BARC Photo Shoot – Behind The Scenes

This Thursday and Friday, our own photo rockstar Brian Potter along with Forsythe Fotography and Hassan Nadji Films, produced a photo series for our client BARC, the Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control for the City of Houston.

BARC is the City of Houston’s Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility. BARC is the only city shelter in Houston required by law to accept every animal that comes through our doors regardless of breed, temperament, health conditions, and circumstance. BARC contracted Schipul to provide marketing and branding consultation for a complete identity redesign. Over the last year, Schipul has produced a multi-media campaign titled “Find Your Spark at BARC” which includes three videos, “Pet Deposit“, “Text Messaging” and “BARC Houston: Our Story“.

We would like to get a shout out to the awesome people over at Discovery Green, The Boneyard Drinkery, and Skyline Studios for letting us their space.

Check out the full photo album on Schipul.com!

BARC photo shoot 1 - Schipul

BARC photo shoot 2 - Schipul

BARC photo shoot 4 - Schipul

BARC photo shoot 3 - Schipul

See more adorable photos in our Behind the Scenes photo album!

 

Client Spotlight: Susan G. Komen Houston for the Cure!

October is breast cancer awareness month and this weekend is the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event in Houston!

Schipul is honored to work with The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure as they fight to end breast cancer! Earlier this year we redesigned and rebuilt the Komen Houston website on the Tendenci CMS platform.

Read more about the website launch here!

Schipulites will be out Racing for the Cure tomorrow ~ Saturday October 6!

We are also excited to be racing in the annual Race for the Cure tomorrow!

Officially, our team name is The Schipulites (check out our team page & donate if you like!). UNOFFICIALLY, our team name is a play on one of our current reality television obsessions:

Team Honey Boo Boobies!

We have our pink gear ready and will tweeting from @schipul and posting photos from the events Saturday on our website after the event!

Pink Out Friday October 5

Today is Pink Out Day! All over Houston, people are wearing pink to support. Even City Hall will be lighting up pink today through Race Day!

The Schipul team got in the spirit as well! Check out our team decked out in pink!

Follow Komen Houston Online!

For more on the great work Komen Houston does to fight breast cancer, be sure to follow Komen Houston on Twitter @KomenHouston and Facebook at facebook.com/komenhouston!

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>> Update! Check out our Komen Race for the Cure Team Photos!

We had a blast representing team Schipul at the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! Check out our team photos from the race!

Komen Houston Race for the Cure 2012 - Schipul Team Honey Boo

 

We’re Seeing Pink! Introducing The New Susan G. Komen Houston Site

We’re Thrilled to Launch Susan G. Komen Houston’s New Tendenci Website!

The Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has granted over $9 million in grants nationally & $28 million in the 7 local counties it serves for breast cancer support & research. We are honored to work with this fantastic organization and are proud to showcase their newly launched website! The new site will further Komen Houston’s efforts and help organize the many volunteers, survivors, researchers, & event participants they touch!

The website is built on the Tendenci CMS & incorporates a new design from the Schipul team, including a Race for the Cure landing page design (Save the date! The Komen Houston Race for the Cure will be October 6, 2012). Other site features include:

Huge thanks to the fantastic team at Komen Houston for all of their work on the new site!

Check out the Komen Houston website at komen-houston.org!

The Komen Houston Impact Awards 2012

We were privileged to attend the Susan G. Komen Houston Impact Awards Tuesday to honor individuals, corporations, community partners, & volunteers what have made an impact on Komen’s mission to end breast cancer.

In addition to honoring the great organizations who received grant money from Komen Houston this year ($3.04 million in total!), Komen also showcased the new website!

Below are some highlights in photos. View all of the photos in the Komen Houston Impact Awards Photo Album!

Schipulite Courtney Pemberton (middle) with members of the Komen team Tania Cruz (left) & Jean Henceroth (right)


Showing off the website on iPads live at the event

The new website on the screen with Master of Ceremonies KPRC Local 2’s Khambrel Marshall

The Schipul team sporting our pink in the Shutterbooth Photobooth!

