How to Promote Events and Announcements

Step 1: Rethink Press Releases The web changed everything about how messages reach audiences. We are no longer dependent on traditional media outlets (newspapers, television, radio, etc.) to produce and distribute information we want audiences to receive. We can do that ourselves through our own websites, social media, and newsletters. However, that does not mean […]

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UM-Flint Video Guide – #1: An Intro

Video killed the radio star, and 35 years after the Buggle’s music video debut, the “moving picture” still reigns as King of Media. YouTube alone attracts over 800 million unique visitors each month; in fact, more video is uploaded to the popular internet streaming service in a month’s time than any of the three major U.S. television networks […]

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Drupal Open Sessions, August – December 2014

Drupal open sessions will begin being offered again in mid-August. These sessions are a great resource for technical and content assistance with your website, as well as new Drupal user training. There is no need to register, and you are welcome to drop in at any time during a session (however, we ask that new […]

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Summer Drupal Help

As we move into summer, we know that schedules and demands vary. We won’t be holding regularly scheduled Open Drupal Sessions in the summer months, but a list of fall semester dates will be shared with you all in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we’re happy to help you with your websites and Drupal questions. […]

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Content and Kipple

The Failures in Our Success In the crazy rush to overhaul the University website before our contract with our previous CMS-provider expired, a lot of talk was made about content and organization. Unfortunately, that crazy rush left little time to really elaborate on or help out departments with those two things. Instead, people were given […]

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Looking for Student Voices

The UM-Flint story cannot be told without student voices. Through the Students@UM-Flint blog, the university Instagram account, and@UMFlintStudents Twitter account, students can share their own, personal UM-Flint experiences with the world. Until now, only Students@UM-Flint bloggers had access to @UMFlintStudents on Twitter or the university’s Instagram account. Now we’re excited to expand the opportunity to students all across campus. […]

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Mobile Killed the PDF Star

PDFs are a wonderful thing. These little file gems are great for sharing information. Our email inboxes are full of PDFs promoting campus events. For a period there in the new millennium, the humble PDF was a transformative way to stylishly communicate information. And then along came the mobile device revolution. Mobile killed the PDF […]

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FormAssembly Training 101 and 201

FormAssembly is an easy-to-use form creation tool that makes data collection easy, and is available to UM-Flint faculty and staff. FormAssembly forms integrate with your Drupal website and may be able to do more than you realize. To help you use FormAssembly to its potential, ITS has scheduled beginner and intermediate training sessions. Both sessions will be held […]

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Drupal Open Sessions, January-May 2014

If your New Year’s resolution included getting your unit’s website in better shape, we’re here to help! Below are the dates for Drupal open sessions which have been scheduled through May 2014. Sessions to be held in 431 French Hall: Wednesday, January 15, 2 – 4 p.m. Thursday, January 23, 1 – 3 p.m. Tuesday, […]

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Simple Changes to Make Big Improvements to Your Drupal Website

UM-Flint’s Offices of University Relations and ITS are still developing a full-fledged, fully operational Web/Drupal/Content guide. Until that’s ready, you can get some broad, foundational content strategy basics via our first iteration (of many) of a Web Content Guide. Some specific best practices have surfaced since the launch of the new, Drupal-powered umflint.edu on October 1. Reference […]

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