In December, Southwestern Assemblies of God University debuted its new SAGU.tv (www.sagu.tv) streaming service.

The resource enables people throughout the world to watch university events in real time. The stream broadcasts chapel services, select athletic matches, student films, student content, seminars, commercials, and other special events. The university then archives the events and also provides upcoming streaming dates on the website.

As a result of the service, prospective SAGU students can experience chapel from afar and parents can watch their son or daughter preach or lead worship.

“Residential students have the opportunity to experience these events first-hand,” said marketing and public relations director Ryan McElhany. “We want all of our extended SAGU family and friends to have the same opportunities.”

Bosko Ognenovski, a sophomore center for the SAGU basketball team, moved stateside during his senior year of high school, leaving his family in Bitola, Macedonia. After the launch of SAGU.tv, Ognenovski was excited to tell his family that they could watch him play.

“Sometimes, they can’t watch all of it [game] because of the time difference,” he said, “but they really like to watch when they can.”

According to webmaster Daniel Woodward, more than 3,880 people from 35 countries have watched since SAGU.tv’s launch. Viewers tuned in from countries all over the world including Serbia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Slovenia and Bulgaria.

SAGU.tv also has different social aspects. Attendees at the event can Tweet from their mobile phones with the designated hash tag and online viewers can see and respond to the discussion by utilizing the Twitter chat to the right of the video player.

Director of media services, John Cookman, said about 90 percent of the production crew is composed of students. He hopes it will become completely student-led in the future.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located in Waxahachie. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 60 associates, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online.

More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.