UNK Today | August 2014 - page 5

director of the First Year Pro-
gram, Welcome Week makes
for a busy start to the semester.
“We coordinate the entire
week’s schedule,” Daffer said.
“There are certain programs
that we put on and we host and
we plan, and then the rest of it
is working with other offices
and departments to see what
they’re planning to bring the
entire schedule together.”
Daffer works with Stu-
dent Life, Dining Services,
Academic Affairs, the athletic
department, intramurals
and Campus Ministries to
coordinate events. Daffer
also works with Main Street
Kearney and the city to put
on Destination Downtown, an
annual event geared toward
students that features music,
food and shopping. Destina-
tion Downtown is now in its
seventh year.
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By JOSH MOODY
Hub Staff Writer
KEARNEY — There are
high hopes for OOHLALA,
a new mobile application at
the University of Nebraska at
Kearney.
Staff members say it has the
potential to grow student orga-
nizations and increase student
involvement and connectivity
on campus.
“OOHLALA, in particular,
empowers campuses, organi-
zations and, more importantly,
students with the tools that
they need to improve commu-
nication and integration into
their campus community,” said
Jordan Gonzalez, an office
associate with the Office of
Student Life.
OOHLA-
LA draws
from the
social media
elements of
Facebook
and Twitter,
even sync-
ing with
those two
platforms.
Gonzalez
hopes the
application
will allow
UNK stu-
dents organizations to grow
and flourish. But the applica-
tion also has the potential for
academic benefits by allowing
students to
look up classes,
download their
class schedule
to their phone’s
calendar and
find campus
information.
“It’s really
important for
UNK to have
an app that has
the capability
to provide a
social aspect
for student organizations
and a way for students to get
involved with those organi-
zations, but also providing
them with the opportunities of
locating where their classroom
is, what class
they would
like to take
in the next
semester and
then adding
it onto their
personal
schedule on
their phone,”
Gonzalez
said.
Citing
figures from
the PEW
Internet and
American Life Project, Gonza-
lez pointed out that students are
increasingly turning to mobile
devices to help plan and orga-
nize their lives
in and outside
of academia.
“Four out
of five new
colleges
students own
a smartphone;
20 percent of
students at the
university level
use a tablet,”
Gonzalez said.
“Furthermore,
82 percent of
students use a smartphone or
device to access academic ser-
vices and information. That’s
a huge market of students who
have a mobile device in front of
them that has the capability to
download apps.”
The PEW Internet and
American Life Project also
found that students are more
likely to spend their time
using a mobile application
instead of their device’s web
browser.
UNK has UNK Mobile app,
which Gonzalez said has been
tailored to provide informa-
tion to campus visitors and
alumni.
“It takes the social aspects of
Facebook and Twitter and also
brings the UNK Mobile com-
ponent and the website all into
one, and that’s OOHLALA,”
Gonzalez said.
Director of Admissions
Dusty Newton
believes that
OOHLALA has
the ability to
surpass UNK
Mobile in terms
of efficiency and
information.
“I think it’s
got some great
potential, above and beyond
the current Mobile app that we
have,” Newton said.
He, too, thinks OOHLALA
will bolster the ranks of student
organizations at UNK.
“It’s really going to bring
people together,” Newton said.
Newton said OOHLALA
has potential as a recruiting
tool. He said incoming fresh-
men who downloaded the tool
were able to use it to follow
the schedule for this sum-
mer’s new student enrollment
activities.
OOHLALA is available for
download from the application
store of a mobile device and
can be downloaded by anyone.
“It’s designed primarily for
students. However, it can be
downloaded by parents, alum-
ni, visitors or guests of the
university,” Gonzalez said.
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JORDAN GONZALEZ,
from the office of Student Life, hopes that new mobile application OOHLA-
LA will keep students informed about student organizations and campus activities. The new appli-
cation is available to download for free and can be used by students and non-students alike.
OOHLALA
, in particular,
empowers campuses,
organizations and, more
importantly, students with
the tools that they need to
improve communication and
integration into their campus
community.”
Jordan Gonzalez
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“It takes the
social as-
pects of Facebook and
Twitter and also brings
the UNK Mobile com-
ponent and the website
all into one, and that’s
OOHLALA.”
Jordan Gonzalez
“We coordinate
the entire week’s schedule. There are
certain programs that we put on and we host and
we plan, and then the rest of it is working with other
offices and departments to see what they’re planning
to bring the entire schedule together.”
Chandra Daffer, assistant director of the First Year Program
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