UMES unveils campus-centric 'app'

  • Monday, July 7, 2014

    UMES adds an 'app' to its IT toolboxPRINCESS 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 convenient. 

    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 information technology.

    "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 Play.

    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 Library.

    "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, (410) 621-2355

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