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CSJ revamps website with local designers

CSJ has just launched a new interactive website for users. CSJ collaborated with Small Planet Communications, a locally based graphic design agency, to build the site.

Although the college received bids from businesses in other states, CSJ was committed to supporting a local business that could still offer the highest quality in the design of the site. CSJ chose Small Planet because of their knowledge of the area, as well as their website expertise in working with websites for educational entities.

CSJ's Dean of Admissions Susan Englese was one of the key contributors in completing this project.

"Research has shown that today's prospective college student uses the internet in their searching far more than any other venue. We felt an updated website would be a critical tool in the recruitment process for the College of St. Joseph."

CSJ has been talking about upgrading their site for years, and finally began work on the site in the summer of 2008 with Small Planet.

President of Small Planet Communications David Townsend said it was a challenge to design a site that would appeal to a variety of constituents.

"CSJ serves a broad range of people from the traditional undergraduate, to the several groups of graduate students and adult learners. Each of these groups has a distinct approach to web-based information, and brings unique web habits, comfort levels, and experience to a site. We built a site that will appeal to all types of people, who should be able to quickly and easily find what they are looking for when they visit."

The new CSJ home page is complete with up-to-date news, calendar events, and an innovative interactive map. Englese, came up with the idea of the interactive map to show prospective students the campus, and listen to the voices of people they will meet if they choose to visit or attend the college. "During the design process we wanted to find a way to convey the family like atmosphere on our campus." Said Englese, "The interactive campus map will allow visitors to our website to click on a building and then hear from the members of the campus community who coincide with that building."

To check out the new College of St. Joseph website, visit www.csj.edu.

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