Online calendar gets lift from SA president

by Kaya Yurieff and Chloe Sorvino

SA President Ashwin Narla goes through stacks of paperwork in the SA Senate Office. External relations and Narla still need to decide how event information will be submitted to the calendar.
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SA President Ashwin Narla goes through stacks of paperwork in the SA Senate Office. External relations and Narla still need to decide how event information will be submitted to the calendar.

Student Association President Ashwin Narla is partnering with the University’s communications team to create a central website by this fall for students to learn what is happening on campus.

The website, a hallmark of his presidential campaign earlier this spring, would post all events planned by student organizations and University offices in a central location for the first time, Narla said.

Site administrators can allow certain users, like student organization leaders or department heads, to create events and allow site visitors to register for the posted programming.

“This would be a great resource that can really highlight events and make student programming more efficient and better,” Narla said.

Vice President for External Relations Lorraine Voles said the master calendar “has been a long-term goal” for her department, and she will continue to head the project, with Narla serving as the student voice.

“We look forward to working with Ashwin in achieving this common goal,” Voles said.

University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard declined to comment on how much the University would spend on the software.

Events are currently posted on multiple sites, some of which are infrequently updated. The University Event Calendar, accessible through GW’s homepage, had about a dozen posts this academic year. Some schools and departments also publish their own online calendars.

The project team has yet to decide how event information will be submitted to the site. Narla said the group is considering having a Student Association leader upload the events or allowing members of approved student organizations to post information that will be regulated by site administrators.

SA Executive Vice-President Abby Bergren said she and Narla have prioritized making sure “the unified calendar is a good fit for the GW community.”

“The calendar will be a permanent step in revolutionizing how the University and student groups operate, and we want to get it right the first time,” Bergren said.

This summer, Bergren and Narla will also work to create an SA blog, craft a how-to manual for future senators and improve the SA website, which has been revamped three times in the last three years.

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