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BC Unveils Mobile Tour to Mark Sesquicentennial

Mobile Tour
Boston College's new 'Tour of the Heights' is a GPS-guided mobile tour launched to coincide with the University’s 2012-13 Sesquicentennial Celebration.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (September 2012)Connecting the latest in mobile technology with the storied history of its campus, Boston College today unveils Tour of the Heights, a GPS-guided mobile tour launched to coincide with the University’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Tour of the Heights
offers an exclusive guide to the Boston College campus that can be viewed on smart phones, tablets and desktops. Visitors to campus can use the mobile tour as a guide to historic buildings and significant sites, as well as the individuals who made pioneering contributions throughout the 150-year history of Boston College, which was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863.

Tour of the Heights provides access to historic photographs most people have never seen, as well as archival and contemporary video and audio, and features faculty, student and staff narrators who guide visitors through some of the most compelling aspects of the Boston College story,” said Jack Dunn, director of the Office of News & Public Affairs. “We’re pleased to offer alumni, campus visitors and prospective students – as well as our own campus community – a unique interactive guide to one of the world’s premier Jesuit, Catholic universities.”

The cross-platform application and mobile website provide text, video, audio and photographs that tell the stories behind 13 historical sites and 15 additional campus sites of interest. Sites range from Gasson Hall, the first building constructed on the Chestnut Hill campus during the University’s move from its original site in Boston’s South End, to Alumni Stadium, home turf of the Eagles and site of the University’s annual Commencement ceremony.

Produced by the Office of News & Public Affairs, with technical support from the Web Technology Group in BC’s Office of Information Technology Services, and assistance from University Archives and Media Technology Services, Tour of the Heights is powered by technology from Modo Labs in Cambridge, Mass.

Tour of the Heights
can be found at and will also is available for free download from the App Store at iTunes.