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Designing and building websites at the University of Wyoming

Webpage Project Designer Needed

A staff member at the Albany County Public Library needs a webpage project designer. The webpage is needed to fulfill a grant requirement and must be one webpage with tutorials, website links and other resources related to financial management. The staff member would prepare the written content. She really just wants help with designing the page. It may make a good side project for one of you. By spring break, you will have all of the HTML and CSS skills to complete this small webpage project.

It would be a paid project with a deadline of May 31.

If you’re interested, please contact me.

 

Dreamweaver Site Setup

To set up your website in Dreamweaver:

  1. Log into to GoDaddy with your username and password for the GoDaddy website
  2. Go to “Manage hosting”
  3. Locate your “IP Address”. It’s a series of 12 numbers like this: 123.234.345.456
  4. Keep this window open now and open Dreamweaver.
  5. Also, remember your hosting account username and password (this may be different than your GoDaddy log-in username and password).

In Dreamweaver:

  1. “Create New Site”
  2. Insert a “Site Name”. It doesn’t matter what you call it, just remember the name.
  3. Select a “Local Site Folder”. This is very important. This is where you will be saving all of your files LOCALLY on your computer, external hard drive, USB drive, or wherever else you are working from. You may navigate to the folder where you have already begun saving your website files for our assignments. Select that folder.
  4. Go to “Servers” in the left-side navigation. You want to add a new server.
  5. The “Server Name” is “GoDaddy”.
  6. “Connect using: FTP”
  7. Insert the IP Address that you located on the GoDaddy page. The “Port” may be 21.
  8. Insert your username and password next.
  9. Then, “test” your connection.
  10. The options “Use Passive FTP” and “Use FTP performance optimization” should be checked.
  11. Select “Save.”

Food Media, Communication and Trends – Study Abroad Course

For Students in Film, Media, Communication and Journalism

You still have a few weeks to apply to this fantastic course for students in film, media, communication and journalism. If you want to put yourself to the challenge and work as video reporter and documentary filmmaker, this is the summer course for you. Here is a short description:

Food Media, Communication and Trends (3-CREDIT) Course
Food Media, Communication and Trends is a course taught in English at GLi, Institute for Food Studies. This course focuses on the intersection between food and media, a connection that has elicited much interest in communication studies over the past few years.

Food has become a hot topic on TV, the internet and printed media. The goal of this course is to enhance the students’ competence both on the subject matter and in the practical skills necessary to produce good communication about food and wine. This multi-faceted course gives students a solid foundation in understanding Italy’s unique media environment as well as the opportunity to utilize Rome (and Italy) as a living laboratory for producing a final portfolio of journalistic writings.

Students will be able to take advantage of hands-on practice with different kinds of media, including digital video. Students will  work with professionals and complete an original video  project: a video documentary or a video report about a food event.  An important part of the course is the ethnographic research that students undertake to construct the narrative of their video product. Shooting and editing sessions are included as well a final screening during a public event in Rome. Guest lecturers include local and international journalists, writers, bloggers and documentary filmmakers. No prerequisites.

Some of the  videos  created by the students in past programs can be found at: https://vimeo.com/gustolabinstitute

This course is part of the Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer 2015 program is a 5-week program that takes place from May 18- June 20, 2015 in Rome, Italy

The 2015 Milan Expo hosted in Milan, Italy from May 1 to October 31, 2015 provides a great opportunity to be in Italy and to work in the field. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.

A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries. See Expo initiatives regarding food and media at: http://www.expo2015.org/en/progetti/short-food-movie 

If you need more credits, you can select from the other courses provided in the program, or we can work with you on an internship or independent study.

Some scholarships are available.

If you have any questions, or to request an application, please write to info@gustolab.com

Best regards,

Salem

GUSTOLAB INSTITUTE

CENTER FOR FOOD STUDIES

for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Food Studies Programs

office phone: + 39 06.68804073 – 06.83087975

fax: + 39 06.92912046

130, Via Giulia

00186, Rome, Italy

www.studyabroad.illinois.edu

www.gustolab.com

Graduation Fair

**** GRAD FAIR 2015 ****

Grad Fair 2015 is a two-day event, to offer graduating seniors and graduate students a variety of commencement related services, products and information. Professional help with cap & gown measurements will be provided! Sponsored by the University Bookstore, the Alumni Association, and the Office of the President, the goal is to make Grad Fair 2015 fun, informative and easy for students to participate.   You will be given a commencement checklist and the opportunity to receive valuable information and/or purchase everything you need for your special day, at one time, in one place.

