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GIN Users Log More Than 100,000 Study Hours Using GINsystem App

In the first three months of use, GINsystem users representing hundreds of sorority and fraternity chapters across the country have logged more than 100,000 study hours using the GINsystem mobile app. GIN launched mobile tracking for member study hours as part of scholastic tools developed for its members-only portal.

Chapter officers can establish permitted study locations (such as libraries and/or the chapter house) in the GINsystem. When a member is geographically inside the study location, he or she simply clicks "start studying" to begin recording hours. When she leaves the geofenced area, the app automatically stops her studying timer, or she can do it manually.

"The GINsystem study hours feature has made it so much easier for members to log their hours. We used to be logging study time using pen and paper and in only one location. One of our officers actually had to be there every time. Now we have the option to go to the library or other locations, and there isn't an issue with inaccurate hours since everything is logged by GPS location," said Sawyer Warzybuk, a chapter officer from Rider University.

The GINsystem mobile app tracks hours studied by week, total hours, and rank relative to the rest of the chapter. Chapter leaders can easily view and export study logs and add new study locations with just a few clicks. In addition to the study hours tracking feature, the GINsystem includes a "Who's in My Classes" feature that helps users organize study groups to collaborate on projects, ideas and classwork.

"The number of hours logged by users started in the hundreds of hours and has increased dramatically every week since launch. We expect the numbers to continue to grow now that schools are back in session for the spring semester," said Lara Gatehouse, a Johns Hopkins University Kappa Alpha Theta alumna who works on the feature for GIN. "Chapters have been asking for this tool, and this feature makes the whole process of logging and tracking hours easier, more efficient and more accurate."

The study tracking system was added for all GINsystem users at no additional cost at the beginning of the fall semester. "Helping support our users and chapters scholastically is important for us, and we know it's important to our clients, too, so we're really excited to add this feature to our current scholarship-related tools," said Gatehouse.

About GIN
Founded in 2004, Group Interactive Networks (GIN) creates innovative collegiate/alumni websites and integrated members-only GINsystems, and provides the glue that connects all of an organization's present and future technology tools. Clients include: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Sigma Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Beta Gamma, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. Visit www.GINsystem.com for more information.
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Alpha Sigma Tau Integrates GINsystems with GreekLifeEdu

Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority has integrated the online prevention course GreekLifeEdu® with its GINsystem chapter portals for collegiate chapters. Sorority members can access the GreekLifeEdu® course directly from their chapter GINsystems, without having to login again.



The GreekLifeEdu course, designed by EverFi, is a prevention program that addresses student beliefs about alcohol, hazing and sexual assault. All Alpha Sigma Tau new members complete the course in the first year of membership.



"It's now so easy for our members to access this tool from their chapter's GINsystem, which requires just their Alpha Sigma Tau login, which they already know," said Jim Paponetti, executive director of Alpha Sigma Tau.



The GINsystem chapter portal is an online system with mobile app that each sorority chapter uses to share its calendar, announcements, phone and email list, signups and files. The site also includes participation points and study group matching. Members access the GINsystem with their Alpha Sigma Tau login credentials to manage chapter business, update their personal profile data with the sorority or pay their sorority bill. "GIN has already helped us to get our Patriot, Billhighway, and GINsystem tools working seamlessly together," said Paponetti, "and now we're working with GIN to bring the rest of our technology pieces together, in one seamless platform. The integrated future of technology is already here for Alpha Sigma Tau."



"We're excited to bring another great tool to clients through the GINsystem portal, eliminating the need for members to have yet another username and password," said Shaina Geltman, vice president of client relations for GIN. "What's great is this integration provides true single sign-on (SSO) and is available at no cost to any of our partners that use GreekLifeEdu® --now or in the future."



About Alpha Sigma Tau

Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority was founded November 4, 1899 at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The purpose of Alpha Sigma Tau is to promote the ethical, cultural, and social development of its members. The sorority offers membership programming with an emphasis on academic achievement, community service, leadership development, and personal growth opportunities. For more information, visit the Alpha Sigma Tau website at www.alphasigmatau.org.



