A sold-out exhibit space, three-days worth of breakout sessions, and San Antonio, Texas, await some 450 campus card professionals when they convene for the 11 th annual National Association of Campus Card Users (NACCU) conference March 14-17.
“There is something for everyone,” said NACCU’s chair and conference co-chair, Cindy Vetter of the conference at the Adams Mark Hotel in San Antonio.
Five separate educational tracks are slated for the conference:
- Beginners, focusing on the foundations of card systems;
- Technology, including magnetic stripe, smart chip, biometrics, and TCP/IP;
- Business, such as techniques and ideas for growing a college’s ID card program and business;
- Marketing & Innovations, including the key to a successful program and one-stop shopping, the medical addition to the one-card system, and issuing additional cards; and
- Gold, with presentations from NACCU’s Gold Corporate members.
“We have sessions geared towards attendees who are just trying to start a card program, and we have advanced sessions to assist schools that are looking to expand or incorporate new benefits into existing programs,” said Ms. Vetter, Director of the card program at the University of Northern Colorado.
A popular event, “Sales Pitch Sunday,” first begun in 2002, will be back for this year’s conference. “It gives vendors an opportunity to truly do a sales pitch to a room full of attendees,” said Ms. Vetter. “It also provides a non-intrusive environment for attendees to hear all the features and benefits from various companies so they can do comparisons and gain more information without having to do a request for information on their campuses. This has been a huge success and we are now seeing other associations adopt this type of program.”
Vendors expected to participate in Sales Pitch Sunday include Wells Fargo, CBORD Group, Equitrac, Blackboard, Onity, Datacard, Higher One, Diebold, Pharos, Vision Database Systems, PERSONA, and Quentrix.
“The biometric panel,” said Ms. Vetter, “will be a new program that will allow everyone to get a feel for what biometrics are all about and how the technology is being incorporated at other schools.” Serving on that panel will be J.D. Sawyer, Johnson and Wales University, Denver; David Siegel, Emory University; Amir Mohammadi, West Virginia University; and Cathy Tilton, SAFLINK Corp., chair of the Biometrics Standards Committee.
Rounding out the conference will be the sold-out trade show of 51 exhibit booth spaces.
“Additionally, we will be having a number of entertaining events, including an off-site opening reception at the Institute of Texan Culture,” added Ms. Vetter.
Here’s a look at the breakout sessions.
- Access Control, Lowell Adkins, Duvall Group and newly named Executive Director for NACCU;
- The Mount Holyoke One-Card System, Doug Vanderpoel, Mount Holyoke College;
- Partnership Formation, Writing the RFP and Evaluating the Responses, Tim Aaron, Blackboard;
- Managing Your Off-Campus Merchant Program, Robin Coleman, University of Alabama;
- MSU Moorhead, Dragon Card Implementation, Bryan Kotta, Minnesota State University at Moorhead;
- Re-Carding the Campus, Dave Reynolds, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne;
- Zero to 750 in Three Years, Michael Peele, Georgetown University;
- Door Access at a Small College, Gerry Inman, Rhode Island School of Design.
- Making Cards Away from the Office, Doug Olson, Tulane University;
- Creating Your Own Gift Cards and Other Card Formats, Matthew Drummond, Duke University;
- Creating Custom Campus Cards, Brian Cayford, Mount Royal College;
- Ways to Effectively Market Your Campus Card Program, Jason Rex Tolliver, Louisiana State University;
- Marketing, What You Need to Know, Lyn White, White Consulting;
- Campus Print Solutions, Robert Lopez, Creighton University.
- Using Blackboard-Enabled Technology for Improved Student Services, Matthew Pittinsky, Blackboard;
- Copier Technologies, Software Isn’t Just for PCs Anymore, Vince Hanson, Ricoh Corp.;
- Do You Have a Track 2 Mind? Banks Do! Whitney Bright and Jim Marshall, U.S. Bank;
- All Access Campus Integration for the Next Generation, Angelo Faenza, PERSONA;
- Crystal Ball for Campus Cards, Ryan Zlockie, Diebold;
- Finding the Right ‘Pardner,’ Shelley Heinrich, Wells Fargo;
- The Impact Banking Delivers to a University ID Card Program, A University and Vendors Perspective, Walter Hinckfoot, Higher One;
- ID Card Issance, Effective Strategies for Peak Enrollment Periods, Don Winter, Datacard Group.
- Understanding Magstripes, Chris Corum, AVISIAN Inc., CR80News publisher;
- The Legislative Avalanche and the New Security Implications, Dr. Adam Thermos, Strategic Technology Group;
- Web-Based Reports for Your Cardholders, Terry Quinn, University of Idaho;
- Controlling Multi-Function Devices in a University Environment, Marc Belanger, Marquette University;
- Leveraging Institutional Data to Automate Data Flow to One-Card Systems, Larry Dupuis, Georgetown University;
- Using PDAs for Portable Verification, Bill Moran, Xavier University.
- Roadmap for the Maturing Card System, Jeanine Brooks and Susan Hunter, University of Alabama;
- A Successful SSN to ISO Implementation Strategy, Joseph Yourgal, Millersville University;
- The Care and Feeding of Student Employees, Alex Herzog, UNLV;
- Ten Ways to Streamline the Card Application Process, David Townsend, Carleton University;
- The Bucks Accepted Here, Aggie Bucks and Off-Campus, Bob Mask, Texas A&M University;
- Customers versus Consumers, Robert Huber, Robert Huber Associates;
- Serving your One-Card System, Deb Hoefer, Mesa State College;
- Understanding Regulation E, Jeff Staples, AVISIAN Inc., CR80News publisher.
Case Studies :
- Surviving Transition, Can We Really Do This Ourselves? Suellyn Hull, University of Arizona;
- Using the Card to Increase Student Satisfaction while Lowering Operating Costs, Charles Giles, Sinclair Community College.
Registration is available at the NACCU web site: http://www.naccu.org/index.htm.