Dillsboro mobile app launch party

Chancellor Belcher and wife Susan downloading the mobile app from the" Dillsboro Mobile Man"

Students, faculty and many in the Sylva and Dillsboro community gathered at the Jarrett House for the unveiling the new Dillsboro mobile app March 27.

“Everybody wins,” said Chancellor David O. Belcher with both fists pumping in the air. Belcher and his wife, Susan, were the first to visit Dillsboro’s new mobile website on their iphones.

“Taking them (students) out of the classroom and getting them with real world projects; that’s what our education is all about,” said Belcher in his final words. “Particularly when it makes a difference in the lives of people that we serve.”

Belcher thanked Dillsboro for letting the Catamount community, faculty and students be a part of its development.

Spokesman, Nicholas Randone, welcoming everyone to the launch party

Nicholas Randone, campaign coordinator and senior at Western Carolina University, welcomed everyone to the event and introduced the app. He acknowledged everyone who was involved with creating the app, upcoming give-a-ways, and introduced the “Dillsboro Mobile Man”.

“We’re very pleased with the turnout,” said Randone having received  65 R.S.V.P.’s. “It was a lot better than we expected!”

This mobile app was created by the computer information systems students in the College of Business. The effort of WCU’s communication, theatre and business department made this product what is today and what it will be in the future.

Aside from pictures being displayed on the mobile app, informative videos will soon be a feature. Also, when the Dillsboro Giveaway opens April 1, users can go under the Promotions category of the app and send in an e-mail registration.

“Our hopes are that the staff continues to promote Dillsboro, providing the opportunity for students to get that engaged learning,” said Randone on the future connection between WCU and Dillsboro.

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See the video story on the event.  Jon Bucec contributed to the story.