July 2011 will see several important changes in Hampden-Sydney’s web presence.
The Homepage has a new look. The design is simpler and places an emphasis on videos. The new Website design was launched a year ago and was well received. We have made minor improvements in response to user comments and suggestions. Prior to last year’s redesign, the look of the Website had not been substantially altered in seven years – much too long. The Website is now on an every-three-year redesign schedule.
The over 6000 alumni, parents, and friends of the College who receive Tiger Headlines will see a significant redesign introduced in mid-July. Tiger Headlines is a constituent e-mail, sent twice a month during the academic year and monthly during the summer, which calls the attention of recipients to upcoming events and reports on happenings on campus. The new design will be more colorful and graphically pleasing and provide a brief introduction to featured stories. All constituents for whom the College has e-mail addresses are sent Tiger Headlines unless they unsubscribe.
Before August there will be a significant change in regard to The Network. The Network was created in 2008 to provide a private on-line community for Hampden-Sydney alumni through yourmembership.com. It also provides the College with secure membership and event management capabilities. When The Network was created, it did not entirely supplant the alumni section of the Website. This dual approach to providing information and services to our alumni has resulted in some confusion. The Network will be renamed the Alumni Association section of the website and linked from the College homepage. The features that alumni have come to use and like will remain. All Alumni content will be maintained or linked at alumni.hsc.edu in a consistent design.
A new mobile site, m.hsc.edu, will launch in August. It will provide News, Events, Athletics, Maps, Directions, Food, Social Media, About, Contact, and links all optimized for mobile devices.
Constituent input is always important. If you have comments about the Website, Tiger Headlines, The Network, or a mobile site, please comment here.