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GC Mobile arrives on campus

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April 23, 2012

Need your professor’s phone or office number? GC MobileGC MobileCheck out what’s for lunch? Call for a SNAP ride?

Let your fingers do the walking.

GC Mobile provides a one-stop shop for all that information and more.

“We found a need through our students for a streamline app to help them navigate the campus and supply useful information without accessing a computer,” said Housing Marketing Director Cindy McClannahan. “And this smart phone app fills that need.”

Students can locate buildings, check the baseball scores, watch Georgia College videos and cruise campus life activities. They can event check on their laundry status through housing.

“GC Mobile is a great addition to campus as it is sure to provide students with a more efficient way to obtain and disseminate all things Georgia College,” said Student Government Association President Evan Karanovich. “Technology has redefined how we gather information, and it is important for us to seek our and answer the demand.”

GC Mobile took about seven months to develop through Blackboard. University Communications spearheaded the development with collaboration among University Communications, Campus Life, Auxiliary Services, University Housing, Athletics, Print Shop, Public Safety, College of Business, Parking & Transportation.  

The app provides students an easy-to-use channel to receive important campus information: News, events, faculty/staff directory, dining information, housing information, athletics, a locator map and a transportation schedule.

“Students also have a direct portal to the OrgSync system that drives much of Campus Life activities, sign ups and events,” said Kyle Brogdon, director of publications and marketing. “Students who live in residence halls can check to see if their laundry is done or can report a problem that needs to be fixed.”  

The app should prove useful to anyone seeking an easy connection to Georgia College information. Alumni could use the app to read news about Georgia College, follow the university’s Twitter account or keep up with Bobcat sports news, scores and schedules.

The first-year $18,500 fee was split among five university departments. SGA has petitioned the Student Technology Fee Committee for long-term funding, Karanovich said.

GC Mobile continuously pulls new information from university websites, keeping the content up-to-date.

The app will continue to evolve, providing additional information and user opportunities. Plans include a Phase 2 offering new information by fall.

“Mobile communications will continue to grow as a primary way that people of all ages and demographics receive information, “ Brogdon said. “It's important that Georgia College provide information to people in a way that they can conveniently receive it.”

GC Mobile app is available through iTunes for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and at Google Play for Android devices.
















ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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For more information, contact University Communications at (478) 445-4477.