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Students Create FHU iPad App

Collaboration between FHU’s IT Web Services and computer science students has resulted in another advancement in mobile technology for campus. The latest app created by students in CIS 491 is for the iPad.

Last year, a team of computer science majors developed FHU’s first native iPhone application. Available from the iTunes App Store, it provides a campus directory, map and news feed. This fall, iPhone 2.0 was unveiled.

The iPad app includes sections for news, the university calendar, media, Seasons, the map, and a campus directory. Live chapel streaming, iTunes U, photos and video are available on the media section. Both current and archived editions of Seasons are available on that portion of the site. The map, a hybrid of the iPhone interface and a high-resolution aerial view, allows one to select a building and see a directory for it. The directory offers contact information for faculty and staff with phone numbers, email addresses, and office locations.

Designers say it makes it easier than ever to keep up with all things FHU. In addition to providing valuable information to FHU stakeholders, the app’s creation has given students hands-on experience through classes and internships in creating usable technology. Student project manager Ethan Kershaw said, “I’ve always looked forward to the day that I would be able to put what I have learned into something that is beneficial to others. I am proud of what we accomplished for FHU.”

The app is designed to provide information for current students, prospective students, alumni and parents. It can be downloaded at fhu.edu/fhumobile.

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