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New University Events Calendar launched

September 27, 2012

The University's six-year-old event calendar software has been replaced with a new hosted program that enables users to do things like set up email or text reminders for events and receive notifications of changes to events.

The old University events calendar system, launched in May of 2006, has been replaced with a new hosted program.

“In taking our leave of the old online calendar software,” Web Communications Director Leslie Taylor says, “I think it’s appropriate to quote Warren Buffet, who said: ‘In a chronically leaking boat, energy devoted to changing vessels is more productive than energy devoted to patching leaks.’”

The Department of Web Communications had also received feedback from users that they wanted more functionality and flexibility.

“Over the years, to provide new services and enhancements, the original platform (an off-the-shelf product) has been modified and patched enough that the underlying database and code has become a bit of a quagmire,” the department’s Senior Web Developer Adam Warren says. “At some point it becomes inefficient to continue to modify aging infrastructure.”

New software from Trumba

Happy Bennett, a web content specialist with the Department, investigated currently available web-based calendar solutions.

 “We settled on Trumba, a Seattle-based developer, to provide a hosted calendar solution,” Bennett says. “Trumba gives us a powerful toolset for managing and promoting events on the Colorado State campus.”

With the new calendar, users can:

  • Add events to their personal e-calendars (iCal, Outlook, Google, Yahoo, Face book, etc.);
  • Set up email or text reminders of upcoming events;
  • Share events with friends/coworkers through email, Face book, LinkedIn, and Twitter;
  • Receive notifications of changes to events (cancellations, reschedules, changes in location);
  • Search for events using filters such as event type (academic, arts/entertainment, athletics, diversity/culture), intended audience, or format (lecture, workshop, panel);
  • Subscribe to the University Events Calendar or any of its sub-calendars;
  • Sign up to receive a weekly email of all upcoming events on the University Event Calendar.

The old calendar is no longer being used to promote University-wide events. For historical purposes, it can be still be viewed at the link listed below. The link to the new calendar is also listed.

Old calendar system goes off-line June 30, 2014

For the convenience of the campus community, the old calendar system will remain in place for two years (going off-line June 30, 2014) so that organizations that have sub-calendars on the system can continue to add events to their calendars.

This transition period will give users time to locate and set up new calendars for internal use.

As long as the owners of subcalendars continue to add events to them, RSS feeds already in place from those calendars will continue to work until June of 2014. However, the Department of Web Communications will be able to provide only limited support for the old platform.

Would you like to submit an event?

If you’d like to submit an event to the new University Events Calendar, submit here. Instructions for submitting events can be viewed on the submission form itself. If you have difficulties, please email the University Events Calendar administrator, Juliana Hissrich at Juliana.hissrich@colostate.

If you are having technical difficulties while submitting an event, please contact Bennett at happy.bennett@colostate.edu.

Training for calendar submitters

The Department of Web Communications is collaborating with Academic and Computer Networking Services to provide training sessions during the coming year that will detail the submission process for users. Look for dates for the upcoming training sessions.


Contact: Happy Bennett
E-mail: happy.bennett@colostate.edu