Welcome Callie!

Web Comm  team is thrilled to have Callie Zilk on board as our new writer/editor. We’re excited about her webby predilections and her journalism background. With a degree in journalism from Mizzou’s storied program, and stints at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Southern Poverty Law Center, she bring great experience to our group. She’s relocated […]

Gratuitous Animated Beaver Gifs Post

We’ve been having some fun with Benny lately, he’s shown up in some of our recent projects. He made his animated gif debut in a project for the Office of Admissions, appeared on a holiday card and recently came out the beaver den to wish everyone psychedelic Valentine’s day wishes.

What is a User Experience Specialist?

So whenever I am in a meeting and we do the typical lets all introduce ourselves spiel. I inevitably get asked what I actually do or get the typical confused/intrigued facial expressions. I guess I should preface this by saying my official title is User Experience Specialist. Most of the time I give a fairly […]

Teenagers and Web Usability

I was recently sent an interesting article. It was a study done by the Nielsen Norman Group on Teenagers and how they use the web. It contrasts this study with others done on different age groups. If you are interested in the subject I encourage you to read the full article. I will be honest it […]

State-focused recruiting pages

We recently partnered with the Admissions Office at OSU to update some Web materials for state-by-state recruiting efforts. By building a custom experience for prospective students from individual states, we hope to personalize the digital admissions process, showing what it’s like to come to campus and give them state-specific information. The sites are simple, small […]

Accessibility on our minds

During a recent Educause session on website accessibility, Oregon State University ranked 5th out of 135 universities. We’ve moved up from the middle of the pack, and this is certainly a sign that we’re heading it the right direction. Having a committed and knowledgable team at Disability Access Services and the Office of […]

Jimmy Johns

I recently had Jimmy Johns for lunch. If you aren’t familiar with the franchise I will try to sum them up really quick. They are a sandwich shop and their competitive advantage is that they are fast, really fast. Most of the time, when you walk in and order, your sandwich is ready by the time you […]

Changes, changes

We’re sorry that we’re losing two of our amazing staff members this fall. Carol Andrews, after more than twenty years at OSU, a time that included building the university’s first websites from scratch, retired as of September 1st.  The great news is that she’s still sticking around part-time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we’ll continue […]