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Thanks to Western Illinois University student Cameron Anderson (Roanoke, IL), iPhone users who have updated to iOS 10 can now customize their text messages with WIU stickers. All users have to do is download them from Apple's App Store. Users can get them at itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiu-stickers/id1155766054?mt=8. For information about how to use them, see www.imore.com/how-to-use-stickers-and-apps-imessage.
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Cameron Anderson (right) and his fellow student members of WIU Admissions' Orientation Team. Anderson, a senior computer science major, designed the Western Illinois University stickers (based on Western's logo) as a fun side project on his own.
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WIU Stickers Available in Apple App Store Thanks to Student's Initiative

September 28, 2016


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MACOMB, IL — Thanks to the initiative of Western Illinois University student Cameron Anderson (Roanoke, IL), iPhone users who have updated to iOS 10 can now customize their text messages with WIU stickers. All users have to do is download them from Apple's App Store.

Anderson, a senior computer science major, designed the stickers (based on Western's logo) as a fun side project on his own.

"When iOS 10 came out, I saw all the stickers available for many different topics, but I didn't see many for universities. I started thinking of different ideas, drawing up quick sketches and sending them to family and friends to get their feedback. They liked them, so I wanted to make them available for everyone," Anderson explained.

This is the first app Anderson has released via Apple's App store.

"I took a mobile application development class last semester and had a lot of fun with it. We made some fun applications in the class, and I got the developer account to have access to the pre-release software and development tools," he noted. "This is the first app I have released on the App Store, but certainly not my last. I chose these stickers to be my first I release because they are pretty easy to do and I love WIU, so why not show some school pride?"

In his designs, Anderson — who was crowned Western's Homecoming King last year — even included one for the 2016 Homecoming celebration, which kicks off this week with "Celebrating Town and Gown" and continues through Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 7-8).

Anderson is also a resident assistant in Grote Hall and is involved in many other academic and service activities on campus.

"My first involvement on campus was going to Camp Leatherneck as a freshman. I had a lot of fun with that and made some amazing friends," he said. "My freshman year, I became a Inter-Hall Council representative for Tanner Hall. I am currently in my third year as a resident assistant. I am also a member of the National Residence Hall Honorary and the Centennial Honors College. This past summer I was an Orientation Team Leader for Admissions."

According to Anderson, he came to WIU after his father suggested it may be a school he wanted to check out.

"When we were searching for colleges, he found Western and information on the computer science program. I came to campus for Discover Western and fell in love. I was greeted with many smiling faces and a lot of helpful information," he said. "I even got to speak to the head of the School of Computer Sciences that day, and that strengthened my connection here. Along with this connection, WIU is about two hours away from home and a good price for me. All this together, and more, has made WIU the perfect choice for me."

After he graduates, Anderson (who has minors in information systems and math), will continue at Western to pursue his master's degree in computer science.

"After that, I'm still figuring out my plan. I would love to keep working with mobile technology and developing applications," he said.

Anderson added he hopes students, faculty, staff and alumni use the stickers he developed to show their school spirit at Homecoming and other University events.

To get the stickers, visit https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wiu-stickers/id1155766054?mt=8. For information about how to use the stickers, see www.imore.com/how-to-use-stickers-and-apps-imessage.

Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg (WIUNews@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations