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Introduction

Creating events in Maxwell's Sitefinity calendar system will be similar to how this was done in our previous CMS but we now have incorporated better integration into SU's Community Calendar from Sitefinity.   Because of this integration, we have also added an approval process to all events to ensure content is complete and correctly formatted for display on both Maxwell's and SU's calendar tools.  


Logging into Sitefinity


Creating an event

  1. From the Dashboard go to Content > Events

    events section



  2. Click the green "Create an event" button on the right side of the page:

    Create an event screen and button



  3. Enter event details into their respective fields.  These fields include the following types of information.  Please note: There are new fields here that are required by the SU calendar.

    • Title

    • Content (Event details)

    • Summary

    • Date and time

    • Add Event to Unit Calendars

    • Location

    • Event category

    • Type

    • Audience

    • Accessibility
    • Cost
    • Registration information
    • Organizer / co-organizer
    • Learn more link
    • Parking information
    • Minors present
    • Publish to SU calendar
    • Contact information


Required fields

The following fields MUST be filled out prior to trying to save or send the event for approval:

  • Title
  • Content
  • Summary
  • Add Event to Unit Calendars
  • Contact email, name and phone number
  • URL (automatically generated from the event title)


Sending for Approval

Given the extra complexity of integrating our Maxwell events into the SU events calendar, all events will go through an approval process being reviewed by the Deans Office before they are published to either the Maxwell or SU calendar.  This approval process begins by clicking the Send for Approval button on the top-right of the page.    

Click the send for approval button


Next, you will be presented with the option to add extra notes regarding your event to have the Maxwell Deans office review as part of your event submission.  These notes will NOT become part of the event details when published.

Extra notes for review process



Deleting events

Currently there is a bug in Sitefinity that prevents website maintainers from deleting content (such as events) that are part of a workflow approval process.  If you need to remove or cancel an event, please email maxcomms@syr.edu with the event's title and date.


Individual field descriptions 


Title

This will become the clickable link into more details of the event and is limited to 100 characters.   This limitation is to ensure that it will fit across all Maxwell digital platforms (web site, newsletters, digital signage, etc).   Do not put the sponsoring department in the title.

Caste in the United States: Overview of the Civil Rights Movement for Caste Protections


Content

This is the "body" of the event that people will see when clicking on a link to view more details regarding the event.

The Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs’ South Asia Center presents:

Caste in the United States: Overview of the Civil Rights Movement for Caste Protections with Thenmozhi Soundararajan, Director of Equality Labs

This talk will explore the history of caste civil rights, urgent cases, and campaigns that Equality Labs is leading around the United States.

About the speaker:

Thenmozhi Soundararajan is a Dalit rights artist, technologist and theorist. Currently, Thenmozhi is the co-founder and executive director of Equality Labs, a Dalit Civil Rights organization that uses community research, cultural and political organizing, popular education and digital security to build power to end caste apartheid, white supremacy, gender-based violence, and religious intolerance.


Summary

This may be used by the SU Calendar where a "tease" of the event is displayed.  It also becomes the "metadata description" that helps Google and other search engines properly index and display information about your event.  This should be written to complement, but not be redundant with the title.  The use of acronyms should be avoided. 

Thenmozhi Soundararajan, executive director of Equality Labs, will provide an overview of the civil rights movement for caste protections in the U.S.

Calendar

Ignore this field.  The "Default Calendar" is the correct and only choice.


Event start, end and time zone

Use the icons which are adjacent to the date and time fields to choose and enter the proper starting and ending times.   Only change the time zone for events that take place in other time zones.

Times dates and timezones

 

Add Event to Unit Calendars

Click the "+" icon to choose which pages this event should appear on.  Multiple units can be selected.

Choose which Sitefinity section


Click on "Show all units and programs" to see unit options:

Click on show all units and programs

Browse to the desired (academic) Department or Research unit.  Alternatively, you can use the search to "Narrow by typing".  Please ignore the Administration and Certificates options in this context.

Browse to department or research section

Check the box adjacent to the department.   For some research units (i.e. Moynihan), you may need to go deeper into the hierarchy to select the correct unit.  

Select unit

Here the "Center for European Studies" is selected which is under Moynihan:

Selecting a sub-unit

Channels

If you want your event to appear on the Maxwell public events calendar, please select "School Calendar" under the Channels section.  If the School Calendar channel is not presented in the abbreviated list in the screenshot above, it can be found under the Show all channels option.

List of channels to choose from

Geographic Location

Use the dropdown menus to select the proper location and building.  When entering the Room Number, do not include the building name or abbreviation.  

Note: there is another location field lower in the form for entering specific addresses outside of the main SU campus. 

Enter location information



Event category, type and audience

These selections will be used in the Maxwell and SU calendars as filters to help site visitors find relevant events.  If no audience options are selected, then a generic message will be presented saying that the event is simply open to the public. 

Select category, type and audience choices


Accessibility 

Depending upon the size of your event, specific accessibility accommodations may be required.   Please see this site for the University's live events policies.  Check the boxes for the specific services that will be offered at your event. 

 Accessibility options



Cost and registration

If you are charging an entrance fee or asking people to register for your event, enter the cost, choose the appropriate wording from the Registration Label dropdown and enter the link to your registration page.

cost and registration fields

  


Choose the appropriate  Maxwell unit(s) who organize / co-organize the event.  If you want to link to another web page for event viewers to learn more about your event, enter the full url into the Link to Learn More field. 

Organizers and learn more



Parking information 

Use this field for specific parking instructions.  If needed, reference SU-hosted information from the https://parking.syr.edu/ web site.  

Parking information



Minors Present

Indicate if you know if minors will be present at the event. 

Indicate if minors will be present at the event.



Publish to SU Calendar

Check box to indicate if your event is to be  also published to the Syracuse University Community Calendar.

Check to request that the event be published to the SU calendar



Location (specific map address)

If needed, please enter the specific address of the event. 

map address



Contact information

Enter contact information for someone who can answer further questions regarding the event. 

Enter a person's contact information who can be contacted for more information about the event

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