SGA finalizes CollegiateLink name, plans training sessions

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Student Government Association finalized a name Tuesday for a software package purchased last semester.

SGA members proposed and voted on names including “Crimson Life” and “Hawk Squawk” before voting to approve “Crimson Connect.”

During the fall 2013 semester, SGA purchased CollegiateLink, a software designed to allow campus organizations to post information and events for its members. The $23,738 cost for a one-year license includes installation fees.

As reported in The Penn, SGA Vice President Zachery Chandler (junior, business education) said that before it can be used, the software needed a name to differentiate it from the CollegiateLink programs used at other universities.

“Short of a problem where the name cannot be used, that will be the name that we will be calling it,” Chandler said.

Along with the decided name, SGA members discussed holding CollegiateLink workshops.

“We think that there should be workshops for CollegiateLink every semester,” Chandler said. “It would maximize the potential for learning for those who may be wishing to begin using it or for those who may wish to learn it more proficiently.”

SGA President Marissa Olean (junior, criminology) said SGA plans to do multiple CollegiateLink training sessions this semester.

In other business, SGA members decided to postpone their retreat, which was originally scheduled for IUPatty’s weekend. The retreat is typically held every semester, according to Olean.

“[The retreat] is to build bonds within SGA and also to make sure everyone is on the same page,” Olean said.

SGA members voted to reschedule the retreat for March 28; however, Chandler said though the retreat will definitely be rescheduled, he is not sure of the date.

Chandler said that the retreat, held at The Co-Op Park’s College Lodge, is “for SGA team building, enrichment and increasing the social aspect between SGA members,” and the retreat will be annual going forward.

The CollegiateLink name and workshops as well as the retreat rescheduling are currently the SGA’s main priorities, Olean said.

One new SGA senator was sworn in at the meeting.