About GIN

Founded in 2004, Group Interactive Networks (GIN) creates innovative collegiate/alumni websites and integrated members-only GINsystems, and provides the glue that connects all of an organization's present and future technology tools. Clients include: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Sigma Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. Visit www.GINsystem.com for more information.
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GIN Launches Version 7.0 and Advanced Website System

Group Interactive Networks (GIN) has launched its new GINsystem 7.0 and advanced website system for its external website/internal GINsystem clients. The updated system has an improved user interface and enhanced features. The system also combines the external chapter website and the members-only GINsystem into one seamless service for a chapter, and the combined system is now completely responsive to monitor sizes and mobile devices, ensuring maximum usability across multiple formats.

In addition to a new "learn faces" quiz feature that helps members get to know one another, the system features a chapter wall, similar to a news feed and Facebook wall, available in one place via the web or a mobile phone. "The chapter wall is a great place for every member to see the latest news an officer posted or to post about anything from textbook trading to selling football tickets," said Chad Corbitt, GIN's vice president of client technology. "The wall is another part of our patented system for organizations, and another way that all the information a chapter needs is available in one place, but with officer and headquarters information front and center, above general posts."

The updated website system also features more social media linking options for the public-facing chapter websites, including Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube in addition to Facebook and Twitter. Photos can also be resized, edited, and Instagram-like filters added right from the chapter website editor with no separate photo-editing software needed.

"At GIN, we're always interested in making our tools completely accessible for users and site visitors, whether they come to our sites from a tablet, phone, or computer. These fully responsive designs and our updated GINsystem mean that our tools are even more user friendly and our users get an optimal viewing experience no matter what device they are using-no panning or scrolling to see what they need," said Corbitt. "Our integration with membership databases and financial tools has also been upgraded to work even faster than before, and to give us more options for customizing that integration for specific organizations."

The new GINsystem launched for GIN's existing national partners late this spring at no extra cost. This summer GIN is introducing the systems for three new national organizations that are joining the GIN family.

"It is important our members have access to proficient tools that advance as technology changes. Our chapter members love the internal communication tool and utilize the calendar feature to organize chapter events and send text reminders; it helps eliminate Facebook notifications and emails. Officers who manage their chapter's external website also enjoy the easy content management system and are able to quickly make changes to their website," said Holly Thompson, Vice President of Marketing, Tri Delta Executive Office.

About GIN
Founded in 2004, Group Interactive Networks (GIN) creates innovative collegiate/alumni websites and integrated members-only GINsystems, and provides the glue that connects all of an organization's present and future technology tools. Clients include: Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Sigma Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. Visit www.GINsystem.com for more information.
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Alpha Omicron Pi to launch GINsystems and Websites for chapters

Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity will launch new collegiate and alumnae chapter websites and the GINsystem chapter management tool for all chapters in early fall.



The chapter websites include an in-site photo editor, social media feeds and a user-friendly content editor so chapters can personalize their sites with additional pages, photos, videos, files, and more. AOII chapters will have three custom-branded designs to choose from, and the sites will be responsive on all mobile devices.



The sites also include each chapter's web-based chapter management tool (GINsystem), a private member portal for sharing calendar information, polls and surveys, activity points tracking, and group emails and text messages. GIN will also integrate each website and GINsystem with the Fraternity's membership database and other future technology tools.



"We are excited to launch new websites and GINsystems for our chapters. The sites will give all of our chapters a great AOII presence on the web, and we know our members will benefit from the improved communication that comes from having everything for their chapter in one place," said Troy LeForge, the Fraternity's Executive Director.



"GIN is really looking forward to introducing this technology to AOII this summer. GIN ties everything together for true Single Sign-On (SSO) and one member profile so that GIN's tools, along with all others, are finally just one seamless technology system for organizations," said Shaina Geltman, vice president of client relations. "With over half of the collegians who belong to an NPC sorority using our web and mobile tools, we continue to work toward our goal of helping all members and their organizations simplify and enhance communication."



