The OU-CLS Virtual Student Union Facebook group was launched last August and has experienced great success in engaging current CLS students. There are more than 396 active members in the group, with new requests coming in every week. Students now have a “place” to come together and a sounding board for the rigors of student life as they make progress toward their degrees. Academic advisors are active in the group and help provide important two-way communication in a convenient place.
“It has been an incredible experience to watch it grow and to have the opportunity to engage our student body. We have every confidence that the group will continue to thrive and evolve as the student body cycles through CLS each year,” said academic advisor and primary group moderator Jennifer Gatlin.
One of the most notable developments in the group has been the Pay It Forward Initiative that students have implemented themselves. As students complete their courses, many will offer their textbooks free of charge on a first-come-first-served basis with the only request being that the student receiving textbooks will do the same for subsequent students in the future.
“It is a true testament to the caliber of students we have in our college that the Virtual Student Union would come to be,” Gatlin said. “This Facebook group has evolved into a true support system for a lot of our students and brought new life to CLS – by sharing stories, lifting each other, venting frustrations, and pushing each other to strive for academic success. This initiative has brought the vision of what CLS can do for people into sharp focus, and it’s beautiful.”
Ask to join the group to see what’s happening in the virtual student union!