Carleton College Web Services Staff Win Coveted ‘Red Stapler’ Awards

November 2, 2007

Carleton College web services staff members Mark Heiman, Matt Ryan, and Nate White were honored with coveted ‘Red Stapler’ awards at the HighEdWeb National Conference held last month in Rochester, N.Y. An annual gathering of higher education web professionals from over 200 colleges and universities from around the world, HighEdWeb is committed to “advancing web professionals, technologies, and standards in higher education.”

Anyone who’s seen the 1999 comedy classic film “Office Space” will understand the importance of this somewhat quirky honor. A red Swingline stapler is simply “the most coveted office supply item on the planet,” according to the film.

Heiman won a “Best in Track” award for his presentation titled “Social Networking Software: Meeting the Expectations of the MySpace Generation.” Ryan and White were honored for “Best Poster,” a joint project in support of Carleton’s open source content management system, Reason.

This is the second year that representatives from Carleton College have attended the 8-year-old national HighEdWeb conference, which this year drew nearly 500 attendees from nine countries and 42 states. The only other school to win two separate awards at the conference was Cornell University, with a total enrollment of over 20,000 students.