National Victory! The 200th Rivalry Program Earns Top CoSIDA Award

It may not be college basketball season, but here in the Division of Public Affairs and Marketing, we are celebrating a special kind of hoops-related victory. 

“The Rivalry” — the highly anticipated showdown on the court between Hope College and Calvin College (now Calvin University) — has been called one of the best in the country by ESPN. And last month, a special game-day program for the 200th Rivalry earned an especially fitting honor: Best in the Nation

In June, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) awarded Hope College first place for “Special Event Program – College Division” as part of its 2018-19 Publications & Design Contests. CoSIDA’s “College Division” includes all non-NCAA Division I schools, including NCAA Division III, NCAA Division II, NAIA and National Junior College Athletic Association.

It all started last year, when members of the Public Affairs and Marketing team pitched an idea: to create a unique piece commemorating the milestone match-up between the Hope and Calvin men’s basketball teams, taking place Feb. 2, 2019 at Hope’s DeVos Fieldhouse. The idea turned into a reality, resulting in a sharp 24-page piece that perfectly captured the high caliber of the competition. 

Kudos to the following members of the Hope College Public Affairs and Marketing team, whose collaboration yielded the award-winning program:

  • Eva Dean Folkert, director of communication services, served as the managing editor and writer. 
  • Alan Babbitt, sports information director, was a contributing writer and photographer.
  • Paul Willard, graphic designer, designed the program layout and provided illustrations.

Other contributors to the program were: Rebecca Robrahn, director of creative services, who oversaw the design process to completion; writer and photographer Tom Renner, retired associate vice president for public and community relations at Hope College; writer Jeff Febus, Calvin’s sports information coordinator; writers Dr. Chad Carlson, associate professor of kinesiology at Hope, and Dr. Brian Bolt, professor of kinesiology at Calvin; and freelance photographers Steven Herppich, Jon Lundstrom, Rob Kurtycz and Dan Vos.

I am so proud to work with such a creative, talented colleagues. Congratulations to everyone who helped earn this well-deserved victory!   Hope and Calvin have been playing each other in men’s basketball since 1920. After 201 games, the two teams are separated by just five wins and 98 points. Check out the 2019-20 Rivalry schedule!

Using Featured Person Components in OU Campus

Assets and snippets are two types of reusable content we use on our websites. If you already find the difference confusing, hang tight because we’re making a third type of reusable content available to everyone. We really do think you’ll like it because it will truly make your work easier.

Components will allow you to generate specific types of content using a form entry field instead of building the content on the page.

Craig has been hard at work building a selection of components for you to use, but I’m going to focus here on the Featured Person component (formerly the Featured Person snippet) — not only because it will show you how to use that particular component but because it should give you a good idea on how to use the other components, too.

As a reminder, this is what the Featured Person content block looks like:

We initially created this to mimic a faculty/staff listing, but people have been repurposing it for other types of content, and the results have been mixed. Additionally, behind the scenes is a clumsy table transformation that requires users to use some basic html. It looks like this:

It’s not the most complicated thing ever, but it’s also something of a pain. Which is where components come in.

Here’s the new process for adding a featured person content block:

In the Main Content region of your page, put the cursor where you want the component to appear, then hit the Component button in your WYSIWYG toolbar. It’s next to the snippet and asset buttons, and it looks like this:

Then, select Featured Person from the list of available components and hit Insert:

A form will appear, so you can fill out each field with the name, title, link, etc. Notice that there are some new options, including a choice of photo layout and an optional button. If you want to replicate the original featured person card, just select the first photo option: “Full Height + Left”. Here’s what my component form looks like:

And you don’t need to know any html because it has a handy text editor built right into the component:

When you’re done, hit save! Your new component will look like this in the editable region:

To edit your component, just click anywhere in the blue pill, select the pencil icon, and make the changes you need:

Here’s what the finished product looks like with no button and with the photo set to “Full Height + Left”:

You’ll notice that it looks almost exactly like the previous way of building it as a snippet. The only difference is that it’s a whole lot easier to use!