Keep up with latest from Komen Houston by following on Facebook at facebook.com/komenhouston & Twitter at twitter.com/komenhouston!

View more event photos in our Komen Houston Impact Awards 2012 Photo Album!

Client Spotlight on Reliant Park – Share Your Favorite Memory & Win!

The Client Spotlight Series

Beginning this week, Schipul will be starting a spotlight series for our amazing clients. The series will highlight a different client each week on Facebook, and will include a monthly blog post dedicated to showing off one amazing client! This post is dedicated to Reliant Park and all the great things they’ve done for the Houston community.

The Contest!

Schipul will be giving away 2 free tickets to a Houston Texans preseason game! To be considered eligible, simply comment on this blog post or on this post on our Facebook page  with your favorite story about Reliant Park. You can write an entire novel, or just 2-3 sentences, but either way Schipul wants to hear about it!

Don’t wait too late because the contest ends at noon CST on June 15. All participants before this date will be entered into a random drawing for the tickets. Read on for some examples of Reliant Park stories from the Schipulites. Good luck!

Let’s take a trip to Reliant Park

So much History

Reliant Park needs no introduction to the Houston community, but for the rest of the world: it’s Houston’s largest entertainment venue. Reliant Park holds 5 large venues including Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL Houston Texans, and the Astrodome, the old home of the Houston Astros and Houston Oilers. The park is famous for hosting the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Houston, Wrestlemania, and countless concerts from the world’s biggest musical artists.

A few of Reliant Park’s many notable claims to fame include building the NFL’s first retractable roof stadium with Reliant Stadium, the Astrodome, being the first domed structure of its size, and the city’s METRORail station stop in the park that allows for cheap and easy transportation for site visitors. The park is also known for Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction at the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXVIII, and for giving shelter to thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims while they pieced their lives back together.

Our work with Reliant Park

Schipul has been working with Reliant Park since developing their website in 2005. In 2011, Schipul began a new redesign project with Reliant Park to update the website design to reflect the park’s new branding. It was also important to Reliant Park to have a CMS that had content-adding friendly functionality that would include interactive maps with directions for parking, an extensive event calendar with search capability, and an array of rich media addition options to document all of their events.

Knowing that image means everything to an entertainment venue, the Schipul design team submitted multiple designs  for the Reliant Park team. With the help of both teams, they were able to produce a functional, media-rich website that truly reflects the new Reliant Park branding. This 6-year business relationship has been maintained through Schipul’s commitment to customer service, and both company’s outstanding communication lines.

Check out the newest Reliant Park website!

Fond Memories of Reliant Park from the Schipulites

After sending out an office email asking my co-workers to send me their favorite memory of Reliant Park, I was surprised to receive a quick response from a large amount of  the office. The people of Houston absolutely love Reliant Park and have all had some experience there that they will never forget. Here are some of our stories:

Caitlin Kaluza, Marketing Manager

We definitely have a large Aggie following in the Schipul office, starting with our CEO, Ed Schipul. Caitlin is one of the zealous office Aggie alumni. Her favorite memory of Reliant Park is “having a blast” while watching her fighting Texas Aggies in last year’s Meineke Car Care Bowl in Reliant Stadium. The Aggies were able to pull out their first bowl victory since 2001, with a score of 33-22 over Northwestern.

Courtney Pemberton, Business Development Manager

Courtney is one of the few and proud Dallas Cowboys fans in the office. She was able to buy tickets to the Houston Texans’ and Dallas Cowboy’s game in the 2010 NFL season as a birthday gift for her boyfriend who is a Texan fan. Fortunately for Courtney, the Dallas Cowboys managed to defeat the Texans that day with a score of 27-13.  “It was glorious”, says Courtney. She also asks that you refrain from looking at her while you look at her picture.

Rachel Schipul, Consultant

Rachel loves the annual Nutcracker Market. She calls it “a little slice of Texas Christmas heaven”. Every year she and a close friend go through all the food and boutique booths. “Somehow my friend always ends up purchasing some very large physical object that we end up lugging all the way back to the car. Last year it was an ottoman!”

