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 Tuesday, March 24, 2009 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

IN THE SPOTLIGHT


Make an engagment with the new Events Calendar
University Communications

Whether going to sporting events, concerts, or fine art exhibits, one of the big advantages of a university town is the ability to engage in university culture. In mid-January, University Communications soft-launched a new central calendar for university events, providing an exciting way for audiences to view all of the wonderful lectures, concerts and performances associated with the University of Colorado at Boulder. The new calendar provides easy access to a wealth of information about events.

“Over the years we’ve received a lot of input about how people want to interact with the events information generated on this campus,” said Erin Frazier, community relations manager and the Events Calendar project leader. “They want to be able to subscribe to email lists, they want to receive reminders and easily navigate to their areas of interest. We took that feedback and have given our community all of those features and more.” Frazier adds that campus organizations hosting events also want a simple way to promote their programming. “Calendar users now have the ability to add their event to a single system and have that information pushed out to a number of places, including the CU-Boulder homepage and our Facebook page,” she said.

Campus programmers also have the ability to take information entered into the Events Calendar and include it on their own websites. The College of Music, one of the launch partners for the calendar, fully integrates their event feed into their school’s website. “We’re excited about the extra tools the calendar provides to reach out to our audiences,” said Laima Gaigalas, marketing and public relations manager for the College of Music and CU Presents. “The Events Calendar already sends more than 160 visitors per month to the CU Presents website and that number keeps increasing.”

Some of the new features in this 2.0 version of the Events Calendar include the ability to send yourself text message reminders about events, add performances to your personal calendar or send recommendation emails to friends or colleagues. Users can tailor a custom view of the calendar by selecting all of their categories of interest and choosing to subscribe to the view. Subscribing will allow the user to receive automatic email notifications each time an event is added or modified to the categories and subcategories they have selected.

An Events Calendar Orientation Brown Bag will be held on Tuesday, March 31 at the UMC in room 415. This session is designed to give student organizations and campus departments an opportunity to see calendar features demonstrated firsthand, as well as train users on how to use the online event submission interface. Register for the session via the new Events Calendar website.

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