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Need help with that Web site? Student developers for hire

Need to update or create a Web site for your department or organization? Take advantage of a new service offered through Miami’s Computing and Information Services (MCIS)—the student Web development group.

What is the student Web development group?

It’s a group of students specially trained by MCIS staff in the technical aspects of Web site development using university-supported software tools and by university communications staff in Miami-approved Web style and graphic identity.

The group was created and trained to meet the increasing need for expertise in Web site development as well as to promote a cohesive Miami identity among individual Web sites.
Who can use the service?

Miami-affiliated departments and organizations can hire a student in the group to develop or revise a Web site. To make this service financially accessible, the cost is shared by the department, MCIS and university communications.

Current clients include the new Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, career planning and placement office, student counseling service, service learning and the president’s award site.

What is to be expected during the Web site development process?

There are regular meetings between the client, student and MCIS staff who provide oversight, including Gail Johnson, manager of AREA 351, formerly the teaching technologies center at MCIS; Kathyrn Beckerdite, AREA 351 teaching technologies center coordinator; John Harlan, MCIS network applications manager; and Molly Zahn, university communications creative director of new media.

A basic review of Web-editing tools will be provided to enable clients to maintain and update their new sites.

Recommendations from first clients:

The group’s first client, Jane Goettsch, director of Miami’s women’s center, is "absolutely thrilled" with the results of the center’s Web site, adding that the project "exceeded all my expectations" for the site. Check it out at:

Those who are interested in building a Web site are asked to attend a Web development pre-planning session to learn about how to plan a new site, focus on the objectives of the site and how to make it enhance those objectives, and review examples of effective Web sites.

Register for the pre-planning session, held 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 14, in 362 Gaskill by calling 9-6068 or by going online at

Interested? Contact the student Web development group at: Kathryn Beckerdite, AREA 351 teaching technologies center coordinator, 9-1583, or, or visit

Date Published: 11/16/2000
Volume: 20   Number: 16


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