As a Duke employee working outside of Durham, Paul Klenk was looking for a way to stay in touch with campus news and events. Thanks to the "10 Days of Duke Today" contest, he found his answer.
Klenk, a Chicago-based research scientist with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, was one of 1,412 faculty and staff to participate in the contest that introduced employees to the new version of Duke's news website. He was also randomly selected from participants as the winner of the contest, receiving an iPad2 for efforts like providing feedback on the site, recommending the site to a friend and "liking" Working@Duke on Facebook.Read More
"I didn't go to Duke Today before the contest," said Klenk, who received a bachelor's degree in 2001 and a Ph.D in 2006 from Duke. "I would sometimes read [the student newspaper] The Chronicle because that was the way I got information before." Because he is living and working in Chicago, Klenk says Duke Today is really useful. "This kind of news site is the best way I can get news about Duke."Before he moves back to Durham this summer, Klenk said he'll be checking Duke Today every two or three days to stay in touch with what's going on around campus. As part of the "10 Days" contest, he customized a newsfeed on Duke Today to get news on a variety of topics, including business, faculty, staff and sustainability news. Klenk said Duke Today is now among the bookmarks on his browser."I like that I can have a lot of information available that's easy to find," he said. "I really liked the ability to tag different topics to have on my newsfeed."Along with Klenk, faculty and staff were active in the "10 Days" contest by interacting with Duke Today in a variety of ways. Over 10 business days, employees:
- Submitted about 1,600 pieces of feedback about the new site
- Provided 735 comments about the news story to announce the contest
- Suggested 539 story ideas
- Sent about 150 photos to the Working@Duke Flickr account
- Nominated 300 Duke employees to be featured as a "Blue Devil of the Week"
"The contest definitely exposed me to different parts of the site that I wouldn't have noticed," said Ebony Bryant, assistant director of admissions for multicultural recruitment at the Duke School of Law. "I hadn't visited Duke Today before, but now I'm checking it every day and paying attention to a variety of stories."