Redesigned Web site now easier to use

T he University Web site has a new look. Accessible (as always) at, the site has been redesigned with the assistance of Auragen Communications, Inc., to make navigation through the thousands of University pages easier.

The revision primarily affects Web pages for University-wide services and departments, as well as those for College-related functions, including student affairs and undergraduate admissions.

Many departmental pages will be redesigned for the new format over the coming weeks and months by departmental page publishers working in conjunction with Academic Technology Services, which maintains the Web server housing University and College pages. A "template" for the new design will be available for use by departments. The template means that departmental publishers won't have to start from scratch when compiling their own pages, and many features (such as "home" and search/index buttons, and graphic images) will be available to them.

Since the transition to the new Web pages coincides with start-of-semester activities, departments interested in ATS assistance beyond what's already available online will be helped as soon as ATS staff time becomes available.

The redesign project was undertaken "with considerable input from many quarters, including administrative departments, faculty, students, and members of the Web Governance Committee and Web Advisory Committee," said Robert Kraus, associate vice president for University public relations.

He noted in particular the efforts of a redesign working group, including Dale Grady, University Web technical coordinator, and Joseph Pasquarelli, assistant to the director, both of ATS; Scott Hauser, associate editor in the public relations office; and Allison Zhang, a librarian in Rush Rhees Library.

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