GRAD FAIR 2015 in the

Yellowstone Ballroom in the Wyoming Union

Thursday, March 5 (10:00am – 5:00pm)

Friday, March 6 (9:00am – 1:00pm), 2015

Can’t come to the Fair?

See these websites:

https://www.uwyostore.com/m/gf/
http://www.uwyo.edu/as/commencement/

Journalist and Adventurer Talk

EXPLORE THE WORLD: Adventurer and journalist Mark Jenkins will share his experiences exploring Vietnam and the largest cave ever discovered during a series of public talks around Wyoming in March. Click through to see details.

UW’s Jenkins to Share Vietnamese Cave Adventures | News | University of Wyoming

Here’s the schedule for the presentations, which are free and open to the public:

  • Laramie — Tuesday, March 3, 7 p.m., College of Education auditorium.
  • Gillette — Tuesday, March 10, 7 p.m., Presentation Hall at Gillette College.
  • Sheridan — Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., Sheridan Junior High School’s Early Auditorium.
  • Powell — Thursday, March 12, 7 p.m., Northwest College’s Yellowstone Building conference area.
  • Cody — Friday, March 13, 7 p.m., Buffalo Bill Center for the West’s Coe Auditorium.
  • Jackson — Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m., Teton County Library.
  • Lander — Wednesday, March 18, 7 p.m., Lander Valley High School auditorium.
  • Rock Springs — Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m., Western Wyoming Community College, Room 1302.
  • Casper — Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m., Casper College’s Wheeler Concert Hall.

Week 5: Adding Some Style

Ch. 7: Adding a Little Style

We’re learning another language! – Cascading Style Sheets

Understanding the basics — pp. 255-260

Identifying and manipulating selectors — pp. 261-271

Creating an external CSS and linking to it — pp. 273-280

Understanding inheritance — pp. 281-285

Adding classes to HTML and CSS — pp. 286-291

Predicting what rules get applied — pp. 292-293

Editing and checking code — pp. 296-299

Helpful CSS properties — p. 300

Ch. 8: Styling Fonts

Identifying font families — pp. 314-321

Skipping “web fonts”. Try to avoid using these — pp. 322-327

Adjusting font sizes with pixels, percentages, emphasis, and keywords — pp. 328-334

Changing a font’s weight and style — pp. 335-338

Finding value in color — pp. 339-355

 

James Orr Willits Ethics Award for Summer 2015

FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

Due to the gracious support of the Garber family, three awards of $3,000 each will be made to University of Wyoming students, at any academic level, for summer projects in research or creative endeavor that involve a substantial ethics component.  The research can be conducted individually or collaboratively, under sponsorship and supervision of a faculty member.

The purpose of this award is to encourage and assist students, in any discipline in the university, who are considering, beginning or in the midst of a research or creative activity, to include a substantial ethics component.

SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS:

Preference will be given to projects that:

  1. Concentrate on a well-defined ethical problem;
  2. Make a positive contribution to solving an ethical problem;
  3. Have a substantial, clear, developed, relevant, and concrete ethics component;
  4. Utilize a process or methodology for investigation and research;
  5. Are of consequence, and have potential benefit to others;
  6. Are feasible, capable of completion in one summer;
  7. Are original, the students’ own research rather than a segment of faculty research;
  8. Use the funds for project essentials;
  9. Have a strong faculty letter of recommendation.

ELIGIBILITY:

  1. Students must be enrolled full-time, during the 2015 Spring Semester and enrolled for at least one credit hour during the 2015 Summer Semester. Graduate students must be formally accepted in a University of Wyoming graduate program.
  2. The recipients are expected to work full time during the summer on his or her project.
  3. The recipients must present their research to the university community in Academic Year 2015-16.  This might be a departmental colloquium, or a graduate student conference, or the undergraduate research days.
  4. Past recipients of this Independent Study award are not eligible.

SCHEDULE:

Deadline for applications: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by noon.
Bring all of your materials in one packet to Clayleen Rivord in the Philosophy Department, Ross Hall 122.

Announcement of Awards: In writing by May 4, 2015 (please do not make telephone inquiries)

Research: Summer, 2015

Reports Due: Fall, 2015 (date TBA)

The recipient is committed to submit to the Philosophy Department a signed written report (and an electronic copy to Clayleen Rivord at crivord@uwyo.edu ) on the results of his or her project along with a brief signed review and comment by the faculty sponsor.  A copy of the report and the faculty review also needs to be submitted to your department.

