Autumnal Greetings from OIT Design! With fall comes conference season (yay!) and we here at OIT Design have been busy preparing for two major conferences– UNC Cause and WordCamp– with several more on the calendar before the year’s end. We’ve also been working on a number of new projects and client sites that we are excited to share with you.
WordCamp 2016 was August 24 & 25 on centennial campus. WordCamp features a diverse collection of sessions for developers, students and educators on a variety of WordPress related topics. This year’s sessions included “Creating SOLID (not STUPID) Plugins and Themes”, “Google Tag Manager Can Do What Now?” and “The Power of the WordPress Editor”. If you missed this year’s WordCamp, fear not: it will return to centennial campus next fall and planning is already underway. We’ll let you know as soon as we have the dates confirmed.
UNC Cause is here! UNC CAUSE is an organization composed of IT management and staff from across the 16 campuses of the University of North Carolina. The organization exists for the purpose of promoting and facilitating cooperation, information exchange and technology leverage between the campuses of the UNC System in all areas related to information technology. UNC CAUSE hosts an annual conference for IT professionals from across the state. This years conference is in Winston Salem, October 5-7th.
Both Jen and Brian are heavily involved with UNC Cause 2016. Jen is the conference co-chair and Brian is on the Program Committee. Brian is also presenting a session called “Shortcake: Bridging the gap between WordPress developers and content creators”, which relates to the NC State Shortcodes plugin many clients are already using.
New Animal Science site
Check out the brand new, hot off the press Animal Science WordPress site. We’ve been working on this site over the summer with the folks at Animal Science and our team efforts have really paid off.
Bronto at NC State
Brian has been working with the rest of the university Google Service Team to help prepare for changes to the email infrastructure that will be occurring in the coming year. As part of these efforts, he has been part of the team working on the new campus master agreement with Bronto.
Bronto is a Durham, NC-based company that specializes in mass email. Bronto allows groups at NC State with large mailing needs to customize, target and monitor their communications. By offering a streamlined and uniform solution for large mailings, Bronto helps campus clients control the cost of email marketing and reduces vulnerabilities associated with spam and phishing attacks. For more information about using WordPress to add users to your Bronto lists, see Brian’s recent blog post.
Auf Wiedersehen, Chris
We hardly knew ye! Our friend and colleague Chris Deaton has accepted a position with OIT’s Outreach Technology group and left OIT Design at the end of September.
In the year that Chris has been with us, he’s helped us improve our development process, written and rewritten several WordPress plugins and themes, and completed a number of major client projects. We’re thrilled for him to have the opportunity to work with the Outreach Technology group and are eager to see the good things that he builds for OIT and the rest of campus.
We hate to see Chris go but we’d probably be more broken up about it if he weren’t just moving 25ft down the hall. This means he will still have ample opportunity to leave his coffee cups in Jen’s office.
Which brings us to our final point. Due to our conference obligations and transitional staffing situation, we may be a little slower than normal to respond to inquires and requests. Please bear with us! More importantly, make sure you copy firstname.lastname@example.org on any email correspondence. This means that if the person you are trying to reach is unavailable, the rest of our team will also get your message and be able to respond. Thanks!