article was originally published in The Panther on Monday September 20th, 2010 by Lindsay Anderson.
Student involvement is made simple at Chapman – even simpler than Facebook.
Chapman joined OrgSync, an online community that allows individuals and on-campus organizations to make profiles, creating a web of communication.
OrgSync makes student activities more accessible. The site features a home page and search bar that allows users to look up organizations by name, category or keyword, said junior Sarah Faulkner, student organization assistant for the Department of Student and Campus Life.
“It’s nice because someone who is interested in singing might think that SoundCheck is their only option, but when they type in ‘singing’ as a keyword, there are actually a couple of other clubs they can join,” Faulkner said.
To make the website popular, Student and Campus Life is creating an incentive for students to make profiles. Every student who creates a profile before this Wednesday, Sept. 22, is entered into a raffle. The grand prize winner receives a Wii with the Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii MotionPlus Bundle. Other prizes include a long board skateboard, a $100 gift card to Target and a $50 gift card to the Chapman Bookstore.
More than 150 colleges use OrgSync, including UCLA and Arizona State University.
Chapman’s website, created by Sean Salomon, department assistant for Student and Campus Life, has been recognized for being particularly user-friendly, Salomon said. He created a training video to teach individuals how to use the system.
Returning students are the department’s target group because most freshmen were introduced to the system during their orientation. Club and organization leaders can use Facebook less now and turn their attention toward attracting students to OrgSync.
“I’m not even going to acknowledge Facebook anymore,” said Haley O’Brien, president of Getting Involved in Volunteer Efforts. “I’m really excited to see if this takes off and where it’s going to go.”