In 2012, two Clarion University students created an Android app for current and prospective students. Found on the Google Play marketplace under “Clarion University Virtual Tour,” the app, developed and designed by Andrew Allen, (’12) Freeport, and Allen Richardson (’12), Venus, serves as a mobile guide to all things Clarion.
The app links current students to Desire2Learn and MyClarion services, as well as providing links and information about Clarion’s campus, professors and classes to incoming freshmen and prospective Golden Eagles.
“The overall goal in creating the app was to combine links to multiple resources and present them into the palm of your hand,” Allen said.
Allen and Richardson created the app as part of their CIS-411 course – taught by Dr. Jon O’Donnell, associate professor, Department of Computer Information Science – which serves as a graduation requirement. With the real-world experience garnered from working with the admissions office, both are now employed in their field. Allen serves as an IT specialist for Carson Home Accents in Freeport, while Richardson works as a programmer at Matric Limited in Seneca.
Allen credits his employment, in part, to the work he did with Richardson. “During my interview, I showed off the app, and the interview ended up being mostly about the app,” Allen said.
Also integrated into the app is the Clarion University Virtual Tour, produced by junior English student Sam Nolan with aid from communication seniors Frank Lemon of New Kensington and Rick McClelland of St. Mary’s, and junior Tyler Lobdell of Cambridge Springs. The virtual tour takes viewers on a quick jaunt around campus, guided by Clarion communication juniors Britt Cihal of Pittsburgh and Maurice James of Philadelphia, and junior music education major Kiri Koziol of Noxen. The six-minute video shows off a variety of Clarion’s buildings, academic departments and student life.
“It was made by students, for students,” Nolan said. “The tour – and the whole app, for that matter – gives an in-depth look of the campus and community for future students who haven’t yet visited.”
The Clarion University Virtual Tour Android app is free and available now.
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