AAPG’s online member application site has been renovated – and Member Services is excited about it.
Vicki Beighle, manager of AAPG Member Services Department, says simplification of the membership application process is the new site’s best feature.
“It’s easy, fast and, unlike previous versions, applicants can remit payment with submission of the form,” Beighle said.
“An applicant can save the application in order to complete later,” she noted. “It also gives members email feedback about what steps of the process they have completed.”
Member applicants can select the graduated dues plan that fits their income. Student applicants can exercise the option of the Chevron sponsorship.
Knowing where applicants are within the processing of their application is an asset. Previously, applicants could wait as long as one month before getting feedback.
Data entry by staff is eliminated, too, as all details go directly into the membership database.
The end result is a quicker completion of the application process.
Let’s take a quick spin through the new online application system.
There are two ways to get there:
3 Via the AAPG Site Short Cuts dropdown menu – just select “Join Online.”
3 Via the page’s left navigation menu – roll over “About AAPG” and select “How to Join,” or by selecting “Join Online.”
Put on your “new applicant hat” and let’s begin.
Upon successfully updating, a validation email is sent to the email you provided
Choose the applicable form option that applies to you. As a new applicant you’ll want to choose from one of the top four in the list.
uThe resulting description explains your selection – and if it is correct, click “apply online.” If not, hit the back button or click “New Applications” again and make a different selection.
The previous information you provided is carried forward into the full application. Member applicants are asked for education background, work history, the names of three sponsors and graduated dues options. However, if you’d prefer to not enter each of this data, you may upload one document that includes all this information.
Student applicants are asked only for education background details.
At the very end of this page the options of submitting, saving or deleting your application are available.
Once all information is completed, click “submit.” At this step you’ll be asked for valid credit card details to complete the process.
A confirmation of your submission will be shown on screen and an email is sent with your member number and other details.
Once submitted, you may log back into the system and check the status of your application under the “Submitted Applications” link in the gold navigation bar.
When your application has been accepted you will be notified via email and your status will change in the “Submitted Applications” web page.
Anyone wishing to apply to join the AAPG may use this application process. All start with “New Application” in the gold bar at the top of the Profile Update.
All applicants receive confirmation emails after each submission so be sure to approve “aapg.org” in your email client address book so notifications will land in your Inbox.
Conceiving and instituting these membership processing enhancements required a team effort at HQ; Brian McBroom, member services specialist, was tasked with oversight of this project, working closely with AAPG’s project manager, Kerrie Chamberlain, in AAPG’s Information Technology Department.
Their collaborative effort has not only provided a membership application management system that works well for the new applicant, but the behind-the-scenes benefits that speed up the entire application process.
Next column: Other options for membership application will be reviewed in the new online AAPG Applications Management tool.
The AAPG YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/AAPGweb) now has a playlist of all awards presented at the opening session of the AAPG 2012 Annual Convention and Exhibition in Long Beach, Calif.
You will find individual videos for each award presented in the Sundaay session – and in videos where several people are honored, such as for service or activities, you can take the time line bar and move it to the place where your person of interest is shown.
Bonus: You can help us tell AAPG members this is available by clicking on the “Like” button or posting it to your Facebook page, Twitter or Google+ accounts.
The meetings landing page (www.aapg.org/meetings/index.cfm) has consolidated all meetings of interest to AAPG members and the industry.
The page’s default display is all meetings either run by or associated with AAPG; a click of the display box just under the page headline will cause all other meetings to appear.
All of these columns are sortable, and if you hold down the shift key it will sort on all selected. In other words, you may sort by date and then by location by holding down the shift key while you click on those columns.
Simply refresh the page to start over.
We’ve also provided you a Section/ Region sort to help you gather meetings geographically.
the Web blog (blog.aapg.org/ web) for more details.
– JANET BRISTER
AAPG Wesite Editor