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NMSU to launch Aggie Access Card

New Mexico State University will launch a new identification card, the Aggie Access Card, for students, faculty and staff to be effective for the fall 2007 semester.

The new card design and name were selected by the students, faculty and staff last fall.

The current identification card provides many services including serving as a meal ticket for meal plan participants, library card, pay-for-print card, Money$Card and as a key to on-campus housing, to name a few. The Aggie Access Card will include all currently available services and expand on the all-purpose card concept.

For students, the now-familiar stickers on the back of the current ID, which denotes their enrollment status, will no longer be needed.

In fall 2007, a student or faculty/staff person's current status at NMSU will be identified by swiping the card through readers, which will verify the status from information gathered by the university's new Banner software suite.

As part of the university's implementation of the SunGard HE Banner suite and associated online systems, new identification numbers have been assigned, making it necessary to re-card all students, faculty and staff. Banner ID numbers are replacing Social Security numbers as primary identification making it possible to place the new numbers on the new cards. Social Security numbers have not been printed on NMSU IDs for a few years.

NMSU also has partnered with Wells Fargo to introduce an enhanced Aggie Access Card, which will allow the card to be linked to Wells Fargo accounts as a Visa debit card to be used anywhere that Visa debit cards are accepted. Students, faculty and staff can choose to sign up for this additional opportunity.

"As we launch our new Aggie Access Card, we are happy to be able to offer this enhanced program with Wells Fargo," said Angela Throneberry, assistant vice president of auxiliary services. "After a competitive request-for-proposal process, we selected Wells Fargo because of the company's commitment to the community statewide and successful track record in the campus card market."

Wells Fargo and NMSU will introduce opportunities for the enhanced card this spring.

Details for delivery of the new cards will be distributed as it becomes available.

For information on services currently available through the ID card, visit the ID Card Services Web site at http://www.nmsu.edu/~idsvs/index.htm.