Finally, here’s what it looks like with the button and the photo set to “Full Height + Right”:

Note that we only recommend the Inset photo option for relatively long content — longer, at least, than these faculty or staff listings. That format will work best for lengthy paragraph-style content.

There you have it! Feel free to play around with the other components. As usual, if you have any questions or run into trouble as you try the components, just let me know!

OU Campus and HTTPS

Today we made a change to the account settings of OU Campus, our site-wide CMS, which will always serve up pages in our OU Campus account over HTTPS. What that means for our OU Campus web content editors is they will notice a fully secure url and browser experience when they login to OU Campus from now on. This is a CMS setting and does not affect our live website.

The entire hope.edu website (and all of our web properties) already are served over HTTPS via SSL and have been since CIT made several upgrades and implemented a new web server in 2017.

We LOVE our Hope College community!

We LOVE our Hope College community — It is true.
So we made these Hope valentines just for you.

Print this PDF and cut them out,
or share some online and give your loved ones a shout.

Orange you glad you love Hope too?
If so, tag your posts #ILoveHope, wooden shoe?

Happy Valentine’s Day to the Orange and Blue!

Go Hope Card I hope you'll be mine card I'm your #1 fan card #1 fan card Orange you glad you're mine card

Weather-Related Announcements (Or, Where To Find Information When You’re Hoping For A Snow Day)

Well, winter weather is upon us — and whether you’re elated or heartbroken by today’s snowflakes, it’s a good time to review Hope’s process for making weather-related decisions and announcements.

A decision to close campus offices and cancel classes is typically announced prior to 6:30 a.m. In the *rare* event that offices are closed and classes are cancelled, you can find the announcement in the following places:

  • Hope website: The announcement will be posted on hope.edu/alert and InHope.
  • Media: The announcement will be shared with local media, including WTHS radio and WOOD, WZZM and WWMT television stations.
  • Text alert: The announcement will be issued via the HOPE ALERT emergency text messaging system. Please take a few minutes to verify that your emergency contact information is current by doing the following:
    > Go to hope.edu.
    > Select “Personal Information.”
    > Select “Update Emergency Contacts.” Your name (Relationship: Self) and cell phone number 
entered as an Emergency Contact will register you to receive HOPE ALERT messages.

When weather-related closures/cancellations occur, essential personnel (Campus Safety staff, plow drivers, etc.) are expected to report if at all possible. If unsure whether you are expected to report, please contact your supervisor directly.

For those crews that report to work between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., please use good judgment in determining whether it is safe for you to travel in for work. Notify your supervisor of your situation and stay alert for later announcements.

Bundle up, stay warm and enjoy the Michigan winter!

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Update on the Hope Blog Network

We’re excited to share a few things in the works for Hope blogs. As we continue our work with compliance and web accessibility, we’ll soon introduce a revised design and other enhancements to the entire Hope College Blog Network. Although this is not a full redesign, it will include a new color palette and other style elements that emphasize better contrast and legibility.

We’ve also added a new custom byline for posts that include the author and date and appears between the post title and body. To customize the name of the author, use the custom field “custom_byline.”

The design improvements will be rolled out this week, so let us know if you notice anything that doesn’t seem quite right, and we’ll look into it right away. You can report problems to the Web Communications team at web@hope.edu.

Additionally, the update will include a brand-new blogs.hope.edu homepage, which will feature highlighted blog posts and an easier way to navigate the blog directory.

Finally for our blog admins, in either mid-December 2018 or early January 2019, we plan to host a lunch-and-learn about the Hope blog network. We’ll discuss these new changes, provide insights about WordPress features and engaging blog page design, and just give admins an opportunity to share ideas with each other and us. We’ve not done this in a while so it will be a great time to come together as blog administrators.

Let us know what you think of the updated theme!

A mock-up of the updated Hope College Blog Network theme
A mock-up of the updated Hope College Blog Network theme

Tips for Campus-Wide Communication

As the semester is underway, we thought we would share some helpful information and suggestions about campus-wide communication. Let us know if you have questions or if we can be helpful in any way!

