On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, IUP’s Phi Gamma Nu business
fraternity had their 2016 officer elections. This organization helps students
looking to develop their professional and business skills while enrolled at
IUP. This group is made up of mostly business students ranging from sophomores
to seniors who all have a passion in business, whether it is their major or
Phi Gamma Nu (PGN) has a unique executive structure. There
are traditional positions like president and vice president, but positions like
alumni relations chair and pledge educator are unique. In all, there are 11
positions on the officer team who oversee approximately 100 general members.
PGN also has a unique structure for elections. Nominations are held before our
fall break where each person running in nominated for one position. During the
elections two weeks later, each position is voted on individually so that
anyone who does not win an election for president, vice president, etc., still
has a chance to run for a lower position later on. This structure allows
members to try for a higher position while knowing they can still run for
something else if they are not elected at first.
However, this structure can prove extremely time-consuming.
Thanks to Poll Everywhere, PGN
was able to test out a premium subscription where all 81 members in attendance
could vote using a cell phone or laptop. All speeches and voting for these 11
positions were completed within one hour, which is nearly half the time that it
has taken in the past. Members found it easy, fun, interactive, but most of all
While it is an exciting meeting for those running for a position, members
typically are not enthused to sit for hours listening to speeches and waiting
for slips of paper to be counted after each round. Luckily, everyone in the
audience was pleased with the outcome, especially when the meeting ended with
pizza and cake for all of the members.
was able to provide a fast and user-friendly tool for our college students
during our elections. We look forward to using their services in the future for
all of our voting needs!”—Katie Fox, New President