CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: July 16, 2001
Tippie College of Business offers information service via personal digital
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Want the latest information about the Tippie College
of Business at the University of Iowa? It's available in the palm of your
hand via your personal digital assistant (PDA).
Students, faculty, staff, alumni and anyone interested in what's going on
at the Tippie College can pick up their Palm Pilot, Handspring Visor, Compaq
Ipaq, HP Jornada, or other popular PDA, log onto www.biz.uiowa.edu/avantgo/,
and see college announcements, computer lab hours, the academic calendar and
the day's events. Hungry? Users can even check out the menu at Pat's Diner
in the Pappajohn Business Building.
The Stead Advanced Learning Technology Center at the Tippie College partnered
with AvantGo, Inc., the leading provider of mobile infrastructure software
and services, to provide the service. The AvantGo mobile Internet service
provides free interactive and personalized content and applications to individuals
with handheld devices and Internet-enabled phones based on the PalmOS and
Windows CE/Pocket PC platforms. With the AvantGo service, users can access
the web, wirelessly or via desktop synchronization, or select from more than
1,500 content channels, such as the Tippie College of Business site, which
has been optimized for the small screens of mobile devices.
The Stead Center started offering the service after seeing the increased
popularity of PDAs, particularly among students. Webmaster Rachel Stewart
and student programmer Scott Stone of the Stead Center developed content for
"More and more of our students are using PDAs to organize their schedules,
check out the latest news and stock information and listen to MP3 audio files,
so we wanted to give them a channel to see what was going in their own college,"
said Joan Huntley, director of the Stead Center.
She noted that the Tippie College is only one of a few colleges offering
content and applications using the AvantGo service. Other colleges include
Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. The Stead Center plans to add more content to the
Tippie College AvantGo channel in the future, possibly some components of
the Blackboard course management system.
To sign up for the AvantGo mobile internet service, users simply visit avantgo.com,
then add the Tippie Channel (www.biz.uiowa.edu/avantgo/)
to their list of channels using the "create channel" function.
For more information, see www.biz.uiowa.edu/avantgo/help.html
or contact the Stead Center at (319) 335-0878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.