HighEdWeb Assocation October 10-13, 2010

Session Details


Introduction to Higher Education and the Web

Hall of Mirrors, 3rd Floor


For those of you who are new Web professionals or are new to the higher education environment, we invite you to learn, share, and interact with other such  Web professionals. This free, pre-conference workshop is available as an introduction or refresher. It will be a fun, fast-paced session covering a wide range of topics. There’s nothing you’ll need to know, and there won’t be any tests!  Whether you know a little about topics like design and graphics, applications and development, hardware and databases, content management and social media, or need a short introduction to each, this is the place to come. We’ll even cover items outside of the Web field like enrollment management, alumni and giving, academic affairs, and more so that each attendee has a wide understanding of structures and goals. For managers of Web departments, this session would serve as a great introduction to any new employees and a very worthwhile first step to provide for your new staff. Presenters will be from a variety of colleges and universities and are supporters of the Association of Higher Education Web Professionals. This session will open up an understanding for these staff members to help provide a strong footing for the remainder of the conference.


Kevin Lavelle
Coordinator for Web Services, Xavier University

After graduating from Xavier University in 2002, Kevin began working at the university as an admission counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. In addition to recruiting and counseling prospective students, Kevin's responsibilities included e-communication, the admission website, the ambassador program, and overnight visit program. Working with the Office of Web Services, he served as the admission point-person in the development of the "Road to Xavier" website, an interactive website for admitted students. The "Road to Xavier" was named "Best University Website" of 2006 by the Web Marketing Association. In 2009 the Web Services team received the Grand Gold Award from CASE for the "Road to Xavier" as a top University website.

Jim Nilson
Director of Web Communications, Northern Kentucky University

Jim is Director of Web Communications at Northern Kentucky University.

Donna Hamilton
Ass’t. Vice President, Web Communications, University of Cincinnati

Donna manages the Web presence, policies, and initiatives of the University of Cincinnati, including supporting UC's branding program and implementing university-wide marketing campaigns on and through the Web. Donna joined UC eight years ago and has 18 years' experience in higher education.

Patti Fantaske
IT Specialist, Information Technology Services, Penn State University

Patti joined Penn State in 1997 as the coordinator of a marketing program to correspond with a national PSA advertising campaign. In 2003, she joined Information Technology Services where she maintains websites, plans events for Web developers, and chairs the annual Penn State Web Conference. Prior to her time at Penn State, she worked in the fields of volunteer management, elementary education, accounting, and personnel management.