ANNE, Md. – (July 7, 2014) – University of
Maryland Eastern Shore students now have a new electronic tool at their
disposal that makes staying connected academically and socially easier and more
Best of all – it’s free.
A UMES mobile app is being rolled out this
week to coincide with new-student orientation taking place throughout July.
“With the launch of a mobile app that works
across multiple platforms, we had the opportunity to provide the UMES community
with a significant resource that could benefit a variety of people, especially
our students,” said Jamie Webster, the university’s assistant director of
“Everybody may not have a brand new
Apple laptop,” Webster said, “but most everyone has a smartphone or other
mobile device, and most don’t go far without that device.”
UMES’ distinctive Student Services
Center rotunda dome is the app’s easy-to-recognize screen image. It can be downloaded
at no charge from Apple’s App Store on iTunes, or via the android app on Google
After months of study and testing, the
university settled on a mobile app that provides finger-tip links to key
resources that college students need for day-to-day activities.
The UMES app delivers quick access to a
faculty directory, a customized campus map, university social media platforms,
emergency contact information and a link to the university’s Frederick Douglass
“If you want to stay connected to the
latest news and events, this mobile app will help you do that,” said Alissa
Carr, UMES’ marketing director.
The UMES mobile app is an electronic
tool faculty, staff and administrators also are encouraged to use, said Webster,
who headed the development team.
Future upgrades planned include
registration, course grades and class schedules.
The university’s information technology
office, Webster added, is constantly looking at strategies “bridging the gap,
providing resources to those who may not otherwise have access.”
Bill Robinson,director, Office of Public Relations,