Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Credit union, Wisconsin university deliver all-in-one card

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A partnership between the University of Wisconsin and the UW Credit Union will give students the option to use their campus cards as debit cards. “One card is really all students are going to need to carry, whether they are on campus or off campus with this new program,” said a university spokesperson.

The seven-year contract calls for the university to receive $286,000 a year in support of the debit card option in addition to monthly rent payments for 18 ATMs on campus.

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Contract changes and expirations have caused a crunch for University of Chicago students looking to top up their ID cards with laundry funds.

The University removed cash-to-card machines from residence halls at the beginning of this academic year, leaving students with just two locations at which they can reload their ID cards for laundry. Now, rather than having machines located in residence halls, the students must report to two central locations, a campus convenience store and Bartlett Hall, a highly trafficked building that contains a dining hall, and other student resources.

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The Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M is asking students to swipe their university ID cards at all student center sponsored events and programs in an effort to better track attendance and engagement.

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The University of Akron has used its campus card to reward loyal Zip fans, and in the process, raffled off a significant prize for four lucky students.

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The University of Kentucky’s security management system has been recognized with an innovation award at the Secured Cities Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland. The university’s system was implemented alongside Louisville’s Biagi Chance Cummins London Titzer, Inc. (BCCLT) engineering consulting firm, and has won the 2014 Security Innovation Award (SIA) by Secured Cities.

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A new student service that has been gaining momentum in recent months is university-run food pantries. These pantries are designed to offer reprieve for struggling students in need of a meal, and Topeka, Kansas’ Washburn University is the latest to join the trend.

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Student purchases made on the University of Wisconsin’s campus – with the university’s Wiscard – are set to be simplified as well as offer additional discounts on food.

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