Pitt-Bradford has launched a new virtual tour to give prospective
students, their parents and other online visitors a feel for the campus and its
facilities as well as the academic programs and extracurricular activities that
take place there.
The tour was
created by Campus Tours of Auburn, Maine, with assistance from faculty, staff
“This tour showcases our beautiful
campus and modern facilities,” said Pat Frantz Cercone, executive director of
communications and marketing who oversaw the project, “as well as the
fascinating academic projects and exciting activities that take place here.
“We hope prospective students and
their parents, along with other online visitors, will find the virtual tour
helpful, and after taking it will want to visit Pitt-Bradford in person to see
for themselves how amazing our campus is.”
The tour features 20 stops, from
Hanley Library to the CSI House, from the Richard E. and Ruth McDowell Sport
and Fitness Center to Residence Life. Each stop includes a short video in which
a Pitt-Bradford student provides details for that particular location, several indoor
and outdoor photos, and links to more information. A few stops also have
additional academic-related videos.
Five of the stops also feature 360-degree
panoramic photos: Bromeley Family Theater in Blaisdell Hall, the Kenneth C. Jadlowiec
Fitness Center in the Sport and Fitness Center, the KOA Dining Room in the
Frame-Westerberg Commons, the Dr. Robert B. Bromeley Quadrangle, and the Kessel
The Outdoor Learning stop highlights
the unique hands-on opportunities students have because of the campus’
location, including classes and research conducted in the Tunungwant Creek or
along the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail and internships in the Allegheny
Seven Pitt-Bradford students served
as narrators for the project: Love Lee, a 2014 graduate in broadcast
communications; Dan Robinson, a 2014 graduate in broadcast communications; Saul
Rubin, a biology major from Silver Spring, Md.; Hannah Chai, a 2014 graduate in
hospitality management; Alana Stewart, a public relations major from Powder
Springs, Ga.; Ashley Fitzpatrick, a broadcast communications major from
Bradford; and Justin Pabon, a broadcast communications major from Tobyhanna.
Visitors to the new tour can
navigate it in two ways: They can choose any or all of the 20 stops listed in
the menu and access them in any order and as often as they choose. Visitors
also can navigate the tour by using the interactive map, a detailed
representation of campus. When a visitor clicks on a location on the map, the
map will zoom in on that stop, and the student narration will begin. Or, visitors
can traverse through the tour using a combination of the two.
The new tour is optimized for mobile
devices and also is GPS integrated, making it easier for first-time visitors to
get around when they’re on campus. Visitors on campus with a mobile device can
access the virtual tour, which will provide a prompter each time they’re near a
particular location. They can then access that stop on their device to learn
more as they approach the location.
In addition to highlighting
locations and activities on campus, the tour features two stops dedicated to
opportunities off campus. The Bradford, Pa., stop highlights what is available
in town, including the Main Street Movie House, restaurants and shops.
The Points of Interest stop showcases
the many recreational opportunities in the region and beyond, including swimming
and biking in Allegany State Park, hiking and fishing in the Allegheny National
Forest, skiing and snowboarding at Holiday Valley, and shopping and
sight-seeing in Erie, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, N.Y., Niagara Falls and Toronto,