Pacific University Integrates Facebook, Twitter Into Campus Emergency Notification System

Omnilert, maker of e2Campus, an emergency notification system for higher education institutions, recently announced that Pacific University of Forest Grove, Ore. is the first school in the country to integrate its Facebook and Twitter accounts into the e2Campus emergency notification system.

Facebook and Twitter are recent additions to the growing e2Campus network of communication end-points in which a campus community receives emergency information.

This allows Pacific University to send e2Campus alerts (called Boxer Alerts at Pacific University) automatically and simultaneously to the school's Facebook and Twitter accounts without the need for logging into Facebook and Twitter separately. This also means students who have not yet enrolled in the school's official alert system may still get the alerts through these two popular social media outlets. There was no extra cost to integrate the Facebook and Twitter utilities into e2Campus.

"This is one less thing we have to worry about when managing a campus emergency," said Lee M. Colaw, vice president of information services at Pacific University. "Now if we broadcast emergency communications, we can feel confident we will reach the most people in the least amount of time with the least amount of steps and man power.

“It was an easy decision to implement because there was no extra cost to utilize this new capability. Facebook and Twitter are free and e2Campus does not charge extra for the Facebook or Twitter utilities."

Pacific University's Facebook account can be viewed online at http://www.pacificu.edu/facebook. The university’s Twitter account can be found at http://www.pacificu.edu/twitter.

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