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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has entered into a partnership with UW Credit Union that will allow students, faculty and staff to use their TitanCard at any ATM and business that accepts PIN-based debit transactions.

The agreement with UW Credit Union, which followed a competitive bidding process, will provide faculty, staff and students with an all-in-one smartcard that offers a convenient and secure way to access campus services. These services include library access, technology labs, meal plans and some facilities. The partnership also gives members of the campus community the option to open a checking account that is linked to the TitanCard, allowing it to be used as a debit card.

UW Credit Union will open a full-service branch within Reeve Memorial Union and provide surcharge-free campus ATMs in various locations as part of the agreement. Renovation to the space is expected to begin the week of Jan. 3 with the new UW Credit Union branch to open the week of Jan. 24.

During this time, ATMs on campus will experience intermittent outages for service upgrades. Faculty, staff and students can obtain a newly designed TitanCard at Titan Central in Reeve Union at no additional charge beginning Jan. 31, by turning in their current card.

This is the second partnership UW Oshkosh has had with a financial institution to provide an all-in-one smartcard option. While UW Oshkosh was one of the first in the UW System in 2005, presently a majority of UW System schools have a similar program. Additionally, more than 200 universities across the country have similar programs with the top six financial institutions having 134 campus partnerships in 2009.

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Kate Unger, Reeve Memorial Union, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.