"Hawk Cash" Simplifies Commerce On and Around Campus

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This fall, Saint Joseph’s University introduced the new Hawk Card, an enhanced identification card that grants access to essential campus services for students, faculty and staff and includes a new feature, Hawk Cash, a significant benefit for the University community.

Hawk Cash is a prepaid spending account, accessible on the Hawk Card, that allows convenient and secure cashless purchases to be made at accepting locations on- and off-campus. The Hawk Card has the ability to be connected to a PNC bank account and act as a debit card, used as a budgeting tool for parents and students by creating a recurring allowance, or managed as a prepaid spending service to eliminate the need to carry cash around campus.

Jill Cleary, assistant director of information systems, says, “Hawk Cash was a collaborative effort in response to student requests for one card they could use for identification and shopping purposes all around the City Avenue and 54th Street retail area, as well as throughout campus,” says Jill Cleary, assistant director of information systems. The University partnered with the vendor, CardSmith, to authorize purchases to be made with the Hawk Card and its Hawk Cash account, and the response has been extremely positive. “The activity on the Hawk Cash account has been incredible, so people are really starting to embrace it,” adds Cleary.

The current off-campus locations accepting Hawk Cash are Acme, CVS, Dake’s Drugstore, Dana Hot Yoga, Firinji, Hess Express, Fellini’s Café, KFC, Larry’s Steaks, Tony Roni, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Hawk Cash is also approved at all dining locations on campus including the dining halls, P.O.D.s, Starbucks and Cosi. Campus locations such as Landmark Americana, SJU Bookstore, Print Services, Campion Student Desk and the Mailroom accept Hawk Cash, which allows students to purchase textbooks and supplies from the SJU Bookstore, course packets from Print Services and use the print and copy stations.

Adding value to the Hawk Card can be done easily via web, phone or mail. To see the growing list of accepting vendors, or find more information about the Hawk Card and Hawk Cash account, visit www.sjuhawkcard.com.

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