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Student organizations encouraged to use, understand OrgSync

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September 19, 2013

For years at UW-River Falls, students have been encouraged to use OrgSync, and for most this has been a love it or hate it relationship.

This year is different.

Student Life has made a push to help organizations better understand OrgSync, along with promoting it in a fun way for student organizations.

Student Life will be giving away various prizes including a $100 pizza party for the organization with the most members or $200 toward printing T-shirts at Corporate Apparel for the organization with the most creative use of its page.

There are many  other prizes as well.

We all love giveaways and free money, and these are fun ways for organizations to come together and try to win a prize. To help students feel more comfortable with OrgSync, Student Organizations and Leadership Coordinator Anna Hunter has had an informational table in the University Center nearly every day, which 30 organizations have already utilized to get help with OrgSync.

Student Life has made OrgSync more user-friendly, as well as, applicable for student organizations and what they want to accomplish. All of which were reasons why both students and organizations gravitated away from OrgSync in prior years.

We also want to commend the students that have already actively gotten involved with OrgSync so far this semester. OrgSync can have as many cool features as it wants, but will only be as useful as the students who utilize it.

Already there are over 1,100 new users, and 361 of those are part of at least one organization, according to information Director of Student Life Paul Shepherd shared at the last Student Senate meeting.

We also want to encourage not only organizations, but also all students, to continue using OrgSync throughout the year. Don’t give up on it after the first few months.

This is a great way to get involved on campus. There is a club or organization out there for everyone and OrgSync organizes all of those into one group.

It also has features like being able to stay on the site even after graduation. The plan for this would be for students to interact with alumni that were involved with the organization, which would be a great way to make connections as well as get ideas for the organization.

If you had a bad experience with OrgSync in the past, do not let that prevent you from using it this year. If you or your organization do not know how to use OrgSync, Student Life is more than willing to help out.