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Saturday, 22 February 2014 00:00

ASI and USU Team of Students Launch New, Free App

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The team of student designers responsible for a new California State University, Stanislaus app pose with a larger-than-life cutout of an iPhone| The team of student designers responsible for a new California State University, Stanislaus app pose with a larger-than-life cutout of an iPhone| Natalie Winters/The Signal|
By Natalie Winters/The Signal

California State University, Stanislaus’s Associated Students Incorporated and University Student Union have launched their app this week.

The free app allows students to access information about ASI and USU right at their fingertips.

“You can see what’s going on with ASI and USU,” Thomas Riley, Union Technology Coordinator, said. “You can access the calendars, the discounters, you can access… well, what can’t you access?”

The app is available for both iPhone and Android. However, the iPhone version is currently farther ahead in development.

“[The app] looks the same, just not quite the same in features yet,” Riley said. “We’re working on that basically non-stop.”

To find the app, go to the app store on your smartphone and search: “ASI&USU.” It can also be found by typing in “CSU Stan” or “CSU Stanislaus.”

This is not the official CSU Stanislaus app; the Office of Information Technology created the official app for the university.

Since its creation in October of last year, the ASI and USU app has gone through three iterations, each providing additional features to make it cleaner and more advanced.

Inside the app, students can go to “Discounter” to view a list of local stores’ discounts. The app provides a description of the discount, store hours and directions to the desired location.
Students will need their Warrior IDs to get the discounts offered, and the app lists all deals around town available to students.

Students in clubs and organizations can also benefit from this app.

“You can also initiate requests with our marketing department,” Ben Hoover, ASI Multimedia Technician, said. “It’s great for clubs or orgs that are interested in graphic design services, printing services or marketing services.”

Social media for ASI and USU are integrated in the app as well. Students will be able to stay up to date on both ASI’s and USU’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.

Through the app, clubs and organizations can reserve facilities for events, and students can utilize it to apply for jobs within the ASI and USU offices.

The ASI and USU team of students researched other schools’ apps and learned from their successes and failures to create the final product.

“We took a look at a few other schools’ apps to see what they had done,” Riley said.
“And basically [we] just made sure we blew them all out of the water.”

The preceding article was provided by The Signal through a partnership to better inform the community of campus news. Visit CSUSignal.com for more CSU Stanislaus news.

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