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Take the ’Cuse Challenge and Hang Out with Pete Sala
The Fall 2018 semester at Syracuse University brings student engagement to a new level with the ’Cuse Challenge mobile app. The mobile app, available on the App Store and Google Play, features activities and traditions that students can participate in and complete for prizes.
With over 100 challenges (and growing) on the app, students are given a bucket list of things to do before they graduate. By taking part in the many opportunities offered on campus, and some off campus too, students make the most of their Orange experience.
As students complete challenges, they earn points and prizes. This year’s grand prize for the top five challenge completers will be a private tour of the Carrier Dome with Vice President and Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala.
’Cuse Challenge seeks to engage students early and often by building community and connecting to traditions. The app, developed by Adam Peruta, assistant professor of magazine in the Newhouse School, was molded by input from students throughout the entire process. From challenges to prizes to monitoring content, ’Cuse Challenge is an exciting realization of student engagement and ideas. This new engagement tool was supported by the Invest Syracuse initiative to enhance the student experience.
Are you ready to take the Challenge? Here are ways to engage:
Completing Syracuse University challenges is what the app is all about. Try to get to the top of the leaderboard and earn bragging rights and more. View the list of challenges in the app and complete the challenges by following the “how to complete” instructions for each one. When complete, you will receive confirmation that a challenge was completed and you will start earning points. The more challenges you complete, the closer you get to earning cool prizes.
The more challenges completed, the more prizes earned. Students only need to complete one challenge to earn their first prize! Students will be notified of prize pick-up times throughout the semester via push notifications in the app.
Given the plethora of activities, events and need-to-do things on campus, the list of challenges is ever-evolving and student-driven. Therefore, students are given the opportunity to suggest a challenge to add to the ’Cuse Challenge mobile app. Students with suggestions are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitting Events to the Calendar
An important feature of the app is its calendar. Not only does the calendar include events that are challenges on the app, it also hosts general campus events and events submitted by members of the campus community. Programs, club advisors or members of student organizations that would like to suggest an event to add to the events calendar in the app are encouraged to email email@example.com. Included in the email should be the event title, description, start and end time, location and, if there is one, website and/or Facebook event link. Remember, these events should also be added to the OrgSync and University calendar!