Virtual Reality: The Future is Now at UM
The University of Montevallo’s Game Studies and Design (GSD) minor offers students a unique opportunity to academically explore the interdisciplinary concepts involved in game studies and design from a liberal arts perspective. Beginning in fall 2017, GSD students will have access to the virtual reality (VR) technology of the HTC Vive, purchased with a mini-grant from the UM Foundation.
“Vive is the industry standard right now. It has the highest number of programmers developing for it, which gives it greater longevity as VR technologies continue to advance and the price point makes it more accessible to more people. Right now, it’s still incredibly expensive, and most of our students won’t have been exposed to technology like this. It really demonstrates our dedication to increasing our students’ access to the latest technologies,” said GSD Program Director, Dr. Cathlena Martin.
“There was no mid-year funding, and because this equipment is a one-time purchase it wasn’t in our annual budget. Montevallo Organization of Gaming (MOG) dues are only $10 a year, so it would have taken years to save the money. We’re so grateful that the Foundation provides these funding opportunities,” Martin continued.
Foundation mini-grants is one of the programs funded by unrestricted donations to the Montevallo Fund, the University of Montevallo’s annual giving program. Building annual giving is a priority for The Campaign for Montevallo: It’s About Family, a multi-million dollar comprehensive investment in the knowledge, expertise and values that Montevallo graduates take into their lives and professions. Unrestricted giving helps provide for the critical needs of students, coaches and staff.
Thanks to your unrestricted gifts in fiscal year 2016-2017 (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30), students from all academic disciplines will have the opportunity to work hands-on with technology that is currently being used in medicine, social work, art, business, education, engineering and the military. This new technology will also support recruitment efforts to reach students who want access to the latest technologies but are looking for a small college experience.