Interaction, networking, community; these tenets have and forever will be the nucleus of higher education. Without these connections, the college experience quickly becomes rote and dreadful.
AUInvolved is a new online system from the Auburn Office of Student Involvement that makes it easier than ever for students to stay connected with different organizations and events around campus.
The system is an interactive platform that enables students to connect with members of hundreds of organizations, join organizations, attend events and create co-curricular transcripts.
Students may log in with their AU username and password and customize their profile for interaction. “In order to get the full experience of AUinvolve it is important to complete all aspects of the profile stage,” according to John Michael Roehm of the site’s questions page
Upon logging in, students are presented with a virtual bulletin board. The board is pinned with various flyers for a wide range of events happening around campus. Clicking on one of these flyers will produce a pop-up window (called a ‘snapshot’) with summarized details of that events and links for additional information.
The organizations directory allows students to be informed on over 325 different organizations. The organizations are listed alphabetically and include a brief summary underneath the name and, for some, an option to register that organization.
For example, you have the Alpha Pi Mu organization, which is currently open for registration. According to the site, “Alpha Pi Mu is the only nationally accepted Industrial Engineering Honor Society. Our purpose is to confer recognition upon students of Industrial and Systems Engineering who have shown exceptional academic interest and abilities in their field.”
There is also an option to register a new organization.
The system also allows organization leaders and members to have administrative control over their organization’s page. Here, administrators may post events, details about the organization and other relevant information. It’s a new, exciting method of recruiting. The program enlists Involvement Ambassadors who will come and train members of your organization how to utilize and take full advantage of the system.
The system also features a “My Involvement” section that allows students to rank which categories interest them the most and, thus, have information about events and organizations tailored toward those interests. Categories include academic, art, culture, faith & religion, general, greek life, ideology & politics, leadership, media, military, service & philanthropy, sports & recreation, and time commitment.
The system boasts security and privacy settings for students who prefer to not have certain information disclosed.
Also included is an option to have updates sent to your mobile phone and a message system.
“My Service Hours” is a section that tracks and keeps summary of a student’s approved, pending and denied service hours.
AUinvolve is a innovative feature that will certainly prove useful for building even stronger community among Auburn University students.