The Stephens College athletics department, in partnership with SIDHelp, unveiled a new online home for the Stars on Wednesday. The official athletics website, StephensStars.com, aims to increase SC's visibility and the ability to showcase student-athletes from its eight varsity sports.
With the introduction of a new athletics logo in September, the logical next step for Stephens was a complete overhaul of the previous athletics website. The launch of StephensStars.com helps carry over momentum from the fall and represents the College's commitment to the growth of its athletic programs.
"We feel that the new StephensStars.com is a wonderful reflection of Stephens College and Star athletics," Sports Information Director Adam Samson said. "In today's technology-driven world, athletic departments rely heavily on social media, video and photography to tell their stories. SIDHelp provides us with that new, dynamic platform to engage our student-athletes, fan base and prospective students."
The department believes the website overhaul will dramatically improve the user experience with its intuitive layout and tools to provide fans with instantaneous information.
Front and center on StephensStars.com is a main article rotator, which allows for a more prominent display of photos and video. Also incorporated into the new website are several general information pages, a brand new "Recruit Me" section, alumna questionnaires, printer-friendly options, sport-specific and composite calendars, photo galleries and much more.
Social media and video integration plays a much larger role on StephensStars.com. The social media tabs at the top of the homepage allow easier access to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, while the video module enables fans a more convenient avenue to view #StephensStars YouTube content.
Fans will be able to sign up to receive news about SC athletics delivered to their email inbox or mobile device. Also integrated into the launch is a simple, mobile version of StephensStars.com as well as FREE apps for Android and iPhone users.
"It's an exciting time for us and we are already brainstorming ways to enhance the user experience in the future," Samson added.
SIDHelp has played a key role in the design and functionality of the American Midwest Conference website (amcsportsonline.com) as well as other schools in the league.
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