Students create an app for UW-P information

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Posted: Monday, June 3, 2013 12:00 am

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. -- University of Wisconsin-Platteville software engineering students worked to create a UW-Platteville smartphone app for their senior capstone project. The app is available for free download at the Apple and Google Play app stores.

"This app makes information about campus easily accessible and easy to use," said Dr. Robert Hasker, UW-Platteville computer science and software engineering professor. "The goal is to have one spot for information that is useful to both prospective and current students."

The app features a self-guided tour of the campus with information about each of the buildings, a frequently asked-questions page, a school directory, access to UW-Platteville social media sites and the current news feed. One feature exclusive to the app is lab availability that shows students the number of available computers in each of the computer labs on campus.

The app was developed as part of the yearlong software engineering project course where students apply knowledge from previous courses to a team-based capstone project. The class is broken up into groups to work on different aspects of the same project.

"It simulated a real-world process in a more-controlled environment that allowed the students to receive guidance but also to flourish on their own," said Rachel Sims, senior software engineering major from

Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and team leader on the project.

"The students really enjoy building something that people are actually going to use," said Hasker. "It's incredibly motivating."

"I have enjoyed seeing firsthand the progression of a concept turning into a design and becoming an actual application," said Sims. "Seeing and interacting with the work of my team on actual devices has been extremely rewarding."

USA Today mentions Dubuque twice in recent editions

Dubuque news received a couple mentions recently on USA Today's state-by-state pages, a summation of news from all 50 states.

On Friday, the newspaper mentioned the death of a prominent Dubuque business owner: "Donna Ginter, a local philanthropist who organized a longstanding Thanksgiving dinner for the needy, has died. She was 84."

In the May 20 edition, a local brewery startup was the focus: "The city may soon have its own brewpub downtown after the business' owners raised more than $30,000 online. Jay Jubeck raised the money on the Kickstarter website for a new brewery."

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