CampusGroups provides students online access to clubs and events
September 27, 2011
Filed under News & Features
By Alexis Kilpatrick
New this semester is the launch of the CampusGroups website, which will enable all of the clubs and organizations on campus to share news and communicate with its members, as well as the Le Moyne community.
CampusGroups is comparable to Calendar Wiz and Echo, except it combines everything into one website. By consolidating all of this information into one website, it makes access easier for students and faculty alike.
The site will also serve as the new go-to place for people to find out more about campus events, including those organized by students, clubs, the office of Campus Life and Leadership, the office of Residence Life, and academic departments. Users will be able to RSVP to these events, which will help the people in charge keep track of the number of people expected to attend a given event.
Similarly, if any events are cancelled or changed in any way, CampusGroups will notify the user immediately.
With the CampusGroups site, users will be able to see a full list of clubs available at Le Moyne. Each club can customize their own profile with a layout or design, upload documents, add pictures, and post surveys that correspond with what that club’s mission is.
For example, this year’s Student Government Association class elections took place via CampusGroups. In a way, this increased both users and publicity, since students were required to access and explore the site if they intended to cast a vote.
Senior John Sessa, co-president of the Le Moyne Student Programming Board (LSPB), explained that CampusGroups has helped him communicate with the college’s student body.
“CampusGroups helps me keep in close contact with members and students. The website is more simple and familiar than previous sites like Calendar Wiz. Students are able to contact any LSPB member, see all of our announced upcoming events, and let us know about any issues or concerns one may have,” explained Sessa.
The site has also enabled Sessa to send surveys, polls, and questionnaires to all of the members.
CampusGroups offers two different types of calendars to help keep members up to date on what is going on: a group calendar and a campus-wide calendar. While the group calendar allows each club to display only their exclusive events and activities, the “whole campus” calendar allows all of the club’s events to be posted in one place. This system makes it convenient for those that want to know exactly what is going on with every club.
“The site is very user friendly and is a one-stop way of seeing what’s going on,” explained junior Sebastian Notaro.
Since the site is still in its developmental phase, it is expected to take some time for the Le Moyne community to become acclimated to the format.
“Hopefully the site will fulfill its intentions of becoming a simpler and easier way for everyone to know what is going on around campus,” said Notaro.