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DU launches iPhone app

iPhone app

DU recently launched a new iPhone app.

Don’t have DU on your iPhone? There’s an app for that.

The University of Denver officially has launched its first iPhone application. It’s compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

The app gives users access to the latest campus news and an events calendar. It also allows users to access DU videos and photos, the athletics website and maps and polls.

There’s even a link to the DU fight song.

“The app is a way for us to use technology to communicate about DU to the various audiences that we are trying to reach,” says Jim Berscheidt, interim vice chancellor for University Communications. “It is internal and external, reaching not only faculty, staff and current students, but alumni and prospective students as well.”

Berscheidt says the app also includes a checklist option for prospective students, which will help them with the application process. It was developed in cooperation with the DU Admissions Office.

Akash Jain, a computer science grad student, says the app looks great.

“I really like the event section, and the campus map will come in handy to all the students, because it is sometimes hard to find certain buildings on campus,” Jain says.

He says the tab that shows the hours of operation of various offices — such as the bursar’s office, the library and the recreation center — is really useful as well.

Ashley Gross, a human resources grad student, uses the new app on her friend’s iPhone.

“I really like the ability to look up courses — it’s especially helpful that it includes the location,” Gross says.

The app has found its way to DU alumni, too.

“I like the fact that DU is trying new ways to reach out to students and alumni, and the fact that it isn’t just sports information,” says alumna Mila Morgese. “I would love to see this used as a means to advertise for events on campus, and to let us know what is going on with policies and administrative changes.”

Morgese (MA higher education ’10) graduated in June and is looking for work. She says the app hopefully will give her an edge because it will give her mobile access to DU’s employment page.

Even online students, such as grad student Stephanie Lundberg, are using the app to keep in touch with the University from a distance. Lundberg is an online student in University College’s Bachelor of Arts Completion program. She currently lives in Guam.

“I don’t generally feel terribly connected to DU,” Lundberg says. “One of the things I like about the app is that it gives me easy access to DU news and to TEDxDU, which has some really interesting programming. Both of those things make me feel a little closer to the DU community.”

According to Berscheidt, University officials are in the process of developing an Android app compatible with other smart phones and tablet devices soon.

The application is free and can be downloaded at iTunes.


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