HighEdWeb Announces New Board Members

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors:

Photo of HighEdWeb Board member Jesse LaveryJesse Lavery
Director of Web Communications, Allegheny College
Jesse Lavery is director of web communications at Allegheny College, a national liberal arts college of 2,100 students in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Lavery’s office is responsible for the design, development, and content strategy of the Allegheny family of websites. He also chairs a cross-divisional social media team to manage the institution’s social media efforts. In addition, Lavery has served in a number of campus-wide leadership roles including current service on the campaign cabinet, admissions senior staff, communications leadership team and bicentennial committee.

Lavery is a five-time HighEdWeb conference presenter and has served on a regional conference committee in 2013.

Photo of HighEdWeb Board member Kerri HicksKerri Hicks
Web Manager, Brown University Library
A higher education web professional since 1996, Kerri Hicks is the web manager at the Brown University Library, where she leads a team responsible for web content and technical web management. She holds a master’s of library and information science from the University of Rhode Island, where she was the manager of web communications for six years, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College. Before becoming a manager, Hicks was a web programmer, accessibility consultant and journalist.

Hicks has been a presenter at the HighEdWeb annual conference and has served on the planning committee for the organization’s New England regional conferences in 2013 and 2014.

Photo of HighEdWeb Board member Glenn E. Donaldson Jr. Glenn E. Donaldson Jr.
Director of Application Architecture, The Ohio State University
Glenn E. Donaldson Jr. has 22+ years in technology/higher education, and he has been with The Ohio State University since 1994. As director, application architecture at OSU he is responsible for the establishment and adherence to the architectural practices and principles, specialty application, in the office of the chief information officer. He also serves as a leader of application architecture functions across the University, and he and his team provide leadership for integration/service-oriented architecture solutions, practices and processes. Donaldson has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems, an MBA and several industry certifications including TOGAF and ITIL.

Donaldson has served as a WebDevShare and HighEdWeb track chair/program committee member since 2002, served as a founding member of the HighEdWeb Crowd Source Summit, and he has remained actively involved in other aspects of HighEdWeb.

About the HighEdWeb Board of Directors
The HighEdWeb Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, working to create and manage policy, coordinate business issues, and manage the growth and prosperity of HighEdWeb. The Board meets monthly to discuss updates and issues, and works to lead various Association initiatives year-round.

Questions? Comments? Contact HighEdWeb President Colleen Brennan-Barry at president@highedweb.org.

HighEdWeb 2015 Early-Bird Registration Ends July 31

Today, Friday July 31, is the last day get the HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference early-bird registration discount! Conference registration will stay open until the end of August (or until we sell out), but when you register by Friday, July 31, you save $125.

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Need a reason (or 10) to head to HighEdWeb?
There are a lot of great conferences out there. And you have lots of choices for spending your professional development money. We think HighEdWeb 2015 (October 4-7 in Milwaukee, Wis.) is the right choice, for a lot of reasons:

  1. HighEdWeb is the conference created BY and FOR higher ed Web professionals. We are an all-volunteer organization, working to further our shared profession — and you can bet we really understand what’s happening right now in the higher ed Web world, and where it’s headed in the future, because we’re right there with you.
  2. Seven tracks of great content, covering topics including development and programming, marketing, content and social strategy, accessibility, educational technology, design, professional skills, and more.
  3. 70+ presentations by the best-of-the-best — great professionals, doing great work, and sharing it with you.
  4. Two world-class keynotes: our old friend @UnMarketing, Scott Stratten, AND Bill Nye (yes, THAT Bill Nye, the Science Guy!)
  5. Dozens of poster presentations at our Poster Session, affectionately called “the science fair for Web geeks.”
  6. Time with the HighEdWeb community, who are pretty fantastic and connected all year round.
  7. Food for the mind AND body, including conference meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks) and social events each night.
  8. A visit to Milwaukee, a city with a thriving river-front entertainment district, home of Harley-Davidson, great breweries, amazing art, and lots to explore.
  9. Add-on half-day workshops, helping you really maximize your learning.
  10. Technical, Integrated Marketing and Leadership Academies, held in conjunction with HighEdWeb 2015 on October 3-4.

