When students arrived on campus this semester, their student identification card were replaced by OneCard, a multi-purpose identification and debit card that provides a single source of access to a variety of campus and off-campus services.
“It is extremely exciting to see this project take off. We are lucky that the OneCard team has been able to begin installation so quickly,” says Alysa Sadkin’15, who has been working with a cross-functional team of students, faculty and staff to introduce the program to campus. “OneCard is going to change the way this campus operates by increasing security, allowing easier access for residents into their residence halls, and allowing the Colleges’ community to use their OneCard off campus at local vendors.”
A pilot of the system’s residential access feature was conducted in deCordova Hall at the end of the spring semester and necessary hardware was installed in several residence halls over the summer. Students are using their OneCards for access to: Bartlett Hall, Blackwell House, Caird Hall, Comstock Hall, Durfee Hall, Emerson Hall, Hale Hall, Hirshson Hall, McCormick House, Miller House and Sherrill Hall. Hardware is currently being installed in Jackson, Medbery, Potter, Rees and Geneva Halls and students living in these residences will use their OneCard for access as soon as installation is complete. From there, the OneCard team plans to begin card access construction on South Main Street.
Also over the summer, a contract was signed that will soon make it possible for students to use the card at selected vendors off campus.
“Hard work has paid off,” says Tyler Shepard ’15, who is also a student representative on the OneCard team. “I am really looking forward to the expansion of our OneCard to businesses in Geneva.”
The team is hoping to offer the Colleges’ community the opportunity to use their card for purchases at businesses in the City of Geneva as well as in the town. A complete list of participating businesses will be announced when that portion of the OneCard program is ready to launch.
In the photo above, Shepard and Sadkin demonstrate use of the OneCard for residence hall access.