Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Does money really grow on trees?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why universities turn to print cost recovery to cut waste, save resources

Walk into virtually any computer lab or library on a college campus and you’re likely to see rows of print stations processing countless print jobs. Look a little closer and you’ll also find the blue recycling bins overflowing with wasted paper.

Printing is expensive, both in terms of dollars and resources. And on a college campus it’s incessant – a never-ending queue of term papers, exam reviews, class notes and sadly, misprints.

Studies suggest that the average college student produces 320 pounds of paper waste each year. This equates to more than 3,000 pages of wasted printer paper per student, and that figure doesn’t include the non-wasted pages that students print. 

School district opts for biometric IDs in cafeteria

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

North Adams Public School officials have decided to implement a new biometric identification system in school cafeterias that they claim will save time and money.

North Adams Public Schools, located in Massachusetts, are implementing the new system this year in conjunction with the biometrics company identiMetrics, to the lunch line this school year. 

University food bank provides respite for cash-strapped students

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Between paying for books, housing and food, the cost of a college education seemingly grows more expensive each year. In an effort to alleviate these costs, Fairmont State University students struggling to make ends meet can turn to The Nest Student Food Bank to supplement their dining expenses.

College students are overwhelmingly hard-pressed for money, and without a job – or likely the time in a busy academic schedule to have one – students still have to pay tuition, student loans, as well as cover living expenses. 

South Dakota State’s ID card facelift

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The South Dakota State University student ID has undergone a name change and rebranding. Now called the MyJacks Card, the student credentials maintain their previous functionality but feature a new look.

The initial idea for a new card design came up because there was confusion surrounding the name for the card, as students would report to card services and didn’t know what to call their credential. According to SDSU’s campus card services manager Kendell Rorhbach, in addition to the name some students were unaware of the functions the student ID card at South Dakota State. 

CampusCoin offers new cashless alternative

Monday, September 15, 2014

A new payment method for college campuses is leveraging the design elements of popular social networking sites to create a user-friendly payment experience for students. CampusCoin is an online marketplace that uses virtual currency, and according to the company’s co-founder, the solution is a blend of Pinterest, Craigslist and Free and For Sale.

Combining Pinterest’s layout, Craigslist-style listings and the community-centered marketplace of Free and For Sale, CampusCoin enables users to post and sell goods and services. Users can then purchase anything from concert tickets to tips and advice from older students, using a virtual currency called CampusCoins. 

Pre-printing cardstock: When, why and how?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Whether to pre-print static areas of the institution’s cardstock or rely on desktop printers to add all the elements on the fly is an important and debatable topic. There are tangible benefits – both in terms of the cards themselves and the process of issuing them – for a university that pre-prints its cardstock. But there are also drawbacks related to flexibility and timeliness.

ColorID’s higher education and K-12 market manager, Tim Nyblom, spoke with CR80News about when pre-printing card stock is appropriate, why a university should consider it, and most importantly, how they should do it. 

Students use reusable takeout containers in dining halls

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A new initiative at Marquette University is giving every freshman and sophomore student living in a university residence hall a reusable takeout container to be used at the university’s dining halls.

The container is called an OZZI and is a 9-by-9 inch plastic container that’s both microwaveable and BPA-free. Provided the initiative goes as planned, the OZZI will replace the estimated tens of thousands of disposable takeout containers that have long filled garbage cans in the campus’ dining halls.