Screen shot of College of Liberal Arts website http://liberalarts.oregonstate.eduAt universities or any large organization (just like in families) it’s always a challenge to treat all units, departments and groups equally. Somebody always gets the hand-me-down sweaters or their big brother’s winter coat. Our College of Liberal Arts, despite being dynamic and diverse, as well as one of our largest colleges, has been doing a great job using our standard templates, but since I’ve been here we haven’t been able to help them get to the front of the pack.

Until last week.

The CLA now has a brand new site and a new domain ( and they’ve officially got the latest and greatest. The site is in Drupal 7…only a handful of other sites are using that version. And the theme, based on our Doug Fir theme, has some nice responsive elements and a fresh new look.

There’s always a risk with being an early adopter. If you’re the first with a site, you’ll be on the front line, testing out new features. New versions are all essentially in “beta,” and there have already been a few glitches to fix. But still it’s a good feeling to have the CLA out in the lead so that, after years of patience, they can finally feel what it’s like to be the first one on the block with the new iPhone or other cool gizmo.

Also, with a brand new communicator on their staff in former Web Comm writer Celene Carillo, they’ll be in great shape for a long time to come.

Thanks to Celene with her help in launching the site, and also the team at Central Web Services, who always go above and beyond on the college projects, putting out last minute fires and crafting elegant solutions under deadlines and continuous changes.

– David

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