Over the weekend, Apple approved the University of Virginia’s “app” – an application for use on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches – for free download from its iTunes Store. “The Official Virginia iPhone app,” the result of collaboration among several different entities around Grounds, offers 22 different sub-applications for prospective students, students, alumni, faculty, staff and Cavalier sports fans.
Users can check the admissions timetable, search for books in the library, look up President Sullivan’s office phone and e-mail address, read about University traditions and play the “Good Ol’ Song.”
They can track athletic contests in progress and look up the bios of the players and coaches; read the latest news from UVA Today, the Cavalier Daily and U.Va. Magazine; make an appointment in the Health System; and check whether there are any available seats in Larry Sabato’s politics courses. There are sub-apps for special events like Homecomings Weekend and Final Exercises.
One function drawing attention (available only on GPS-enabled iPhones) allows folks strolling on the Grounds to point their phones at a building and find out its name and brief description.
Jefferson – always on the cutting edge of technology – would no doubt be enthralled.