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.

2016 Regional Conference Call for Proposals Now Open

ashley-speakerThe HighEdWeb Association will provide up to four grants to teams in different regions of the country who respond to our request for regional conference proposals (RFP). These grants will constitute the funding and resources to hold 2016 HighEdWeb Regional Conferences.

To complement the association’s grant funding, HighEdWeb will also provide:

  • a planning calendar
  • branding and naming guidance
  • tips on how to gain local sponsorship
  • templates for the conference program
  • templates and instructions on maintaining the conference website
  • a list of Association support contacts

Proposal submissions

Here’s an idea about what kinds of questions will be asked on the RFP:

  • Name of chairperson
  • Roles and names of other committee members. For example, each regional conference needs individuals to handle financial matters, marketing and communication, technical matters, and logistics.
  • First and second choices for regional date
  • First and second choices for regional location
  • Essay (less than or equal to 500 words): Why a regional should be held in our area.

Aaron-listeningIn addition to these questions, there will be a list of requirements for participation in the regional grant process. These requirements help the Association set the appropriate numbers of attendees, presentations, and expenditures for the event.

We will take proposals until Sept. 9, 2015, and then the Regional Support Committee will evaluate them. We’ll announce the locations of the regionals at the annual conference in Milwaukee, and conferences will be held during the first and second quarters of 2016.

Submit a proposal

Questions? Contact regionals@highedweb.org.

 

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.

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.

Want to Host a HighEdWeb Regional?

HighEdWeb 2014 Regional New EnglandThe Higher Education Web Professionals Association will provide up to five grants to teams in different regions of the country who respond to our request for regional conference proposals (RFP). These grants will constitute the funding and resources to hold 2015 HighEdWeb Regional Conferences.

To complement the association’s grant funding, HighEdWeb will also provide:

  • a planning calendar
  • branding and naming guidance
  • tips on how to gain local sponsorship
  • templates for the conference program
  • templates and instructions on maintaining the conference website
  • a list of Association support contacts

HighEdWeb 2014 Regional MichiganSubmit a proposal

We will take proposals until Thanksgiving (November 27, 2014), and then the Regional Support Committee will take a look at them over the Christmas break. We’ll announce the locations of the regionals in January 2015, and conferences will be held during the first and second quarters of 2015.

Request for Proposal document