Posted on Thursday, February 13, 2014
For the past several months, a cross-functional team of students, faculty and staff have been working to introduce the OneCard program to campus. During winter break, they began to see the fruits of those efforts with the conversion of the dining system technology. The OneCard is a multi-purpose identification and debit card that provides students a single source of access to a variety of campus and off-campus services.
"The dining system's technology is really the basis for implementing OneCard across campus," says Jeremy Trumble, director of enterprise solutions for the Colleges. "So this is an important first step that has taken place."
The existing student cards will continue to work with this system until the OneCard program is fully implemented.
"OneCard is going to change the way HWS students go about their daily activities. Not only will OneCard provide more convenience to students with key card access into their residence halls, laundry, vending and dining, but OneCard will also provide increased security and opportunity for the Colleges in the future," explains Alysa Sadkin'15, the William Smith Congress president, who has been working closely with the OneCard committee along with Tyler Shepard '15, Hobart Student Government president.
Also this semester, the campus will pilot OneCard exterior door access in one residence hall. Students in the residence hall where the pilot is conducted will receive new identification cards following spring break and the results of the pilot will be shared campus wide at the end of the semester.
When students return in the fall, they will be issued new identification cards which will be used for dining services and will also provide access to exterior doors of all residence halls.
Eight different project teams, comprising close to 50 people, have been looking at the feasibility of and process for converting the campus access and food services to the OneCard system. By the time the OneCard project is complete, the single student identification card will provide card access to exterior doors of all residence halls and students will be able to use it as a debit card for laundry and vending services on campus as well as at off-campus vendors (which are yet to be identified).
"OneCard is a huge opportunity not only for the Colleges, but also for the community of Geneva," explains Shepard. "I am excited to continue working with both the PR and off-campus groups as we look to open downtown businesses for student OneCard commerce."
Both he and Sadkin note they have enjoyed the opportunity to work on the project.
"The OneCard committee is very unique and it has been an honor to work with all of the members of the committee," says Sadkin. "There are representatives from several different departments on campus and I have learned a lot through the past few months of how projects as large as OneCard are completed."