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.

HighEdWeb 2014 early bird ends Thursday, July 31

The clock is ticking – only ONE day left of HighEdWeb 2014 early bird registration! Sure, we’ll keep registration open as long as there are seats available, but when you register during the early bird period (aka: by the end of tomorrow, Thursday, July 31), you save $125 off the full conference rate. So don’t delay — register now!

Dr. Moira GunnMonday Keynote: NPR’s Dr. Moira Gunn

Need a world-renowned reason to hit up #heweb14? Well, let us share this: HighEdWeb is pleased to announce that Dr. Moira Gunn (@biotechnation) will deliver the Annual Conference’s opening keynote address on Monday, October 20.

The first woman to earn a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Purdue, Dr. Gunn worked as a NASA computer scientist and engineer. Today, she educates the public about issues in science and technology on NPR’s nationally-syndicated “Tech Nation” and “BioTech Nation” radio programs – and she’ll be talking with HighEdWeb next. Hear more from Dr. Gunn via her TEDx PurdueU talk.

(And don’t forget, there’s also our Wednesday keynote with Chris Hardwick — aka @nerdist — to which to look forward, too!)

Don’t delay; register today!

Registration is filling fast, and once the conference is full, registration will close forever. Be sure to register soon to ensure your spot!

HighEdWeb 2014 early bird ends in ONE week!

July means warm days, the halfway mark of summer break, post-All Star break baseball…and just ONE week left of HighEdWeb 2014 early bird registration! July 31 is the last day to take advantage of $125 in early bird savings off regular conference registration pricing.

Registration is filling fast – we’re at about 61% of seats sold, and once the conference is full, registration will close forever, early-bird or no. Be sure to register soon to ensure your spot!

Why HighEdWeb 2014?

We know you have lots of options when it comes to how you spend your professional development dollars. We believe that HighEdWeb 2014 in Portland, Oregon, will be the best investment you can make to develop your skills.

We aim to provide you with the best value for your investment by offering:

  • Access to 70+ presentations in six different thematic session tracks, plus dozens of great posters.
  • A seat at two great keynotes, including a humorous look at all things geek and technology with @Nerdist Chris Hardwick.
  • The option to add even more to the learning by signing up for a HighEdWeb Academy and pre- and post-conference workshops.
  • Opportunities to network with the HighEdWeb community at conference meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks included!) and many networking events.

Keep Portland weird

Plus, you get to experience all of this in beautiful Portland, Oregon! Dubbed the laboratory of all things hip in North America, Portland is home to the Silicon Forest, Powell’s City of Books, the world’s first farmer’s market, breathtaking landscapes and food trucks galore.

But don’t just take our word for it. Hear more from this year’s HighEdWeb conference chair about why you should be in Portland in October:

HighEdWeb appoints new President, Executive Committee

The Higher Education Web Professionals Association (HighEdWeb) is pleased to announce its new 2014-15 Executive Committee:

President Colleen Brennan-Barry

Colleen Brennan-Barry (Monroe Community College, Rochester, N.Y.) is immediate past vice president of HighEdWeb and has served the Association in a variety of roles, including marketing and community relations chair, member of the Annual Conference committee, and HighEdWeb Rochester Regional Conference chairperson. Colleen has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2009.

Vice President Sven Aas

Sven Aas (Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass.) has served on the HighEdWeb Board of Directors since 2013. Sven has been an active member of the Annual Conference program committee, has acted as chairperson of the HighEdWeb New England Regional Conference, and serves as co-chair of the HighEdWeb technical committee.

Secretary Patti Fantaske

Patti Fantaske (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Penn.) joined the Board of Directors in 2010. Patti has held a variety of roles on the Annual Conference committee including on-site registration coordinator, and serves on the HighEdWeb membership committee.

Treasurer Dale Grady

Dale Grady (Rochester, N.Y.) is a founding member of HighEdWeb.  Dale has been a member of the Annual Conference committee, a conference presenter, has spearheaded a number of key HighEdWeb initiatives, and is a past president of the Association.

 

Immediate Past President Michael Hostad (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) will continue as a member of the Board of Directors in the role of president emeritus.

 

The Executive Committee is selected from the HighEdWeb Board of Directors, the governing body of the Association. The Board works 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. Currently the Board is engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning process for HighEdWeb and all of its properties. The HighEdWeb Board of Directors:

  • Colleen Brennan-Barry, president
  • Sven Aas, vice president
  • Patti Fantaske, secretary
  • Dale Grady, treasurer
  • Michael Hostad, president emeritus
  • Sara Clark (Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.)
  • Seth Meranda (Concordia University, Seward, Neb.)
  • Tonya Oaks Smith (Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Ark.)

HighEdWeb anticipates a call for new directors to join the Board to take place this Fall 2014.

 

HighEdWeb 2014 registration is now open!

Join me at the HighEdWeb 2014 Conference in Portland, OR, Oct. 19-22It’s official — HighEdWeb 2014 Annual Conference registration is now open! Head on over to the conference website to reserve your spot for October 19-22 in Portland, Oregon!

We recommend registering early, as spots fill up quickly. Plus, register by July 31 and you receive the #heweb14 early-bird discount — a savings of $125.

Add a workshop to your registration

And if you need another reason to register early, we have one word for you: workshops. A great lineup of pre- and post-conference workshops is now posted on the 2014 schedule and are open for registration.

Topics include:

  • Developing and Maintaining Web Content: An Idea Generating Workshop
  • Video Production
  • A Nuts-and-Bolts Introduction to Client-side Interactivity with jQuery and AJAX
  • Finding Your Way: Fixing (Conflicting) Map Data and Building an Interactive Campus Map
  • Your Website is the Next Social Medium

See a workshop you like? Add it to your registration today; space is limited!

Go in-depth with a HighEdWeb Academy

Jump start your annual conference experience by taking part in one of our professional Academies, to be held in Portland on October 18-19. HighEdWeb Academies provide interactive learning experiences in small group settings, featuring workshop-style presentations from leaders in the field.

By attending one of our in-depth Academies, you will:

  • Develop and enhance your leadership skills at the Leadership Academy
  • Design successful communication campaigns that span platforms at the Integrated Marketing Academy
  • Sharpen your technical Web skills at the Technical Academy

Space is limited, so register today!

Claim your room, too!

Our conference hotel, the Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, is now taking online reservations. You can also call 1-503-226-1611 to book your room – just ask for the HighEdWeb rate.