On Monday, February 2, the Rensselaer Union will be releasing their newly designed website. With the upcoming 125th anniversary of the founding of the Rensselaer Union, a new website was put into the works to be released in time for the anniversary. Website development started on April 1, 2014 and is led by Jordan Simonds ’15 with assistance from Conrad Mossl ’17. The new website was under the supervision of President of the Union Erin Amarello ’15.
The new website offers a new and refreshed look and a usability upgrade from what was regarded as an unappealing website. The website offers more prominently displayed information about Rensselaer Union services and clubs which enables it to promote all student information. Unlike its predecessor, the site was designed with mobile views in mind and has been constructed to deliver its content well no matter what device it is viewed on.
While one of its intentions was to mark the Rensselaer Union’s longstanding anniversary, the website also acts as a hub of student activity communications. Mossl states that the current generation of students clamors for easily accessible information online and that his work has been able to help satisfy this need. According to Mossl, “the new site is able to connect students to their passions in a magnitude this school has not seen before.”
Simonds, the lead of the development team, has been involved with the project since its beginning on April 1, 2014. As designer and constructor of the site’s main template, Simonds was joined by Mossl in November 2014, first as general help and then as a co-designer. The duo look forward to the release of their work and encourages the student body’s feedback.
Each club that has direct ties to the Institute and has registered with the Rensselaer Union is represented on the site via “landing pages.” These pages give clubs the ability to communicate contact information, meetings times, and club officer lists, as well as links to social media and its independent website, should it exist. Both current and prospective students will be able to make use of this feature to maximize their interest in student activity groups. The site’s old features such as access to the Club Management System and Virtual EMS will transfer over as well as information regarding general campus services. In addition, expect to see links that relate the Rensselaer Union to the rest of campus and a more encompassing description of services offered.