University of Advancing Technology Web Club Wins Governor's Award for Charitable Work

UAT Web Club's award for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum website.TEMPE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 22, 2003--Web design students at the University of Advancing Technology won a governor's award for the work they did on a Web site for the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

The UAT Web Club won the Governor's Tourism Award in the Web Marketing/Technical Marketing category. The award is given to a project that puts a destination on the "cutting edge" of promotion.

UAT Web Club member Scott Neidig accepting the Governor's Tourism Award for work done on the Boyce Thompson Arboretum website.Scott Neidig accepted the award on behalf of the club at an awards ceremony with Gov. Janet Napolitano. The club logged nearly 70 hours of work on the site, which promotes the arboretum, located outside of Superior, Ariz.

The UAT club seeks to find experience in Web site development by volunteering for non-profits. Last year, the club finished a Web site for the TJ Pappas School.

"The biggest challenge was organizing all the information the arboretum wishes to present to the public including pictures, history, plant and animal information, volunteer information, membership information, a virtual tour, and educational information so it can be presented to the public. Their Web site should encourage new people to visit the arboretum and remind people who have already been to the arboretum that it's worth checking out again," Neidig explained about the site development project.

Janet Napolitano and Scott pose with the award.The University of Advancing Technology is an ACICS accredited private university located in Tempe, Ariz. Designed to bring faculty, students and industry leaders together in a unique environment, the university continues to serve as a leader in education and the latest technologies. The school offers associate, bachelor and master's degrees in multimedia, software engineering and technology commerce, as well as professional development training.