SCF has added a new facet to their website called SCFconnect, or The Portal.  I personally like the word portal better, because it makes me think of teleporting myself.  In a sense, the new portal does just that.  When I first logged into the new system and looked around, it struck me: there is so much that SCF was doing that I didn’t know about!

     The first thing that stuck out was the email.  I didn’t have to sign into my email account separate, it was right there in a box on the screen!  When I get a bill from my car insurance company, however,  this isn’t quite as exciting.   Then I switched tabs to the Student section.  I found a lot of helpful links, like Angel is there front and center.  I’m told that we won’t have to log in to Angel anymore either, once they progress to the second step of SCFconnect.

     The part that I really geeked out on was the announcements in the Student section.  I scrolled down and saw info about the Student Wellness Program, which I’d heard about but never gave it much thought.  It turns out you can participate in health events (exercise, fundraiser walks, dental cleanings, etc) and earn points which you turn in at the end of the semester for prize drawings and tuition drawings!  Turns out I do need to clean my teeth every few years, and I love to exercise.  I literally got out a notebook and starting taking notes on this program.

     To further my journey was the Student Finances area that had a really helpful little spot for financial aid.  Actually the whole page had FAFSA facts, deadlines, and links to SCF foundation scholarships which I was amazed to find so many listings of scholarships available.  They’re available to students transferring out of SCF as well!!  Deadlines for that are April 1, 2010 and March 14, 2010 respectively.

     Then I went to the Library tab, where I found the online databases right there for everyone to see.  Not hidden away anymore, within a series of clicks and quirks.  Ah, researching will now be a breeze.

     The last section is the My Tab.  Hehe.  I was able to go in (under the tiny link at the top called ‘content layout’) and put the “Word of the Day” in there, the Wellness Program, and the weather.  I religiously check the weather every morning, so that will be handy.  I just have to figure out how to paste a picture of myself in the middle of the screen now.

     Oh man, I could talk about the portal for quite awhile.  The new change was a fantastic one.  I can’t wait to see how else they fine tune it, and what else will be added.  I’m sure I’ll have more to say, once I stumble onto the other points of the portal.  In the mean time, it will be 74 degrees on Monday, and I won’t be stranded indoors.  Mwhahaa.