Seton Hall University Launches SHUmobile, the Evolution of the Mobile Computing Program

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES THE SHUMOBILE PROGRAM

Program to Provide All Incoming Freshmen with Cutting-Edge Integrated Hardware and Software Suite from Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia

 SOUTH ORANGE, NJ., JULY 26, 2012– Seton Hall University announced today the launch of the SHUmobile program in collaboration with Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia. Leading with a pre-release version of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system to incoming freshmen in June, and strengthened by Windows Phone and Microsoft’s Office 365 Cloud Services, Seton Hall has established a state-of-the art technology ecosystem to enhance the living and learning environment for the class of 2016.

 The SHUmobile program will supply all incoming freshmen with either a Samsung Series 7 Slate PC currently running Windows 8 or a Samsung Series 5 laptop with access to Windows 8 and Windows 7. Freshmen will also receive a Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone running Windows Phone and cloud services through Office 365 for education. As part of a phased rollout, Seton Hall is upgrading its campus-wide email, storage, communications and collaboration platform to Microsoft Office 365.

Dr. Larry Robinson, Provost, explained, “We know that student engagement is critical to academic success.  We also know that technology can help make the connections between students, with their faculty and with other campus units much more frequent and meaningful.  Ensuring that every student has the technology regardless of socio-economic circumstances will help our students complete their degrees, helping to fulfill the University’s mission and to advance one of the nation’s top educational priorities.”

 By bringing together industry leaders such as Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia, Seton Hall is providing its students with unprecedented access to University resources and services through their PCs and smartphones, without raising the cost of tuition.

 “Seton Hall is creating a technology ecosystem that brings together industry leaders with Seton Hall to enhance the 21st Century learning environment with the latest technology that will engage students and enable them to be flexible, adaptable and creative—skills they need in order to compete and lead in today’s global environment,” said Dennis Garbini, University Vice President of Administration. “It represents a transformative change at the University, as well as for higher education.”

 “The suite of Microsoft software and services combined with cool hardware will provide Seton Hall students and faculty with new ways to get anytime, anywhere access to digital content, and fully functional tools that allow for communication, collaboration and content creation no matter what device they choose to use,” said Siegfried Behrens, General Manager for US Education, Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft is committed to building innovative new products that will help students reach their potential and build skills required to gain employment in a competitive global workforce.”

 The new program is the next generation of the university’s 15-year-old Mobile Computing Program. As part of the program’s annual technology refresh, juniors’ computers will be upgraded to Windows 8 PCs before the fall semester. By September, 100 percent of the undergraduate population will be utilizing Office 365, with approximately 50 percent running Windows 8 PCs and approximately 25 percent on Windows Phone using the Nokia Lumia 900 smartphone on the AT&T mobile internet network

 “Seton Hall University is constantly exploring the boundaries of how mobile computing can be used inside and outside of the classroom to create a more dynamic and creative learning environment, and to enrich the overall student experience.” said Dr. Gabriel Esteban, Seton Hall University President, “Technology is ever evolving, which makes it critical for our students to consider how it is best employed to help them be more productive, creative and flexible thinkers.

 “This truly is a unique program that elevates the playing field for students and connects them 24/7 with the university using the latest technology,” said John Irwin, AT&T Senior Vice President, Public Sector and Healthcare. This ecosystem of technology that Seton Hall is providing its students is at the vanguard of higher education, and AT&T is proud to support them with our network and services.”

Check out these videos to see the technology in use with Seton Hall’s students:

For more information on Seton Hall’s SHUmobile program, check out the University’s Web site at:  www7.shu.edu/technology/windows8.cfm

More information about SHUmobile can be found on the following Microsoft blogs:
http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/business/archive/2012/07/26/higher-ed-learning-with-windows-8.aspx
http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2012/07/26/seton-hall-goes-back-to-school-with-windows-8.aspx

 About Seton Hall University

One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership — developing students in mind, heart and spirit — since 1856.

With more than 60 rigorous academic programs, and schools singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek, Seton Hall exemplifies academic excellence.  A student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1 and an average class size of 20 provide a truly supportive educational environment; students enjoy hands-on guidance from a world-class faculty that includes Fulbright scholars, leading researchers, industry leaders, and former ambassadors. Dozens of Seton Hall students have been chosen for highly selective national and international awards in recent years, including Rhodes, Fulbright, Pickering, and Udall scholarships.

 Seton Hall offers superior opportunities for career development before and after graduation. More than 75 percent of students participate in an internship, practicum or clinical program to gain professional experience; the university also boasts a career-related job placement rate 10 to 15 percent above the national average and an international alumni network more than 70,000 strong.

 The university combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers.

Contact: Laurie Pine
Office: 973.378.9835
Mobile: 973.902.8060
laurie.pine@shu.edu
www7.shu.edu/technology/windows8.cfm

About Stephen Landry

Stephen Landry, Ph.D., is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Seton Hall University. You can follow him on Twitter at: @landryst (https://twitter.com/landryst) His LinkedIn profile can be found at: www.linkedin.com/in/landryst/ and his EDUCAUSE profile can be found at: http://www.educause.edu/members/stephen-g-landry
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