Network connects students to campus organizations
Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 09:09
Do you hear your fellow students complain about wanting to join an on-campus organization but never having enough information to actually do so? Well, OrgSync.com, Lamar's campus information management system that launched this summer, is here to silence those complaints.
Described by Jay Lambert, assistant vice president of student affairs, as "Facebook for student organizations," OrgSync is designed to centralize campus involvement. It allows 24/7 access to information about student organizations, as well as a calendar reminding students of upcoming campus and community events. Forms for award applications and leadership events are also available on the Web site.
Lambert said that although OrgSync has "more than paid for itself in paper and printing costs," the recent budget cuts are not the only reasons for launching the program. He said that he thinks Lamar has seen, and will continue to see, a significant increase in student involvement thanks to the convenience that OrgSync provides.
"It has 100 percent helped students to get involved," Lambert said. "A lot of times in the past, we've seen the same students, but now there are more who didn't have the information they needed before.
"It puts involvement in their playing field," he added. "A lot of people are more comfortable with their computer than with going to a meeting."
OrgSync provides a link to the Web site for every student organization on campus. If students are unable to attend a meeting, they can access any information that they may have missed, as each organization posts their minutes from each meeting. There is also a function that enables the organization leader to send a mass text to all the members should the need arise, although students can opt out of that if they wish.
The program digitalizes all the requisite forms that come with student organizations. Lambert said this will minimize confusion over lost forms, should that ever happen.
"It's helping us to be more accountable, which of course is what we want to be," he said.
Another function in the works that Lambert said he is most excited for is the E-Portfolio. Students will be able to post their resumes along with a biography of themselves and letters of recommendation.
"Like any program, it evolves with what's needed," Lambert said.
Students can create an account by going to OrgSync.com, clicking on "Community" and selecting Lamar University. Training sessions will be offered at various times in Room 708 A of the John and Mary Gray Library.