Assist United Way
the 2004 winter semester, students in Sandra Poindexter’s
(Business) CIS 250-255 classes participated in a community service
project that helped redesign the United Way of Marquette County’s
office Web site.
revamping the three-year-old site, students also worked with the
United Way personnel, providing training for office software to
maximize their proficiency. The students provided manuals for the
on-line content changes as well as some of the other office programs
that United Way uses.
Way of Marquette County approached NMU for help after receiving
some new directives from the United Way of America requiring a new
Web site design that was beyond its capabilities. The organization
was referred to Poindexter, whose students interviewed the staff
and board of directors to determine the needs of the workers and
of those who make donations.
was a great class, great enthusiasm with the students,” said Barbara
Mattson, information specialist for the United Way of Marquette
County . Mattson was impressed with the diligence of the students
in working with the office staff, gathering input to make sure the
training and Web site were tailored to suit everyone’s needs.
said that she was pleased with how the students grew to understand
the United Way’s mission and how its components work together for
the benefit of the community. “The students experienced a real life
project, with the ups and downs of a real life project,” Poindexter
said. “They knew it was a real life entity that would really use
letter from the United Way of Marquette County to Poindexter and
her CIS students said, “We were in dire need of the templates you
developed to support our marketing efforts, and the training, supported
by the quick ‘how to’ reference guides, will be invaluable to us.
see the results of the students' work, go to United
Way of Marquette County.