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Inside Iowa State
July 26, 1996

Iowa State's 'A-Plus' arrives at the Des Moines airport

by Steve Sullivan
Iowa State is giving the Des Moines International Airport an A-Plus.

A-Plus is the informal moniker for AccessPlus, a computerized information system that provides instant access to Iowa State services via a "touchscreen" system. An AccessPlus terminal was unveiled July 24 in the baggage area of the Des Moines International Airport. "Iowa State technology is enabling us to bring the campus and its services to the Des Moines International Airport," said Murray Blackwelder, vice president for external affairs. "AccessPlus is going to be Iowa State's ambassador at the airport, greeting everyone flying into Des Moines. It will be used by prospective students and faculty coming to see our campus, our international visitors -- anyone who has a relationship with Iowa State and needs an instant connection to campus."

People can use the airport's AccessPlus terminal to get maps showing how to get to Ames and the ISU campus from the airport; tap into ISU's World Wide Web homepage, which provides even greater access to various university services; view a campus calendar of events; or obtain information on ISU athletics, student services and interesting facts about the campus. AccessPlus also provides a directory that will connect people with various university departments and a service for faxing to specific campus locales.

Ten AccessPlus terminals were installed last fall on the Iowa State campus. Since then, AccessPlus services have been accessed more than 30,000 times.

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