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Volume 68, Issue 102, Monday, February 24, 2003


CA and VPSA seek funds for Web 

By Matt Dulin
The Daily Cougar

A request made by Campus Activities to employ a full-time Web developer may come in conflict with a funding-extension request made Friday by the Web Development Office of the Division of Student Affairs.

In last yearis Student Fee Advisory Committee report, $22,483 was granted to the office in response to "the commitment that this will be the last request for such funding."

Saying they have not generated the revenue necessary to attain self-sufficiency, the office asked SFAC for another One-Time allocation of the same amount.

Carlos Ramirez, the Web Master of Vice President of Student Affairs Web Development Office, said the office was unable to secure approval for the usage fees it intended to rely upon for revenue until late in the year.

"For this reason we are asking SFAC for more funds this year -- to become self-sufficient. Now that the (fees) are in place, weire looking into advertising our services and hopefully generating revenue," Ramirez told the committee.

Most of the money will pay the salaries of two part-time student workers, Ramirez said, though ideally, revenues from their "fee-for-service" setup will pay the workers.

Those fees include setup and maintenance charges for having a Web site developed by the office, plus other fees for additional work, such as digital photography or Flash-based Web sites.

"Obviously, the bigger the project, the longer itis going to take and the more itis going to cost," Ramirez said.

The office maintains several Web sites affiliated with the Division of Student Affairs, including the divisionis home page and the Center for Students with DisAbilities. It also provides Web sites for the Child Care Center, the Health Center, the University Center, the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, Frontier Fiesta and SFAC itself.

The idea, Ramirez explained, is to open up the service to student organizations wanting a site directly affiliated with the University.

That sounded exactly like a request made by Campus Activities.

Presidential representative Ed Tulin pointed out the fact, citing several letters of support the committee received in favor of the full-time Web developer for campus organizationsi Web sites. The Campus Activitiesi plan would cater to fee-funded organizations, like SGA and Greek societies.

Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs Diane Murphy said that if the two plans were funded, there would be "a great deal of cooperation" between the two offices.

In his address later that day, Vice President Elwyn C. Lee recommended that both offices look to employing students as a cheaper alternative.

Many campus organizations use their own in-house Web designers and online services, but they exist outside the UH network. 

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