Campus ID News
Card, mobile credential, payment and security
FEATURED
PARTNERS

Students put leftover dining dollars to good use

Andrew Hudson   ||   May 23, 2014  ||   

As universities nationwide wind down for the year, many students will have leftover funds on their dining accounts. While last minute convenience store purchases will likely be in order, Salem State University students decided to invest their leftover funds in a more noble cause.

According to The Salem News, as the semester came to a close last week, Salem State students spent the last of their Clipper Card funds at the Salem Diner – but not on themselves. Instead, students paid for meals for random citizens from their university’s surrounding community.

Recipients of the free meals ranged from construction workers and other random patrons of a local diner to those less fortunate. One student asked if she could get her food to go, so that she could send her meals to a local homeless shelter.

As part of the Clipper Card Meal Plan students are allocated a set amount of “Dining Dollars” per semester. These funds can then be used at various dining locations around Salem’s campus for students to make purchases.

At Salem, Dining Dollars roll over from fall to spring semesters but expire at the end of each academic year, and for some students, the remaining balance come the end of the year can be significant.

This is a practice that institutions across the nation could easily promote as a means to give back to the communities they call home. Aside from teaching an important lesson to students and giving them an opportunity to give back themselves, this is also a way to ensure that the money spent on meal plans is put to good use – perhaps better than stocking up on candy bars and soft drinks at the university convenience store.

What better way to spend some of your leftover funds than to provide a meal for someone who needs it? Well done, Salem.

Related Posts

|| TAGS:
Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

RECENT ARTICLES

Virginia Tech access control readers from Allegion

Virginia Tech's multi-year journey eliminates brass keys from campus

  At Virginia Tech, a strategically planned, multi-year process has eliminated physical keys from the campus. Brass keys have been replaced by card access in buildings and residence halls. The only remaining keys are stored in secure key boxes for security personnel and residence hall advisors to access in case of emergencies or after hours […]
Harvard CrimsonCash logo
Jun 07, 24 / , ,

Harvard to end longstanding declining balance program starting July 1

Harvard’s CrimsonCash – a declining balance program that enables students to use their campus card to make payments on and off campus – will be sunsetted in phases beginning July 1, 2024 and finishing July 1, 2025. The announcement was made in an email sent to account holders and a posting on the university’s website. At […]
ELATEC Secure Logon product review

Secure computer labs and faculty workstations with existing campus cards and mobile IDs

Eliminating usernames and passwords has positive security and convenience implications, and ELATEC’s Secure Logon solution helps campuses achieve the goal. Using your existing campus ID or mobile credential, users tap it on a reader to access shared computers and resources. In this video, ELATEC’s campus lead Rawldon Weekes, discusses Secure Logon and overviews a variety […]
CIDN logo reversed
The only publication dedicated to the use of campus cards, mobile credentials, identity and security technology in the education market. CampusIDNews – formerly CR80News – has served more than 6,500 subscribers for more than two decades.
Twitter

Attn: friends in the biometrics space. Nominations close Friday for the annual Women in Biometrics Awards. Take five minutes to recognize a colleague or even yourself. http://WomenInBiometrics.com

Feb. 1 webinar explores how mobile ordering enhanced campus life, increased sales at UVA and Central Washington @Grubhub @CBORD

Load More...
Contact
CampusIDNews is published by AVISIAN Publishing
315 E. Georgia St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
www.AVISIAN.com[email protected]
Use our contact form to submit tips, corrections, or questions to our team.
©2024 CampusIDNews. All rights reserved.