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Power up! KwikBoost stations will let students and employees charge devices

Nearly 30 KwikBoost charging stations that will let students and University employees keep their mobile devices fully charged more easily are being deployed across the Morgantown campus in the coming weeks.

Steve Watkins, director of Student Life Information Technology, worked with the Academic IT Leaders Committee to order equipment that students have long wanted. Some charging stations will be wall-mounted, while others are on freestanding pedestals. Each has eight outlets for Apple, Android, Windows and Blackberry devices, and more.

The locations and number of stations are: Libraries, 8; College of Business & Economics, 3; Health Sciences Center, 3; Statler College of Engineering & Mineral Resources, 4; Mountainlair, 5; Towers, Boreman, Stalnaker and Arnold dining halls, 1 apiece; and College of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences, 1.

The KwikBoost stations are produced in the U.S. and cost about $20,000 total to purchase.

Junior marketing major Anthony Braxton, a Student Government Administration representative from Pittsburgh, has been helping Student Life research various charging stations for months, even looking at some at the University of Arizona while attending a conference.

So what made KwikBoost superior? For starters, it supplies many current and former Big 12 schools. Kansas State has about 15 charging station in its student union, Braxton said, “and they don’t have half the volume we have.” A student representative at Texas Tech told Braxton it was a great company to work with, and he found that to be true.

“In talking to the company, there was never a pressure to buy. It was always, ‘What can we do to help you understand the product?’ There wasn’t a gimmick or pressure or scheme,” Braxton said.

Though he’d expected a hard sell, even follow-up emails were more about sharing information. “It was always, ‘How can we help you?’” Braxton said.

The research also provided real-world experience for his major, letting Braxton bring businesses and customers together to reach a positive result. But he said students will benefit most. No longer will they have to panic when their battery level drops to 15 percent.