Just about every human-being holds a burning desire to make a change and leave a lasting impression. College is a life-changing experience. It’s the place where

As we enter a new academic year, our Member Development team is hard at work, planning new opportunities, streamlining processes, and updating our team database. To ensure we have the most up-to-date information on active team members and how to contact them, we need your help. We have simplified our membership application system, which now includes options both for potential members and current members who wish to renew their membership. Whether you are applying for new membership or renewal, please fill this form out completely. The information you provide in this short form will assist the Member Development team in upgrading your contact information, identifying your areas of interest and leadership growth in the team, and help us support your continued professional growth towards your intended career goals. The application form is available online on our team website. To go directly to the form, please click http://sife.lasierra.edu/apply-for-membership/ We look forward to another year of endless possibilities. Member Development Team   The Member Development Team is led by Director Jessica Partida.

We continued our exciting series of SIFE Summer Think Tank 2012 meetings last Friday with a discussion on internal and external communication tools and strategies for our team. One of the key items of discussion in the meeting was how to  utilize each of the three core communication tools (OrgSync, Team Website, Facebook Groups) as effectively as possible in our team. Based on recommendations from the Think Tank, well-aligned with similar input from our team President, we will be working in the coming weeks to implement new strategies based on the following ideas: Our team website will be the primary hub of all news, information, and resources for the team. This includes general information on projects, official project updates, and toolkits of resources for project directors, among other content. We will continue utilizing Facebook groups to facilitate frequent and increased general communication among team members and within project-specific groups. Orgsync will primarily be used as a means of reaching potential members, organizing our official team database, and for member documentation purposes (i.e. recording hours of engagement to support the university’s new “Engagement Transcript” documentation needs and student portfolios.)      

We are currently in the process of redesigning our website to better support our growing team and projects. Watch in the coming weeks for more information. With the efforts of several members of our team, including our Communication Team, we will be making targeted improvements in the following areas. Simplified Upcoming Event Display Individual Project-Based Sites for Larger Projects Reader-Friendly Design More Frequent Project Updates Simplified “How-to-Join” Information on the Team and its Projects More Pictures and Video Increased Organizational Support for Project Teams Simplified Authoring of Posts And More!!! And this week, we are working specifically on our new homepage, as well as new sites for our Colombia Project and R.E.A.L. Healthy Program. Stay tuned for more, and as always, we would love your feedback and ideas.

Now you can stay current with the latest news from the La Sierra University SIFE Team in two new ways! Use the e-mail subscription box on the right side of our homepage to receive a regular e-mail digest, or add our feed to your favorite feedreader by clicking “subscribe” at the top right of our homepage.

We’ve been hard at work this summer, engaging in some intensive strategic planning to develop our team and operations. The following short video is an overview of our latest development: Project Categories. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVnP-xBO-pk]