NOSORH Members,

As all of you  know, here at NOSORH we have been working on our new website, and today is the day we go live. Before I get into the details of the new website I would like to thank the University of North Dakota staff, especially Maren Niemeier and Julie Arnold, the Communications Committee and  the other NOSORH staff,  for all of their input and time spent making sure we captured every last detail to make this website launch a success.

We have been giving you updates about the new site throughout the past few issues of The Branch and now it’s time for you to see it yourself. Some of the pages you will notice are the same, but some have moved or been consolidated. Within the pages themselves you will see our new “key issues” feature. On the right side of the inside pages you will be able to click on any issue and see every resource that NOSORH has to offer. It works as a word gram, the larger the word, the more content. Don’t let the small words fool you, we have added content, so that even some of the smaller words have a good deal of resources.

One of the great things about our new site is how interactive it can become with your help. One of the new features of the website is the NOSORH Blog. If any members would like to volunteer to post to the new NOSORH Blog, please contact Matt Strycker, stryckerm@nosorh.org .  It doesn’t matter how short or long the Blog, all input is welcomed. With this Blog comes the opportunity to comment and discuss issues among ourselves. Please remember when posting comments, because we do not have unique log-in’s, you will need to place a signature on your comment. This will help us maintain a robust conversation!

NOSORH will be running the ListServs going forward. You will find those new addresses under the “Member Resources” tab, under “Using the NOSORH Website and ListServs”. Some of them have changed so please check before sending any information out on them.

Lastly, we would like all of members to please find your State Office in the Directory, and make sure that all information is up to date. We have done all we can to make sure that all of those contacts have transitioned over. We will still need your help to make it accurate and reflect the work of your SORH. For any changes, please contact Donna Pfaendtner, donnap@nosorh.org .

Again, thank you to everyone who has helped make this launch a success. This is just a start we may have a few bugs to work out.  Let us know what you find and send me a note about what you  think about the site.

Matt Strycker