Villanova University Receives CBORD’s Above and Beyond Award for Advanced “Wildcard” Technology

Innovative system sets Villanova apart from other colleges and universities nationwide

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November 6, 2007

ORLANDO, FLA. At Villanova University, students can now spend more time studying and less time waiting in line in the laundry room. Instead, they can reserve washers and dryers from the comfort of their dorm rooms. They can also buy meals, print documents, take out library books, gain access to events, take part in the basketball student ticket lottery, do their banking and even shop at off-campus businesses—all with the swipe of a card. It is that type of innovation that recently earned the University The Above and Beyond Award from CBORD®, the leading provider campus ID card software for colleges and universities. The award was announced Oct. 12 at the annual CBORD Campus Systems Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The award is presented each year to a college or university in recognition of reaching new heights with smart, creative use of CBORD® solutions on campus. CBORD supplies Villanova with the technology and resources for its University Card System and Operations, known as the “Wildcard.”

The Wildcard – which began as a personal identification card for Villanova students – now serves a multitude of purposes both on and off campus. Wildcard services include personal identification, facilities access and access monitoring, debit transactions processing, meal plan administration, banking relationship management, student printing allowance and web-based transaction processing.

One of its most popular features is V-Laundry, which lets students view the current status of every laundry facility on campus, reserve specific machines, and find out when the machines in their building will be available. Designed by CBORD for Villanova, V-Laundry allows students to view the status of every laundry facility on campus, reserve specific machines and find out when machines in their building will be available. The system also sends text messages to users when their laundry is finished, when their favorite machine becomes available and when there is a mechanical problem with a machine.

“Receiving the Above and Beyond Award is a tremendous honor, as hundreds of other colleges and universities across the country use CBORD technology,” said Stephen Fugale, Villanova’s Chief Information Officer. “Our Campus Card/Wildcard team team has constantly sought creative and innovative ways to improve the products, services and processes to add value and convenience for our Villanova cardholders. We have been fortunate to be able to work closely with our CBORD support team and engineers to enhance our technology platform and add functionality.”

The Wildcard allows Villanova students access to campus facilities, including residence halls, the library, selected academic and administrative buildings, recreational facilities and dining halls. The system also gives University officials the ability to “lock down” card access locations in seconds and allows for access monitoring and student tracking.

The system also provides card holders with a restricted debit account. Students can make deposits, suspend accounts, check balances and view transactions in person and online—as well as receive low balance warnings, set up automatic refunding, and manage their meal plans. Students can connect their cards to Wachovia Bank accounts, allowing the “Wildcard” to also serve as an ATM card.

The Wildcard is universally accepted on campus – at the University Bookstore, as well as at coffee shops, dining facilities, vending machines and at student activities. It is also accepted at a large number of selected off-campus locations, including grocery stores, restaurants, pharmacies, convenience stores and gas stations.

Wildcards also give students access to the V-Print program, designed to give students access to printing resources throughout the campus. And beginning this year, the Wildcard will also be used for the Basketball Student Ticket Lottery. This feature allows for paperless tickets to Villanova’s men’s basketball games.

Villanova University is a co-educational Roman Catholic institution founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova Law School. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. For more information see www.villanova.edu.