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WIU on the Go

April 19, 2011


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MACOMB, IL -- What's for lunch in Lincoln Hall today? How exactly do you get from the Alumni House to Western Hall? Looking for something fun to do this weekend? All this and more can be found with a click .... and in the palm of your hand ... with the new (and free) WIU Mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

Western Illinois University's Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT) launched the WIU Mobile app April 18. The app can be downloaded at no charge from the Apple iTunes App Store (http://tinyurl.com/5u65ja7) and the Android Market (http://tinyurl.com/6khbjnz).

WIU Mobile includes an interactive WIU Macomb campus map, the latest University news and events, campus dining center menus and nutritional information on meals being served, computer lab workstation availability (in real time) and University contact information for numerous departments and services. More information about the app can be found at wiu.edu/wiumobile.

"With a growing number of current and incoming students on campus with mobile devices, our goal is to provide students, prospective students and anyone with an interest in Western Illinois University with quick access to information to help them make their daily decisions," said CAIT Director Richard Chamberlain. "Mobile technologies and mobile apps represent the future of user technologies. We have literally at our fingertips devices that allow us to access a wide variety of information resources immediately. The application we developed is the first in a series of WIU-related apps that will deliver information that students and others want and add value to their Western experience."

CAIT designed and developed WIU Mobile in collaboration with Western's GIS Center, University Technology and Web Support Services.

"The development process for WIU Mobile was a team approach that included graphic artists, web developers and application developers. The team used their technical expertise, combined with mobile application research, to create this user-friendly, customizable application," said Kim Sikes, associate director at CAIT, who led the WIU Mobile development team. "We look forward to expanding the features of WIU Mobile and developing new applications in the near future."

The minimum requirements to download the WIU Mobile app include Apple iOS v4.2 or Android v2.1 and internet access via wireless connectivity or a cellular data plan.

For more information or to provide feedback, email wiumobile@wiu.edu.

Posted By: Darcie Shinberger (DR-Shinberger@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations