OrgSync, GPA standards discussed at adviser brunch

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Richard Farias, director of student activities, provides student activity fee updates during an advisor brunch Tuesday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Faculty, staff and administrators represented their departments to discuss student life events and academic plans for the semester.  Photo by E. Davd Guel

Richard Farias, director of student activities, provides student activity fee updates during an advisor brunch Tuesday in the Fiesta Room of Loftin. Faculty, staff and administrators represented their departments to discuss student life events and academic plans for the semester. Photo by E. Davd Guel

The office of student life at this college holds the annual event to kick-start semester.

By Richard Montemayor

rmontemayor15@student.alamo.edu

A proposal to add OrgSync to ACES could mean students at all the Alamo Colleges won’t have to sign in twice to access their ACES email, a campus administrator revealed at an adviser brunch Jan. 15 in the Fiesta Room of Loftin Student Center.

The board of trustees will decide whether to purchase a contract for the OrgSync system in a board meeting in February, said Richard Farias, director of student activities for student life at this college.

“If approved, it should be ready to roll out for the fall semester,” Farias said.

OrgSync is a company that creates an online community for campuses, helping departments, programs and all member-based organizations streamline processes and drive engagement.

“We have been working on this for two to three years, and district has finally agreed and they have found money for the contract,” Farias said. “The difference is that OrgSync will be integrated into ACES so that students and faculty won’t have to log in separately.”

Cayce Stone, senior vice president of business development for OrgSync, said OrgSync will make ACES more user-friendly once it is integrated into the system.

Stone said “the contract for the price for OrgSync has not been finalized.”

Administrators and advisers from clubs and organization attended the brunch to discuss their concerns for the semester, including GPA and enrollment requirements for students who travel with clubs.

“One thing that we at student life notice when it comes time for clubs to travel is that some students don’t have a 2.0 for their GPA and they are not enrolled in six hours or more,” said Mark Bigelow, coordinator of student success.

“Not always but sometimes we get a student who is not enrolled at all or has no GPA,” he said.

Students who are in a club must have these requirements to travel with their club, Bigelow said.

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