GUIDE FOR CONTENT CREATORS
The official Colorado School of Mines Calendar—found at http://inside.mines.edu and
http://inside.mines.edu/Calendar—consists of four separate calendar “feeds” that are
combined to create one al -purpose campus-wide calendar of events. Mines Calendar was
designed to display events of general interest to the Colorado School of Mines community and
to avoid scheduling conflicts. It was completed and put into operation in mid-2012, with a
number of updates since.
This document describes how to create and configure new calendar events correctly. It also
describes what kinds of events are appropriate for inclusion. Please fol ow these instructions
Mines Public Relations has general responsibility for the entire Mines Calendar and the
authority to (1) designate any and al Mines Calendar items as “featured” (gold-starred in the
main calendar view), (2) highlight specific calendar items on the http://inside.mines.edu calendar
front page, or (3) remove inappropriate items from the calendar altogether. The four calendar
“feeds” that make up Mines Calendar are labeled within the calendar as fol ows:
● General—This calendar feed is populated by Mines Public Relations, or by designated
representatives from academic and service departments at Mines. The General category
includes events from the official school calendar (e.g., academic deadlines,
add/withdraw dates, campus holidays, and so on), performances (e.g., Mines Little
Theater or library concerts) and, in general, other items that don't fit neatly into the
categories below. When in doubt about the proper category in which to place an event,
ask Mines Public Relations for a definitive suggestion.
● Lectures—This calendar feed is populated primarily by designated representatives from
academic and service departments at Mines. It contains public events of general interest
to the campus community, such as academic and popular lectures, talks, and col oquia.
● Athletics—This segment of Mines Calendar is control ed entirely by the Mines Athletics
Department. It includes times, dates, locations, and, subsequently, results of official
Athletics Department sporting events. Note that intramural or club sports events are not
included in this calendar. The method for entering a calendar event into that system is
not covered by this document.
● Students—This calendar feed originates in OrgSync (the student-organization portal)
and is control ed entirely by Student Activities. It includes particular events selected by
Student Activities from events submitted by al student clubs and organizations. The
method for entering a calendar event into that system is not covered by this document.
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CREATING A NEW “GENERAL” OR “LECTURES” CALENDAR ITEM
Mines Calendar items in the “General” or “Lectures” categories are created within the Mines
Content Management System, or CMS, at https://inside.mines.edu/cms. To create a calendar
item requires a CMS account and general familiarity with that system, including the ability to
create new CMS pages. If you do not currently have a CMS account, please request one via the
Mines Help Center “Helpdesk” at http://helpdesk.mines.edu. If you would like to know more
about how to use the CMS, download and view the tutorials available here:
http://ccit.mines.edu/CCIT-CMS or ask questions via Helpdesk.
To create a new calendar item (the main steps are highlighted in yel ow):
1. Log into the Content Management System (CMS) at https://inside.mines.edu/cms
2. In the left-hand menu tree, navigate to the Inside > Calendars directory and choose
either the Calendar-General subdirectory (to create General calendar items) or the
Calendar-Lectures subdirectory (for public lectures), as appropriate. In general, if you
have access to a particular calendar you can create a calendar item there.
3. In the appropriate calendar directory, in the “Pages I am working on” area of the CMS
interface, click the white new-document icon to create a new calendar item:
4. Accept the default “HTML Editor” option and click Submit to begin a new calendar item.
5. Give the page a title. Do not give the page a file name. The file name for the page wil be
created automatical y by the CMS. When creating the title for a lecture, please fol ow the
general format used in other lecture titles. Al other options may be left as-is at this time.
You wil be able to set date and time information for this calendar item later in the
process, below. For now, click Submit to create the new calendar item.
6. Open the newly created page by clicking on the open-page icon in the “Pages currently
7. Set the date (and, if appropriate, the time) of the event. If it is an untimed, al -day, or
multi-day event like a holiday, check the Al Day Event option. Otherwise, set the
beginning and (optional y) end times of the event, if appropriate.
