By Bre-Shara McCall
The iStrike technology has arrived at FAMU to improve communication, organization and social interactions for students, faculty and staff alike.
The iStrike system is an interactive, social media based platform presented by Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University’s (FAMU) Office of Student Activities (OSA) and the Department of Campus Recreation. The system is designed to assist clubs and organizations in their daily business including the option to advertise events and activities to the campus community.
Felicia Barnes, FAMU Coordinator of Clubs and Organizations, provided her thoughts on the idea of introducing iStrike to the student body.
“We want to cater to each and every student’s needs,” Barnes said. “Our goal is to drastically improve the social atmosphere here at FAMU.”
The iStrike system conveniently syncs all activities, messages, events and to-do lists in one central location, based on a student’s interests. The iStrike homepage features a time-line based news feed, catering to a student’s specific interests and displays new content for users to explore such as pictures and videos. The system also has an ePortfolio feature where students can set up a personal website displaying their educational and work history, in addition to work samples. The ePortfolio is more detailed than a traditional resume and serves as a gateway for students to establish themselves professionally.
“We are a community of convenience and with iStrike, multiple aspects of campus life will be more accessible for students,” said Curtis Pugh, FAMU Campus Recreation Building Supervisor.
Before joining, students have the opportunity to explore more than 150 on-campus clubs and organizations ranging from academic, social, departmental, and many more. Each organization’s profile page highlights essential details such as membership requirements, meeting times and contact information. Students can click “Join Now” to submit a request to become a member and must include a brief summary of why they are seeking membership which is forwarded to the designation representative of the organization. Once the request has been approved and accepted, iStrike will send the student a notification via email or text, based on preference.
“It is a great tool for communicating with members of your organization and promoting upcoming events to the students,” said Sherrell Wilkerson, President of the “Lovely Ladies of TorQue”.
Have a club/organization that isn’t featured on campus? iStrike presents an option for students to propose their ideas to OSA and track the progress before it is approved.
In the near future, students will also be able to use iStrike to document Rattler Record hours. This new feature will eliminate the numerous amounts of paperwork OSA receives throughout the semester and will help manage student involvement records more efficiently.
For more information on iStrike, students can download the Orgsync app for iPhone and Android devices or log on to www.famu.edu/istrike, using their FAMU credentials.