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LCSC Building New Web Presence: New Web Site Has Usability, Appeal
Visitors to the Lewis-Clark State College web site will see lots of changes. Aside from
a new look, the site's top pages are sporting new subject matter, navigational tools and a
better search engine.
The new pages arise from the college's renewed focus on being effective and attentive to
the needs of its constituents, and were an important objective for President Dene Thomas.
Since assuming the presidency in August, Thomas has been committed to improving and
increasing information exchange on campus. She supported the changes in keeping with the
energy and momentum being generated on campus overall.
The new pages have a different look and feel without being complicated. Users do not need
the very latest PC or browser, or any plug-ins to access the site. One of the first things
surfers will notice is a common header and footer, and standard navigational tools for
In addition to the more consistent appearance, users will be able get around more easily.
On the main page, there is a new alphabetical index pop-up window and "Quick
Links" button that allows quick access to other areas of the site. College news and
events will also be featured on, or directly accessible from the front page.
Currently, changes in the college web site are apparent on the "top" pages. LC's
Webmaster, Karla McCann will continue working with faculty and staff to change other
division/program pages over to the new format. McCann will also be working with department
personnel assigned to maintain the pages.
A number of options are being explored to make the calendar of campus events more complete
and useful. Everyone associated with a program's web page will be asked to think in terms
of how their activities might be connected with those of other programs or organizations,
in addition to the logic of navigating their pages.
Addressing intranet needs is also on tap. As with the calendar, options for internal
information sharing and access are being explored. Of the new format, McCann said,
"It's a new world, a new slate. It's not the last word, or the law written in stone;
but it's a good start toward a new presentation of LCSC on the web." President Thomas
agreed: "We needed some changes and this is a great place to start. Where we go from
here will be up to us."
The Lewis-Clark State home page is located at www.lcsc.edu.