(March 14, 2012 )

Phase one of key card installation complete

SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary has officially completed phase one of implementing key card access across the campus. Access to all residence halls and three academic buildings is now available after hours and on weekends with the use of a key card. Academic buildings included in phase one are Mickle Hall of Science, Jackson Hall, and Turner Art Center. Moore Student Union, the Dining Hall in Bynum Commons, and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) have received new camera systems.

swiping key card

"I've heard a really positive response from residents who are now using the key card system," said Macy Stockton, Rotary Hall director. "Residents no longer have to dig for their keys or worry about the really expensive fees associated with losing your exterior key."

The installation of the key card system has been in the works since the fall semester. The multi-phase project required laying cable for all access locations and installing the necessary hardware and software in the DPS office. Now that phase one is complete, the College is looking toward installing key card access to high-risk areas that receive a lot of foot traffic and may be more prone to theft. These installations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

"Having this card system in place is a significant improvement over a hard key system," said Frank Waruszak, campus access administrator. "Our students and employees will have after-hours access to three academic buildings. DPS can instantly inactivate any lost cards, and the replacement cost of an id is only $25 as opposed to $600 for a hall key."

The installation of the key card entrances is part of a $500,000 appropriations grant the College received from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant provides funds for technological advances to improve campus security.