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Mobile-friendly academic website conversions: Spring semester progress

Campus scene with many students on mobile phonesMobile usage is growing exponentially — particularly among our largest demographics of prospective students, Millennials and Gen Z.

Last year, Google experienced two mobile milestones:

  • The mobile tipping point, in which the number of mobile searches in the U.S. surpassed searches on PCs
  • Mobilegeddon, a change to the Google search algorithm that benefits mobile-friendly websites over their non-mobile-friendly counterparts

Academic websites converting to mobile

In response to the growing need to reach our audience on mobile devices, we began the process of converting all academic department websites to a mobile-friendly format in 2015.

The conversion process is not a complete redesign. Instead, it converts each site to the mobile template and reorganizes existing content for consumption on mobile devices.

Like the academic website redesigns, conversions are funded by the provost’s office and processed on a college-by-college rotation according to the deans’ prioritization.

Websites that are converted to the mobile-friendly template will later undergo redesign, during which new content, multimedia elements and design elements will be created. This two-step process allows our office to optimize all academic websites for mobile consumption as quickly as possible.

Progress in the first half of 2016

During the first six months of this year, we published the following mobile-friendly website conversions:

Progress anticipated for the second half of 2016

An additional 14 academic websites are either currently in conversion or scheduled to begin the process before the start of the fall semester. We expect all of these conversions to be published during the first half of the fall semester.

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Web Press upgrade extended through Monday, July 25, 2016

Web Press, the University’s Web content management system, will be upgraded to the latest release this week.

Downtime for upgrade

Web Press will not be available for editing or publishing your website through Monday, July 25 at 10:00 PM. Once the upgrade has been completed the system will be made available again.

Any website updates scheduled to be published during this time will still occur.

More information

Please contact the Web help desk at 417-836-5271 or webpress@missouristate.edu if you have any questions.

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Social Media Kit: #BearGrads Summer 2016

Missouri State University’s summer 2016 commencement ceremonies will take place Friday, July 29, 2016 at JQH Arena.

Key details

Share your story

Help us celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates by sharing the experience on social media. If you are graduating or attending graduation to celebrate with someone, we want to hear about it.

We encourage you to join the conversation before and during commencement by posting about it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tagging your posts with the official hashtag: #BearGrads.

Make your posts social media savvy

Visual assets


We’re debuting a #BearGrads Snapchat geofilter on commencement day, July 29, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.. You can find it from @missouristateu while in Hammons Student Center or JQH Arena.


Facebook cover photos

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Twitter cover photos

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Instagram photos

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Digital wallpapers

Add #BearGrads digital wallpaper to your desktop or phone screen.

Sample social media posts

  • Congratulations to our #BearGrads! We’re proud of you!
  • Can’t make it to commencement? Watch the ceremonies live online at http://livestream.com/mostate/ #BearGrads
  • #BearGrads has a new member, and it’s my (son, daughter, friend, etc.) (@TagThePerson).
  • What’s your favorite college memory? Share using #BearGrads.
  • Graduating on Friday? Share your photos from the day using #BearGrads.
  • See what our #BearGrads have to say about commencement day: http://bit.ly/1Hlgn1C. Join the conversation with #BearGrads
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#GoMaroon on GIPHY

Missouri State has launched a brand partnership with GIPHY, a search engine that allows people to search for and share GIFs on the internet.

Welcome Weekend

What are GIFs?

GIFs are animated images that loop endlessly. From a technical side, they are an image file type that stands for Graphics Interchange Format. They’re a great way to engage audiences on social media with an engaging visual component.

Why Missouri State uses GIFs

This is part of an effort to make MSU-branded assets readily available to the campus community (and the world). GIPHY provides a search engine that allows people to find GIFs featuring Missouri State campus activities, Boomer Bear and President Clif Smart.

How to access MSU GIFs

  • Go to the Missouri State GIPHY page or download the GIPHY app on the App Store or Google Play
  • Select the GIF you’d like to share
  • Tap or click the “Share” tab
  • Select the social media site you’d like to use

Alternatively, GIPHY is integrated with Twitter‘s GIF search engine, which is available on the Twitter app on mobile devices.

  • Select compose a new tweet
  • Tap the GIF button
  • Type “missouristate” in the search box
  • Select the GIF you’d like to share
  • Compose and send your tweet
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Missouri State seeks full stack developer/engineer

Missouri State University is accepting applications for a full stack developer/engineer.


  • Serves as technical lead to guide web applications through the full stack of development
  • Manages projects, develops web and mobile applications
  • Integrates and configures external platforms
  • Maintains the core web template architecture
  • Oversees the student programmer team

Select projects

Website views
Web performance, build tools, source control and continuous deployment
Search website
Top-level applications including Missouri State homepage, search, map and master calendar
MSU Mobile
Mobile applications and websites
Welcome Center panels
Special projects

Application instructions

Starting salary range: $61,574-80,399 annually. Pay grade: 36.

Reimbursement for out of the area relocation expenses is negotiable.

Group health insurance, life insurance, retirement, tuition waivers, wellness programs and professional development opportunities. Learn more about benefits.

Visit the complete job posting

Desired skills and experience


A bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience as described in the Job Family 3 Knowledge Equivalencies Chart is required; a bachelor’s degree in an information technology field is preferred.


  • At least two years of technology project management experience is required.
  • At least three years of experience programming websites is required with fluency exhibited in at least one Web application framework (ASP.NET MVC, Rails, Grails) and one object-oriented programming language (ASP.NET C#, Ruby, Groovy).
  • Proficiency in modern Web languages, including Javascript Application Development, HTML and CSS is required.
  • Experience in the design and programming of applications in a team-oriented environment is required.
  • Experience working with mobile development tools (iOS, Android, etc.) is required.
  • Work experience in higher education is preferred.


  • The ability to effectively manage multiple, complex web-based projects concurrently is required.
  • Effective interpersonal and organizational skills are required.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Strong and current application design and architecture skills, including an understanding of web security principles, are required.
  • An understanding of accessibility issues related to users with disabilities is preferred.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality in regard to information processed, stored, or accessed by the systems is required.
  • The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.


Extended periods of time working at a computer workstation are required.


The twenty-four hour scope of university operations requires this position to be available evenings, nights, and weekends to respond to calls regarding questions or problems with the university’s website.

Successful candidates must be committed to working with diverse student and community populations. Employment will require a criminal background check at university expense.

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