8. Enter information about the event in the editing window at the bottom of the page.
Remember to include the date, time, and place of the event even if you have previously
entered it into the page title. In addition to plain text, basic formatting functions such as
boldface and italics are supported. Hypertext links and graphics may also be inserted
into the item. Other more complex formatting features, such as embedded YouTube
videos, may fail to appear in the completed calendar item. In general, the rule is to keep
the formatting as simple as possible for maximum compatibility with calendars and RSS
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feed readers; plain text, with perhaps some boldface for emphasis, and links to
supplemental materials (if any) is usual y best.
9. For lectures only, use the pul -down menu to specify your department. If your
department is not in that list, choose the default value of “Other.” This is crucial for the
functioning of the Graduate Student Association Calendar at
http://gsg.mines.edu/graduate_calendar. This specialized calendar pul s its information
from the main Mines Calendar. It al ows grad students and others to view lectures by
department. If you forget this step, your departmental event wil not be as visible to
graduate students and others who may wish to attend.
10. Click the Save button to save the page and (in the “Pages I am working on” area) click
the Approve (right-arrow) icon to publish the item.
11. Your new calendar item wil appear in the main Mines Calendar when the calendar next
updates its internal database—general y every hour. Once your item appears in Mines
Calendar, check it for formatting and content. Does it look right? If changes are required,
reopen that calendar item in the CMS, make changes, save and approve the document,
then wait again for the calendar to be updated by the CMS. In a time emergency, contact
Team Web (x3449) in Computing, Communications and Information Technologies (CCIT)
to immediately force the Mines Calendar database to update.
FREQUENTLY-ASKED CALENDAR QUESTIONS
What is an appropriate calendar item?
Appropriate calendar items wil feature events of general interest to the Mines community. Such
events are general y hosted by a campus department, a Mines club or organization, or the
school administration itself. Commencement would be an example of such an event, as would a
lecture by an expert sponsored by an academic department, an artistic performance, a school
holiday, a sporting event, or an academic deadline of some kind.
Athletic events are publicized by the Mines Athletics Department on their own calendar system.
Those events wil automatical y appear in the Athletics feed of the main campus-wide calendar
as wel .
Student organizations and clubs (including club sports) wil general y publicize their events via
the OrgSync portal control ed by Student Activities. Some of those events wil be made available
to the main campus-wide calendar, at the discretion of Student Activities. Contact Student
Activities for information on how items are chosen to appear in the campus-wide calendar.
Events of interest to only a few individuals, or sponsored by a single individual, would not
typical y appear in the school-wide calendar. (“Kittens to good homes” or “Dave's birthday” or
“New short course starts” would not be appropriate items.) Events sponsored by organizations
otherwise unconnected to Mines, but renting Mines facilities, would also general y not appear.
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As noted above, Mines Public Relations has ultimate authority over which events appear in the
campus-wide calendar and which don't. Inappropriate events wil be removed from the calendar
by Public Relations. Contact Mines Public Relations with questions about appropriate and
inappropriate calendar items.
What kinds of events can be created in the schoolwide calendar?
The calendar wil accept three main types of events:
● Timed events. These are events that take place on a particular day and over a
designated, relatively short time period. Hennebach or Van Tuyl lectures and department
col oquia would fal into this category, for instance. In fact, most Mines public events are
likely to fal within this category.
● Al -day (untimed) events. These are events that have a particular date, but not a
particular time, associated with them. For instance, a school holiday like Independence
Day would be an al -day event.
● Multi-day (untimed) events. These are events that take place at no particular time but
over more than one day. E-Days might be listed as a multi-day (but untimed) event, as
might Winter Break. These events should be created as al -day events.
Be aware that Mines Calendar is a shared resource. Please do not open, edit, or otherwise
disturb calendar items submitted by others. If you have a problem with the content of a
particular calendar item, please contact Mines Public Relations.
Contact the CCIT Web Team via Mines Help Center—http://helpdesk.mines.edu—if you have
further questions about creating calendar items.
Last updated 25 March 2015
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