On the eve of the May commencement, alumni celebrate the passing of the torch of learning from faculty and staff to the newest class of graduates. Faculty and staff will lead students and alumni representing various past class years in a procession to mark the seniors’ last night as undergraduates. Free. 315-312-2106.
Location: Marano Campus Center
Friday, May 13, 9 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
SUNY Oswego celebrates its 155th Commencement with three ceremonies: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 9 a.m. School of Business at 1 p.m. School of Communication, Media and the Arts and School of Education at 4 p.m. Admission by ticket. Also webcast live from oswego.edu. 315-312-2106. https://www.oswego.edu/college-store/commencement
Location: Arena and Convocation Hall, Marano Campus Center
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Baseball vs. Ithaca
Location: Laker Baseball Field
Monday, May 2, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Baseball vs. RIT
Location: Laker Baseball Field
Tuesday, May 3, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Reunion Weekend 2016
Join us for the biggest alumni party of the year! Visit alumni.oswego.edu/reunion for the most up-to-date information.
Location: SUNY Oswego, 7060 NY-104, Oswego, NY 13126, United States
Sunday, May 1, 8:21 p.m. - 8:21 p.m.
2016 Alumni Mets Game
Gather with NYC-area alumni, family and friends for a day at the ballpark! http://bit.ly/1RKCBib
Location: Citi Field 123-01 Roosevelt Ave New York, NY 11368
Saturday, July 9, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
By Tim Nekritz,
Associate Director of Public Affairs and Director of Web Communication
When a new student walks into your office, do you throw up your arms and bellow: "Welcome to the Office of Student Enlightenment!!"? Do you point to a chair and say: "Sit here to continue this meeting!"?
Of course, you don't. Or we hope you don't. So why would you do the same thing on the Internet?
Yet Web pages still start with phrases like "Welcome to the Office of Student Enlightenment!!" They still tell readers to "Click Here!" instead of using actual, conversational words to help navigate. Not only do these phrases waste space and readers' time, but they insult the intelligence of the visitor.
Long ago, when the Internet was new, standard practices were non-existent and users had no Internet experience, phrases like "Welcome to ..." and "Click here!" flourished because no one understood how readers would navigate. But potential and current students - the main audience for most of our Web site - have grown up on the Web and know how to navigate it. Chances are they understand this better than you or I or anyone who remembers the 1970s (or is trying to forget disco).
SUNY Oswego Web sites have a space in the title line to tell readers where they are. And an optional subhead for more, or more defining, information. With these details already on the page, welcoming them to wherever they are is downright redundant.
Meanwhile, across the Webiverse, linked phrases like "Learn More ..." or "Find out about our scholarship programs or other financial aid options ..." are widely understood by our Web-literate students and potential students. Using inline links as navigation allows your Web page to remain friendly, conversational and concise ... without suddenly demanding they "Click Here!" like some kind of trained dog.
Take a look at Facebook, the most popular Web site among our target market. If you surf to John Q. Smith's page, no banner need say "Welcome to John Q. Smith's home page!!" Instead of telling readers to "Click Here!," Facebook's more than 1 billion members have little problem accessing options with phrases like "Add Friend," "Friends" or "Photos."
Remember, your readers are smart, tech-savvy and understand Web navigation. Let them feel like your Web content is a friendly conversation, where they will already feel welcome and will click on a link when the words capture their interest.