Archive | August, 2011

PNC Bank Branch Opening on Campus

By Pam Gorsuch

PNC Bank will open a full-service branch on the first floor of the University Union this August. The bank will take over the space formerly occupied by Capital One, whose contract with the university expired this summer.One of the new PNC ATMs on campus.

“After Capital One’s contract expired, the university solicited offers for the space from several leading banking institutions,” said Bob Campbell, Finance and Information Systems Director for Auxiliary Services. “PNC offered the best all-around service for the campus’s needs and was selected as the new provider.”

The PNC branch is scheduled to open August 25 and will offer students, faculty and staff a host of personal banking products and services. Six on-campus ATM locations will be available this fall in the University Union, Administration Building, Newell Dining Hall, Towson Center, Hawkins Hall and West Village Commons. Within the coming weeks PNC will also launch a customized website, www.pnc.com\towson, where TU customers can fill out account applications and access financial education information. According to Bob, PNC also has specific financial management programs geared toward college students.

“They have a virtual wallet program that helps college students improve their money management skills, and provides mobile and text banking options,” Bob said.

TU customers who open new accounts with PNC this fall will receive one free incoming wire transfer per monthly statement cycle and one free courtesy overdraft fee waiver during the year after account opening. A Capital One ATM will be available in the University Union until August 2012 in order to aid in the transition.

For more information on the bank opening and ATM launch dates, go to http://www.towson.edu/adminfinance/auxservices/Banking.asp.

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Materiel Management Moves Offices into CLA

At nearly 300,000 square feet, the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) building is the largest academic building on TU’s campus, and preparing it to open this August was no small feat. More than 200 faculty and staff had to be moved into the building in the midst of construction—an endeavor completed this June after almost a year of planning.

The job was managed internally by Materiel Management, who, despite having only 13 full-time employees, completed the move in less than seven days. They did it by carefully planning the effort months ahead of time, instructing faculty and staff on how to pack and label boxes appropriately, then organizing internal resources and coordinating move schedules in order to ensure a smooth transition. According to Materiel Management Director Phil Butler, constant communication with CLA administrators during the planning stages helped pave the way for the move.

“The acting Dean of CLA, Dr. Irena Makarushka, helped to keep everything and everyone organized and progressing, which was instrumental to the success of the move,” Phil said.

When it came time to actually complete the move, Materiel Management hired and trained 20 temporary staff to assist in loading and unloading materials. Together, they moved boxes and furniture from faculty and departmental offices in three campus buildings—Linthicum, Psychology and Administration—and relocated them to new offices in CLA. In total, they moved approximately 3,500 boxes and 100 bins of equipment over a period of eight days.

“It took the hard work of 30 staff members each day and 15 full truckloads to complete the move,” Phil said. “It was tough, but the cooperation and determination of all employees got the job done in a timely manner.”

The move was the largest Materiel Management has done to date. Yet, by handling it internally versus hiring an outside contractor, the university saved tens of thousands of dollars, not to mention the hassle of working with a contractor unfamiliar to campus.

“In any of our moves, we want to use the least disruptive and most cost efficient method,” Assistant Materiel Manager Bob Childs said. “We have a great deal of experience and success with moving projects, but it takes careful packing and preparation and a substantial amount of organization. So far, we have received nothing but positive feedback from all departments.”

For photos of the CLA building, go to https://www.facebook.com/towsonuniversity.

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