During 2012, the Georgia Department of Education’s 21st Century Learning Community Center Programs granted Georgia College’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES) Program five-year renewal awards to support in-school afterschool projects. YES is Baldwin County’s only free afterschool program, providing enrichment and academic opportunities at Baldwin High School, Blandy Hills Elementary School, Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Midway Elementary School and Oak Hill Middle School.
GC Mobile arrives on campus
Need your professor’s phone or office number? GC Mobile Check 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 smartphone 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.