USS looks to keep students updated through texts

Kali Price

Undergraduate Student Senate wants to keep students connected.

USS is sponsoring a new text messaging service through the national company, Mobile Campus. The service is set to launch Oct. 13.

Chris Wilson, national sales manager for Mobile Campus, and Jared Kurilchick, marketing manager for Mobile Campus at Kent State, spoke to Undergraduate Student Senate at its public meeting yesterday afternoon.

“We’re really pleased to be here at Kent State,” Wilson said during the meeting. “This an exciting school to be at.”

Mobile Campus will allow students to join on the Web through its site, From there, students can sign up for advertisements and promotions from area retailers and join groups for classes or student organizations. Groups will be able to send mass messages to members, such as class cancellations or room changes.

Wilson said he hopes Mobile Campus will help “lower the cost of living for on-campus students.”

The service is free to students and any member of the Kent State community, including faculty and staff members. The only costs are text messaging fees users already pay to their cell phone carriers, Wilson said.

Kurilchick said he is putting together a street team of 10 to 15 people, mostly students, to help promote Mobile Campus.

During discussion, USS Executive Director Ross Miltner said he is excited for the service’s launch.

Wilson said that Mobile Campus will rely on student enthusiasm and how many students sign up for the service.

“It’s our program and the school’s program,” he said. “It’s our student population that are really going to drive this community forward.”

Contact student politics reporter Kali Price at [email protected].