WMU News

Faculty-staff winners announced in ID card drawings

May 12, 2005

KALAMAZOO--About 1,800 Western Michigan University faculty and staff were issued new photo-ID cards during April as part of a campuswide re-carding campaign, and those employees who got their new cards before the May 2 changeover were automatically entered in computer drawings for two $50 gift certificates from Miller Auditorium.

Winners of the certificates, which are good for the 2005-06 Miller Auditorium season, are Paul F. Heintz, coordinator of serial and electronic resources in Waldo Library, and Dawn M. Nelson, a grants and contracts specialist. Nelson has been employed at WMU for 12 years, and Heintz is a 25-year veteran.

All totaled, more than 15,000 new cards had been issued to students, faculty, staff and others through May 10.

The card processing center continues to issue new cards at its temporary location in Lawson Arena. Through the end of May, the center is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All campus card-swipe readers were converted to recognize only the new ID cards beginning with the May 2 start of Summer I session. Old WMU ID cards are no longer honored. Those people who have already gotten a new card are encouraged to destroy their old card the same way they would cut and dispose of obsolete credit cards. Personal information, including Social Security numbers, is encoded in the magnetic strips on the backs of old cards.

New cards are part of the university's switch from Social Security numbers to Western Identification Numbers--or WIN--as the primary way of identifying students and employees. The change, which was mandated by the state, will provide greater protection from identity theft.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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