New look, more users for Chicago CardFaculty and staff to begin receiving card this month
The Chicago Card will have a new look beginning this month, when the card, currently issued only to students, goes into wider circulation. The Chicago Card, which was first introduced for students in September 1995, replaces the old identification cards and sticker validation process.
The card will serve the same purpose and offer the same conveniences, but will feature a new image -- a full-color photograph of Harper Memorial Library -- said Steve Klass, Director of Auxiliary Services. Klass emphasized that the old Chicago Card is still valid and does not need to be replaced.
This month, the University will begin issuing the card to faculty and staff members in addition to students; letters with details on how to obtain the cards are being mailed to faculty and staff this month. Beginning May 7, all newly hired faculty and staff members will be issued the new ID card. Klass expects the entire campus community to be issued Chicago Cards by late in the fall quarter.
The Chicago Card can be used any time a University ID is required; to access and check materials out of the campus libraries, for example, Klass said. As an optional feature, it can be used as an MCI long-distance calling card. It also features a CashStripe, which can be encoded with cash value and used in food and beverage vending machines and library copiers.
Chicago Card-holders can also purchase "Flex Dollars" from ARAMARK and use the card to purchase food in any of the dining halls, the C-Shop and Hutchinson Commons. With a $50 minimum initial purchase, the user receives a discount on food purchases and does not have to pay tax. Flex Dollars can be purchased in the Campus Dining Services Office at 6025 S. Ellis Avenue. Call 702-5120 for further information.