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Month: April 2019

VCU hosts meal swipe only food truck event

Virginia Commonwealth University has been actively engaged with on-campus food trucks for some time now, and the university recently hosted the second installment of its flagship food truck event. VCUDine's second Food Truck Festival took place earlier this week, and was open exclusively to students with a university meal plan.

American University posts RFP for new food vendor

American University has issued a Request For Proposal for a new food-service provider, along with an estimated timeline for the selection process to come. American opened the bidding for a new provider earlier this month, and current vendor Aramark will be among the proposals considered.

Study finds cashless vending machines outperform cash-only counterparts

A study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University, along with vending and payment solutions provider USA Technologies, has found significant performance boosts in cashless-enabled vending machines as compared to units only accepting cash and coin. The report highlights the common practice of outfitting only high-volume machines with cashless technology, but the study's findings suggest that low-performing vending machines can provide significant revenue growth once equipped with cashless hardware.

Mercer University latest to issue mobile credentials

Mercer University is the latest campus issue Mobile Credentials from Transact, and the first to partner with access control provider Allegion on the initiative. Mercer students, faculty and staff will soon have the option to provision their Bear Card to their iPhone or Apple Watch and use those devices for the full range of on-campus transactions.

Marquette PD offer student safety measures when ride sharing

The recent death of a University of South Carolina student has reminded many to revisit the safety precautions around ride-sharing apps. Among those stressing important safety measures is the Marquette University Police Department, which recently issued a notice to its campus community reminding students to remain vigilant when using ride-sharing services.

Mizzou student senate passes ‘virtual student ID resolution’

The major topic of discussion across the campus card landscape at the minute is mobile credentials. But students are taking notice now, as well. A recent meeting of the Missouri Students Association senate passed a resolution during its recent senate session expressing full support for digitizing student IDs at Mizzou.

UCSD accepting preferred names in campus databases

UC San Diego (UCSD) is accepting preferred names in its campus databases, with future plans to extend the service to printing names on student ID cards. This marks UCSD's first foray into preferred names and will enable students to submit both a preferred name and pronoun that they wish to be referred to by the university, with those designations being reflected in most campus records systems.

ColorID discusses how open-source solutions can enable more options for campuses

In a recent addition to the company's tech article series, ColorID's David Stallsmith discusses the options at a university's disposal should it decide to pursue open-source hardware and software solutions. Opting for open-source solutions can offer an alternative to the traditional practice of opting for card system vendor solutions and the comprehensive ecosystems that come with.

UMass Lowell develops its own parking app

It's not rare for a university to leverage a mobile application to help streamline campus parking. What is rare, however, is for a university to create it's own app in house, and that's exactly what the University of Massachusetts Lowell has done with its new Parking Spaces app. The app displays real-time parking availability at all three of the university’s parking garages, as well as the two largest lots on campus.

Wells Fargo details new benefits for campus card customers

Following an announcement with participating Wells Fargo Campus Card colleges and universities in February, the bank has publicly introduced a set of new benefits that are now in effect for students who have opted to pair their student IDs with their Wells Fargo checking accounts. The benefits include offering Wells Fargo Campus Card customers the opportunity to receive waivers or credits for four services that some students use as they begin managing their first bank accounts.


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