College of Humanities and Social Sciences' Alumni Magazine Goes Online
Thursday, Jul. 19, 2012
The alumni magazine for Utah State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences is now available online.
Liberalis, the alumni magazine for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University, is now available online. The publication was launched in summer 2011 to reconnect with graduates of the school and to showcase the work of its students, faculty and alumni. A web version was created to make story sharing easier.
Brianna Bybee, the college’s designer, is responsible for producing the look and feel of CHaSS print and web publications. She crafted and built the site to match the straightforward, clean style of the print version.
“The goal was to create something that is easy to use and easy to share,” she said. “Our alumni receive the print magazine, but the website is for everybody to see what we are doing.”
When John C. Allen was appointed dean of the college in 2010, he wanted to highlight the work and passions of individuals in the school. Liberalis was conceived as a way showcase the research and teaching in the college as well as the creative endeavors of its alumni. The name Liberalis was selected because of its Latin origins and meaning which pertains to freedom. The word reflects the values of the college as liberal arts institution, Dean Allen said.
“We are interested in all forms of freedom — political and social freedom, but also freedom from prejudices and freedom from rigid forms of thinking,” he wrote in the inaugural issue. “We are trying to cultivate in ourselves and in our students the freedom to explore ideas, cultures and new ways of problem-solving.”
Liberalis is published two times a year by the CHaSS dean’s office and distributed to alumni without charge. The website went live in July to coincide with the publishing of the Summer 2012 edition of Liberalis. The hope is to create a community of readers online.
“The feedback we received from alumni from around the world has been very positive in addition to emails and letters of support,” Allen said. “Given the success of the hard copy, we are starting an electronic copy for those who prefer online reading. I am very proud of the success of our college and the success of our magazine.”
The publication is produced by Bybee, Kristen Munson, who writes for the magazine, and Donna Barry, the university photographer. Individuals interested in receiving the e-publication can subscribe online.
Contact: Kristen Munson, (435) 797-0267, Kristen.firstname.lastname@example.org