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3 Colleges Take Campus Calendaring Social

Bay State College, Bryant & Stratton College, and Newbury College have signed three-year renewals with DormNoise, which recently upgraded its calendaring service to integrate with Facebook.

"DormNoise has created a new form of communication between our student population and the overall Bay State College community," said Jennie Erdle, director of student activities. "Since its launch our students have become better informed of the events happening on and around the Boston community. We as a college are excited to see how this will shape our overall connection for the long-term success of informing students of all the opportunities that Bay State College has to offer."

"After seeing a significant increase in student involvement on our campus, renewing with DormNoise for three more years was not even a question," said Amy Shirley, dean of student affairs of Newbury College. "DormNoise allows college administrators to keep up with our tech-savvy and over-scheduled student population."

The newest version of the Web-based program includes three major components. A Facebook application allows students to use DormNoise in its entirety on the social networking site. It also allows students to import Facebook friends from school into their DormNoise Contact List to simplify event planning.

A "student rewards center" awards credit to students for the activities they attend or create, which can be traded for gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, McDonalds, iTunes, Subway, and Dunkin' Donuts.

DormNoise has also created mobile versions of the program for Blackberry, iPhone, and Android smart phones and added text message alerts.

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