AU has revealed a new source of technology and innovation with the launch of its app called “RavenLife.” Available on all platforms, the app provides important information regarding campus, and how and when to get involved in events and student life at AU.
There are many topics to explore on the app within the university’s programming. Providing the dates and descriptions of school-wide events and services offered on campus, an academic calendar, athletic schedules, information of the resources available at AU, dining information and even an interactive map that will take you around via GPS, the app allows campus to come together and really experience life at AU.
Alongside a breakdown of events and opportunities, RavenLife provides a platform for students to chat with one another, post on a “wall” and receive information about life at AU and list and sell books and supplies.
RavenLife’s extremely interactive platform gives students and faculty/staff the chance to stay up to date with what is going on, and always be in the loop regarding activities and special information.
A lot of work went into the production of the app, with the hopes that it would be user-friendly. Hamilton Smith, AU’s student body president, had much to do with the making of the app and watching its formation come to life. Smith, alongside Vice President Victor Mweu, ran for office because he is confident that they can make AU better; one idea that they had was the introduction of an app, which has now become reality.
“One of our goals is to better connect the campus with student engagement,” Smith said. During the election, Smith and Mweu thought an app would be a valuable way to improve campus and student connections.
The Student Government Association communicated their ideas to the Department of Student Life and worked alongside Trent Palmer, director of student engagement, in order to successfully develop an accessible app.
“The most efficient way to reach students is by their mobile devices,” Palmer said. The app provides a sure way for students to stay connected and on top of campus information. Living in a world of technology, the app makes the most sense in actively reaching students around campus.
In the making of the app, there had to be a company to produce it. After interviewing multiple companies, SGA and the Departmen of Student Life finally landed on Oohlala. Working alongside AU, they created the app and implemented a plan for campus to become involved.
RavenLife allows students to know of events ahead of time, have access to the intramurals information, skim the student organizations on campus, get to know the staff and mission of the residence halls and even read about the opportunities for commuter and off-campus students.
Download the app in the app store by searching “Anderson University” or “RavenLife,” clicking on the link with the raven logo.