About Alpha Omicron Pi

Alpha Omicron Pi was founded in 1897 at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. AOII has over 166,000 initiated members in 206 collegiate chapters and 161 alumnae chapters across the United States and Canada. Alpha Omicron Pi is an international women's fraternity promoting friendship for a lifetime, inspiring academic excellence and lifelong learning, and developing leadership skills through service to the Fraternity and community.



About GIN

Founded in 2004, Group Interactive Networks (GIN) creates innovative collegiate/alumni websites and integrated members-only GINsystems, and provides the glue that connects all of an organization's present and future technology tools. Clients include: Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Sigma Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. Visit www.GINsystem.com for more information.
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Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia to Launch Websites and GINsystems

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity has chosen Group Interactive Networks (GIN) to provide websites and the GINsystem chapter management tool to its collegiate and alumni chapters.

GIN will design 3 custom websites for the Fraternity, and individual chapters can switch designs at any time, ensuring consistent and attractive branding across the organization. The sites include each chapter's web-based chapter management tool (GINsystem), a private member portal for sharing calendar information, files, announcements, and sending out mass emails and text messages.

GIN will also integrate each website with the Fraternity's membership database. With this integration, members use a single username and password to access the national website, chapter websites/GINsystems, and other tools. The member profile information that is updated in the local websites also instantaneously synchs with the national database, ensuring that each member has just one set of information across all services and the national organization always has the most current information for all members.

"We are looking forward to GIN presenting at our National Convention this summer to launch new websites and GINsystems for our chapters. We know our members will see huge benefits in having all their chapter communication tools in one place, along with a good-looking website they can personalize for their chapter.  We also love that the public and private areas are all fully mobile and social-friendly so chapter members can communicate from anywhere," said Mark Helmstetter, director of programs.

About Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is a national fraternal society focused on developing the best and truest fraternal spirit, the mutual welfare and brotherhood of musical students, and the advancement of music in America. Sinfonia was founded on October 6, 1898 at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. For well-over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity's Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America. For more information, visit www.sinfonia.org.

 

 
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GIN Launches Fully Integrated Badge Ordering System

GIN has launched a newly integrated application for web-based badge ordering by its sorority clients.



The application simplifies new member badge ordering for members purchasing a badge prior to initiation, as well as for those purchasing replacement badges.



"At GIN our whole focus is helping clients bring their technology tools together. While we have helped groups with their badge ordering process for years, we've now completely rebuilt this app from scratch and integrated it with the Patriot and iMIS databases used by our clients. The new system includes better reporting and is much easier for our clients to use since they don't have to input any member data," said Shaina Geltman, GIN's Vice President of Client Relations.



The system allows chapter officers to see with one click the members who have purchased badges and those who have not. Order details including member name and badge and guard type post to the organization's database, ensuring easy tracking for clients. "The app is also more attractive and includes all custom badge and guard options, making it easier for members to choose and pay online with a credit card, Paypal, or whichever payment options the national organization desires," said Geltman.



"The GIN badge ordering system has made ordering badges much simpler for our members. They look at pictures of their choices and can share with their parents. Then, with just a few clicks, they are done," said Executive Director Linda Ablard. "It also has really increased revenues for our badges over the last few years because members are choosing nicer badges. Because it integrates with all of our tools, this technology makes everything much easier for us at headquarters." Alpha Delta Pi and GIN's other badge ordering partners were upgraded to the new system in February and early March.
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GIN Launches Web App for Extension

GIN has created a new web application for the management of national Greek groups' extension efforts. Hundreds of members joined colony chapters via the app in just its first month.

 

An update to the Facebook application previously used by more than 10 National Panhellenic Conference groups, the Colony Manager App for Extension is now a web app designed to simplify and enhance colonization marketing and recruitment.

