Web Trainer Extraordinaire: Dale Hobart

Training and helping our users brings a daily dose of satisfaction to the Web Content team in University Advancement and marketing.

Currently, 137 users from across the Ferris community are updating and creating pages on the Ferris website through the OmniUpdate content management system.  The Omni system was recently upgraded to Version 10, opening the way for a state-of-the-art user interface that encourages the decentralization of web content and checks each page before it is published for spelling errors, broken links, code validity and accessibility.

In the middle of this process is veteran employee Dale Hobart, a mainstay on the Ferris campus for nearly 40 years and “the man behind the curtain” when it comes to training fellow employees and their students in the development of webpages through the content management system.

Dale’s training consists of an initial 90-minute one-on-one tutorial (with a personal touch) and the creation of an account for each new user.  A website of training materials focused on the OmniUpdate system is also made available as part of the training “regimen.”

The Web Content staff fields approximately 100 support emails and phone calls weekly to assist users with their webpage updates.  The OmniUpdate system has a method of checks-and-approvals that allows the Web Content staff to approve all new or updated pages and ensure their accuracy and consistency.

The Web Content staff is teaming with Jody Gardei and the new Staff Center for Training and Development to offer a regular series of OmniUpdate open sessions for all users of the system.  The training sessions will afford Omni users the opportunity to intermingle with the training staff and work through any issues they wish to bring to the table.

Initial dates for the OmniUpdate workshops are scheduled for October 1 at 9:00 a.m. in Alumni 121 and October 30 at 11:00 a.m. in Prakken 117.

Contact the Web Content Staff:

Ted Halm, Web Content Manager TheodoreHalm@ferris.edu

Paul Hobart, Web Developer PaulHobart@ferris.edu

Dale Hobart, Part-time Support Paraprofessional

Web Training

SAGC Students Make Sure Event Details Are “Covered” Before Next Week’s Event

kelseyMembers of the Student Alumni Gold Club are busy sorting t-shirts, making signs and collecting change for this year’s “Cover the Seal” event.

Students will be on the quad, over top of the university seal, asking students, faculty and staff for change as they pass through campus. All money collected will be donated to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. Any person making a gift of $3.00 or more will receive a t-shirt sponsored by SAGC and the Alumni Association.

Look for students on the quad from 8 am until 6 pm on September 17.



Another Week … Another #FerrisLowdown

Late last week, the News Services and Social Media Team produced another edition of the popular Ferris Lowdown video series to highlight the upcoming week’s events.

This week, one of our new News Services and Social Media student assistants, Natalie Bycraft, had her first opportunity to film an edition as she team with veteran student Arielle Borkovich.

Check out Natalie, in her debut, and Arielle in this edition of the Ferris Lowdown.

Advancement Welcomes Two New Team Members

Mark Roof
Mark Roof
Brett Scott
Brett Scott

Mark Roof and Brett Scott have joined the University Advancement and Marketing team as Senior Advancement Officers. And neither is scared of our Michigan winters.

Mark is working with the colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, and Education and Human Services, and Brett’s focus is assisting the colleges of Pharmacy, Optometry and Health Professions with fundraising initiatives and building relationships.

Leaving the warm weather of the sunshine state where Mark worked at Florida State University was easier than most seem to think.

“I lost count of how many people from both Florida and Michigan who expressed disbelief … all I can say is that I am not native to Florida and I embrace a true four-season state like Michigan and will actually enjoy the winters,” Mark said. “Feel free to ask me about those winters over the next few years.”

Brett isn’t intimidated either.

“I’m from northwest Ohio, so the winters are about the same, just less snow,” he said.

Mark was a faculty member and director of Internships and Career Services for the College of Business at Florida State in Tallahassee before coming to Ferris. While there, he also served as an academic adviser and an annual giving development officer for the University’s Foundation.  Before moving to Florida, Mark worked for a few years with student conduct at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.  Prior to his work within higher education, Mark was in private sector management for just over a decade.

Mark has a master’s degree in counselor education and student affairs administration and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and history from Clemson.

He’s excited about working at Ferris and said he feels a strong connection to the university.

“To maintain our strong programs, there continues to be an increased need for Ferris State to secure additional resources and private support,” Mark said. “I’m very much looking forward to connecting with all of our stakeholders, but especially with our alumni, friends, faculty and staff.”

Mark and his wife, Jeanine Ward-Roof, who joined Ferris in February as vice president for Student Affairs, have a daughter. He likes to travel, read and enjoy the outdoors.

Brett comes to Ferris from Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio, where he was director of Research and Prospect Management for University Advancement. His experience also includes work as a data analyst and regional coordinator at the Ohio Board of Regents in Columbus, Ohio, as a residence hall director at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as an academic adviser and assistive technology coordinator at the University of Denver in Denver, Colo.

Brett is pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. He holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Brett volunteers as a chapter adviser, alumni board member and housing corporation member for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and enjoys skiing and snowboarding, golf, tennis, hiking and other outdoor sports.

Brett and his wife, Erin, a grants and contracts officer in Academic Affairs at Ferris, have a daughter.

Mark and Brett join David Lepper, associate vice president for Advancement, Karen Lerew, interim director of Advancement, and Will Goode, senior Advancement officer for athletics, on the team responsible for coordinating a comprehensive resource development program for the university and its affiliated colleges and departments.

Ferris Lowdown Posted For Week Of Sept. 1-6

News Services and Social Media student employee Carman Plank was the host of this week’s Ferris Lowdown.

The Ferris Lowdown is a fun and short weekly video that highlights key events for the upcoming week from the University Events Calendar. The points out some of the events of interest and features a call to action, at the end, to visit the University Events Calendar.

Here is the current edition of the Ferris Lowdown.

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