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August 22, 2013

Student Activities and Organizations launches B-Involved initiative

Student Activities and Organizations (SAO) in the Office of the Dean of Students has launched the B-Involved initiative, which will assist student leaders with managing their Purdue experience as well as connect students to more than 900 diverse student-led organizations' programs and events. 

The new B-Involved website at www.purdue.edu/b-involved serves as a landing page for student leadership and involvement.

With the introduction of B-Involved, SAO now offers students a one-stop Web platform called BoilerLink, which offers students and student organizations features to help manage their organizations, recruit members, publicize events, and create historical records for smoother transitions. Organizations can post event fliers that are automatically fed to PurdueBoard, maintain membership lists, track service hours, conduct elections, upload pictures and communicate to members via email or text message. Student organization events and travel request forms are now hosted within BoilerLink.

The BoilerLink platform also offers customizable headers, fonts and toolbar colors among other features. Groups also can integrate their BoilerLink page with Facebook and Twitter.

In addition to organization management, BoilerLink allows students to explore various co-curricular opportunities and enhance their experiences outside the classroom. Students can explore and contact organizations to seek membership or participate in sponsored events. BoilerLink even recommends organizations and events based on the interest areas chosen by students.

Students also can track their involvement in campus activities by using BoilerLink to create a Co-Curricular Transcript. The CCT captures a student’s experiences that are not reflected on their academic transcript, including information on organization memberships, leadership positions, event attendance at major campus programs, and community service hours logged.

Students also can self-report experiences, such as a study abroad program, an honor or award, campus employment or an internship, and provide reflection on what they gained from those experiences. The CCT can serve as a resource for students when applying for scholarships, having conversations with career counselors or potential employers, or creating their first professional portfolio.

SAO is offering a series of Student Organization Leadership Development Workshops to introduce the new BoilerLink features. All Purdue students are welcome at the workshops, and some organization leaders must attend certain ones. Interested students can find a detailed presentation schedule at www.purdue.edu/b-involved.

The workshops will cover the following:

* Driver certification

* Navigating and utilizing BoilerLink

* Business Office for Student Organizations (BOSO) processes

* Student organization executive officers

* Starting a new organization/constitution

* Food service certification

* Concert planning

* Advisor training

* Charity support

For more information about B-Involved, BoilerLink or the Student Organization Leadership Development Workshops, visit www.purdue.edu/b-involved, email sao@purdue.edu, call 49-41231, or stop by the SAO office in Schleman Hall, Room 250,.