Saturday, January 15, 2011

Student Tip: Using Google Calendar for Student Groups

Student Tip: Using Google Calendar for Student Groups
Paula is a Senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, double-majoring in marketing and management. Here she shares how several student organizations she works with, such as American Marketing Association and International Impact, have utilized Google Calendar to manage scheduling. If you have a tip to share on this blog, let us know!

Like most outgoing students on today's college campuses, I'm sure you're involved with several student organizations. You probably even serve on a few executive boards or college councils. With this increased involvement, students need a way to organize their busy schedules and prioritize their time among several responsibilities. The solution – Google Calendar!

Google Calendar is so valuable for student organizations such as student senate, service clubs, sororities and fraternities, and sports teams because you can easily create a single calendar to share with all of your group members. This calendar can be accessed any time (from any device) and can be added to members' personal Google Calendars. This will ensure that members always have the most up-to-date information about meetings, events, and more.

Google Calendars can also be embedded on your student organization's website using the Calendar Address in Settings. Executive board members of your student organizations can also have access so that they can make changes to the calendar. That way, student members know if there is a cancelled meeting or event location change, without receiving mass emails. Trust me, I know a thing or two about getting too many emails, too!

The benefits of using Google Calendar for student organizations really revolve around the student members. In my experience, serving on two executive boards last semester, using Google Calendar has made it easier for members to keep up with meetings and stay involved. And better informed members equals more successful student organizations. So happy scheduling!

Posted by Paula Guzman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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