Starting immediately, three off-campus businesses will accept the HWS OneCard, a multi-purpose identification and debit card that provides the campus a single source of access to a variety of campus and off-campus services, as payment. Mark’s Pizzeria, Opus Espresso & Food Bar and Char Burrito Bar are the first off-campus businesses to work with OneCard, but Jeremy Trumble, director of enterprise solutions for the Colleges, says more businesses will be signing on in the near future. “We’re happy to be getting this off the ground and we’re looking forward to the option to get more involved with the Geneva community,” he says.
OneCard acts as a debit card. Members of the HWS community can add money to their account using a credit card by logging onto the OneCard site and selecting the “Get” link. The site also allows parents, guardians or other relatives to add money to a student’s account. Additionally, students have the option to send e-mails requesting funds be added to their OneCard. It is important to note that the OneCard is an additional payment option to Snack Money. Snack Money can only be spent on-campus, whereas OneCard funds can be spent both on and off-campus.
Using the Get Funds mobile app, “Get Mobile,” users can even manage their OneCard accounts from their iPhone or Android. The app users to view past transactions and add funds on the go. “The hope is that we make it easy for the campus to use,” Trumble says.
OneCard implementation began on-campus last spring. The program was piloted in deCordova Hall, allowing students to use their OneCard to access the exterior doors of the building. OneCard is now implemented at all on-campus residence halls, and is currently being installed on the small houses.
OneCard is not just for students. “This account can be used by faculty and staff,” Trumble explains. The hope is to allow faculty and staff to set up payroll deductions to have money automatically added to their OneCard account.
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. Trumble hopes to expand even more in the Geneva community-including restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations. OneCard cannot be used at any site on or off-campus to purchase alcohol or tobacco.
The photo above features Tyler Shepard ’15 and Alysa Sadkin ’15 using their HWS OneCard at Opus on Exchange Street.