QUESTIONS?

Please contact Ed Sherline, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy: sherline@uwyo.edu

Visit the Philosophy Department webpage at: http://www.uwyo.edu/philosophy/willits/

Insider’s Perspective to Political Campaigning, Speechwriting, and the State Dept.

What: Case Button – Veteran Political Speechwriter & Campaigner – will discuss his insider’s perspective on his time working with former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. This talk will be of interest for students who want to be involved with campaign work, political communication, speechwriting, or working within the State Department. Networking is always a good thing!

* If you’re a journalism student and want experience covering a speech or political personnel, this is a good opportunity as well.

When: Feb. 24 @ 11 a.m.

Where: Geology Building 216

* Reception with pizza and refreshments to follow the speech

Week 4: Navigation, Home Pages, Images, & Standards

Krug, Ch. 6: Designing Navigation

Navigation: getting from one place to another, and figuring out where you are

Why is web navigation so important?

Difficulties of web browsing:

  • Your sense of scale is limited. No idea how big the website is.
  • Your sense of direction is limited. Which way again?
  • Your sense of location is limited. Need to remember conceptual hierarchy.

Why should we make already-clicked links a different color?

Your navigation should:

  1. Make the hierarchy visible = show us what the site contains
  2. Implicitly tell you how to navigate and what the options are
  3. Use web navigation conventions (see p. 65 for the graphic)
  4. Include one set of global (persistent) navigation on every page (except forms, see p. 67). Include a maximum of five tabs (otherwise, we get lost).
  5. Put the clickable site ID (e.g., your name) in the upper-left corner. Make the site ID look like a site ID (a distinction typeface and/or graphic) (see p. 67-68).
  6. Consider drop-down menus (i.e., secondary navigation) in the primary (global) navigation. When you click, you see the drop-down menu of options or you go to a front page of the subsection (see p. 69).
  7. Avoid a search box because you’re building a small website.
  8. Include a prominent, helpful page name in an appropriate location on every page (see p. 75 for examples).
  9. On every web page, highlight my current location in whatever navigation bars appear on the page (see p. 78 for examples).
  10. Avoid “breadcrumbs” unless you have a complicated website.

In the future, consider trying Krug’s “trunk test” on pp. 82-83.

We’ll take a look at how images function on the web.

HTML & CSS Book: Ch. 5 – Adding Images to Your Webpages

How images work with browsers on pp. 164-166
The different types of images on pp. 167-169
The image element, alternative attribute, and width/height attributes on pp. 170-174
Instructor-led exercise with images on pp. 175-191
Instructor-led exercise with thumbnails and linking images on pp. 192-200
Inserting a logo, working with the PNG format on pp. 201-211

Krug, Ch. 7: Designing the Home Page

Not everything from this chapter applies to your relatively small-scale websites. Here are some of the highlights.

The home page should communicate: (see p. 86)

  1. The site identity and mission
  2. Site hierarchy (accomplished by persistent navigation)

The home page *could* also communicate: (see p. 86)

  1. Content promos
  2. Feature promos
  3. Timely content

No matter what, the home page should convey the big picture.  It should answer the questions:

  1. What is this?
  2. What do they have here?
  3. What can I do here?
  4. Why should I be here–and not somewhere else?

Why are these questions important?

Because visitors make snap judgments in milliseconds that are hard to change later.

How do we convey the answers to these questions? (see p. 93)

  1. The tagline should describe you or your site in a handful of words.
  2. The Welcome blurb should not say “Welcome to my website,” rather, it should display a short description of the website.
  3. The “Learn more” is akin to the “About” page pitch (e.g., “learn more about my goals), if you have one on the home page.

Example of portfolio website that follows these guidelines.

 

Environmental Journalism & Science Writing Workshop at the Haub School

This summer, former Outside magazine editor Abe Streep is offering a four-week workshop on the ins and outs of environmental journalism and science writing. During the course, students will find, pitch, report and write a piece of narrative environmental journalism. Daily assignments will include readings and critiques of students’ work, and guest speakers will include editors at national magazines. This summer course will meet May 26 – June 19, Monday through Thursday, from 9:10 – 11:35 am.

Interested students should submit an application consisting of two paragraph-long synopses of environmental stories they think they might like to cover, as well as a brief description of an environmental book or story they’ve found influential. Applications should be submitted by March 1. Click here for details.

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