Campus Set to Convert to New, Improved "Wildcards"

OGDEN, Utah – In the coming weeks, Weber State University students, faculty and staff need to trade in their Wildcard picture ID for a new enhanced version.

The current campus ID cards, which are used in a variety of ways including checking out library books, accessing campus testing centers and attending sporting events, will no longer work as of Oct. 13. Prior to that, members of the campus community must obtain a new card. 

According to Bill Fruth, director of the Shepherd Union Building, outdated technology prompted the need to update the existing Wildcard system.

"The old card has been in use for nearly a decade and the system is no longer supported by today's technology and programs," Fruth said. "We decided the update was a good time to anticipate future needs and add enhancements to the card."

The new cards will feature a digital photo, requiring all current card holders to have a new picture taken. Fruth said the new card will have a different look than its predecessor.

"We expect the cards' uses will evolve over time and this new system will allow members of the campus community to have one card that does everything," Fruth said.

In the future, he said, the card might be used to access secure areas on campus or specific parking lots. It might also serve as a debit card for a variety of on-campus goods and services, not just for purchasing food.

Students, faculty and staff can pick up their new ID cards in the Shepherd Union Building Lair, Sept. 29-Oct. 6. Students at WSU Davis Campus will have an opportunity to upgrade their Wildcards Oct. 8-10. Hours will vary daily to accommodate everyone's schedule. The Shepherd Union Information Booth at 626-6367 is the best source to find out hours of operation for a specific day.

The process of issuing a new Wildcard will only take a few minutes Fruth said, but wait times may vary depending on time of day and demand.

Individuals will be required to turn in their old card when they receive the new badge. There is no charge for individuals who already have a Wildcard. If this is the first campus ID for a student, there is a one time $5 fee.

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu