Stony Brook University’s Student Engagement and Activities (SEA) received the 2020 Campus Labs Collaborator Award for expanding the use of the SB Engaged platform to a cross-campus initiative working with areas from student clubs and organizations to 50 campus departments.
The Campus Labs annual awards program aims to publicly recognize outstanding member campus contributions to higher education at a national level. It highlights campus achievements in five distinct categories: Rising Star, Trailblazer, All-Star, Collaborator and Champion.
The Collaborator award is given to the institutions that exemplify great collaboration across divisions or campuses.
“Our goal was to make SB Engaged the hub for all things student involvement, a one-stop-shop,” said Christine Marullo, Director of the Department of Student Engagement and Activities.
SEA focused on using the platform for both advertising events and attendance tracking. Seeing the size of the campus, the SEA team was aware that many were using their own methods of advertising, and it was becoming increasingly difficult for students to keep up with all the events happening on campus. So SEA started looking for ways to educate the campus community on using a single platform to store and distribute information on events.
SEA added the event check-in feature this year, which has allowed the organizations to access real data on attendance rates for their events across campus. It has also helped the organizations fine tune their outreach efforts.
Through these features, the number of departments using SB Engaged has increased from 2 to 50. This collaboration has housed all the information onto one platform, saving students from going into multiple platforms.
“Our staff worked to intentionally and responsively implement changes to system processes to streamline and make it more user friendly for all users,” Marullo said. “That combined with support and buy-in from student leaders, colleagues and leadership resulted in a dramatic increase in utility of the platform campus-wide to best serve our students.”