Speaker: Dr. Hilary McManus
Alumna Dr. Hilary McManus will discuss her role in a global initiative for women in science and her February journey to Antarctica. She is one of the first participants in the Homeward Bound organization, which is targeting 1,000 women with science backgrounds over the next 10 years to become the decision-makers who will develop new policies and lead the change. She is a member of the biology faculty at Le Moyne College, where she earned the Louis D. DeGennaro Undergraduate Mentor Award. Part of the Feinberg Excellence Fund Series on Gender and Sports. Free; parking in lot 8, along Washington Boulevard in front of Shineman Center.
Location: Room 175, Shineman Center
Thursday, April 26, 6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Concert: Chamber Orchestra - Ballet
Members of SUNY Oswego's College-Community Orchestra will perform pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn and Mozart. The Orchestra will be joined by dancers ages 5 to 21 from the college's "Intermediate Ballet Technique" class and others from the Oswego Ballet Academy. Free; parking for those without a campus parking sticker is $1 -- see oswego.edu/parking. 315-312-2130.
Location: Ballroom, Sheldon Hall
Friday, April 27, 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Baseball vs. Cortland
No admission fee
Location: Laker Baseball Field
Friday, April 27, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Men's Golf - 12th Laker Spring Invitational
No admission fee.
Location: Oswego Country Club, 610 W 1st St, Oswego, NY 13126, USA
Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, 6:41 a.m. - 6:41 a.m.
By Tim Nekritz,
Associate Director of Public Affairs and Director of Web Communication
Web pages are about making readers informed and ready to take some kind of action ... or, to use a business term, make a sale. (I can feel a few of you shudder.) Whatever you call it, you have to think of the Web as a giant funnel that brought readers to your page, and you have a matter of moments to make the desired connection.
Joseph Carrabis of NextStage Evolution has presented on the question "Is the Home Page Dead?" Since the Web is not a linear medium, any page readers reach is a de facto home page.
He said these readers tend to participate in three behaviors as they scan our Web sites:
- Researching, which consists of 70% of site traffic but results in 1% of conversations with institutions
- Deciding, which brings 25% of the traffic and creates 25% of conversations
- Buying, or taking a definitive action, which comprises 5% of traffic but a whopping 74% of conversations
Think of a busy street and a storefront. Researchers are people who stop in front of the store and look in the window. Deciders are those who come into browse. Buyers are the ones who conduct a transaction. But they don't buy unless they've first stopped to look and come in to browse and nothing has scared them off.
Knowing your customers and giving them what they want makes them more likely to take the action you want. Keeping things fresh and up-to-date is also important; people distrust a clearly out-of-date Web site much as they would food past its expiration date.
With highly selective customers - such as students looking at several colleges - any barrier to making a sale could drive them elsewhere. If the information they want is not readily available or visible on a page, if links don't work or if the content itself is lacking, readers likely will move elsewhere for deciding and buying.
Are your Web pages ready to turn researchers into buyers? Or is there more you can do to make it possible for readers to browse longer, and maybe even want to purchase the Oswego experience?