MetamorphoSIS 2007

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The Orientation Camp for the incoming batch of 200 over students pursuing higher education at the School of Information Systems (SIS) at Singapore Management University (SMU) was held over the weekend 4th and 5th of August 2007.

The organising committee of for the camp comprised of 27 students working away during holidays through internships, summer school, research work and other commitments to bring to the freshmen an experience full of cherishable memories.

I was fortunate to have been a part of Team MetamorphoSIS 07, organizing committee working primarily on Human Resource (Compiling lists of Allergies, T-Shirt sizes, Contact details, etcetra for all 250+ involved and printing & dissemination of the indemnity forms, games-book, games clue-sheets, score sheets, answer sheets, safety manual, contact lists, events execution plan and pretty much everything else among the committee members, gamemasters, facilitators and freshmen) and Welfare (Arranging Meals, Bathing Schedules, Sleeping Plans, Clean up etc)

As the HR head, I just coded an over-night app to make life easier for the team. Since all the contact details were being passed around in spreadsheets and the university uses microsoft exchange server for emails (thus leading almost everyone to use outlook), I put them together. I wanted to work with forms (since I previously hadn’t) this gave me a chance to make a form based VBA app that would allow for easy co-ordination by allowing the sending of emails to the different departments or individuals at the click of a button. Here’s a screenshot [sensitive imformation blurred]. It was intended to reduce the effort and error involved in sending out emails.

It was great fun working with so many people with varied experiences. There was a lot of learning and it was truly rewarding to have formed new bonds of friendship. As the Chairman of the committee nicely put it in his speech, “MetamorphoSIS 07 was about ordinary people rising to the occasion …”


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