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Month: September 2015

Disaster recovery for card programs

Disaster recovery is a topic that is often overlooked, and planning for the worst-case scenario can be even more rare amongst campus administrators. Dalhousie State's senior systems administrator, Dave Falldien, urges administrators to not fall victim to being unprepared as he explains the ins and outs of disaster recovery planning that could save your campus.

Card office takes to Twitter to promote IDs

The University of New Brunswick has taken to Twitter to help promote its UCard and card office services, and is running a contest worth $250 in UCard cash. With an overwhelming number of college students using the social media site, New Brunswick's presence on Twitter is a great place to start when it comes to driving more interest and awareness for the campus card and its valuable services.

Mobile food ordering extends reach of campus dining services

Mobile food ordering on college campuses offers more options and flexibility, but the service may now be extending the reach of university food operations. Card system vendors like CBORD are building the mobile ordering service into their existing offering, adding yet another valuable facet to the campus card system, while mobile ordering app Tapingo is looking to extend the reach of campus food service with a new delivery option.

Re-evaluating revalue: Online vs. metal box

The student ID is a great way to pay for that late night snack or last-minute print job from the computer lab, as long as there are funds in the account. But when it runs dry, there had better be a convenient way to reload. Online card revalue is becoming the norm, but many campuses complement the service with old school hardware in the form of value transfer stations.

Here’s how you promote online photo submission

The University of Tennessee's VolCard Office has a dedicated webpage designed to help students navigate online photo submission. The page lays out all the pertinent photo information, as well as features a great informational video to assist students.

Miami campus cards stifle fake ID use

Fake ID use at Miami of Ohio has taken a hit in the wake of the university's decision to print cardholder birth dates on student IDs. The decision has led some local bars to ask for the new student ID for age verification at the door, while others are asking for two forms of ID.

University signs on with Aramark

Francis Marion University has agreed a seven-year contract with food service provider Aramark, ending its current contract with Sodexo. The agreement will see the implementation of a new on-campus cafe complete with Starbucks and Subway.

George Washington app set for new features

George Washington is incorporating its 4-RIDE campus shuttle service into the university's existing smartphone app to enable students to track the location of their vehicle, similar to the car service app Uber. Students can now receive SMS alerts when their ride has arrived, as well as track the location of their car on a campus map.

Ole Miss introduces online ticket exchange

Ole Miss has implemented a new online ticket exchange program for home football games that will allow students to transfer unused tickets to their peers. Student tickets sold out in a rapid rate, so the program is sure to come in handy throughout the course of the season.

London transit issues smart student bus passes

The London Transit Commission is launching smart card technology for bus riders, and college students are the first to put the new system to use. Students at Fanshawe College are using their student IDs as part of the new smart card system that is expected to roll out to the general public later this year.

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