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Is it time to fix the communication inside the university?

Submitted by on October 28, 2013 – 1:17 am4 Comments
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Had any pizza lately? If not, it’s probably because students had no idea that Pizza with the President was happening on Oct. 22. Photo courtesy of http://www.glitterandlazers.com

Sarah Matott

Had any pizza lately? If not, it’s probably because nobody knew about Pizza with the President on Oct. 22. 

At Pizza with the President, there is, of course, free pizza. But it is also a meeting where students have the opportunity to meet with the Colorado State University-Pueblo President, Lesley Di Mare, and voice their concerns as students.

I’m guessing the only students attending were those who either attend the event regularly or who check their student email account religiously.

At 8:38 a.m., an email from the President’s Office was sent out to students, informing them about the free pizza, only three hours before the event was scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m.

Of course, every student at CSU-Pueblo was just sitting in front of his or her computer, waiting with anticipation for an email to arrive which would tell them where to go to lunch.

Except most might not be, because they have more important things to do than constantly check the student email. Even if students did check that account at least once a day, would they have checked between 8:38 and 11:30 a.m.?

One has to wonder how much the school really cares about hearing student concerns and issues.

If administration really wanted to hear what the majority of the students had to say, wouldn’t they advertise this meeting and free pizza better?

It would seem that at CSU-Pueblo, students are not informed enough about any of the events that occur on campus. Surely, there are better ways of announcing what’s going on than through the mostly unused student email accounts.

If students solely relied on the university email to find out about events, then they probably missed out on the entire first day of “Geek Week.” The email announcing this weeklong even wasn’t even sent until 1:46 p.m. on Oct. 21, the day it was supposed to start.

If the email was the first time the students heard of this “Geek Week,” then I’m sure they were as devastated as I was that to know they missed nearly a full day of Cosplay Day.

Now the student email is not the only way students can learn about the events taking place on campus. There are plenty of posters around campus, and then there’s always the “Howl,” but how effective is that, really, in reaching out to the average CSU-Pueblo student?

After all, unless that burrito for lunch just was not working and the masses spent a considerable amount of time  in the restrooms, when do students have the time to read every bit of the “Howl?”

Students are constantly encouraged to get involved on campus, but getting involved is made difficult because of the lack of effective advertising and the poor communication surrounding these school events.

The student email system sucks, especially when the majority of CSU-Pueblo students forget they even have a student email.

If the school really cares about getting students involved with all the events that are happening on campus, then they need to use something besides the student email that rarely gets checked, or the “Howl,” which is only noticed in the bathroom stalls.

If for some reason, the student email is the only possible form of communication between students and admin, could they at least send the email more than three hours before an event? Surprising as this may sound, more students might show up to Pizza with the President if they had time to squeeze it into a busy college schedule.

4 Comments »

  • OldStudent says:

    It’s about time CSU-Pueblo get on board (like every other institution of higher education) and start using social media.

    The CSU-Pueblo twitter page is not regularly updated but it could be used as a great source of information for student, faculty, staff and the public.

    The CSU-Pueblo facebook page is updated more frequently than the twitter but not by much.

    The primary audience should be students and CSU-Pueblo needs to start meeting them at the platforms that they use.

  • Brett says:

    I check my student email to find it full of shit. The university has a serious spamming problems with students emails. When I check my email I delete 98% of useless crap, ex. Pizza with the President. If they fixed their spamming issue with university email addresses maybe they would have a greater turn out on important school events.

  • Agree to Disagree says:

    I check my email, and read the HOWL. but i also know that advertising is just difficult, even if things are posted on social media sites, the students don’t look. I think this isn’t just a problem with the current ways of advertising but also with the students we have on campus. I have advertised on the HOWL, though the My CSU-Pueblo facebook page, had an advertisement placed on the LED boards and TV’s, made posters, asked professors to announce it in class, posted it on OrgSync, sent out emails and tabled and still have fellow students come to me claiming they saw now advertisements and obviously I didn’t try hard enough for my clubs event. Students just want to walk into an event, they don’t care to actually open their eyes. meh… I don’t really agree with this article, not completely. But, I do get the point. Maybe an Ap would help but, would students really use it? i doubt it. Don’t put all the blame on the school, the students state of mind needs to be changed. I think professors are a big way to change that. I have NEVER seen a professor attend an event unless they were there to support a club they advise! Prof’s should have to learn the events happening and attend them too, it should be in their job description, that way they could tell more students about them when asked.

  • Engineer:) says:

    I know being an Engineering student who lives of campus and has an all day job. I NEED tons of advance and advertisment to even remember or schedule anything. If you want people to show up. Advertise Advertise Advertise

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