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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Metcalf
561-297-3022, lmetcalf@fau.edu

FAU Launches Communication and Social Media Initiatives

BOCA RATON, FL (September 1, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University recently launched several new communication and social media initiatives for FAU students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the community to help increase hands-on access to the University.

“FAU will continue to assess student, faculty and staff, as well as community needs to ensure that everyone is an informed, relevant, and connected part of today’s dynamic technological scene,” said Jason Ball, assistant vice president of OIT and chief information officer at FAU. “As the university continues to transition into a traditional place of higher learning, it is important that communication is happening through all available venues.”

FAU will join forces with Google Apps for Education beginning on Monday, September 12, allowing University students to use Gmail to manage their email accounts and keep their email addresses for life, as well as utilize the Google calendar and Google Talk applications. The new service will provide a mailbox capacity of up to 25GB, as well as access to the entire suite of Google applications, including Google Docs and Google+, Google’s new social networking application.

The new system allows FAU students to index their email search, use instant messaging, have use of the calendar for easy coordination of work or class schedules, meetings and events online, as well as providing for tagging capabilities for tracking emails and spam filtering. The Google Docs & Spreadsheet program allows documents to be uploaded or created online. The word-processing and spreadsheet program makes it possible for users to collaborate online in real time, keeping a record of individual edits and document versions. Faculty will be able to engage students through the Google Apps both synchronously and asynchronously.

The official FAU mobile app also is now available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and Android, and the FAU mobile web version is now available for all other cell phones with Internet capability. Through the free mobile app, users can access FAU news, FAU athletics information, the map of FAU’s Boca Raton campus, as well as the FAU faculty/staff directory, research information about available courses, admissions tools, images and videos. Also, users will have the ability to search the FAU Libraries and other areas.

FAU also can now be found on Foursquare, a location-based mobile platform that makes cities and places more interesting to explore. By “checking in” via a smartphone app or SMS at https://foursquare.com/flaatlanticu, users share their location with friends while collecting points and virtual badges. Foursquare guides real-world experiences by allowing users to bookmark information about venues they want to visit and review relevant suggestions about nearby venues. By checking-in to various locations on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, users of Foursquare can earn points, badges and prizes for certain check-ins.

FAU continues its presence on Facebook with more than 14,000 followers on its official “Florida Atlantic University” page, and can be found on Twitter at @FlaAtlanticU.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of its origin, FAU is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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