I am Groot!

Unfortunately … or … not, since I’m the one writing this blog, you all have to suffer through the cultural references that I have either stockpiled over many a year, or recently been exposed to. My latest? Guardians of the Galaxy. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s the story of a bunch of misfits (aren’t they always) who band together to vanquish evil (don’t they always?).

Now if I were Groot, I could make this entire blog post read “I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot. I am Groot.” (Gotta rent the movie…) But then you’d have to go out and find someone of the genus Procyon to translate every line (like I said, the movie, kinda have to see it).

As luck would have it, I have someone who fits the bill!

Carl "The Rocket" Racoon

Carl “The Rocket” Racoon. A.K.A. “The Translator”

VanGroot and The Translator

VanGroot and The Translator

So we can just get started!

VG: “I am Groot.”

TT: “We’re in the homestretch of the website redesign project. Yaba-daba-doo!”

VG: “I am Groot.”

TT: “But there are a few things left to do.”

VG: “I am Groot.”

TT: “1. OHO needs to finish building out the design and make sure everything works. 2. MarCom need to complete the content migration. We’re about halfway there thanks to our incredible team of student workers! (Can I hear a “Right on!” — or “I am Groot!”) 3. Acquia, our hosting company, needs to do a technical review and load testing.”

VG: “I am Groot.”

TT: “In order to offer you, our community, the biggest-bestest-most-polished-el-fabuloso website ever seen by the eyes of a human being … we’ve had to adjusted our launch date.”

VG: “I am Groot.”

TT: “Our new launch date is …”

VG: “I am Groot!”

(Oh, get on with it already!)


“September 8, 2015!”

Ya-ta-dah-ta-dah-dah, ya-ta-dah-ta-dah-dah, ya-ta-dah-ta-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah! (Think clowns at the circus when you try to pronounce that one out. Or maybe not … since clowns are downright scary!)

Anyway … we’re still scurrying like little hamsters with the cheerfulness of our mascot Dug, mining, mining, mining all those website gems! That’s the scoop, the skinny, the low-down.

We’ll keep you posted, as always, but before we leave, we want to show off, once again, the most brilliant web team ever assembled! (A lot like the Guardians of the Galaxy.)

MarCom web team extraordinaire!

A WELL-deserved burger-break before the final push! Back row, l-r: Meg Dwyer, Christine Towey, Ellamae Donato, Amy Pollard, Kristofer Sirks, Joseph Cserni. Front row, l-r: Matt Hankins, Genevieve Chan, Carl Lew, Vanessa Schuler.



  1. wowie—September 8 must be someones birthday—it is! the birth of the ” MOST fantastic Website” Your (LABORS) both pain and joy felt along the way by this Wonderful Team– for the most brilliant web team ever assembled.

    Thank you

    1. Wouldn’t be happening without you, pal! Certainly is a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. Wouldn’t trade it for anything!

  2. Ugh, is the new registrar’s academic calendar an unfortunate casualty of the redesign? If so, change it back, it is not pretty. Also, yea Groot!

    1. Hi Holly, thanks for the feedback! So … it’s a little bit about the redesign. The tab technology we utilize on the current site isn’t migrating to the new site (of course we never know what the future holds!), but … the layout of the new site makes the tables much easier to read than on our current site. You’ll still be scrolling, but things won’t be squished into a very small space. We made the change to the current site just because we had to update both the sites before the beginning of the school year. I hope you can hold out until after we launch Sept. 8 to make your final decision. If you still don’t like the layout, please feel free to let us know. Can’t guarantee we’ll make a change, but can’t guarantee we won’t! Keep the comments coming! Best, Vanessa

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