We could keep going … and going … and going … but we hope you get the idea, and that you’ll plan to join us in October for an incredible event!

SCIENCE! HighEdWeb 2015 Welcomes Bill Nye

Scientist Bill Nye who will speak at the HighEdWeb Annual Conference on October 5, 2015.HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference’s opening keynote speaker has spent nearly a lifetime making science and technology entertaining and accessible. Combining his talents as a scientist, inventor, comedian and author, he has attracted adults and children to the wonders of scientific world. That’s right, it’s the one-and-only Bill Nye (@BillNye)! The Science Guy will speak to us Monday, Oct. 5 about science, the universe and everything in between.

Nye’s wit and enthusiasm have helped to garner 18 Emmy awards for his PBS/syndicated series “Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Nye is also the host of “Stuff Happens,” a show examining the everyday stuff of our lives, and the far-reaching effects our actions have on the planet.

An accomplished author, Nye has written five books including, “Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Big Blast of Science,” “Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Please Consider the Following–A Way Cool Set of Science Questions,” “Answers and Ideas to Ponder”, and his most recent book, “Bill Nye the Science Guy Considers the Big Blue Ocean.”

Nye received a mechanical engineering degree from Cornell University, where he studied under Carl Sagan. He joined Boeing Commercial Airline Company in Seattle, where he worked on flight control systems until his love of entertainment led to work as a stand-up comic and his eventual creation of the persona of the Science Guy.

Learn more about Bill Nye (and how you can see him at HighEdWeb 2015): http://2015.highedweb.org/nye/

HighEdWeb 2015 Welcomes (back) Scott Stratten & Alison Kramer

HighEdWeb is thrilled to welcome back our old friend, Scott Stratten (@UnMarketing) to deliver #heweb15’s closing keynote on Wednesday, October 7. And even better: he’ll be joined by Alison Kramer (@UnAlison), co-host of the UnPodcast, for a special post-keynote Q-and-A.

strattenScott Stratten is the president of Un-Marketing. He is an expert in viral, social, and authentic marketing, which he calls Un-Marketing. Formerly a music industry marketer, national sales training manager and a professor at the Sheridan College School of Business, he ran his “UnAgency” for a nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like PepsiCo, Adobe, Red Cross, Hard Rock Cafe, Cirque du Soleil, Saks Fifth Avenue, Deloitte and Fidelity Investments when they need help guiding their way through the viral/social media and relationship marketing landscape.

He now has over 175,000 people follow his daily rantings on Twitter and was named one of the top five social media influencers in the world on Forbes.com. He has written four best-selling business books, the newest being UnSelling: The New Customer Experience which was just named “Sales Book of the Year” by 1-800 CEOREAD.

kramerAlison Kramer is writer and co-creator of content at UnMarketing. She has co-written four best-selling books – UnMarketing, The Book of Business Awesome/UnAwesome, QR Codes Kill Kittens and UnSelling.

Prior to writing, she developed and ran an international maternity lingerie company called Nummies. Alison writes and speaks about social media, parenting, business and marketing. Alison is mother of a bunch of awesome minis, reluctant runner and yogi. Her current adventures also include co-hosting CBS’s premier business podcast, the UnPodcast, with her partner the wonderful Scott Stratten.

The HighEdWeb 2015 Schedule is Out!

We’re thrilled to share that the HighEdWeb 2015 Annual Conference schedule is live! http://2015.highedweb.org/schedule/

This year we’ll be gathering in Milwaukee, Wis. on October 4-7 to learn from a stellar lineup of speakers, with 70+ sessions in six tracks. There is something for everyone: programmers, strategists, developers, designers, content creators, social media managers, and everyone in between!

