Posted January 13, 2012 by Edmund Cabellon 

Having a Pinterest In the Student Union

If you haven’t heard of Pinterest yet, you will in 2012. Pinterest is a vision board-styled social photo sharing website and app where users can create and manage theme-based image collections. While I am a fairly new user of the social network, I have found to be quite simple and intuitive to use. After the initial setup, users are asked to create “boards” to which you can “pin” pictures of anything.

Where one can get “sucked in” is looking at all the beautiful pictures people share of a variety of things from crafts, furniture, and food. There are many categories for each board, so depending on your interests, you can meet and connect with a new group of online folks with some creative ideas for you.

This got me thinking: Could a student union leverage Pinterest to connect with other students, faculty, or staff who also are on Pinterest? By visually representing some of the content from our blog, design team, or video team, could we reach a broader audience? I also could see using it as a showcase for our furniture, supplies, gear, technology, etc. There are lots of possibilities!

The Rondileau Campus Center Staff and I have started our own Pinterest account at http://pinterest.com/BSUCampusCenter. Feel free to check it out as we grow our boards. If you need an invite to start trying Pinterest, send us an email at campuscenter@bridgew.edu, and we’ll connect you. 

Do you think Pinterest has a role in the student union? How about event planning or other student affairs units? 

Edmund Cabellon

Edmund Cabellon is the Assistant to the Vice President, Student Affairs at Bridgewater State University.

Comments

I was first introduced to the idea by my cousin who is planning her wedding, and then by a student who just loved all of the different ideas. I was skeptical, but once I got onto the site I realized that it was truly a great resource! I have used the site for a variety of projects both personally and professionally. When I joined Pinterest we were in the midst of planning our Holiday Reception at The College of Wooster. For this event we transform our Lowry Student Center into a Winter Wonderland for faculty, staff and their families to enjoy (complete with indoor snowball fight). We found so many ideas for deorations and such on Pinterest and were able to bring those ideas to life at our event in December. I think Pinterest would be a great resource for just about anyone working in a college union. I think the site is especially relevant for event planners who need to stay up to date with current trends. I have been to several parties and showers in the past few months where everything from the menu to the decorations and party games were found on Pinterest. There are tons of ideas, tips & tricks, and shortcuts to make life easier and more organized. I am hoping to start a blog or website about our events and ideas so we can "pin" them and share them with others and I would love to see professionals from around the world do the same!
Rachel Messenger
rmessenger@wooster.edu
Comment posted 01/17/2012 4:52 PM
With some encouragement from my wife I have signed on and am using Pinterest to create an architectural display of college unions. This is in progress so check bac to see it grow. http://pinterest.com/justincamputaro/college-unions/
Justin Camputaro
jcamputaro@vt.edu
Comment posted 03/16/2012 10:34 AM
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