“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.”
– George Bernard Shaw
It’s official! Saint Martin’s University and OHO Interactive* have joined forces to redesign our own beloved website. Wahoo!
Last month, while many were hanging stockings by chimneys with care, we were signing contracts and preparing to hit the ground running come the first of 2015.
Well, here we are, the first of 2015! And on Wednesday, January 7, Genevieve (Chan), Carl (Lew) and I (Vanessa Schuler) had a kick-off meeting with our OHO counterparts (Stephanie Krol, Eleni Stathoulis, Georgy Cohen and Lindsay Wagner) to discuss their first visit to campus. Woohoo! The dates have been solidified and the schedule is almost complete.
OHO Interactive campus visit: January 20-22, 2015
Why is OHO coming to campus? In a nutshell, to get to know us.
Saint Martin’s has a story to tell and a future to live into. The website is our primary vehicle for communicating these ideas with the outside world. Carl and I, along with our incredible web assistants, have been doing our darnedest to keep things fresh, relevant and up-to-date, but let’s face it…it needs a facelift (pun intended). OHO is here to help. Help re-vision the look. Help re-vision the message. But in order to help, they have to get to know us. So they’re spending three days with our community to learn who we are and what makes us tick.
This is where you come in.
Stakeholder discovery sessions
Beginning January 20, the OHO team (Eleni, Georgy, Lindsey and OHO Founder, Jason Smith) will be on campus to meet us. Meet you. They’ll ask us about Saint Martin’s. What we think about it, how we feel about it and what it means to us.
We have a roster of key community members we’ll be inviting to these stakeholder discovery sessions. Folks from around campus: faculty, staff and students. We hope that all who are invited are able to attend, and all who attend share their thoughts openly and honestly. We seek to discover the intersections, as well as the gaps, between who we say we are, who we actually are and who we want to be. Our goal is to bring these into alignment so that we convey our most authentic self via the website.
A series of sessions have been booked around campus January 20 and 21. We’ll be sending invitations** via email the week of January 12. We are so excited about this project, and incredibly excited about spending time with all of you.
And so it begins!
* Put a face on OHO so that when they’re on campus you’ll be able to give them a warm Saint Martin’s welcome. They’re good peeps and we’re thrilled to be working with them.
** This will be the first of many conversations to come. We want our entire community to be a part of the conversation. There will be many opportunities throughout the life of the project for members of our community to participate – for example, share your thoughts on this blog!