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The One-Card System in College

The Blackboard Transaction system is used by several colleges, such as Merrimack College and Duke University. Because of Merrimack College’s convenient location in North Andover, several members of the KeyCard Planning Committee visited the campus last year. KeyCard Project Manager and Associate Director of Technology Chris Joel, Comptroller Elliot Hacker, Technology Director Valerie Roman, and Chief of Financial Operations Steven Carter observed the functions of the MACK (Merrimack Access) Card and reported positively on the BlackBoard system. The MACK Card allows students to purchase food and drink in the Merrimack Crossroads Café Dining Hall and the Warrior’s Den snack bar. Students can also use the MACK Card to access vending and laundry services, to check out library books, and to access dormitories and some academic buildings. Merrimack’s system also encompasses businesses off-campus such as Bertucci’s, CVS, Domino’s Pizza, Fuddruckers, Laboom Tanning and Michael’s Hair Design. Because PA will use the same Blackboard system as Merrimack College, PA has the option of setting up arrangements with these same businesses. MACK Card Customer Sales Representative James Keith said, “[Since getting the Blackboard system last fall, the] system has been working very well and we’ve barely had any problems. If there is a problem, we just call Blackboard up and they help us fix it almost immediately.