HighEdWeb2008 Conference: Infinite Solutions

Session Details

Prolonging the Engagement: Connecting with Incoming Students Throughout the Summer

PST19 Poster Sessions Track

Plaster Student Union Ballroom


In 2006 Xavier University launched its award-winning website The Road to Xavier – a social networking Web application for newly-admitted freshmen. The initial purpose of the site was to create a new way to communicate with students and allow them to communicate with each other – including online financial aid access, student profiles, and an ‘Inbox’. Now in its third year of use, the site has been expanded to keep the students interested and involved throughout the summer. This presentation will give a brief overview of the features of The Road to Xavier and look at the new additions and the purpose they serve in keeping the students involved and excited about the upcoming school year.


Rob Liesland
Web Developer, Xavier University

Rob has been working at Xavier University for the past five years - the first four as a programmer/analyst in the Department of Application Services and the past year as a Web developer in the Department of Web Services. He specializes in Web application programming.

Kevin Lavelle
Coordinator of Web Services, Xavier University

Kevin has been at Xavier University since entering as a freshman student in 1998. After graduating in 2002, he began working at the university as an admission counselor in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. In addition to counseling prospective students, Kevin’s responsibilities included e-communication and the admission website. Working with the Office of Web Services, he served as the admission point-person in the development of the “Road to Xavier” website, an interactive website for admitted students. The “Road to Xavier” was named “Best University Website” of 2006 by the Web Marketing Association. Kevin joined the Office of Web Services in August 2007, serving the university community as the Coordinator of Web Services.