A Message from The Chairman, November 2016

For nearly every established organization, an ever present challenge is to adapt to emerging trends, technologies and standards. Thankfully, we have an extremely dedicated team of officers that are always working to make the IJA the best it can be. One of our biggest challenges we’ve faced over the past few years has been modernizing the functionality and image of our website — or, to be accurate, websites, as various parts have been maintained in different places.

This has been an incredibly laborious endeavor, as in there are many features (membership management, festival registration, historical content, eJuggle articles, etc.) that need to be integrated in addition to modernizing the look and feel of the website.

Last year, we made major strides with our online modernization efforts by integrating an AMS system (YM) to help streamline some of our online processes. Now we are taking it to the next level.

For a number of months, we’ve been working with a vendor to improve how our online systems are integrated and to update the look of the website. It’s been a lot of hard work and testing both from our end and on the vendor’s side, but now the time has come for the great unveiling!

For the functionality of the new site, logins have been homogenized between our membership (YM) pages and eJuggle. Browsing has been made much more user friendly with improved navigation, and editing is now much easier for our website maintainers, so program pages can be updated with less effort from our volunteers.

This is not to mention that this new website features a snazzy new look and modern design. Our historical content will still be available on our old site, and our new website will include plenty of information about the IJA’s illustrious history in addition to all the new content.

The new website has just become available, at: www.juggle.org.  We are still fine tuning a few things, but we hope you like the new site.

Preserving our history while looking toward the future,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

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Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. He previously served as Chairman of the IJA and also held various officer positions. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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