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  • Alan Farr Joins the Team – March 12, 2018

    Alan Farr, Web Content Producer, UVA School of Medicine

    It’s Nice to Meet You

    Hi everyone! My name is Alan Farr, and I recently joined Kathleen Mueller as part of the UVA School of Medicine (SOM) Web team. For the past 6 1/2 years, I served as Website Content Manager for the UVA Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging, where I managed the Radiology WordPress Websites. I’ve worked closely with Kathleen and Ray Nedzel (former SOM Webmaster) over the years, and am thrilled to be part of the line-up.

    A Helping Hand

    The new title on my business card reads “Web Content Producer.” And while this is certainly accurate, think of me as someone who is here to help you with managing and maintaining your SOM website.  WordPress enables users to update content through a friendly interface–no web design or coding skills needed! Come see Kathleen and me at the weekly WordPress training sessions on Thursdays. If you have any questions or need anything prior to the Thursday sessions, just give me a shout:

    Alan Farr


    I look forward to making your acquaintance at an upcoming Thursday training session, via email / phone, etc.


    From Editors Meeting – Oct. 5, 2017

    So nice to see and talk to everyone who attended.  I hope everyone who wanted coffee, got coffee.  I’ll miss the Higher Grounds Coffee – y mis amigas, Darly and Karen.

    Below are the notes from your comments/questions/hopes for the future of the School of Medicine websites; and a list of free broken link checkers that I recommend.

    It has been my pleasure to be the webmaster for the school medicine for the past 10 years. And I wish you bold new successes in the future.If you have questions, comments, or concerns please send them to SOMWEB@virginia.edu.

    Broken Link Checkers:

    Here is the list of wish list items that were brought up during today’s meeting….

     Requests for areas of improvement

    • Directory of on-site experts – as a web presence – make we-support more prominent
      • Services we offer
      • Who to contact
      • Schedule of classes
    • Automate information of personnel at the SOM follow up with updates,
      • Org charts
      • Centralized portal for SOM only information
      • Intranet
      • Centralized data source
    • Way to police out of date content on site
      • Remind editor bi-yearly to update site
      • Provide report? Last edited
    • Broken link checker for each site
      • Ray has a service that he will share. (above)
    • Central Repository that lists training requirements for each staff type
      • Allow access to Intranet
    • Curvita
      • SOM stopped supporting it 2 years ago – RFD data pull
    • Notes from Bill (PHS site)
      • I would love to see some way to always have the same filtered view each time I return to a backend view.
      • How about a forum to ask questions of the group, monitored by SOM Web staff, like uweb and the LSPs? –I’m willing when available and knowledgeable to go to a colleague’s space and show them how to do things.  The forum could facilitate this kind of activity.

    Lot’s of great ideas.  I love the community knowledge sharing idea from Bill in the form of a forum or whatever.

    Break a leg,



    Editor’s Meeting and Farewell to Ray

    Dear School of Medicine Web Editors and Contributors –

    Ray Nedzel, webmaster, leaving the School of Medicine October 6, 2017

    Ray Nedzel, webmaster, leaving the School of Medicine October 6, 2017

    I want to say thank you to you; so please save the date, and plan to join me for what will be my final update to the faculty and staff about the School of Medicine website.


    • Date: Thursday, October 5th
    • Time: 9:30 am for coffee and light breakfast fare; 10:00 am for short meeting; 10:30-11:30 am for more coffee and discussions
    • Location:  Sandridge Auditorium, 1st Floor, McKim Hall


    Details coming about this meeting, your websites, and me.   And it is, as they say, all good.





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