Text Messaging Service

Sign up now to get Penn State Altoona emergency, delay, and cancellation notices on your cell phone

Penn State Altoona is partnering with Penn State's Newswire service to offer students, faculty, staff, and community members a way to find out about the latest news. PSUTXT is a text-messaging service that sends news and information directly to subscribers' cell phones. Please note that individual phone plans may charge for receipt of text messages. However, subscription to the PSUTXT service is free.

Subscribers will have their choice of news feeds including the following:

  • Altoona news: Information about Penn State Altoona emergencies, delays, and cancellations;
  • Emergency notices: University Park weather alerts, campus closings, etc.;
  • Concert information: University Park entertainment news including Bryce Jordan Center concert announcements;
  • Sports alerts: including information about upcoming Penn State, University Park games.

All news feeds are optional. You will only receive messages from feeds that you specifically select. Any cell phone number registered with the service is protected by encryption and will be used exclusively for this service.

To subscribe, visit http://psutxt.psu.edu/.

AMTRAN presents "Rider Alert"

AMTRAN’s Web site includes a Rider Alert feature that enables students to sign up to be instantly alerted by email or mobile phone if there is a problem or a change to their bus routes.

"Our service is very important to Penn State Altoona students," says Eric Wolf, AMTRAN General Manager. "They rely on us to be dependable so that they can get to class on time. So if there is a road construction delay or a planned change to their route, they want to know about it. Our Rider Alert System enables us to stay in touch with them and keep them up to date on the bus routes that they use."

"The customers can change their Rider Alert preferences or unsubscribe at any time," Wolf explains. "They are in control."

To sign up for AMTRAN's "Rider Alert" service, visit the AMTRAN Web site.