Penn State Student Organizations Get A Makeover With OrgCentral
One of the great things about attending a school as large as Penn State is the plethora of opportunities available to students to get involved. With more than 1,000 clubs and organizations, there’s bound to be something out there that piques your interest.
Until recently, the Office of Student Activities — which effectively oversees all of Penn State’s student organizations — was using an outdated online platform from 2012 to keep track of all of its clubs. But thanks to funding from the Student Fee Board, the website they utilize has gotten a makeover.
“We are incredibly grateful to them for this opportunity,” said Jenn Grossman Leopard, the assistant director for the Office of Student Activities. “We went through the hearing process, like any other group from the fee, and funding started last year to get access to the platform.”
Previously, the university
The database had a pretty simple layout and its functionality was basic at best. This made it hard for the Office of Student Activities to compile accurate records of organizations membership totals, planned activities, and exec board layouts.
In place of E-Student Union, the Office of Student Activities is launching a new database that they’re calling OrgCentral. Every Penn State campus is gaining access to the same platform layout through a third-party vendor and each one will be able to name the platform.
“We will be able to give groups a heck of a lot more ability to shape what they provide to us,” Grossman Leopard said.
Of course, all recognized student organizations will still need to meet the basic requirements to remain recognized — an officer list, a list of at least 10 members, and mandatory training for certain officers — but they’ll be able to provide this information much more efficiently.
In addition to this, organizations will be able to present an exhaustive list of all of their club’s executive board members. In the past, only a club’s president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer were officially recorded and recognized by the university on E-Student Union.
Now with the rollout of
Moreover, student org leaders will be able to add and upload current membership lists en masse, instead of one-by-one as they had to do with E-Student Union.
They can even post announcements, track event attendance, and upload images to their page’s photo gallery. What an organization decides to do with their landing page is up to them — exec board members are in control of who gets to see what and to what extent.
The tentative launch date for the new system is Monday, February 11. Currently, E-Student Union is still available for all Penn State organizations in script form.
Despite the launch of
The Office of Student Activities is also
“We really want students to be able to take advantage of the full capability of the platform,” Grossman Leopard said. “I’m really hoping will see some good, increased usage of it.”
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