College Revamps Internal Communications

Posted: February 15, 2007

In an effort to make internal communications more efficient and effective, Mount Holyoke has created one-stop online "gateways," where community members can get news, read and post announcements, and find out what's happening on campus.

The gateways--For Students, For Faculty and Staff, For Alumnae, and For Parents (see links below)--provide useful, customized links to online campus resources, relevant announcements, and access to MHC News and Events and the MHC Events Calendar. The gateways can be easily accessed online through the Mount Holyoke home page.

Following the demise two years ago of the printed College Street Journal, and with a decreasing number of community members using MHC Announce, getting the word out about an event or scholarship deadline was becoming more and more difficult.

Patricia VandenBerg, executive director of communications and strategic initiatives, and members of her staff consulted with LITS staff, students, and Lauren Turner, director of human resources, to figure out how best to fill the communications gap.

"We realized that there were too many places where community members could post information online," VandenBerg said. "We created the gateways in order to streamline internal communications. The best way to stay informed is to use the MHC gateway that is most pertinent to you."

All MHC community members will be sent a flier on how to find and use the gateways. Bill Denneen, director of Internet marketing, and Sarah Barrett, periodicals and Web news editor, will discuss the new internal communications plan at the next Staff Council Coffee Break from 9 to 10:30 am on February 27 in Blanchard. Dennis Bowen, enterprise systems analyst, also will be there to discuss the new MHC Events Calendar, which was launched in fall 2006. The coffee break is a great opportunity to ask questions and give your feedback on internal communications, the gateways, and the MHC Events Calendar.

For more information and to share your comments, please contact the Office of Communications.

Related Links:

For Students Gateway

For Faculty & Staff Gateway

For Alumnae Gateway

For Parents Gateway