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UTSA tests card-reader soda machines

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Nov. 29, 2006)--The UTSA Office of Auxiliary Services has installed 20 soda machines at the 1604 Campus that accept payment by UTSACard.

UTSA community members can use Rowdy Dollars on their UTSACards to purchase drinks from the specially equipped machines. To make a purchase, swipe your UTSACard through the reader, make your beverage selection, pick up your soda and your card balance will be displayed on the machine panel.

Installed on a trial basis, the card-reader machine locations are:

  • John Peace Library Building food court
  • University Center first-floor airport lounge
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Building second and third floors
  • Multidisciplinary Sciences Building computer lab
  • Business Building second and third floors
  • Main Building first floor

"The card-reading machines are being beta-tested to assess the demand for this special service," said Corinne Vela-Zapata, UTSA director of auxiliary services. "We are always looking for ways to better serve our customers, and if these soda machines are a hit, we will consider adding more around the campuses."

As of Dec. 15, the price of beverages from UTSA vending machines will increase from $1 to $1.25.

For more information, contact the UTSACard office at (210) 458-4639.

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More about the UTSACard

  • The UTSACard is an all-in-one card that is the official identification card for UTSA students and employees. It can be used as a debit card to pay for everything from on-campus meals to tuition.
  • The UTSACard is used by students to participate in the meal plan program, to make rent payments for the University Oaks and Chisholm Hall residence facilities, and to pay for Chaparral Village laundry services.
  • For the entire UTSA community, the card allows access to other UTSA services such as copy machines, Fiscal Services, library fine payment, bookstores and tickets at the University Center information desk.
  • Rowdy Dollars is the UTSACard debit declining-balance program. An account is activated by adding funds to the UTSACard, allowing convenient cashless on-campus purchases. There are no fees to participate in the program, and no minimum balance is required. Balances roll from one semester to the next as long as the card user is enrolled in UTSA classes or is a UTSA employee.
  • Add funds to a UTSACard online or in person at the 1604 and Downtown campuses at Fiscal Services and cash value payment machines in the computer labs, the libraries and other locations.
  • Read more at the UTSACard Web site.

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