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Photos to be taken by March 9 for new University identification cards

by Richard Veilleux - February 19, 2007

For some, it’s the chance of a lifetime: those unflattering photos that were taken when you were first hired to work at UConn, then pasted onto a University identification card, are about to be replaced.

For others, who were hired when they were much younger, it’s a troublesome change.

Love it or hate it, faculty and staff hired more than three years ago – before September 2003 – must obtain a new photo for a new University ID before March 9.

The new photos will be used as the One Card Office works to replace all University identification cards previously issued to faculty, staff, and students.

The new cards are part of a University-wide initiative to phase out the use of social security numbers wherever possible.

Instead, the cards will have a numerical identifier for every UConn employee or student.

“If we can limit the use of social security numbers to just the essential areas, and secure those areas, I think everybody will feel more comfortable,” says University Registrar Jeffrey von Munkwitz-Smith, who chairs a campus-wide committee working to limit the use of identifying numbers.

“I think we all realize it’s a potential problem.”

The new identification cards will be sent to faculty and staff in May.

In addition to the One Card Office in Wilbur Cross Building, photos will be taken at eight other locations on campus, beginning Feb. 21.

The locations are:

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.: Second Floor, Wilbur Cross Building;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2-7 p.m.: Music Library, Fine Arts Building;
  • Thursday, Feb. 22, 2-6 p.m.: Room M030 (E-mail room), Edward V. Gant Complex;
  • Friday, Feb. 23, 3-6 p.m.: Room 215, Arjona Building;
  • Monday, Feb. 26, noon-3 p.m.: Room 303, Student Union;
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2-7 p.m.: Plaza Level, Homer Babbidge Library;
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.: Room 103, Brown Building, Depot Campus;
  • Thursday, March 1, 2-6 p.m.: Dairy Bar;
  • Friday, March 2, 12:30-3 p.m.: Facilities Conference Room B.

Faculty and staff at the regional campuses should visit the One Card website to find the time and location for their new photos.

In all cases, says Ruth Francis, manager of the One Card Office, employees should bring with them another photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

If none of the specific times is convenient for a number of employees in a specific department, Francis adds, they should contact her office at 860-486-3129 to discuss alternatives.

After March 2, all One Card photos will be taken at the One Card Office on the second floor of Wilbur Cross Building.

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