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Senate reviews OrgSync

ALAINA ANDERSON | Wednesday, December 11, 2013

 

Saint Mary’s student senate met Tuesday night and discussed all the possibilities available on OrgSync, the website used to facilitate club registration at Saint Mary’s. 

The student involvement and multicultural services office (SIMS) conducted the presentation on OrgSync.

Stephanie Bridges, director of SIMS, said the purpose of the SIMS office is to help and support Saint Mary’s students.

“We provide support for 70 plus student organizations on campus, which is a huge, huge job,” Bridges said. 

The SIMS office is in charge of OrgSync, which was created at Saint Mary’s last year to give electronic support for student organizations. Bridges said SIMS wanted to make things as paperless as possible and make it easier to manage all the different things for which the SIMS office is responsible.

“It has been tremendously helpful for our offices to navigate the processes that we have,” she said. 

Assistant director of SIMS, Bianca Tirado, explained what OrgSync is and how to operate it. 

“OrgSync is a way to help students connect with your organization. It’s also a way to create online communication so that it hits a broader audience,” she said. “The belle tower is the home page of OrgSync which is accessible to everyone in the SMC community. 

“It’s a great way for you to access your organization portals. If you’re a part of more than one club you can access those additional portals as well.”

Not only is there an internal website, but there is also an external website of OrgSync, which allows students to control what the external world can see. Student organizations can create their own external websites by creating a portal, and every new club can have a new portal on Belle tower. 

Students can also register events for their organization on OrgSync, Tirado said. In order to create an event, a student would need to fill out the event request form under the SIMS portal. This event registration spurs the merchandise request process as well.

“It’s best you make sure you do have a table [for your merchandise] and do it in a timely fashion,” she said. “If you want to sell something next week, it’s better you get it in as soon as possible.” 

Tirado said, when selling merchandise, anything with a French cross symbol has to be approved by the SIMS office as well. The French cross is a religious symbol, so it cannot be obstructed by anything. 

SIMS assistant director Graci Martsching said OrgSync is new but has already had a lot of success. She said SIMS hopes to raise awareness about the
opportunities OrgSync and their office offer for students. 

“The most important thing to remember is we are your advocates, we are here for you guys,” Martsching said. “You can always come and knock on our doors.”

Contact Alaina Anderson at aander02@saintmarys.edu