A new app available to students provides a visual information stream for campus events.
The CampusQuad app launched last week when Chris Riley, vice president of Student Life, offered doughnuts to students in the Campus Center who downloaded the app, which is free for all ACU students.
The social media platform encourages students to create events that are happening around campus for student organizations they belong to and for personal events or posts. The app allows users to upload images, use filters and effects, and to say if they plan to attend a certain event.
Riley said that although various departments and offices on campus have already started using the app, he hopes CQ will be primarily used by students.
“CampusQuad promotes both virtual and actual student engagement,” he said. “And opposed to going to a website for information, the ads will go to student’s devices.”
The app will not completely replace other methods in which announcements are made across campus.
“Ads created in CQ can be uploaded to text, email, Facebook, Twitter,” Riley said. “Moreover, we are working to have the announcements posted on CampusQuad scrolling the TV monitors in the Campus Center.”
Seth Montgomery, senior information technology major from Abilene, said it’s a place for students to connect with each other on a whole new level.
“I’m used to using older apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Yik Yak, Snapchat, Google Plus, iMessage and Apple’s ‘phone’ app to communicate with people and figure out what the buzz is on campus, but Quad takes away the stress by giving me another option to choose from, an option tailored specifically to ACU,” he said.
Other students have yet to utilize the app.
“I downloaded the app, but I haven’t opened it yet,” said Jennifer Evans, junior family studies major from Abilene. “I just did it for the free doughnut, honestly.”
CampusQuad can be downloaded from the app store on iPhones and Android devices.