FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—December 10, 2007, Ann Arbor, MI– Logic Solutions completed a new social networking phase to the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary IHM web site, www.ihmsisters.org. Originally launched in 2006 and developed by Logic Solutions, the web site serves IHM’s 480 vowed sisters, 120 associates and 220 staff members in their creation of a close, active, online community.
Social networks for social good. Recent enhancements add two new dimensions to the Monroe, Michigan campus’s outreach mission of providing education, pastoral care, ministry and social services to poor communities worldwide:
• The “What’s New” module on the home page highlights important news and events, giving users an at-a-glance view of the most recent information affecting the IHM community. Event descriptions of concerts, seminars, publications and fundraising offer links to more detailed information. IHM staff can quickly update the announcements with a content management tool, enhancing interest, knowledge and participation of members, friends and the general public.
• New user forums on the private side of the web site encourage members to interact online. Features of the new user-friendly message boards include a WYSIWYG Rich Text Editor, threaded topics and posts, buddy lists, forum statistics including latest posts and who’s online, RSS support for content sharing and export, a powerful and flexible permission system, a feature-rich administrative control panel, AJAX Web 2.0 interface for improved usability, avatars, announcements and sticky topics.
“We’re pleased with the ease of navigating our site, the fact that we can decentralize content management with Logic’s WMS tool and our new homepage module that allows us to bring attention to specific ministries, news and events in a timely manner,” said Holly Knight, communications director of IHM. “The Community Forum enables our sisters and associates to interact with one another on important topics. Even though their ministries may take them thousands of miles away, the conversations among them is still active. It really helps them keep in touch.”
Logic Solutions imported member names and profiles from the IHM database and integrated the forums with IHM’s current user permissions. Members logging in to the private portal can seamlessly gain access to the user forums without an additional log in.
About the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM)
Founded in 1845, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are dedicated to continuing the liberating mission of Jesus Christ by serving the needs of God’s people. The IHM Sisters express their mission through their ministries, including the traditional ministry of education as well as pastoral care, justice advocacy, spiritual and psychological counseling, sustainability, and direct service to the poor in the United States and developing nations. Through these ministries, they develop structures that promote peace and justice and bring unity to people worldwide.
Web site: http://www.ihmsisters.org