Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Redesign of UTSA Today adds features, reorganizes, freshens look

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(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.

Did You Know?

For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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