Occidental Launches New Web Portal

After months of preparation, Occidental College today unveiled its new portal, myOxy, a personalized and dynamic access point to web-based services and information for faculty, staff and students.

Unlike the collection of static links previously available to the campus community on the College’s website, myOxy (http://my.oxy.edu) provides a combination of security, customization and convenience designed to meet the specific needs of different College constituencies, explained Pamela McQuesten, vice president for information resources and chief information officer.

"Until now, the Occidental website had to serve the needs of both external and internal audiences," McQuesten said. "myOxy makes it possible to separate the two and better serve the campus community by providing targeted access to services and information that is impossible through the external website."

This initial version of myOxy is just the beginning, she added. The portal will continue to evolve as new features are added over the coming months. The portal team will be actively soliciting feedback to build on the preliminary testing done by faculty, students and staff over the summer.

"The portal is truly the result of a campus-wide effort," McQuesten said. "A production team drawn from Admissions, Institutional Advancement, Registrar, Business Office, Library, Student Life, Human Resources, Communications, Information Technology Services, and the Faculty Library and Information Services Committee relied worked together over the past nine months to design and implement myOxy. Additionally, many faculty, staff and student testers who volunteered to work with the team helped ensure that myOxy met their needs."