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TJSL’s Website Changes with the Times

September 19, 2011

Sun Cycle
Sun Cycle

After spending 16 hours at work, making 15 trips to the roof of the Palms Hotel across the street from TJSL and shooting more than 100 photos of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s exterior, Communications Art Director Sherwin Laranga’s “Sun Cycle” idea has come to light… literally.

“I came up with this Sun Cycle idea several months ago,” said Laranga. “I thought it would be cool to show different times of day cycling through the TJSL website so that whenever anyone from anywhere in the world clicked on the website, they would know if it was morning, noon or night right here in San Diego.”

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law homepage header now changes throughout the day based on local sunrise and sunset time. There are six images of the building that rotate and represent the time of day.

After hearing Laranga’s plan of coming in at 5 a.m. and leaving after sunset about 9 p.m. in order to get the perfect sequence of shots TJSL’s Chief InformationOfficer James Cooper signed off on Laranga’s “bright idea.”

“We are always looking for new ways to improve the website and as of Wednesday, September 14, we’ve made this exciting change,” Cooper said.” This is a fun feature and people are encouraged to check out the website throughout the day to experience the view of our building. My favorites are around sunset and after dark.”

TJSL Web Application Developer Patricia Ramert was instrumental in getting the sun cycle to shine. “Getting the sunrise and sunset time for the current day was the key to implementing the sun cycle images,” Ramert said. “Using those times we can calculate the time duration that we want each image to display.  A fun feature like this keeps homepage more interesting and new.”

The Communications Office and the Information Technology team will continue to update the TJSL website in an effort to keep it as cutting-edge as the new East Village building.