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V. Office of Communications

Amanita Duga-Carroll, Vice President for Communications
Elizabeth L. Randolph, Director of Alumnae/I Communications and Editor of the Vassar Quarterly
George Laws, Publications Director
Daria Robbins, Director of Web Strategy and Development

Office: Main, second floor, north wing (x7400)
Communications website

The Office of Communications develops and implements Vassar's overall communications strategy. The editorial and design staff oversees print and electronic publications, web development, media relations, and photography as well as public affairs activities with the greater Poughkeepsie community. The office also organizes special Vassar events such as family weekend, campus walking tours, and the Powerhouse Theater summer program.

Communications seeks information from faculty and academic departments on research, courses, projects, publications, honors, and student successes to publicize on and off campus, to the media, and to alumnae/i. To promote campus events, the office needs at least 4-6 weeks notice to accommodate printing and media deadlines (earlier notice is welcome whenever possible). Edited text and high-resolution photos should be supplied as electronic files. Text should be provided in a Word attachment or in the body of an email, and digital images must be high-resolution (jpg format, 300 dpi). High-end scanning of printed images can also be provided.

Twice a week the office emails the Vassar Events newsletter to employees and students who subscribe. Vassar Events contains a selection of activities listed in the online campus calendar, including lectures, athletic matches, exhibits, concerts, and other cultural programs.

Communications creates and maintains all of Vassar’s approximately 150 official websites. The office uses a college-wide content management system to facilitate website updates. Departments and offices trained in this system are responsible for updating most textual portions of their official websites. Additionally, individual faculty members are responsible for updating the narrative portion of their department bio page. However, the Communications web group will continue to make some content updates requiring special technical expertise, as well as in emergency situations. In such cases, or if an office is not yet trained in the content management system, update requests should be emailed by the head of the department or a designated content provider to: webupdates@vassar.edu. Updates should be requested with as much lead-time as possible, at least two weeks in most cases. For requests longer than one page, or containing formatting such as bold or italics, please attach a Word document to the email. For web design requests, contact the director of web development.

The office does not create personal websites. However, the college provides Wordpress for individuals to create and maintain their own sites. Visit the CIS website for more information on using Wordpress.