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Screencast on News & Blog Server

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 9/1/10 (9:07am)
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I put together a screencast about our News & Blog server for UIC's Office of Admissions & Records:

http://www.oar.uic.edu/circle

The server runs on Drupal and currently supports 5 different Blogs & News services. Built into the system is a publication workflow consisting of 'Authors' who create content and 'Editors' who give that content final approval. All comments are moderated and easily accessed on one page through a special 'Dashboard' utility.

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First Day of New School Year at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/23/10 (2:12pm)
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Today was the first day of the Fall 2010 Semester.

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UIC Gets New Bus Stop Signs

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/21/10 (5:24pm)
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This jumped out at me as I was walking to work yesterday. They changed all the routes and people may be unhappy with that but the new signs look great.

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I Dunno - You Tell Me!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 7/15/10 (2:04pm)

Things I find waiting for me when I walk into the office.

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Taking Spring Pix at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 5/4/10 (2:41pm)
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It's near the end of classes -- in fact, we're in finals week -- and I always like to go around campus taking pictures of students -- which I can then use for the UIC OAR website. Here I am on the West Side in the Medical District -- looking for someone, anyone, in scrubs or a white jacket.

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2010 UIC Richard J. Daley Urban Forum

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/27/10 (1:38pm)

The annual UIC Urban Forum took place today. Mayor Daley spoke at the opener and then took part in one of the panel discussions later on. Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel also was there -- participating in a lively discussion along with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Motorola CEO Greg Brown and moderator Judy Woodruff.

Discussion at these things tends to lead to platitudes ("collaboration", "shared resources" -- and considering the venue -- "more support for education"). My favorite moment came when Woodruff went on and on about people's "anger" and Rahm pointed out that it might have something to do with the economic situation. "But why does the press focus on it then," Woodruff asked. Rahm looked at her and smiled: "that's the subject for another panel".*

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Springtime at UIC

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/6/10 (9:23pm)
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It's that precious moment in Chicago when the trees start to bloom.

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Strange Photo Day

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/16/10 (10:57pm)
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PHOTO 1. Inclusive? Depressing? Neither? Both? Sign on Chicago El reads: "Depressed? Diabetic? Depressed and Diabetic? Neither one?"

PHOTO 2: Effective messaging (if you happen to be a lawyer). Sign on doors at UIC warning, "These doors are for A.D.A. Use Only".

PHOTO 3: Strange marketing juxtaposition. Preparation H on clearance at the Dominicks normally full of college students near DePaul University.

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New Website: UIC Office of Admissions & Records

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/2/10 (10:29am)
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So the site I've been losing sleep over for the past couple of weeks months is finally up. I had set a deadline for the beginning of the year and, by golly, I made it -- even if the thing kind of put a damper on my holiday activities: http://oar.uic.edu

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Big Project over the Holidays

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/22/09 (11:21am)

No break for me. Sometimes when people are off, it's the best opportunity to do big systems changes.

I'm redesigning the template for our site at MPOW and I've been telling everyone for months that I'll have the thing up by the beginning of the year. So it's time to put up or...

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