ORLANDO | Black, gold and bold – Catholic Knights are ready to conquer this school year with faith and love because Jesus did it first. That truly beautiful message radiates from the revamped website for Catholic Campus Ministry (CCM) at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The new look came out just in time for “freshman move-in” weekend. Brother Adam Neri of the Brotherhood of Hope and director of CCM, said it’s all “part of a larger, ongoing evangelizing initiative for CCM.”
Neri wanted to make the site more inviting and easier to navigate, hoping to engage new students. Incoming students, returning students and alumni can now easily make their way through the site to find faith-filled information specifically for them. Further down the homepage users can find Mass times, office hours, events, mission work opportunities and more. Research shows ease of use and speed in accessing information is critical for age group 18 to 24. With almost everything on the homepage colorful and clickable, the new website aims to please.
“CCM is a vibrant community that is active and flourishing, evident through our success of increasing our weekly attendance in consecutive semesters,” says CCM president Sebastian Dominguez, a senior at the University of Central Florida. He credits its growth to outreach and evangelization on and around the UCF campus. That growth can be attributed to students spreading the word and the Brotherhood of Hope, which works in conjunction with Saint Paul’s Outreach. This teamwork is significant because UCF is the largest university by enrollment in Florida and one of the largest universities in the nation. Saint Paul’s helps missionary students ignite faith on campus. Still the team acknowledges they must plug into the power of digital communication.
“The website overhaul and design changes are an example of the commitment and spirit we cherish at CCM,” says Dominguez. “The redesign has made the navigation and sharing of information a lot easier and simpler for users. Our (college students) main form of communication is social media, but we understand not everyone is active with their accounts, such as Instagram, so our website is how we can bridge the gap for those students. Our community and information is readily available for all students.”
Dominguez adds, “We want people, specifically students, to instantly know who are we are, what we do and how they can be a part of our CCM Family. If our website sends that clear message to our users, then people would be more open to embrace their faith and God’s call to a deeper love.”
To check out the new website, go to www.ccmknights.com.
By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic September 04, 2019