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University to create centralized calendar


On Thursday, Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit and Vice President for Finance and Administration Stephen Golding sent the following email to faculty and staff


Dear Colleagues,

Ohio University’s institutional vibrancy is evident in the large number of events that take place on a daily basis on all of our campuses. Given the array of conferences, lectures, concerts, etc., those who schedule events and those who attend them would be well served if the university had a functional centralized calendar. 

Last year, a group of stakeholders met to consider the benefits of a centralized calendar. They concluded that such a calendar could:

• Serve as a useful student recruitment and retention tool.

• Create increased awareness of the wide variety of events that take place at the university and in our communities.

• Provide a prominent and credible showcase for officially sanctioned events that cast the university in a positive light.

• Help units and student groups plan events efficiently.

• Enable users to customize the way event information is displayed by date, event category, and/or location.

The next step in the process of exploring the creation of a consolidated calendar will involve appointing a calendar development team made up of representatives from academic and administrative units throughout the University. Tasha Attaway will serve as the project director. The team will spend the summer of 2013 drafting requirements and standards for calendar content and technical specifications. During fall semester the university community will have the opportunity to engage 

in discussions about the recommendations developed by the calendar team.

Sincerely,

Pam Benoit

Executive Vice President and Provost


Stephen Golding

Vice President for Finance and Administration