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Arkansas Regional Conference Wrap


Aaron Baker, web services coordinator for UALR, brought home the coveted red stapler from this weekend’s Arkansas Higher Education Web Conference (AHEWC) regional gathering. Baker’s presentation on Google Analytics was ranked tops by those in attendance.

Deep in the heart of the Natural State, about 80 geeks – most of them employed in higher education – gathered to hear from subject matter experts on a variety of topics, from content generation to Section 508 compliance. A list of the topics covered is on the AHEWC site.

And though those in attendance may not have noticed, the sudden change in presenter demanded that the committee scramble to cover the planned session on HTML 5.

“It’s kind of difficult to find someone to speak on that topic with a day’s notice,” said conference chair Shelley Keith. “So we decided to have a panel discussion about budget issues and the impact that they can have on what a web office can – and should – produce. All our presenters were wonderful to contribute to the panel discussion, and it was one of our favorite sessions.”

Pre-conference events included a trip to Dickey-Stephens Park to see the Arkansas Travelers take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and a stop in at Creegan’s Irish Pub across the street from the ballpark. For a post-conference gathering, attendees visited Little Rock’s Rumba and enjoyed a buffet of Cuban foods.

“We certainly could not have had this type of meeting without the help of our sponsors, CustomXM, Pleth, the Arkanas Department of Information Systems, and the UALR Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology,” Keith said. She also credited committee members Aaron Baker, Brent Passmore, Carrie Phillips, Daniel Spillers, and Aaron Street for their help as well as the national High Ed Wed Association for its support.

One sponsorship for a $1500 scholarship to HighEdWeb 2010 in Cincinnati, from the UALR Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology, was awarded to LaWarn Rodgers from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

“This event is incredibly important, both in terms of networking and continuing education opportunities for members of the higher education web community,” said Keith. “Not only are we able to commiserate with one another about shared difficulties, we are able to connect and find ways to help one another solve problems in common. That makes all the work on this event worth it.”

The AHEWC flickr feed is at http://www.flickr.com/groups/hewebar/pool/with/4825226615/, and archived videos of the presentations are at http://www.ustream.tv/user/ahewc.

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About Tonya Oaks Smith

Tonya Oaks Smith (@marleysmom) is the co-chair of the organizing committee for the #hewebar regional conference and is the director of communications at UALR Bowen School of Law.

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One Response to Arkansas Regional Conference Wrap

  1. I just wanted to say that our presenters, sponsors, and attendees couldn’t have been any better. We had a great group to work with this year and it was really you guys who made the event such a success. I’m so proud of what we accomplished here. Good job everyone.