Employee honored for designing museum Web site
By Lisa R. Rhodes Staff writer
When John-Pierre Hannam received a phone call at home from his boss, David Rose, director of the Directorate of Logistics (DOL), on the night of Oct. 3, he was not sure what to think.
"He doesn't call me very often," said Hannam, a logistics management specialist at DOL, explaining that when he usually receives a call from his boss at home, it's a snowy night and he is getting notice not to come in to work the next day. Hannam said he hoped the phone call wasn't news of a terrorist attack, requiring him to come into work to handle an emergency crisis. "But it was nice news. Very pleasant news," he said.
Rose asked Hannam to attend the weekly garrison management meeting the next morning. There, Hannam received a plaque of appreciation from the Fort Meade Museum Historical Foundation and a $100 gift certificate for his work on the Fort Meade Museum's Web site.
"I was just pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting anything. I appreciate the thought and the recognition," said Hannam, who designed the museum's Web site in the spring of 2001 and since then has periodically updated the site.
Robert Johnson, director of the Fort Meade Museum, said the work Hannam has done is "outstanding."
Hannam designed the museum's Web site after former Installation Commander Col. Michael J. Stewart sent out a directive in early 2001 for all directorates to have their own Web site. He'd designed the DOL Web site and gotten so many compliments, the commander asked him to design a Web site for the museum. Hannam, who has an associate's degree in commercial art and once worked as an Air Force photographer, was glad to comply.
"I was very fortunate," said Hannam, saying former DOL Director Lynn Sasser, also a member of the museum board of directors, approved of the project and allowed him to take time during work hours to design the site. Sasser also purchased additional computer software to aid with the design.
Johnson said the museum did not have anyone on staff with the skills to design the site, so Hannam's work is "greatly appreciated." The museum now receives a lot of inquiries about its exhibitions and archives, in part due to the user-friendly accessibility of the site. Hannam said easy accessibility was his goal in designing the Web site, saying people will then visit the museum for further research.
Hannam, who has taken a course in HTML (hypertext markup language) design at a community college to help him design Web pages, consulted with Johnson and Barbara Taylor, exhibits specialist, before going forward with the design. The site features historical photographs of tanks, uniforms, helicopters and memorial headstones, as well as a historical timeline and special event coverage on prisoners of war and Memorial Day activities.
Hannam and Johnson are now talking about redesigning the Web site in the near future, to include more interesting graphics and an updated, modern look. "Now I can't wait to add new content," said Hannam, saying recognition for his Web design skills has sparked new motivation for his work for the museum.
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