With the desire to be innovative transformers and stay on the cutting edge of technology, the Action Card Office listened to the wishes of students who presented a resolution asking for the ability to put ACT Cards on their phones.
UA became one of three schools to pilot the ACT Card in Apple Wallet technology, an innovative new program to enhance faculty, staff and student life by adding card functionality to the iPhone and Apple Watch.
The Action Card Office’s work in pioneering the ACT Card in Apple Wallet technology, released last fall, has reaped four national awards.
At the National Association of Campus Card Users conference in Hartford, Connecticut, the Action Card Office received Best Video, Best Marketing Campaign and the J. Paul Melanson awards.
All NACCU institution members could submit a video, with the top three selected by the NACCU Best Video Award Committee. Attendees were then able to watch each video and vote on their favorite, with UA’s “ACT Card Mission” being selected not only by the organization, but their peers in the campus card system arena as well.
The NACCU Marketing Award Committee selected UA’s ACT Card in Apple Wallet campaign as Best Marketing Campaign.
NACCU’s J. Paul Mealson Award is not awarded every year, and is presented to members of the campus card community who have spurred growth of the campus card industry, been pioneers in campus cards, significantly and freely helped NACCU members to implement or advance systems on their campuses, or been instrumental in the growth and stability of NACCU. This award is named in honor of one of the founders of NACCU, and recipients are identified by the NACCU Board of Directors at their discretion. Both UA and Duke University were recipients.
The Action Card Office also received the Transact Distinction Award for Innovation for the ACT Card in Apple Wallet project. The award is for institutions who are on the forefront of campus technology innovation and recognizes campuses who have developed and implemented high impact technology strategies that scale.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.