Memorial’s Web site (www.mun.ca)
will get a whole new look in the weeks to come but the changes
go well beyond the choice of colours and the design of the
In 2003, a team from University Relations and Computing and
Communications, sponsored by the Web Implementation Committee,
launched a major initiative to redevelop the university’s
main administrative Web pages.
The redesigned site includes 120 new pages of content written
specifically for the Web. The front page will allow Memorial
to highlight feature stories and photos about new developments
taking place at the university.
“We wanted the new site to have a distinctive look and
identity, with consistency throughout the site,” said
Paul Whittle, Web manager, University Relations.
Major administrative and academic departments, including Research,
Alumni Affairs and Development, and Student Recruitment, have
opted to apply the new look to their pages. Other departments
and faculties can adopt some or all of the design elements.
The new cohesive look helps Memorial’s new associate
director of marketing, Sandy Mercer, in her efforts to develop
and promote the university’s “brand.”
“Memorial has its own unique selling points –
the features that makes us appealing to potential students
or faculty members,” said Ms. Mercer. “The new
Web site does a great job of highlighting those strengths
and creating a positive and lasting impression of Memorial.”
A major feature of the site is its Content Management System,
developed by CCWebworks.
“The system makes it easier for people at Memorial to
make changes to their individual pages, ensuring that the
content on our site is always current and accurate,”
said Mr. Whittle.
“But the system also allows us to change the look of
all the pages at once, which will be a great help when we
decide to redesign the site in the future,” said Rohan
Sooklal, supervisor of CCWebworks.
Mr. Whittle will present the new design on April 29 at Memorial’s
Web Days event. The redesign team will send out announcements
to the university community to advise people of the official
launch date for the new www.mun.ca.