Campusmail

WHAT IS CAMPUSMAIL?

  • Campusmail is the Hope College moderated system for sending email messages to large sections of the campus community (e.g., all faculty, all employees, all students).
  • If you have an event or information that is useful to the greater Hope community, you may send a Campusmail. The message must be Hope-related and originate from a faculty or staff Hope email address.
  • Campusmails are distributed three times per weekday by Public Affairs and Marketing.

HOW TO SEND A CAMPUSMAIL

  • From your faculty or staff Hope email account, send your message to campusmail@hope.edu.
  • Include a helpful subject line and your intended recipients (e.g., all employees, only faculty, etc.). Also include a CAMPUSMAIL DISTRIBUTION header.

To:  campusmail@hope.edu
Subject: Join us for Special Event on 10/1

(Send to all Faculty)

CAMPUSMAIL DISTRIBUTION (from Jane Doe)

You are invited to a Special Event on 10/1….

NOTES ABOUT CAMPUSMAIL

  • Attachments and images are not permitted due to technical limitations with Campusmail. Instead, add your information to Google Drive and include a link in your email.
  • Using an email platform like MailChimp or Constant Contact to draft your email and then sending a single message to Campusmail for distribution violates those companies’ terms of service.
  • Regular messages to students or specific targeted groups of students (e.g., all Philosophy majors) are handled through the Studentmail system (studentmail@hope.edu), coordinated by the Office of the Registrar.

inHope

  • inHope is Hope College’s intranet and is only accessible to individuals who have a hope.edu email address.
  • inHope includes campus announcements, news, events, employee and student directories, Marketplace and links to common campus resources and services.
  • To submit an inHope announcement, complete the announcement form and determine how long you want your announcement to stay active.

Calendar

  • The Hope College Calendar is a publicly accessible master list of events. Events on the calendar also appear on inHope, department websites, and digital signage.
  • To post your event on the calendar:
    • Make your campus room reservation through EMS.
    • Select ‘Yes’ to display this event on the Hope College public calendar.
    • Include descriptive text in the “Event Details” section of the room reservation.
    • Approved events typically appear on the campus calendar in 1–2 business days.
  • List all of your department events on the calendar, even if attendance is not open to the public. If your event is invite-only, do not post your event.
  • Promote your event by emailing more information and/or a custom photo to calendar@hope.edu.
  • For assistance with room reservations, contact the Events and Conferences Office (events@hope.edu, 616.395.7222).

Please send any questions about Campusmail, inHope and the Calendar to Public Affairs and Marketing (marketing@hope.edu, 616.395.7860).

Web Accessibility Training video and presentation materials

Thank you to those of you who were able to join us for our Web Accessibility Training session in August! For those of you who were unable to attend or would like a refresher, below are links to a video of the presentation as well as the presentation materials.

Thank you for your support in making the Hope College website accessible to all of our visitors! Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

Accessibility Updates Coming to hope.edu

You may be aware of the ongoing efforts to address website accessibility as it pertains to the Hope College website (hope.edu) and our other web properties. In addition to the new Web Accessibility Policy and Web Accessibility Training recently offered, we will soon be introducing a revised design and other enhancements to the Hope website to address several issues related to color contrast and further optimizing the site to be used more effectively by screen readers and other assistive technologies.

Tip: if you notice a hope.edu webpage not loading correctly, try clearing your browser’s cache

You’ll notice these design improvements taking place in the coming days and weeks. Please note that web content editors will not be required to take additional steps to implement these updates to your department websites, as long as your site is using the new template. If you do notice something that does not seem to be functioning correctly, please let us know right away.

We always welcome your questions and feedback as we work to make the Hope website an inclusive and accessible space for all of our visitors.

The new hope.edu accessible web design
The new hope.edu accessible web design
The new Hope College Calendar design
The new Hope College Calendar design

Summer office hours sign

In celebration of our new summer office hours (Hooray! Thanks Human Resources!), we created a simple office hours sign and thought we would share it with the rest of campus! Feel free to print it and hang it outside your office as necessary.

Download the sign