Mobile app provides campus tools

A completely revamped version of the MyState mobile application for Mac and Android devices rolled out this spring and summer, giving campus newcomers (and veterans) upgraded digital tools in the palm of their hands.

"Because of the way the app evolved and grew over time, it was due for a makeover," said Travis Ballstadt, College of Engineering digital media coordinator and project manager.

The free app, a collaborative project by the college and Information Technology Services, currently offers:

  • CyRide bus schedules and routes, with real-time NextBus tracking
  • Campus map, including building and parking accessibility locations
  • Headlines from ISU and Ames news sources
  • Campus directory with individual phone, address and email information

The app's home screen scrolls through photos pulled from ISU Photostream, which features crowd-sourced campus images. It also displays the current temperature in Ames.

"Those who used the earlier versions of the app will notice that, while some features are much improved, others have gone away — most of those features will return better than before, and other new features will pop up," Ballstadt said. “I’m very excited about some of the ideas that our student developers have been working on and the direction this app is headed.”

Free downloads of the MyState app are available in the Apple and Google play app stores.