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.

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!

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.


Less than two weeks left to submit your HighEdWeb 2014 proposal

Speaker gives HighEdWeb 2013 conference presentation.The clock is ticking…

Less than two weeks remain for you to submit your HighEdWeb 2014 proposals for both the 45-minute conference presentations and the poster session. The online submission system will close at midnight April 4.

We accept proposals for presentations covering a broad range of topics related to higher education and the web — from accessibility to programming to design to marketing, and more. Review last year’s conference schedule for presentation examples.

Don’t delay; submit today!

Get registration-ready

Mark your calendars – HighEdWeb registration will open April 1! 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.

And don’t forget: While you’re in Portland, you can also register to attend one of our professional Academies Oct. 18-19. There are three in-depth programs from which you can choose: Leadership, Integrated Marketing and Technology. Academy registration opens April 1.

HighEdWeb Regionals – Coming to a city near you!

Can’t wait for October? A HighEdWeb Regional is coming to city near you this spring and summer:

Submit your proposals today – we can’t wait to read them!

Get your HighEdWeb 2014 presentation proposal ready for Feb. 17

HighEdWeb2014 badgeSharpen your pencils and dust off your thinking caps. It’s almost HighEdWeb presentation proposal submission time! All presentation proposals can be submitted online (no No. 2 pencil required) for HighEdWeb 2014 beginning on Feb. 17.

Let the brainstorming begin!

HighEdWeb is nationally recognized as an outstanding conference due in large part to the great, innovative presentations it offers – presentations given by you and other outstanding higher education Web professionals.

So, round up your coworkers and get to brainstorming on what you can share this year! We encourage presentations in multiple formats and covering a wide range of topics related to the Web and higher education, including:

  • Accessibility
  • Apps
  • Coding
  • Content strategy
  • Mobile
  • Marketing
  • Online education
  • Professional development
  • Programming
  • Social media strategy
  • Technology in education
  • Usability
  • Web design

Track session vs. poster session

HighEdWeb offers several ways for you to be involved as a presenter (and to begin your quest for the elusive best-of-track Red Stapler Award):

  • Track sessions at HighEdWeb are 45-minute presentations organized into six themed tracks.
  • Presenting in our poster session gives you the opportunity to visually share a project, application, service or tool simultaneously with other presenters.

All presenters at HighEdWeb gain recognition, build their CV/resume and earn a discount off conference registration. View the HighEdWeb 2013 schedule for presentation examples.

Meet us in Portland

Mark your calendars and plan to join us in Portland, OR, Oct. 19-22 for HighEdWeb 2014, the conference designed by and for all higher education Web professionals – from programmers to marketers to designers to all team members in between – who want to explore the unique Web issues facing colleges and universities.

Call for 2014 Regional Conferences

It’s intense. It’s rewarding. It’s hosting a 2014 HighEdWeb Regional Conference. And we want you to find out how great it is firsthand:

Submit a proposal by April 30 to host a Spring 2014 regional conference in your area. The 2014 regional conference schedule will be announced at the HighEdweb annual conference this October.

“Planning a regional event, while work-intensive, gives both planning committee members and conference attendees an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on our community and the field of higher education,” said Steve Lewis, Higher Education Web Professionals Association board member. Regional conference committee members also gain the opportunity to network with peers and interact with presenters, to present ideas to the larger community, and to engage in quality professional development at a reasonable cost.

A limited number of regional conferences will be approved. The location and number of each will be based on the strategic goals established by the governing board of HighEdWeb, and will be decided by factors including:

  • Location in relation to other proposed regionals.
  • Location in relation to the 2014 annual conference in Portland, OR.
  • Proposed committee and staffing.
  • Regional institutions and host facility.
  • Success of past conferences in the area, if applicable.

Please note that all potential regional conference hosts must submit a proposal each year, regardless of past history or experience of hosting a HighEdWeb conference. As well, if there are multiple applications from a given geographic region, only one will be approved and other applicants will be encouraged to work with the approved regional committee.

Submit your 2014 regional conference proposal via our online application, see our website for more information, or contact Tonya Oaks Smith, HighEdWeb regionals conference chairperson, at tosmith@ualr.edu or @marleysmom.