Mason Web to Debut New Look, Format

Posted: May 21, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

Come Monday morning, May 25, will have a whole new look and feel.

Re-designed by the Web Communications staff in University Relations, the web site will be geared to external audiences looking for more information about the university and wanting to get to know its “personality.”

It should be easy to see.

The new design is image-oriented, with feature photos, news photos, videos and a block of campus snapshots.

“The new home page is modern, dynamic and constantly changing, so now it accurately conveys the unique spirit that makes George Mason University a special place,” says Christine LaPaille, vice president for University Relations.

“I am very excited the design includes many new destinations for news and information, and for telling the stories of the wonderful accomplishments of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Web Communications team did a great job.”

Although there will be news stories (“Campus Buzz”) on the home page, the Mason Gazette will move “inside” and will be available through a link on the faculty and staff page.

The Gazette will provide all the news available on Mason’s home page and will also include news of interest to faculty and staff. The Gazette news will be presented in an interactive format to encourage feedback and comment.

The popular Mason in the News feature will be available on the home page and in the Gazette, and it will be updated frequently, with links to the original news site where possible.

Several brand-new “second-level” pages will make their debut as well.

  • “Research at Mason” will highlight some of the Mason faculty’s outstanding research efforts.

  • “Mason Nation” will focus on all the things that go into making life at the university so exciting.
  • “Making a Difference” will take a look at people at Mason who are contributing to the community — locally and globally — in many different ways.

In addition to Web Communications staff, the staffs in Creative Services and Media and Public Relations also contributed content to the new pages and will be responsible for updating content for the site.

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