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Hokie Passport revised

Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 28 - April 17, 1997

The university's faculty/staff ID card recently received a facelift to accommodate a number of new services offered by the Hokie Passport office, and to respond to the desire for a more official university ID card.

The redesigned ID card can be used to facilitate long-distance phone calls throughout the world, and for photocopying services at the Newman Library. Also, to make it easier to deposit money to their Hokie Passport Account, faculty and staff members can now participate in a new payroll-deduction program.

MCI and Virginia Tech have joined together to offer a plan for faculty and staff members to use MCI rates for long-distance dialing. Helpful dialing features such as speed dialing and personal voice messaging are available, as well. The back of the ID card offers Hokie Passport Calling Card dialing instructions to make long-distance phone calls from locations away from home. This new relationship with MCI offers a convenient option for your long-distance calling-card needs.

In addition to using the ID to facilitate long-distance phone calls, the new card has an additional magnetic stripe on the back to be used as a debit account for photocopying at Newman Library. Plans to retrofit the photocopying machines are under way and they are expected to be on-line within the next few months.

Making deposits to individual debit accounts is also easier. Faculty and staff members can now directly deposit money into their Hokie Passport Account through a new and convenient payroll-deduction plan. By filling out a Hokie Passport deposit request, a predetermined part of the salary will be automatically deposited to the account each month.

The Hokie Passport Account is now accepted throughout the campus at vending machines, bookstores, and all dining and fast-food facilities. More than 20 off-campus merchants now accept the Hokie Passport.

More information on the new services is available at the Hokie Passport Office, 41 Owens, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; or call 1-5121.