In April, just in time for Preview Day for Accepted Students, the University launched an exciting new addition to its mobile app. Two new tours are now included under the Campus Tour section of the app – “Restaurants” and “Local Attractions."
These new tours allows users of the Scranton app – including parents, current and prospective students, faculty, staff, campus visitors or area residents – to explore dining options within walking distance of the campus and a variety of recreational, entertainment, shopping and other tourist attractions in the Greater Scranton area.
The tours includes GPS locations, making it easy for users to either walk or drive to any of the restaurants or venues listed. A brief description, photo and contact information are also included. As an example, the app describes what the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum has to offer:
"Located adjacent to the Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour, the Pennsylvania Anthracite Heritage Museum tells the story of the people who worked in the anthracite mining and textiles industries. Learn about the diversity of the people, family life and the difficult working conditions in the mines by visiting this unique museum."
Other local attractions include: the Mall at Steamtown and downtown shops and boutiques; Scranton Cultural Center; Steamtown National Historic Site; Electric Trolley Museum; Lackawanna River Heritage Trail; Nay Aug Park and the Everhart Museum; Lake Scranton; Lackawanna County Coal Mine Tour; Viewmont Mall area; PNC Field/RailRiders; Sno Mountain Ski Resort; Montage Mountain Shopping area; Old Forge Pizza; and Mohegan Sun Arena.
The restaurants tour includes a variety of eateries in the downtown area including American, Asian, Italian, vegan/vegetarian, Middle Eastern and other options. After six months, a second list of new restaurants will replace the current one.
The restaurant owners and operators of local attractions are excited to be included in the University’s mobile app, and view it as a way of promoting their businesses through cutting edge technologies.
“Having Coney Island Lunch featured in the University’s mobile app is a great idea," said Peter Ventura, the restaurant's owner. He added that having a student help design the mobile app and implement the tour of the restaurants allows others students to feel more confident about the dining options.
Ventura isn’t the only one looking forward to this, either.
Frank Mazzarella, owner of Chocolate Creations/Café Trio, feels that the mobile app will allow his business to showcase to students, their family or friends Chocolate Creation’s relaxing and comfortable setting. He believes it serves as a reminder for people looking for a place to visit downtown.
“With your mobile app tour, we hope it is another way to bring awareness to our location by a simple explanation," he said. "The opportunity to be included in your mobile app campus tour is greatly appreciated by us and we look forward to meeting many new faces.”
The University of Scranton is continuing to find ways to allow students, faculty and staff to connect with local businesses more easily as part of its ongoing Downtown Engagement Initiative. This new component of the app was a collaboration between the University’s Offices of Community Relations and Marketing Communications.
Download the University’s mobile app today and begin exploring the many restaurants and local attractions offered near campus! Visit scranton.edu/mobile.
Here is a screenshot of the University's mobile app.