Douglas Wagner, director of program and activities at USD, said the goal is to connect with students who already use technology on a daily basis and also give the university a new way to market events.

“Students are constantly accessing things on their phone, and we really wanted to meet them where they are,” Wagner said. “We also felt that this would be a more sustainable method of marketing, rather than printing a bunch of posters or flyers.” Student organizations and other groups are encouraged to promote their events on the app, he said.

The USD Yote Life app features: events and activities around campus; personalized calendar and to-do lists; dining options; points of interest and businesses on campus and around area; team schedules and ticket options; news from The Volante; university social media sites; and maps of buildings and parking lots.

USD already sent an email to students announcing the app and will promote its use when classes resume. Students should also give feedback on the app’s features, Wagner said.

More information on the app, links to download it for an iOS or Android device and a website that also contains the information are available online. That site also includes an option to receive a text message with the download link.

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