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Online events calendar upgraded

by Sherry Fisher - June 2, 2008


A new and improved online events calendar for the University is now available.

The latest calendar program offers users the options of creating calendars on their web pages and managing the posting of activities, says Meg Malmborg, manager of the Lodewick Visitors Center and one of the online calendar’s editors.

“UConn departments and student clubs and organizations can create their own calendars that might include meeting dates and other items specific to their group,” she says.

“If for example the physics department wants to post their monthly meetings, they can do so on their own calendar. The posting would be immediate. If they wanted to announce a physics colloquium, this can be submitted for both the physics department’s own calendar and for UConn’s main events calendar.”

The calendar project was a joint effort between UITS and University Communications.

Other features of the new calendar include:

  • RSS feeds for posted events;
  • insertion of calendars into web homepages;
  • creation of a mini-calendar within a web site; and
  • featured events with color photos to promote events on the site’s home page.

UConn’s online calendar, first launched in 2004, remains a one-stop events resource, Malmborg says.

After filling out an online form, users submit events directly into their own department or organization’s calendar and into UConn’s main events calendar. Events must be either held at a UConn location or be a University-sponsored activity.

Users may also subscribe to specific calendars of interest, and will automatically receive e-mail notification when an event is added to that calendar. Events may be entered up to three years in advance.

Information sessions on using the calendar will take place today, June 2, and June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Lodewick Visitors Center.

E-mail Margaret.Malmborg@uconn.edu or call 860-486-6635 to attend one the sessions. Additional sessions will be scheduled for the fall semester.

The Advance will continue to publish a calendar section each week.

Event organizers need only submit their events to the online calendar, however, and items for the Advance calendar will be downloaded from the database.

The University Events Calendar is at http://events.uconn.edu.

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