UL Lafayette has unveiled a new app that will keep students, graduates, and supporters connected with the University.
Users can view news stories, interact with social media feeds, take a virtual campus tour, update contact information, and reserve tickets for alumni events.
"GeauxU is about engaging graduates and connecting them to their alma mater. It has features that give users the opportunity to become regular participants in University life, whether they live on campus, across the country, or in another part of the world," said Troy Hebert, president of the UL Lafayette Alumni Association.
The app features a Wallet section, where users have access to their membership cards for the Alumni Association, the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, the Ragin' Cajuns Athletic Foundation, and Edith Garland Dupre Library.
Users can also connect with alumni clubs by location and with chapters that align with their professions or interests, said Lauren Shiver, the University's associate vice president for Advancement Operations.
Shiver explained another section of the app. The Traditions section lists over 40 activities, such as performances at Angelle Hall, tailgating at Cajun Field, or wearing red on Fridays.
Some activities ask users to upload photos or write a few sentences to share their experiences. As users work through the list, they'll unlock four achievement levels and win prizes.
The app is one component of the University's ongoing efforts to deepen affinity for and engagement with the school, said Jennifer LeMeunier, the Alumni Association's executive director.
The app also provides information about booking the Alumni Center for events, added LeMeunier.
Shiver detailed the overall purpose of the app: "GeauxU is designed to build a mobile community. Its features replicate the sense of belonging to the University family that graduates had when they were students here."
The GeauxU app is now available in the App Store and on Google Play.