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New design selected for Husky One Card

by Chelsea Weiss - May 30, 2006

A design by junior Ai-Chi Lu has been selected as the new face of the Husky One Card.

The new design, which is posted on the web at www.uconn.onecard.edu, can be easily distinguished from its predecessor.

It was selected from about 180 designs submitted by UConn students in a contest run by the One Card office.

Four submissions were selected as finalists, and Lu’s design was the front-runner among the 5,000 votes received online from the University community.

The decision to re-design the card was made after a task force led by University Registrar Jeff von Munkwitz Smith concluded that social security numbers – encrypted in the newer cards and visible on older cards – should be removed from the cards.

The accounts of all members of the UConn community, including those at the regional campuses, the Health Center, and the Law School, will be re-coded.

The new cards will have a new personal identification number encrypted in the strip.

Card users will not have to remember this number, however, unlike their Social Security, employee I.D., or Peoplesoft numbers; the new number will solely provide a link to the user’s account.

Social security numbers will still be used at the University when necessary, such as for employment or financial aid.

The card will be distributed to roughly 30,000 card holders. It is likely the new cards will be distributed before they are activated, much like a credit card.

The new cards will retain all the benefits of the old Husky One Card for purchasing meals, entry into the gym, discounts, and Husky Buck purchases at the UConn Co-op or cafés across campus.

The difference will be heightened security and a new look.

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