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Newsletter | Jan/Feb 2006


OWA Web Site Improvements
by Ryan McCormack

We are excited to announce some major improvements to the OWA Web site! We've upgraded the site to offer you some new benefits for being a part of OWA. With the new OWA Web site, you can:

Manage your OWA profile information online
Browse and search the OWA member directory
Participate in the OWA mentorship program

We hope that you'll take some time to explore the new features we've created, and we look forward to your participation and feedback as we continue to grow and expand what we offer our members. These are just the first steps we're taking to provide you with more valuable content. Over time, we'll be adding more exciting new features and functionality (e.g., photo galleries, discussion forums), so keep coming back!

How to sign up


If you're already an OWA member with an email address on file, you're already signed up!! You should have received an email with your username (email address) and temporary password. If you received the notification email, just go to the site and log in using the information provided.

If you didn't receive a notification email, but are already an active OWA member, please contact us immediately at webmaster@owa-usa.org and we'll get your account set up properly. Either we have an incorrect email address, or you don't have an email address on file with us.

Overview


The new OWA Web site now contains members-only content that can be accessed by logging in to your registered OWA account. Once you've logged in, you'll have access to your profile and all other members-only information.

Your OWA Profile


The information stored in your OWA profile is how we keep you informed of OWA events and activities, and how we keep track of your membership dues. It's also now something that other members can see if you choose. At present, you can share contact information and professional interests; in the future, we may expand this to include things like photos or other things of professional interest to our members.

You have the power to keep your profile up to date with our new site. When you log in, your profile becomes your OWA home page. From this page, just click the 'Edit profile' link, and you can edit your professional and personal information, as well as your preferences for things like profile visibility and OWA program participation.

Member Directory


The member directory is a new, quick, convenient way to locate other OWA members. You can browse the directory by first or last name, or search by name, company, profession, or interests. You can also choose whether or not your profile information is visible to other OWA members or not within your profile; we respect your privacy and will keep your information confidential if that's your preference. At present, the OWA member directory is not open to the public; only registered OWA members can view the directory.

Questions, Suggestions, and Technical Support


We want to make sure our site meets your needs as much as possible. If you have questions, suggestions for improvement, bug reports, or any other technical support issues, please contact us at webmaster@owa-usa.org.

Protocol


Please note that member information is being provided as a courtesy and benefit to all members. The list of information is meant for personal, not commercial use. We request that it not be given out to other organizations or used for advertising or spam.

Thank you for your ongoing support of OWA! Your participation makes all the difference!