Casper College recently released a new website to the internet specifically for the school of fine arts and humanities. The new site, located atwww.caspercollegearts.cc
, hosts event information for the five departments that are part of the school of fine arts and humanities: English, music, theatre and dance, visual arts, and world languages. The launch of the new website makes it a one-stop center to find out about upcoming art showings, plays, dance concerts, music events, and more that are offered each semester by the school of fine arts and humanities. “The public should enjoy the ease of visiting a singular website to gather information for the numerous events we host each semester, and – by placing these events side by side – should serve to encourage broader attendance in all of the disciplines,” said Eric Unruh, dean of the Casper College School of Fine Arts and Humanities. “Collectively, the website stands as a testament to the exceptional scope of cultural resources the college provides for the community to enjoy. The new website is not only informative but a treat to view,” he added.
The new Casper College Arts website provides easy navigation. The new website was initially envisioned by Chris Lorenzen, director of the Casper College Office of Public Relations, more than a year ago. “Casper College didn't have one place where people could go to see all that was going on specific to the school of fine arts and humanities, especially specific to the arts. Casper College has such a robust arts program and community that I thought it needed to be highlighted for the powerful community asset it is,” he said. After discussing the idea with Unruh and then with the various department chairs in the school, it was time for the design work to begin. According to Ashley Chadwick, online communications coordinator, she and Lorenzen spoke to “key stakeholders on campus for their perspective on content for the website, and how that might translate into a site that was not only appealing to look at, but also easy to use.” After several discussions, Chadwick began the work of building the website. She was excited to start the project, because as she says, “I knew we would have some pretty dynamic images available to use.” She estimates that it took about a year to complete the website from the time when Lorenzen first brought up the idea, to planning, development, and a soft launch in August.
Events are listed individually with times and dates, and quick navigation to more information on the new Casper College Arts website. So far, the sight has been a hit with the fine arts and humanities faculty. “The website is truly the crowning achievement that brings all of the arts and humanities to one location for the community to enjoy,” said Unruh. “While it was difficult to relinquish our usual printed events calendar, the leaders in the school felt that a singular website would serve a wider audience and have the potential to inform more people. As a result, I believe faculty and staff are delighted by the possibilities,” he noted. As an added testament to the beauty and functionality of the new website, it was recently announced as the Bronze Medallion Award of Excellence winner at the 2017 National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 4 conference in the digital/electronic media – microsite – category. District 4 is the only regional competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges. In addition to Wyoming, the states of Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas are part of District 4. All images copyright Casper College.