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Binghamton introduces redesigned ID card

By : Sarah Lifshin

Student Harriet Aikins has her photo taken for her new Binghamton ID card by Joy Tassey of the Registrarís Office.
Students, faculty and staff now have a brand new, pocket- size way to identify themselves as part of the campus community with the introduction of Binghamton’s redesigned identification card. “We felt it was time for a change,” said Jennifer Schorr, University registrar. “Our new ID card will have a fresh and attractive look.”

Binghamton’s previous ID card, which displays a photo of the academic buildings, was introduced in 1999. “This card is a little cleaner,” said Schorr, describing the new card’s green backdrop and “B,” which identifies the University.

The ID cards are used in many ways by students, faculty and staff — to purchase meals in the dining facilities on campus and as debit cards at specific on-campus locations such as the bookstore, vending machines and laundry facilities.

Because students pay a transportation fee each semester, they can also ride the blue OCCT buses and Broome County Transit buses at no charge simply by showing their ID card. In addition, many areas of campus are now using card swipe machines to allow for building access.

“Students have already come in and asked to pick theirs up,” Schorr said. “When we first had them in the office late last semester, some students saw them and said that they couldn’t wait to receive their new cards.” The card, which was introduced earlier this month, has been distributed to students enrolled in Summer Session.

New students, both freshmen and transfers, will have their photos taken and receive their cards at orientation. Continuing students do not need to have new photographs taken.

The Registrar’s Office prints new cards for returning students and distributes them at the beginning of the fall semester in the residence halls for students living on campus and in the University Union for off-campus students.

Students are charged for their ID cards each academic year and they expire at the end of the spring semester. Faculty and staff may update their cards at no charge by visiting the Registrar’s office.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08