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OrgSync connects campus groups with
students and faculty

October 13, 2011

By Dan Stanton

Making it easier for students to get involved in campus organizations is just one feature of OrgSync, a networking application now available at Cleveland State.

An initiative of last year's SGA Executive Board, OrgSync was adopted by Student Life this year.

Steve Liss, director of Student Involvement, said the board heard about OrgSync by way of the Ohio SGA and convinced CSU to look into it.

After doing research and hearing mostly good feedback, Liss said SGA received the go-ahead.

Liss said SGA applied for funding from IS&T’s technology fee surplus and, to the best of his knowledge, were the first student group approved funding from IS&T.

A 2 and 1/2-year, $25,125.18 contract with OrgSync was signed Jan. 1, 2011, and the application officially launched Sept. 28, said Liss.

The software is being paid for by Student Technology fees.

OrgSync lets users see what student organizations are doing, and it gives students easy access to an organization’s leaders and advisor, said Liss.

The application also streamlines the process for creating or maintaining a student organization.

In the past, said Liss, there was a lot of paperwork required to run an organization. All forms, with the exception of those requiring a “wet signature,” can be converted into electronic documents.

Some student organizations that have started using OrgSync are finding it useful.
“I see a lot of potential in OrgSync,” said Marie Stolkowski, president of the Native American Student Organization, via email. “When you post pictures to your group’s album, or post on the calendar for a student [organization] meeting or event, the entire campus can see it in their feed.”

OrgSync, as the name suggests, also connects with popular social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. “[OrgSync] is able to sync to your Facebook and looks and feels very similar to Facebook,” said Stolkowski.

The application is also compatible with R25, an event scheduling system used by CSU’s Conference Services.

Liss said there is the possibility of connecting R25 and OrgSync to make it easier for organizations to plan and reserve space for their events.

After being live for over a week, only 140 users have created profiles. Today and tomorrow, OrgSync representatives will be on campus providing workshops for users.
Liss said he hopes the number of users doubles after the training seminars. More information on the workshops is available from the Student Involvement Center in SC 343.