Potential members can sign up, choose an interview time, recommend friends and learn about an organization--all in one place. The app is mobile-friendly and accessible from tablets, smart phones or personal computers.  Users create a simple login with an email address or connect through a Facebook account. "I love the new updates. I'm a happy customer," said Andrea Alhadari, Delta Phi Epsilon's Director of Panhellenic Outreach.

Enhanced features allow groups to manage multiple colony interview schedules and get an at-a-glance assessment of openings, filled slots, and interviews scheduled. Data exports to Excel, Word, and Powerpoint. "The GIN extension application helps us attract more potential members and conveniently register them for our recruitment process.  The app makes it easy for users to learn more and sign up from a computer, iPad or phone, and we really love being able to access reports on the go," said Katie Billotti, Phi Mu Fraternity's Extension Coordinator.

The application facilitates communication with prospects via email or text message to share event reminders, interview confirmations, and personal messages.  Groups can also customize the branding, colors, and sign-up form fields to fit their organization.

"While our main focuses at GIN are chapter websites with corresponding mobile apps and integration for all the tech tools that a client has, we developed this extension app because there's nothing else out there like it and we know it's a benefit to our clients.  We've completely updated the app to make a good thing better," said Ethan Fieldman, GIN's President. "The new features make it easier for potential members to use and also add great functionality for the client. We're really excited to continue to help groups exceed their recruitment goals."

 
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GIN to Host 7th Annual Greek Technology Seminar

GIN announces it will facilitate its 7th annual Greek technology seminar in Indianapolis on Tuesday, November 18. The seminar features technology and social media experts in the Greek community.


Hosted by Delta Tau Delta Fraternity and held at their headquarters building in Fishers, Indiana, the seminar starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 4 p.m. and is followed by a reception. Lunch will be provided at 12 p.m. prior to the seminar. There is no cost to attend.


The seminar began as a way for fraternity and sorority staff members to learn from subject matter experts in the fraternal community and share information with their peers in other organizations. Past presenters have included Andy Huston, formerly of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, Heather Kirk of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, Steve Good of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, Teena Tabor of Delta Gamma Fraternity, Cori Gilbert, formerly of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and Jenna Martin Pendry of Sigma Kappa Sorority.


The seminar has been a great success and we've always gotten strong feedback on the chance to connect and share ideas in this setting," said Ethan Fieldman, GIN's President. "We're excited about the chance to discuss the latest trends and developments again this year." Fraternity or Sorority staff members and volunteers who are interested in attending the seminar can visit www.GINrsvp.com for full details and to make a reservation.


About Group Interactive Networks


Founded in 2004, Group Interactive Networks (GIN) creates innovative collegiate/alumni websites and integrated members-only GINsystems, and provides the glue that connects all of an organization's present and future technology tools. Clients include: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, CAMPUSPEAK, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Sigma Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Delta Chi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. Visit http://wwwGINsystem.com or www.facebook.com/GINsystem for more information.

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Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity Launches Websites and GINsystems for Chapters and Associations

Kappa Kappa Gamma has chosen Group Interactive Networks (GIN) to provide websites and the GINsystem chapter management tool to its 140 active chapters and 260 alumnae associations.


GIN designed three custom website layouts that feature unique site maps for collegians and alumnae. The dynamic, branded template designs include links to social media tools and are fully responsive for mobile devices. "The content management system for the sites is simple to use, and chapters and associations can easily add pages, newsletters, videos, pictures, and more to really make each site feel unique, with no web experience needed," said Shaina Geltman, GIN's vice president of client relations.


Each chapter and association has access to GIN's web-based chapter management tool (GINsystem), a private member portal for sharing calendar information, files, announcements, and more, as well as sending out mass emails and text messages. The systems also integrate with Kappa Kappa Gamma's membership database, chapter financial management tools, and future Kappa Kappa Gamma tools and services.


With this integration, members use just one username and password to access the national website, chapter websites/GINsystems, and other tools. Collegiate members can view and pay their bills (Billhighway) right inside of their chapter websites/GINsystems, without having to log into a separate website. Integration also allows Kappa members to have one set of profile information across all services and Fraternity headquarters always has the up-to-date information that in the past has only been available at the chapter level. Future Kappa Kappa Gamma vendors and partners will also use the same integration.


