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App helps students ‘B Involved’ on campus

B Involved is being implemented to increase organizational communication on campus.
Photo via Cara Wood

This week, Student Activities Office introduced a new student organizational tool called B Involved to campus.

The tool comes in the form of a new online site which hosts information regarding active campus organizations, according to Director of Student Activities Cara Wood.

“B Involved is the campus branding for a student organization management platform called Presence,” Wood said. “Presence was selected by the Student Activities staff in the spring semester after looking at several programs and assessing our current campus needs. Presence was selected because it has some key features we were looking for in terms of event management and student organization management.”

Presence is a software solution and company based in Florida. Wood said she came up with the branding for the app in late summer to help students recall it easily.

“Since my hiring in July 2017, I have been the point person for the project and tasked with its implementation on campus,” Wood said. “I have been working with our dedicated staff member at Presence headquarters to get ready for our launch. This included coming up with the campus brand … and working with the university’s marketing office to create the logo.”

Benefits of the tool include event promotion, document storage, online rosters, forms and mobile event check-ins.

“Students will be able to easily search for upcoming events at Bradley, connect to student organization leaders, manage their own student organizations and complete forms online that were previously in paper,” Assistant Director of Progamming for Student Activities Michael Croal said.

The first of two training sessions was held on Tuesday, and the second will happen today at 3 p.m. in Marty Theater. By attending a session, students can gain access to a personal portal for their organizations in B Involved, according to Wood.

Starting in January, there will be continued training sessions for students to get accustomed to the tool.

“Student Activities plans to migrate many of our forms and student organization directory to the site throughout the spring,” Wood said. “We hope to have every student organization using the site by the end of the spring semester.”