Around the industry: Thiel College's first female president takes over

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  • Illinois: Beginning this fall, Northwestern University (NU) will replace dorm keys with smart cards for four residential buildings, with the eventual goal of using smart cards for all buildings. At the beginning of the semester, all NU students and employees will be issued redesigned ID cards called Wildcards, says Paul Riel, executive director of residential services. He expects the transition will cost between $2.5 million and $3 million over the next five years (Joselow, Inside Higher Ed, 8/5).
  • Ohio: Xavier University has set up a 24-hour Pizza ATM in one of its residence halls. Customers select what type of pizza they want and the machine takes the pizza from a refrigerated compartment and lifts it into a convection oven. After about three minutes of cooking time, the machine drops the pizza into a box that is delivered through a slot to the customer. "We were looking for a way to solve this problem of having a late-night pizza option on campus," says Assistant Vice President Jude Kiah. "And this meets our students where they're at, in their residence hall" (Murphy, Cincinnati Enquirer, 8/4).
  • Pennsylvania: Susan Traverso took over last week as the first female president of Thiel College in the school's 150-year history. Traverso has served as provost of Elizabethtown College, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and associate history professor at the University of Redlands in Redlands, director of the Associated New American Colleges Academy, and associate professor and chair of history at North Central College (Schackner, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 8/1).

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