Park University Partners with Sprint and Rave Wireless to Power Mobile Services for 25,000 Learners across ``One Campus''
March 28, 2007 at 09:05 AM EDT
Park University (www.park.edu) today announced its partnership with Rave Wireless (www.ravewireless.com) and Sprint (NYSE: S) to provide a mobile phone program across the University’s diverse learning environments and student populations. Rave Wireless, the leading provider of college and university mobile phone programs, will work with Sprint to provide Park University students with mobile phones that come pre-loaded with Rave applications for academics, safety, and community-building, as well as special calling plans. In addition, Sprint will extend its custom network in-building solution by offering additional coverage of the Nationwide Sprint PCS Network at the Parkville Campus, giving students the power of continuous access to information nearly anytime.
As an innovator in advancing higher education technology, Park will also work with Rave to integrate its existing computing systems into a new mobile platform, giving students 24/7, on-the-go access to administrative and class information on their mobile phones. All Park students will have the option to participate in the mobile phone program that will enhance their learning and help them to stay connected with the University nearly anytime and anywhere for academics, communities and necessary information.
“In today’s virtual world, Park has excelled at using technology to significantly increase the number of students benefiting from our academic programs through extensive online and distance learning programs,” says Sara Freeman, chief information officer, Park University. “The partnership between Park University, Rave Wireless and Sprint will bring together the expertise of three technology leaders that will result in an unprecedented mobile program that unifies our students and provides enhanced academic opportunities on their preferred devices, regardless of the Park program in which they’re enrolled.”
Park University’s mobile phone program will begin rolling out to students during the Fall 2007 semester. The program will develop over time with key components including:
“Our partnership with Park University is extremely important to Rave since it represents an opportunity to work with an innovative university with wide-ranging, multi-faceted needs and learning environments,” says Rodger Desai, president and chief executive officer of Rave Wireless. “We welcome the opportunity to work with Park University and Sprint to take Rave’s mobile solution to the next level.”
Sprint recently completed a comprehensive underground custom network in-building solution at the Parkville Campus in downtown Parkville, MO, a first of its kind in the area. This project provides coverage in more than 1,000,000 square feet of commercial space underground at the Parkville campus. The Sprint custom network solution offers mobility to students, increases the underground commons security and provides consistent connectivity for all Park Commercial Underground tenants. Now, in support of Park’s mobile initiative, Sprint is increasing coverage and capacity above the ground and in the Parkville campus buildings.
“Our partnership with Park University and Rave Wireless represents a significant change in how students communicate in today’s mobile environment. With the power of two strong networks, Sprint improves the academic experience for students and faculty at Park University by giving them increased mobility and continuous access to pertinent information,” says Nancy Salisbury, vice president of public sector-midwest region, Sprint. “This continuous communication access to voice and data services is also critical during an emergency or catastrophe so that emergency responders can communicate more efficiently with above ground and below ground personnel.”
About Park University
Founded in 1875 in Parkville, Mo., Park University (www.park.edu) is a comprehensive, independent, Master’s I institution that is a national leader in higher education. In 2000, Park achieved university status and now serves 25,169 students annually on 43 Campus Centers in 21 states including Online. Park continues to increase access to higher education by offering the quality undergraduate and graduate degrees students desire at locations, times and delivery formats that best serve their needs. Providing such access has developed considerable diversity among the student population, with 580 international students from 110 countries, and a 42 percent student representation from racial, ethnic and cultural groups typically underrepresented in colleges and universities. The University has repeatedly been recognized as one of the top 100 American colleges/universities in the nation graduating Hispanic, African-American and American-Indian students. In addition, extracurricular activities and championship-caliber athletic programs complement Park’s outstanding scholastic programs.
About Rave Wireless
Rave Wireless (www.ravewireless.com) is the leading provider of mobile applications and managed mobile phone services that improve communication, build community, and enhance academics and safety, while allowing colleges and universities to transition away from costly and obsolete landlines. Rave Wireless creates a truly tailored mobile phone experience for students by providing award-winning applications that are layered upon discounted handsets and plans available through Rave Wireless’s partnerships with top mobile carriers such as Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) and AT&T (NYSE:T). Customers include colleges and universities nationwide, including California State University Monterey Bay, Eastern Michigan University, Montclair State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of South Florida. Rave Wireless is headquartered in New York, NY. Investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Sigma Partners, and RRE Ventures.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two robust wireless networks serving 53.1 million customers at the end of 2006; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and an award-winning and global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.