Announcing Our Scholarship Winners!
Our community is amazing! In just two short weeks the network of higher education web professionals and higher education vendors came together to fund three scholarships for the HEWEB conference in October. Our team of independent judges went through our applications and selected the following three recipients. Thank you so much for your participation, and congratulations to our winners! We can’t wait to see you in Milwaukee!
Megan Bernier, St. Lawrence University
Megan’s passion for higher education began when she worked as an undergraduate in the St. Lawrence University (NY) Communications office. After graduating in 2007, she spent two years as a graduate assistant in athletic media relations at St. Lawrence and then worked in admissions at Clarkson University. Megan joined SUNY Canton as their public relations coordinator in 2010 and returned to her alma mater in March 2012 as a writer. She is responsible for developing content for the web as well as various print publications. Outside of work she’s known as Meteorologist Meg (because of her geeky obsession with weather) and loves life in rural Northern New York.
‘Three the HEWEB Way’ illustrates the best part about working in higher education; we are a diverse but deeply invested and dedicated group of people who are always looking for ways to come together and help others. I’m excited to meet and learn from the people who made this possible and contribute to making this the best Higher Ed Web Conference yet. Thank you for this incredible opportunity.
Jeana Clark, University of Kentucky
Jeana Clark built her first website in 1996, back when <font> tags were cool and Netscape Navigator ruled. A few years and a few universities later, she is the Senior Interactive Media Specialist for the
Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. Working with both the Marketing and IT departments, she develops content strategy, codes websites and manages social media for the college. Her latest project is a digital signage system driven by the Drupal open source CMS.
What an awesome opportunity! Thanks to all of
those who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign, I think this is just
another way that the power of the (He)web is multiplying. I’m looking
forward to learning from and meeting others who are deep in the trenches
of higher-ed web. See you all in Milwaukee!”
Charlotte Koh, University of South Florida
Charlotte Koh is a web content administrator for the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. She spends her days tinkering with websites and blogs in the Office of University Communications and Marketing, where she experiments with different web techniques and draws cartoons of the student employees. Charlotte enjoys tortilla chips, a good tabletop adventure and finding new books for her personal library.
The HighEdWeb community is awesome! Thank you everyone for coming together to fund the Three the HEWEB Way scholarships. I can’t wait to meet all of you in Milwaukee!
There’s only one place to find 600 Mr. Miyagis in the United States
And that’s at the Higher Educational Web Professionals Conference. This year, that conference will be in Milwaukee, October 10-12.
It’s like the Tri-Valley tournament of higher ed web conferences. Experts in content strategy, programming, social media, information architecture, marketing, brand development, and audience engagement come together for three days of learning, sharing, collaborating, and bonding.
But there’s no leg-sweeping going on here. This is the greatest group of professionals you can join. The relationships you make here will be invaluable – a resource to turn to for advice, tips, instruction, collaboration, and just plain old shoulder-to-cry on support when all else fails.
We’re looking for Daniel Carusos to bring to the Tournament
As great as this group is, it hasn’t reached everyone. And that’s where you come in.
We’re looking to fund the registration fees for three attendees to come to the conference. Up and coming underdogs who’ve got the chops and the know-how, but just don’t have the resources to come.
Here’s the deal. Donate what you can to help us meet our goal. Along the way, we’ve got some excellent corporate sponsors willing to chip and do their part as a way to show their appreciation to the community. In return, they’ve provided us with a few perks which you can see listed.
What We Need
We’re looking for $1854 from individuals and corporate sponsors to fund three registrations
- Explain how much funding you need and where it’s going. Be transparent and specific—people need to trust you to want to fund you.
- Tell people about your unique perks. Get them excited!
- Describe where the funds go if you don’t reach your entire goal.
Where does the money go?
- If we reach our funding goal of $1800, the money will go directly to three chosen winners from our applicant pool to purchase conference passes. We’ll coordinate those funds going on to heweb. The remaining $54.00 will go towards the processing fee for the fundraiser to Indiegogo.
- If the funding amount is not reached, we will still retain the funds that have been collected, minus a 9% fee for indiegogo. The amount will be used to purchase conference passes from our winners, up to the number we can. Any remaining balance will be donated to that winner to cover the costs of airfare or for hotel.
Want to come to heweb?
Here are the ground rules:
- You must never have attended an heweb national conference before
- You must fill out this essay on why you want to attend
- You must agree to write a blog post on your greatest takeaways from the conference (publication site to be determined)
- You must wax all the cars and paint all our fences, after doing 3,000 push ups over lit candles (just kidding)
We can only guarantee that your scholarship will cover the costs of your ticket to heweb (unless we don’t reach our goal – see above). It won’t cover getting here or staying in a hotel so take note! (the hotel runs about $149 a night).
Feel free to explain more about your campaign and let people know how the difference their contribution will make:
- Explain why your project is valuable to the contributor and to the world.
- Point out your successful track record with projects like this (if you have one).
- Make it real for people and build trust.
Spread the Word
- Get the word out and let people know about our scholarship
- Use the Indiegogo share tools to let people know when you have donated!