-I've been working on the Help CESL
page, collecting unfinished projects, like the foreign language pages, the alumni section, etc., and trying to pass them some of them along to people who at least have time to do something with them. There is a lot of untapped potential here...people who are willing and able to make the pages better (read this as: make CESL survive), make them show who we are and what we can do. People have already shown amazing talent in many ways.
It's already clear that a large state university, tucked off in a corner of a large state, bogged down with big-state politics, ever-changing administration, high-budget pr enforcement, etc., is not going to have time to have vision about the future or about our place in the new world. This will have to come from us at the bottom. It's that simple.
summer is here!
at the moment a wild storm is taking place outside my house, but I'm writing because, though it may seem sleepy at CESL, lots is going on:
1. A new alumni page, which links from the cesl students page
, which I will say more about, and which is part of a larger project that includes a) connecting up lots of alumni, 2) having a web marketing survey for old-timers who want to stay involved and give us good advice, 3) other ways for these alumni to stay connected and involved in what we are doing.
2. Increasing use of weblogs, for everything, as they are not subject to bad template policy
, and because we might eventually be able to use CESL logos, etc...
3. A CESL Poetry Contest, just at a time when I'm doing a lot of haiku
, since I'm spending a lot of time with children and don't have the concentration of more than a couple of minutes at a time...also, it's at a time when a friend of mine who does the Carbondaley Dispatch
, a local blog, has started to do link poetry, which is one thing that I started and have always cherished....
4. My daughter
who is NOT really part of CESL but nevertheless part of the extended family, has found lots of interesting Iowa links...
5. AND, SUNSET CONCERTS STARTING NEXT WEEK...stay posted...