Session tracks include:

  • Applications, Integration and Mobile
  • Development, Programming and Architecture
  • Marketing, Content and Social Strategy
  • Management and Professional Development
  • Technology in Education
  • Usability, Accessibility and Design
  • Sponsor & Vendor-Partners

As well, we’re once again offering half-day pre- and/or post-conference workshops, with topics ranging from content management and storytelling to analytics and responsive design.  And those who want an in-depth professional development experience can take part in one of our professional Academies, to be held in Milwaukee on October 3-4 in conjunction with the Annual Conference. These two-day intensive professional development opportunities are offered in three topic areas: Integrated MarketingLeadership and Technical.

Begin plotting out your conference now: review the schedule and check out the speakers at the #heweb15 website. And if you aren’t registered yet, you can get that done, too. Let’s do this — see you in Milwaukee!

Nominate the Next HighEdWeb Board of Directors Member

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, working to create and manage policy, coordinate business issues, and manage the growth and prosperity of HighEdWeb. The Board meets monthly to discuss updates and issues, and works to lead various Association initiatives year-round.

There are several open Director spots, due to growth and natural term expiration, and so HighEdWeb is now inviting nominations.

As a Board member, one enjoys a role in shaping the future of our profession, and the opportunity to steer the vision for the Association as a representative of the membership. As well, one earns the recognition of a leadership position in a highly-regarded, internationally-acknowledged professional body.

Board Member Criteria

Our selection of new Board members is based on evaluation of the following criteria. Please know that we are looking for “best-fit” candidates: we will evaluate nominees based on their overall strengths, understanding that no one nominee may perfectly meet all of the below.

A nominee must:

  • Be an active member of the Higher Education Web Professionals Association in the Professional or Honorary Member categories, or be willing and eligible to become an active member before the time of their appointment.
  • Be currently employed in a Web-related field at a higher education institution.
  • Have volunteer experience with HighEdWeb (as a presenter, committee member, etc.).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of established Web standards, best practices and tools.
  • Look to take a leadership role in both HighEdWeb and in the Web profession as a whole.

Preferred: Have previous committee, board or advisory council experience.

Nomination Process

You may nominate yourself and supply us with the required information, or you may nominate someone else and we will contact them for their acceptance of the nomination and further details. An independent committee will review and make recommendations based on submitted nominations. Nominations will close on June 26, 2015, with notifications happening no later than August, 2015.

Nominate yourself or someone else now!

Many thanks for your interest in the Higher Education Web Professionals Association. We are proud, as always, to strive to advance Web professionals, technologies and standards in higher education, and to be members of a strong community — as always, the Association by and for higher ed Web professionals.
Questions? Contact HighEdWeb President Colleen Brennan-Barry at president@highedweb.org or Board Nominations Chair Jennifer Shurkus at jshurkus@providence.edu.

HighEdWeb Welcomes Wojciechowski to Board of Directors

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association is pleased to welcome the newest member of the HighEdWeb Board of Directors:

Photo of new Board of Directors member Tom WojciechowskiTom Wojciechowski
Director of Web Communications, Daemen College
Since 2007 Tom Wojciechowski has worked at Daemen College, where he is responsible for the strategic, creative and technical direction of the college’s website. He has 16 years of professional Web experience, including positions at Freddie Mac and HealthNow New York Inc. He has an M.S. in executive leadership and change from Daemen College, and a B.F.A. in digital arts from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Tom has served on several HighEdWeb committees, including the HighEdWeb Annual Conference committee as 2013 Conference vice chair, registration co-manager, and HighEdWeb 2015 chair.

The HighEdWeb Board of Directors is the governing body of the Association, working to create and manage policy, coordinate business issues, and manage the growth and prosperity of HighEdWeb. The Board meets monthly to discuss updates and issues, and works to lead various Association initiatives year-round.

Questions? Comments? Contact HighEdWeb President Colleen Brennan-Barry at president@highedweb.org.