Ed Schipul, CEO

Ed is a known Reliant Park fan who has attended countless events: anything from WWF to dog shows. He most frequently visits Reliant Stadium to watch his Houston Texans. One of Ed’s many hobbies is photography. Check out some of his favorite pictures from Reliant Park on Ed’s Flickr account.

Forrest Purser, Support Team

Of all the times Forrest has been to Reliant Park, his favorite memory is graduating in the Reliant Stadium. Forrest was amazed walking around the ground level of the stadium and walking through the tunnels. He  “wondered who else had walked this same walk”. He still says that it can never replace the AstroDome as his favorite piece of Reliant Park history.

Sarah Worthy, Tendenci Community Manager

Sarah has been to so many Reliant Park events, from the Houston annual Rodeo to NCAA Championship games and trade shows; she’s done it all. Her best memories of Reliant Park are taking her son the the circus, and to see his pure joy from the train ride to the circus.

Sarah specifically appreciates Reliant Park’s wide array of vendors and the decongested ride into the park on the city’s MetroRail.

Check out more of Sarah’s circus photos on her Flickr account.

Dharol Tankersley, Data Analyst

Dharol is a season ticket holder to the Houston Texan games, and has also been to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo several times. She enjoys the cleanliness, the cowboy statue, the open dome, and the ability to take the metro there on gamedays. Dharol’s favorite memory is the “unmatched energy” of the Texan fans all the way through the last minutes of fourth quarter last season when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Katrina Esco, Account Executive

Katrina visited Reliant Park to see John Legend at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last year. She went with Schipul co-workers Cindi Crigler and Rodney Sabrsula. She loved the carnival, the concert, and how helpful the Reliant staff were. She described it as a “great experience.”

Share Your Favorite Reliant Park Memory & Win!

Now it’s your turn – share your favorite Reliant Park memory in the comments or on this post on our Facebook page to win two tickets (& a parking pass) to the first Houston Texans pre-season game Saturday August 15 vs. the San Francisco 49ers! We will randomly select a winner at noon central time on June 15th.

Schipul is Proud to Sponsor the Space City Classic!

This weekend is the Space City Classic Gymnastic Invitational, held February 3rd-5th at the Legends Sports Complex in Spring. The Classic is hosted by Team Cypress of Cypress Academy of Gymnastics in Houston, TX and a portion of all of the proceeds from the event will go to The Greater Houston Gymnastics Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Schipul is proud to sponsor this great event!

The Space City Classic website is built with Tendenci Content Management System Community Edition. The site features include a large homepage rotator, News feed, Event Calendar, and Membership Login Area.

“The Greater Houston Gymnastics Foundation is extremely thankful for the support of Schipul and the Tendenci website platform in helping us revolutionize our presence on the web.  Not only does the quality of product improve the reputation of our meets and organization, but the simplicity and intuitive design constructs of Tendenci make web development, enhancement and daily use extremely attractive.  The fact that I didn’t have to train users on how to interface with our operations through the website says enough!”

– David Duren, The Space City Classic

The Space City Classic Tendenci Website

TheSpaceCityClassic.com hosted on Tendenci. Learn more and sign up for a free trial at Tendenci.com

Some WordPress & Drupal Sites Experiencing Intermittent Outages – Sites Are Being Upgraded

Schipul Orange LogoOne of our servers is experiencing intermittent outages due to overload issues. This affects some of our WordPress & Drupal websites.

When attempting to access sites on this server, you may encounter “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable” errors. For the most part, you will see no issues with the site – but we know that any down time can be frustrating. We apologize for the inconvenience to our clients and their site visitors.

This is one of our older servers; we are upgrading all of the affected sites to a newer server one at a time. We are starting this process immediately, but it may take up to two weeks to migrate every site.

Thank you for your patience, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Support Team at (281) 497-6567 ext 411 or support@schipul.com.

We will be following up with each affected client directly as well.