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Thursday, November 20, 2014

What to do when it’s time to replenish card stock

Every university has to manage its card stock supply, and though it’s not the most exciting task for a card office to undertake, being left without a sufficient supply of cards can bring a university’s card issuance to a grinding halt.

Depending on the size of the institution, the type of credential, and even the time of year, replenishing card stock is more of a process than you may think. ColorID’s corporate marketing manager, Mark Degan, offers his insights to better explain the factors that a university should consider when it comes time to restock. 

Washburn University opens pantry doors to needy students

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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.

The university officially opened the doors to its stocked pantry, The Exchange, following a grand opening on campus this week. The space provided for The Exchange pantry was donated by the Washburn psychology department. 

Students swipe in for university sponsored activities

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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.

According to the center’s president, students and guests will swipe their IDs or state-issued driver licenses prior to an event. Students will swipe their IDs at laptop computers equipped with USB card readers. 

University of Kentucky recognized for security management system

Monday, November 17, 2014

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.

Secured Cities is an educational conference devoted to security initiatives for cities, university campuses, health care facilities and mass transit. Kentucky was selected as the winner in the campus security category. 

Could latest iPhone redefine the campus credential?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Apple’s recent iPhone 6 launch was a big deal for tech junkies the world over, but could this latest iPhone release redefine the campus card as we know it? Could the iPhone 6 actually replace the ID card altogether?

It’s undeniable that students are using their mobile devices to facilitate their daily activities, and the university campus is a natural extension of this fact. Robert Huber, campus card industry business consultant, echoes this sentiment and sees a shift toward a more mobile campus in the near future. 

Case Study: The road to a new transaction system

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rhode Island School of Design rolls out GET, UGryd

For many universities, managing student transactions can be a bear. Between numerous campus departments, account types and maybe even a dated card system, the daily task of reconciling student purchases can be an undertaking.

New transaction systems and account management software have put the power back into the hands of campus administrators, making a once troublesome operation more efficient and convenient.

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) knows this first hand, as the college launched a new transaction system this year, leveraging CBORD’s GET and UGryd solutions. 

University enables students to unlock dorm rooms via text

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At George Washington University, students are unlocking their dorm rooms a little differently. For students who lose their GWorld student ID cards, getting into tap-access dorms is as simple pressing ‘send’ on a text message.

The university tested the new system earlier this semester, giving residents the ability to connect their cell phone numbers to their online laundry tracker accounts. In return, the students were given a phone number that they can text to unlock their doors.