MorningMail: The Basics

MorningMail aggregates news and event information from all over Rensselaer, and re-packages it for distribution to the campus community. Anatomy of a MorningMail.

MorningMail is regularly checking RSS & ATOM feeds on campus websites for updated news items. When you add a news item to your site, we'll distribute the headline and a snippet of the text. Every article we distribute links back to your site, driving traffic back to your site and to your organization. MorningMail reminds people that you are authoritative for your information.

Your news, announcement, event is now syndicated - you need to provide context. Your audience is probably a large segment of the campus community -make sure you include enough information for people outside your organization (for example, computing announcements should make sense to people outside DotCIO). Include enough contextual information so people can understand your news even when it isn't located on your website. For example, a headline of 'Team wins 3-0 over Union' only makes sense on the hockey site while 'RPI Hockey Blanks Union, 3-0' can be understood on any site. Remember that your information may travel far from its original home.

Rensselaer's public events calendar is the natural content repository for most MorningMail items. Most Rensserv postings are really calendar events. Post them to the calendar and they will be seen in the calendar, and everyplace that MorningMail syndicates content to. Individuals can download your event from the events calendar into their personal calendars. Events in the events calendar can be automatically embedded in your web pages. Once your event is in the events calendar, it is a candidate to become a "featured" event in the image panel at the top of the events calendar page.

Content Sources

  • Alert.rpi blog
    http://alert.rpi.edu/data/alert/blog.rss
  • Alumni Assc.
    http://alumni.rpi.edu/controls/cms_v2/components/rss/rss.aspx?sid=1225&gid=1&calcid=8023&page_id=3771
  • Alumni Event Listing
    http://alumni.rpi.edu/controls/cms_v2/components/rss/rss.aspx?sid=1225&gid=1&calcid=664&page_id=13
  • Architecture News
    http://www.arch.rpi.edu/feed/
  • Archives Blog
    http://archives.rpi.edu/blog/feed/
  • Athletics
    http://rpiathletics.com/rss.aspx
  • Campus Card Office
    http://campuscard.rpi.edu/rss.xml
  • CBE - Chemical Engineering
    http://cbe.rpi.edu/rss.xml
  • CISL
    http://cisl.rpi.edu/news.xml
  • CISL
    http://cisl.rpi.edu/news.xml
  • commencement
    http://commencement.rpi.edu/news.xml
  • Dean of Students Office
    http://doso.rpi.edu/setup.do?skinName=rss
  • DotCIO News & Announcements
    http://dotcio.rpi.edu/news.xml
  • From the Presidents Desk
    http://president.rpi.edu/news/community-notes/feed
  • HASS
    http://www.hass.rpi.edu/cms/rssfeed.php?feedid=5
  • HASS Accomplishments
    http://www.hass.rpi.edu/cms/rssfeed.php?feedid=6
  • In The News
    http://news.rpi.edu/itn-rss.xml
  • Info.rpi.edu Microsites
    http://info.rpi.edu/mm.xml
  • Inside Rensselaer
    http://www.insiderensselaer.com/feed/
  • ISE
    http://ise.rpi.edu/rss.xml
  • IT Dept Blog
    http://itwsatrpi.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default
  • Lally School News
    https://lallyschool.rpi.edu/announcements.xml
  • Library
    http://library.rpi.edu/update.do?catcenterkey=273&skinName=rss
  • Library Events
    http://library.rpi.edu/update.do?catcenterkey=274&skinName=rss
  • LRC News
    http://www.lrc.rpi.edu/rss/lrcfeedexample.xml
  • news.rpi.edu
    http://news.rpi.edu/rss.xml
  • Public Safety Alerts/Closings/Emergencies
    http://www.rpi.edu/dept/cct/apps/oth/data/rpiPubSafetyClosingsEmergencies.rss
  • Public Safety Bulletins
    http://www.rpi.edu/dept/cct/apps/oth/data/rpiPubSafetyBulletins.rss
  • REM - Houses for Sale
    http://www.rpi.edu/dept/rem/rpihomesforsale.rss
  • Rensselaer Events Calendar
    http://events.rpi.edu:7070/feeder/main/eventsFeed.do?f=y&sort=dtstart.utc:asc&fexpr=%28categories.href!=%22/public/.bedework/categories/Ongoing%22%29%20and%20%28entity_type=%22event%22|entity_type=%22todo%22%29&skinName=list-rss&count=200&days=21#sthash.CG9t09oW.dpuf
  • Rensselaer Finance
    http://finance.rpi.edu/setup.do?skinName=rss
  • Rensselaer Human Resources News
    http://hr.rpi.edu/update.do?catcenterkey=5&skinName=rss
  • Rensselaer Office of the Registar
    http://registrar.rpi.edu/update.do?catcenterkey=40&skinName=rss
  • Rensselaer owned Property Items for Departmental Exchange
    http://www.rpi.edu/dept/busop/property/rpipropertyitemsforexchange.rss
  • Rensselaer Purchasing
    http://prod9.server.rpi.edu/purchasing/update.do?catcenterkey=4&skinName=rss
  • Rensselaer Student Health Center
    http://studenthealth.rpi.edu/rss.php
  • Rensselaer-Owned Property Items for Sale
    http://www.rpi.edu/dept/busop/property/rpipropertyitemsforsale.rss
  • School of Engineering
    http://eng.rpi.edu/news.xml
  • School of Science announcements
    https://science.rpi.edu/announcements.xml
  • Scnarc News
    http://scnarc.rpi.edu/drupal6/rss.xml
  • Smart Lighting
    http://smartlighting.rpi.edu/index.php/feed/
  • Student Union - Events
    http://dotcio.rpi.edu/apps/unionrssfeeds/rss.xml
  • Tetherless World News
    http://tw.rpi.edu/web/rss.xml
  • The Approach
    http://approach.rpi.edu/feed/
  • The Plog
    http://plog.rpi.edu/rss.xml
  • The Poly
    http://poly.rpi.edu/?feed=atom
  • Vimeo / EMPAC @ Rensselaer's uploaded videos
    http://vimeo.com/empac/videos/rss