In 1998, Chris Favors replaced a short-lived, rudimentary, single webpage created by a former member with a fully-fleshed out website, thus legitimately launching DCYC forward into the still burgeoning World Wide Web. For twelve years and after a seemingly endless amount of HTML coding, he moved the needle again in 2010 when he relaunched the site in the Wild Apricot platform, an option that allowed for multiple administrators and event management. Fast-forward to 2017 when, with the future of the club firmly in mind, James Hankins and Jeff Ellefson included in their budget proposal a few thousand dollars for “working on the website and social media.” Today, we are officially unveiling the fruits of that investment.Thanks to the efforts of David Meek, we secured the services of a well-respected website developer with great experience in the Wild Apricot platform to which we subscribe. The MergeCreative team was well positioned to take the best advantage of the hot-off-the-presses updates just released from the Wild Apricot engineers. They created a contemporary site, every page of which is optimized for mobile experience (seriously, they slaved over this part).
We are all painfully aware of how fast technology is moving, but it’s with a great deal of pride that we can make the claim that today’s site will serve the club for several years to come.
Efforts like this always represent a colossal team effort. When we committed to having a professional website developer rework the site, we pulled together a team to help guide the stylistic and organizational choices being made; this committee gave terrific feedback on the site and made excellent suggestions things they would like to see added, many of which we still hope to incorporate in the future. Our sincere thanks to Barbara Hoskins, Kim Dickey,Heather Fahle, Kendra Favors, Kathy Harden, and Lara Ruzevic for sharing their time, energy, and unflagging patience.We “soft-launched” the site on Tuesday, March 12th, at which point we asked the department heads and chairs to thoroughly review the content specific to their areas. We are so grateful for the updates and suggestions we received from our content reviewers: Chris Dickey, Tim Johnson, Dave Lorenat, Charles Hoffman, Michele Ditmer, James Freedman, Andrew Theisman, John Lusk, Carolyn & Darrel Janssen, Darren Hill, Kristin Lyon, Pauline Chetelat, and David Patterson.
Of course, the MergeCreative team has performed nothing short of brilliantly. The work they put into the website far exceeded what their contract dictated. These guys epitomize the under-promise, over-deliver ethic. If you appreciate this update, please consider thanking them with a quick five-star ranking in their Google listing. (Click the "Write a Review" button in lower-left corner.)
To come full circle, none of this would be possible without the foresight and herculean efforts of Chris Favors, our beloved emeritus webmaster. As you might imagine, his stamp of approval was of paramount importance to me personally; I am beyond relieved and grateful to say that he has blessed the update to his original site. Thank you, Chris.
And with that, we are pleased to announce that the newest iteration of the DCYC website is officially unveiled and ready for you <cue massive virtual balloon and confetti drop>.
If you have any questions or feedback about the website, I am happy to help.
Marie S. Nuchols