Marshall launches updated mobile app


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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University has released a new version of the MUMobile application. The new app can be used to access the latest news and information from the university and deliver it to your hands through your mobile device.

MUMobile is available for free download in the both the Apple App Store and Google Play. If you currently have the previous version of the app on your mobile device, simply update the app through your respective app store.

“We are committed to continue offering our students the best technology experience and we know that modern mobile applications are very important and heavily used by students nowadays,” said Edward Aractingi, assistant vice president of information technology and acting CIO.

“Marshall University is excited to release the new and improved mobile application designed with users in mind,” said Brent Maynard, director of enterprise applications at Marshall. “This improved app delivers more features than ever before with an enhanced browsing experience.”

The improved visual interface makes sorting through the content easier and allows the user to find important information such as news, phone numbers, campus buildings, sports scores and events more quickly, Maynard said.

The university’s Information Technology division contracted with Ellucian, a company that specializes in providing technology solutions and services to higher education institutions, to develop the application. The new MUMobile application will integrate seamlessly with the new myMU portal platform, expected later this summer.

Some available features include:

Latest News – Easy access to important campus news and information.

Campus Map – Explore the various campuses with an intuitive map including all academic and student buildings.

Campus Directory – View important numbers and quickly search for faculty and staff contact information.

Event Calendar – View events happening all across campus by category so you can be sure to find those that interest you most.

Athletics – Get news, schedules and scores for all of your favorite Herd sports.

Students- View important account information, course schedules, grades, library resources and more through single sign-on integration. Students will also be able to register for courses and access the myMU portal through the app by the start of the fall semester.

Social Media – Easily access the official Marshall University social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

The new app still serves not only the current and potential student community, but the university community as a whole, said Crystal Stewart, senior office administrator for information technology at Marshall.

“It can serve the purpose of providing access to student account information and course information, as well as provide alumni event information, potential students and visitors tour information, and campus news to the community,” Stewart said. “If students wish to access their account information they only have to log in. Non-students do not need to log in to access all of the other features.”

Current students were involved in the app development and testing process by providing ideas and feedback.

“I really like that the app provides resources right at my fingertips,” said Kelsea Whaley, senior English Literature student. “I think future Marshall students will find the app beneficial when coming to campus, especially the campus tour and interactive map.”

Another student commented on the accessibility of student account information and website content.

“I like how accessible student schedule and information is and I like that you can access most of the website content through the app,” said Monica Stanwick, sophomore biological sciences student. “I also love how contact information is right at hand when you need it.”

More information can be found at www.marshall.edu/mumobile or by contacting Stewart at crystal.stewart@marshall.edu.

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