WMU News

Bronco Card Center has extended hours

Aug. 22, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's photo-ID card service, the Bronco Card Center, moved in June and has a new home in Room 215 of the Bernhard Center.

Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 24, and continuing through Friday, Sept. 9, a second location will be open in Lawson Ice Arena. The Lawson location will actually be set up to process more ID card requests simultaneously than the main center in Bernhard.

Through Sept. 9, both the card center in Bernhard and the alternate location in Lawson will be open extended hours, Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The center's normal hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

Anyone who shows their old WMU ID card when applying for a new one will not be charged for the new card. Otherwise, a $5 fee will apply. There is a $25 fee to replace lost or stolen cards, which is unchanged from past years.

People other than students and employees who are eligible for ID cards, including retirees and emeriti, may want to call the center at (269) 387-4850 before visiting campus to make sure they have a record in the university's new information system and can obtain a new card. The center is maintaining a call-back list for those people whose records are not yet in the new system.

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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