There are several changes that students at the University of North Georgia may notice this year pertaining to identification and email. Brandon Haag, chief information officer, talks about these changes and what students can expect from them.
How has students' login information changed?
Each student's UNG network ID will use a combination of the student's initials, name and ID number. To access their network ID, students can look it up here.
Default passwords for students are the last four digits of their social-security number followed by the two-digit day of their birth. If students change their password for the Banner Student Information System, they will need to use that same new password to access email.
Student logins for Banner and email are linked, meaning they use the same username and password and any changes to the password will affect both services. UNG Network ID passwords can be changed at http://password.ung.edu.
What is different about student email this year?
The new student email addresses will take the place of the @gsc.edu and @northgeorgia.edu addresses, and will be used for all official communications from the University of North Georgia. To log-in to this new email system, students will use the same username and password they use to login to the new Banner system.
All students have received an email in their new UNG inboxes with instructions for forwarding email from old email accounts, as well as instructions for setting up their UNG email on mobile devices. The system went live Aug. 5, and there are now links to login to the new UNG student mailboxes found here: http://ung.edu/myung.
What are some of the features of the new ID card?
The new identification cards, also called the Nighthawk Card, will be combining with the school's refund system to give students a single card that can be used in more places.
The multi-purpose ID card is new for students on the Gainesville and Oconee campuses and new UNG Card Offices opened on those campuses in June. The Nighthawk Card can be used on all UNG campuses to access services, attend events, use copiers, check out books at the library, and make purchases without the hassle of carrying cash.
New for all UNG students this fall, the university has partnered with Blackboard Pay to issue student refunds through the ID cards, allowing students to get their money faster. Additionally, powered by the Discover network, students will be able to use the new card in more places on and off campus where Discover is accepted, including Allpoint Network ATMs; account checks can be cashed for free at Wal-Mart locations.
The card is accessible and secure, with no minimum balance or monthly service fee and funds can be loaded by the university, employer, cardholder, or cardholder's parents. All funds are FDIC insured. Students who don’t want to use the card for their refunds can elect to have refunds automatically deposited to the bank account of their choosing.