"We were excited to have GIN present at our Convention this summer to launch the new websites and systems for our chapters and associations. As an organization, we want to continue to maintain our brand online and advance the communication and technology we provide to our members," said Kari Kittrell, Kappa Kappa Gamma's executive director. "We aren't planning for 2014, we are planning for 2024."


Following the Convention launch in June, chapters participated in site demos and began using the new sites and systems.


About Group Interactive Networks


Founded in 2004, Group Interactive Networks (GIN) creates innovative collegiate/alumni websites and integrated members-only GINsystems, and provides the glue that connects all of an organization's present and future technology tools. Clients include: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, CAMPUSPEAK, Delta Gamma, Delta Delta Delta, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Sigma Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Delta Chi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu, Phired Up Productions, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha. Visit http://wwwGINsystem.com or www.facebook.com/GINsystem for more information.


About Kappa Kappa Gamma


For 143 years, Kappa Kappa Gamma has provided leadership opportunities, educational programs and, most important, the unwavering support of loyal sisters to help our members cross the bridge from dreams to reality. With 140 active chapters in the U.S. and Canada, more than 260 alumnae associations across the world and more than 250,000 initiated members since its founding, Kappa empowers women to pursue a lifetime of excellence. The Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation delivers educational and leadership training, preserves the Fraternity's heritage, provides scholarships and offers financial assistance to members in need. For more information on the Fraternity or its Foundation, visit www.kappa.org.

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GIN Awarded Patent for Chapter Tools

GIN announces it has been awarded a United States patent for its chapter websites/members-only GINsystem technology tool.


"We filed for this patent six and a half years ago, believing that our system offered a unique tool that makes organization and communication simpler for collegiate and alumni officers. Having the U.S.Patent and Trade Organization grant the patent validates our belief that we are ahead of the technology curve and what we do addresses a need in a unique way," said Ethan Fieldman, GIN's founder and principal inventor of the patented technology.


"This is one of the first Greek-based patents in the world," said Fieldman," and although our business has included smaller one-off web projects over the years, this year we've made the conscious decision to focus on our advanced chapter system rather than individual websites. 90 percent of what we do is related to this patented system."


"The fraternity and sorority community continues to seek a system that can give chapters a strong web presence and provides both web and mobile communication tools," added Chad Corbitt, vice president of GIN. "Organizations want a seamless system for communicating with potential members, current members, parents, and alumni. They want both a great public website and a members-only communication tool and they want all of this technology to work together with their other technology. Our system does just that."


The GINsystem members-only tool for chapters is a secure portal that works within a custom-designed advanced external website. The system allows for private sharing of calendar information, chapter files, involvement points and announcements, and includes email and text messaging groups. The GINsystem is also available via native mobile apps for iPhone and Android phones.


GIN has also successfully integrated the system with the membership databases of many national organizations. With this integration, members can view chapter information and update personal contact information stored in their respective databases. Billing services integration is also available and allows integrated users to view billing statements inside the system.


The GINsystem started with sorority and fraternity chapters at the University of Florida and developed into a dynamic system now used by over 250,000 unique users in fraternity and sorority chapters across the United States and Canada.


About GIN


Founded in 2004, Group Interactive Networks (GIN) creates innovative collegiate/alumni websites and integrated members-only systems, Facebook and mobile apps, and other technology tools for leading organizations in the fraternity/sorority and collegiate leadership community. Clients include: Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, CAMPUSPEAK, Delta Gamma, Delta Phi Epsilon, Delta Sigma Pi, Golden Key International Honour Society, Kappa Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta, Kappa Delta Chi, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Tau, Phi Mu, Phired Up Productions, Sigma Delta Tau, Sigma Kappa, Sigma Sigma Sigma and Zeta Tau Alpha.
Visit http://www.GINsystem.com or www.facebook.com/GINsystem for more information.

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