Voices September/October 2019
X Marks the Spot
Q: Accessible campus maps are helpful for visitors and prospective students’ families, but best practices in security discourage schools from publicly publishing campus maps on school websites. How does your school handle these two points of view?
A: Our director of environmental safety and security and our local police department assessed the value and risk associated with publishing a campus map. They essentially split the difference: A general map of the campus is available through the university website and on Google Maps, and is available in print on a limited basis for attendees of on-campus events. But specific building schematics, floor plans, and office numbers are not publicly available.
–Jeff Keating, executive director of public affairs and marketing, Western University of Health Sciences
A: We have basic exterior campus maps without interiors. We worked with Google to provide interior maps on Google, but each campus had a say in what was or wasn’t shown. We’re also in the process of updating our static Disability Services maps with geographic information system maps that won’t show specific interior rooms but will be clickable to highlight bathrooms, accessible entrances, elevators, and other accessibility features.
–Jonathan Blundell, senior managing director, digital communications, Dallas Community College District
Note to Self: Do Self-Care
Have trouble not checking work email on the weekends? You’re not alone: Plenty of advancement professionals can have trouble disconnecting and taking time for self-care. At the U.K. Social Media and Community conference, Alistair Beech, senior social media coordinator at the University of Manchester, challenged communications professionals to make their own well-being pledges. Here are a few resolutions they made.
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Breaking Barriers: How advancement professionals are meeting the challenges that face community colleges. Also, a shared identity of connecting alumni through affinity groups, and how alumni advocates are rallying alumni online, at the statehouse, and beyond.