New Shocker cards to be issued

10:45:51 AM CDT - Thursday, December 08, 2005

By Amy Geiszler-Jones

Starting Monday, Dec. 12, faculty and staff can begin exchanging their current Shocker ID card for one that will include their current Shocker ID number along with a new ID number, called myWSU ID, that will be used for functions within WSU's new online business systems.

Students will begin exchanging their cards sometime in January, according to David Alexander, project manager for the WSU Information Network.

The exchange can be done at the Shocker Card Center, located next to Commerce Bank, in the Rhatigan Student Center during its normal office hours of 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

Faculty and staff can already find their new myWSU ID displayed on the SOS system online, under the WIN tools link. The students' myWSU IDs will be added to SOS in January.

Starting in January, those in the university community will need to use the new myWSU ID to access university computer systems, such as Self-Service Banner and Banner, which is a suite of software products WSU is using to do many of its daily business functions.

The current Shocker ID cards will still be usable for some time, but by sometime next year, ID scanners on campus will be converted to look for the myWSU ID, Alexander said.

Eventually the myWSU ID will be used to access Blackboard, which is an online teaching resources, and other services that currently use the Shocker ID number.

It will also be used to access myWSU, WSU's new portal, which will be WSU's Web site for the university community's internal users. The portal, which is being tested now by WSU's Software Usability Laboratory, is expected to become active in January.

Because of the volume of cards involved in the exchange as many as 18,000 cards new photos won't be taken to replace the existing ones, said Alexander.

Anyone who wants to have a new photo taken can follow the current policy of paying $10 to replace the card.

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