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Victory for Veterans pg. 8 It’s playoff time after Midwestern State defeated West Georgia State on Military Appreciation Day. The cycling team finished the season with a victory at the Mountain Bike Championships. — your campus / your news Board to accept $700K property gift on Friday brittney cottingham editor-in-chief The Mustang approach Admissions utilizes Mustang Rally to entice prospects Sarah long op-ed editor To improve university enrollment woes, admissions prepared a more aggressive recruit with prospective students at Saturday’s Mustang Rally. Photos by SHELBY DAVIS University enrollment has been declining for several semesters, with a 4.3 percent drop this fall. On Saturday, the admissions office hosted Mustang Rally to gave prospective students and parents an opportunity to preview the university. According to Keith Lamb, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, the university has started a direct marketing campaign. “We have contacted ten thousand high school students who scored on a predicted model and took 77 variables of current MSU students,” Lamb said. Based on a profile the university has created a formula of prospects likely to enroll. “We purchased lists of high school seniors who met that criteria and started contacting them directly,” Lamb said. Based on prospect profiling the admissions department has seen RALLY pg. 3 University app seeks upgrades MAKAYLA KINNEY Staff Writer “There’s an app for that,” was popularized by Apple and inspired millions of businesses and universities to create programs to promote themselves. MSU created an app not only for promotional purposes, but as a research opportunity for the computer science program. Tina Johnson, computer science assistant professor, was one faculty member who helped develop the iPhone application. A $5,000 faculty grant was used to fund the application. The grant was used for hardware, a developer’s license, student salaries and the programming language for the iPhone, Objective-C. Johnson said she first saw the importance of having a mobile application during a 2010 iPhone workshop at a computer science conference. Johnson said she believed that developing an app would keep MSU at the forefront of mobile technology. “Most of the work was done in the spring semester, three to four months,” Johnson said. “The fall semester was used for learning the Apple programming environment.” The application has six different features. pg. 7 wichitan ht e Wednesday — November 14, 2012 Win On Wheels A master calendar is accessible to users with a selector for different sports events allowing reminders to be set for the events. A Google Earth map allows users to utilize their location in proximity to campus to get from one place to another. Buildings are pinned to navigate users around campus in proximity to their location. Parking areas on the map are colorcoded according to parking lot regulations. In the band portion, a YouTube audio clip of the fight song is featured. A photo gallery displays photos of the campus. Another link allows one-touch access to the MSU homepage. In the suggestions portion of the application, users can submit comments and feedback. “The app was created to promote MSU and to give computer science students an opportunity to learn mobile programming,” Johnson said. “It allows students to look at and add athletic events to the calendar and look at a Google map of the campus.” Terry Griffin, assistant computer science professor, and Shawn Seals, a computer science instructor, also assisted in creating the iPhone application. Both said when they began cre- ating the app, the group looked at existing university applications to get a feel for what they were going to create. “We did a lot of research in looking at other school’s apps. We took what we liked and implemented it into ours,” Seals said. Graduate computer science student Matthew Farmer is a new member to the iMustangs team this semester. His contributions to the application have been through the updates of the existing app. Farmer said the team has gained members each semester. “The team has at least doubled. A lot more students have become involved and are able to do a lot more than we were in the past. As new students come in, it allows them to add their input,” Farmer said. According to Farmer, the team is divided into three sub-groups, team iPhone, team Android and a background and database team. This semester iMustangs have been working on updates for the existing iPhone application. Seals said the team is improving the speed of the app by using a server rather than pulling information from the Internet. “We’re going to try to improve the speed on the app. The Internet access is the slow part. If you have to access data though the Internet, that’s what causes lagging. The server reduces the lag on the phone and improves the app’s speed,” Seals said. Farmer said one addition to the application will be a media segment. He said the team hopes to add a Wichitan RSS feed, as well as other news sources. In addition to news, the team hope to allow users access to campus organizations through Facebook and OrgSync. “We are trying to find a way to incorporate more social media into the app. We definitely want to get more student organizations involved in the app,” Farmer said. Johnson and Griffin said the team has several ideas to add to the existing application. “We are working on updates and a comparable Android app this academic year,” Johnson said. We would like to add a faculty directory and a trading post. Updates should be available in late spring or early summer.” The staff directory allows users to access faculty and staff e-mails, office hours and office locations. Griffin said this addition will aid students in contacting and APP pg. 3 At Friday’s Board of Regents meeting, the Board is expected to accept a $700K gift of property from donations through the MSU Foundation. The gifted vacant lot south of the Museum of Art at MSU covers 2.29 acres of land. University president Jesse Rogers said more than ever, the university is dependent on donors and grants to operate the university. “We are fortunate that we live in a community with people of means who appreciate the importance of a higher education and who want to develop MSU,” Rogers said. Rogers said in the last year the university has raised more than $13 million that went into building upgrades, equipment, scholarships, and faculty and student development. The Board members will also be discussing their concerns involving higher education as a whole, including governance, enrollment and funding challenges. Rogers said though all of these elements concern him, enrollment and funding are now essentially the same issue. “As the state has reduced funding over a number of years, universities including MSU have had to pass the cost of a higher education on to the students.” Since students pay about 43 percent of the university’s operat- BOARD pg. 4 MSU develops student-friendly log-in system MAKAYLA KINNEY Staff Writer In February, the university will be launching a new website and a new portal system as well. Chief Information Officer Michael Dye is aiding implementing the new portal system. Dye said the total projected cost of the log-in system is estimated around $200,000. “No more multiple user names and passwords to remember,” he said. “It will improve communications between all individuals. It will give students a place to create communities and collaborate with each other. It’s both a social tool and a method to get information out to the population quickly.” The project started in July. Dye said the time schedule to complete the new portal system is aggressive to accomplish the goals of the project. The new system students will be using is called my.mwsu. edu. It allows students to access grades, a messaging system, Desire2Learn, registration and fi- nancial aid. Technology analyst Robert Steflik said the most important thing for students is a single sign-on. They will have access to grades, classes and financial aid. You won’t have to log in to six different places to get something done. “It’s like a one-stop shop kind of thing.” The interface of the website will vary depending on the student’s year and what they are studying. The website will also have a student directory to locate and contact other students on campus. Steflik said the messaging portion of the site can also let students know if a class has been cancelled. “There will be the ability to send a message from student to student or to a professor,” Steflik said. The website will have a communities portion that allows students to join different groups and LOG-IN pg. 4 A screen shot of the new portal system that is designed to make it’s usage easier for students.

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