How to Use the Website

Welcome to our new website!

What you are seeing is the result of months of hard work and research on the part of many people, both on- and off-campus, to create an attractive and easy-to-use website. The focus of the homepage, and much of the main navigation, is to help prospective students to first get a sense of what their life would be like as a member of the St. Lawrence community, and then to be able to find everything they need to know and do to help make that a reality.

What we would like to do with this page is help familiarize you, the campus community, with the new site. At right, is a series of images that highlight different elements of the new site referred to in the text below. You can click on an image to see a larger view.

First, let's talk about the homepage. You can see at the top-right corner that there is a search box, as well as links to a contact form and the campus directory (image 1). Instead of the former Google search, which did not give us much flexibility, we have developed a local solution. This will give us much more control over how search results are ordered and presented. It is a work in progress, and we would appreciate your feedback to make further improvements.

The brown bar below the search bar is the main navigation and includes additional links that can be seen when you mouse over them (image 2). The search bar and the brown mouseover menus appear on every page of the site. All academic departments can be found under the main Academics link. The University calendar, academic calendar and University news can be found under the main News & Events link.

Near the bottom of the first screen is a brown bar that includes four audience-specific entry points (image 3). The Students link goes to SLUWire, which will receive a facelift later this year. The Faculty & Staff link goes to a page that is similar in concept to what appeared on the previous site but that is less cluttered and more feature-rich (image 4). On the Faculty & Staff page, there are three sections of links to content - Academic Resources, Working at St. Lawrence and Technology Resources. Most administrative office websites can be found here as well. Again, we would appreciate your feedback on how we can improve this page and make it more useful.

While you're getting to know the new site, here are a few direct links to commonly used resources for faculty and staff:

eSaint/APR
Sakai
Advising
University Catalog
Library
Registrar

That's a quick look at how the site works and where to go to find information. Like everything on the Internet, the website, and therefore this page, will continue to change and evolve based on the needs of our users. Please let us know what you think about the site and if you're having a hard time finding anything.

Mark Mende
Director of Web Services