The UTSA Office of Information Technology Collaborates with University Communications and Marketing to Redesign ROTC Battalion Website

January 30, 2017



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(A screen capture of the upgraded ROTC Battalion website.)

The UTSA Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) website now has a new look. The UTSA Office of Information Technology's Application Development and Support (ADS) team recently collaborated with University Communications and Marketing to revamp the previous website by furnishing it with a visually appealing interface and modern features.

"The UTSA Army ROTC wanted to upgrade their website to allow different staff members the flexibility to control the site as needed," said Greg Oliver, manager of ADS.

This led ADS to explore the option of redesigning the ROTC website using Word Press, a user-friendly content management system (CMS). CMS enables users to upload and modify website content easily.  

"Once the development was complete, ADS then handed the website over to University Communications and Marketing as that is one of their areas of expertise," Oliver explained. "They have been very helpful and spectacular."

The Roadrunner Battalion website now features a responsive web design (RWD), allowing it to adapt to the size of any screen on which it is displayed. In addition, its integration with the popular photo-sharing platform Flickr enables users to easily view photos from various Army ROTC events on the site's homepage.

The redesigned site also features a Cadet Portal which allows ROTC cadets from neighboring institutions, such as Texas A&M University, and the Alamo Colleges (San Antonio College, Northwest Vista and Palo Alto College) access to training and events information in a central location. Cadets can also virtually meet and learn about the current Army ROTC cadre and staff, as well as keep up-to-date on Army ROTC information including news, events and scholarships.

"It's much more than a professional website," said Joshua Adams, UTSA Army ROTC MSIII Cadet. "It really encompasses what our program is all about."

The UTSA Army ROTC program offers electives in the field of Military Science coupled with leadership training.