(Oct. 29, 2009)--As you have noticed, a redesigned UTSA Today was launched this week. The design facelift brings a cleaner and new look to the site and reorganizes stories, along with some new features.
New features include a tri-display of lead photos that rotates automatically or when you move your mouse over a lead photo headline. Additionally, stories more pertinent to the campus community than to external audiences are moved to the right column in the new Around Campus section. Toward the bottom of the page, the new Photo Gallery will highlight special events each week. Also, on each story under the headline, there is a new Share This Story feature which allows you to e-mail or print the story or share it via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media sites.
A continuing feature is the Campus Spotlight section with profiles of student, faculty and staff achievements, research and activities, along with the familiar UTSA Today poll, events calendar and weather forecast. Favorite links of many faculty and staff members are moved to the top right of the page. Additionally, the UTSA newsletter-blog links and news links are moved to the bottom of the page. Tabs to the right of the logo include the UTSA Today archive, the Office of Public Affairs Online Newsroom and the Search feature for UTSA Today stories.
Another continuing feature is the ability to subscribe to Today stories via RSS feed; you can subscribe to all of the top stories or by category by selecting the RSS icon at the Top News or Around Campus sections.
There already have been many e-mails with positive comments about the redesigned site, but also a few reporting problems. Most of the glitches are solved, but as it often goes with a new site, more may surface over the next couple of weeks and will be fixed quickly.
One reported problem reported by FireFox browser users is that the tabs at the top of the page appear stacked vertically rather than horizontally. This can be solved by verifying that the latest version of the software, 3.5.4, is installed on your PC or Mac. Go to the Help menu in the software and select "Check for Updates." After downloading, be sure to close the browser and check for updates again until it says there are no more. (It can take several downloads to achieve this.)
There are no problems viewing UTSA Today with Internet Explorer on a PC or Safari on a Mac. The Mac version of Internet Explorer should not used because it was discontinued by Microsoft and has not been updated for several years. Consequently, the IE Mac version will display Web pages, but often the layout is distorted, text is missing and links don't work.
>> E-mail your comments and questions about UTSA Today -- along with suggestions for poll questions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Successful first-year students at UTSA are those who learn how to utilize resources, recognize and resolve problems, and prepare themselves to take advantage of their time on campus. The Student Success Series promotes this achievement by offering workshops on the common concerns and questions first-year students have during their transition to university life.
University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come be a part of your official Class of 2021 picture! The entire freshmen class gather at the Recreation Field Complex which some may know as the UTSA Football Practice Field behind the Softball Complex and Alvarez Hall.
Recreation Field Complex, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
Join President Eighmy for this celebration to kick off the new school year. The event will feature live musical performances and a free BBQ dinner.
Convocation Center Lawn, Main Campus
Join fellow Roadrunners on the Downtown Campus for this free BBQ dinner.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
New and returning graduate students are encouraged to stop by before going to class to learn more about what UTSA has to offer, participate in fun activities, listen to music, connect with peers and enjoy refreshments.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Students are invited to attend the Fraternity|Sorority Life Informational Sessions and Mix & Mingle. This is an opportunity for students to meet-and-greet members of the Fraternity/Sorority Life community, and get together with your new Roadrunner friends.
UC Travis and Harris Rooms (HUC 2.202 and HUC 2.212) then UC Lawn, Main Campus
Find out what the Downtown Library has to offer. Stop by to enjoy refreshments and learn more about your library. It’s a great place to study, use computers, work on group projects, or to get help finding material on your research topic. Welcoming staff and a pleasant setting make the library a terrific resource for students.
Buena Vista Street Building, 2nd floor, Downtown Campus
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