please update any links you have to our Twitter account!
To reflect this, we’ve also updated out global footer across www.shu.edu pages to include the new link. We’ve also elected to move around those icons, and switch out our Pinterest icon for a link to our LinkedIn university page.
In an ongoing effort to provide the best digital communications support, our teams have been working to update and create new web, creative and marketing “planners” for the University Community. These planners provide an easy way to make marketing and creative requests as well as submit new digital communications for the Seton Hall website, email distribution, portals and social media channels.
Many of the older PDF forms are now replaced with updated Formstack forms. Here is the full list of available planners:
*Under development review and testing. Feedback welcome.
Most of these forms initiate a workflow in campus ticketing systems — you will receive a confirmation e-mail when requests are received by these systems, and/or direct communication from campus support teams as requests are processed. Updates to this list will be made available on the Web, Creative and Marketing Planners page.
Beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, University Libraries has elected to transition from the University standard content management system CommonSpot to Springshare’s Libguides CMS to help provide useful resources to help patrons focus their library research.
Dr. John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries reflected:
“While of course we hope we have accomplished a clean, intuitive and useful research tool for our community, there is always room for improvement. We will seek to shape the web page – and other tools we offer – through reaching out to and listening in a systematic way to those that use them. Sometime later this Fall semester, we will begin the process of seeking that input and shaping our responses around it in order to have a more iterative and responsive process that meets the needs of Seton Hall. Meanwhile, I wanted to announce the changes we made and give some direction of where we will be heading. I of course am happy to answer any of your questions about this or the Libraries as well!”
At the beginning of the month, a record number of parents, students, alumni and friends of Seton Hall came together to celebrate our community at Seton Hall University Weekend. From outdoor performances, arts and crafts, rides, and carnival games to theatre performances, campus tours and sporting events, there was something for everyone to enjoy. At this event, we also kicked off True Blue, a program that recognizes alumni who love Seton Hall and are active and engaged with the University each year.
This week we brought down the shu.edu site promotion, which had changed three times and reflected all the stages of preparation, celebration and post-event communications this year. Aside from web promotions, our social media accounts were the hub for user generated content as well as video coverage of the weekend and the True Blue launch. #SHUWeekend and #SHUTrueBlue were the staples of these campaigns, featuring hundreds of community based tweets, photos and videos that we’re still sharing now.
My thanks to everyone on our web teams and groups who posted, reposted and shared everything about this exciting event. Aside from our regular social network and web promotions both paid and shared, nothing is more awesome than our grassroots campaigns and the content our communitiy gives back. Here’s some hightlights:
Looking to join the conversation with fellow prospective students, classmates and alumni from your Seton Hall college or school on Facebook? They’re all here, and most are updated weekly by the campus community. Support your school connect with other pirates today — like your page and share!
Students can now subscribe to receive a weekly text message from the Student Activities Board (SAB). This project is a collaboration between SAB and TLTC that ads another way for students to learn about the dynamic events being planned for them. In previous SAB satisfaction surveys, some students complained that they weren’t aware of the on-campus events, off-campus trips, and involvement opportunities that SAB had to offer. It is our hope that this new initiative will address that concern.
SAB sent its first official text on August 14th with an announcement of the upcoming concert: Fall Fest 2013 featuring Karmin. Subscribers were the first to learn about the event and who was the headlining performer.
Why should you subscribe?
• Students- SAB events are paid for by your Student Activities Fee. This is a great way to be aware of what is going on throughout the year.
• Faculty/Staff/Administrators- The texting service is a great way to stay in the loop of involvement opportunities, outside the classroom. Our hope, is that by increasing awareness of our events, we will increase the engagement of our students.
How do you subscribe?
• Simply text SHUSAB to 990-00 (normal text message fees apply)
How often will I receive a text?
• SAB is planning on sending a weekly text. There may be occasional special announcements or updates.
• The average person in 2012 checks their cell phone 100-150 times per day.
• In a recent study of college students, 90% said they had their phone within arm length 24/7
• 97% of all text messages sent are read by the recipients
Please share and don’t forget to text SHUSAB to 990-00!
Now that we’ve moved CommonSpot into the cloud, a few people have experienced issues signing in due to their local browsers remembering the older links we used to author and edit. This is a cookie problem, where the link prefixes have changed even through the domain is consistent. An error message will look similar to this screenshot, suggesting you’re working on a page in another session.
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