Fellow NOVAC members,

It’s my pleasure to announce a major upgrade of the NOVAC website, located at:

http://www.novac.com/

The site’s new look and organization are the product of many months of work by Chris Lee, supported by numerous other NOVAC members along the way. We hope you find the information that on the new site to be easier to find, relevant, and up-to-date.

The new website has many new features, including an integrated event calendar for the public as well as members. Extensive effort has been put into social networking integration. As pages were moved to the new site, content has been examined and updated as needed. The new site also features a built-in search tool that we believe will be very helpful.

Member usernames and passwords remain the same as the old site. As with the old site, members-only material is available only after logging in. The login/password box appears near the top of the page if you’re not logged in; there is also a video on the left hand side of the page to help you login if you need it.

NOVAC’s site is very large, and we’ll inevitably discover a few problems in the days to come. If you find a problem or simply want to comment on the new site, please feel free to email Chris at “webmaster@novac.com” or fill out the “contact us” form on the site, located at:

http://www.novac.com/wp/about/contact-us/

We’d also like to hear from you if you have information that you’d like to contribute or maintain on the website. The new site makes it very easy to create and edit content; Chris can get you started in just a few minutes, even if you’ve never created a webpage before.

2013 promises to be an extraordinary year for NOVAC. We are planning a series of great events: Astronomy Day, public nights, Monthly Observing Sessions, AHSP, and our annual Star Gaze–at which we’ll host the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of Astronomical Societies. We look forward to promoting all these events to our members and the public through the websites as well as all of NOVAC’s social outlets.

I’ve asked Chris Lee to build on his work with the website by taking on a new role as NOVAC’s director of communications. In addition to his work on the website, Chris will lead the charge on things like external media relations, cross-promotion of events with other clubs, and membership recruitment communications.

Thanks for being a NOVAC member. I hope to see you at meetings and on the observing field throughout 2013!