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08-26-2009

Clarkson University Launches Knight Card Account Off-Campus

Merchants in Potsdam can now accept Knight Card Account for payment

Clarkson University, New York State's highest ranked small research institution, today announced the launch of the university's off-campus payment program. The program, Knight Card Account, is a community-wide project for Potsdam, supported by the local merchant base and the student body. To expand the Knight Card Account off-campus, Clarkson is working with the CBORD Group Off-Campus Commerce Division, and UGRYD, the CBORD proprietary central server transaction solution.

"Taking the Knight Card program to off-campus merchants is a win for the students, the local merchants and the university," says Kurt Stimeling, dean of Students. "By partnering with CBORD's UGRYD platform, Clarkson is able to offer this exciting program without overextending our staff."

Many merchants in the Potsdam area already accept the discretionary accounts from nearby St. Lawrence University and SUNY Potsdam, and were eager to have Clarkson students enjoy the same benefits.

"As we currently accept the discretionary account from another university, we have seen first-hand what a great benefit this type of program can be to our business," said Jeffrey Prosper, general manager and co-owner, Potsdam Ponderosa. "Adding another option for Clarkson students allows us to deepen our relationships with both the students and the university, and the nightly ACH deposits make settling the accounts simple and easy."

In addition to Ponderosa, the Knight Card Account can currently be used at 10 locations, including Big M of Potsdam, First Crush Bistro, Go Mascots!, McDuff's, McDonald's, The Bagelry, The UPS Store, Potsdam Save-A-Lot and Great Northern Printing. More merchants will continue to be added throughout the fall semester.

CBORD Off-Campus Commerce is a division of The CBORD Group, Inc. The CBORD Group serves colleges and universities, healthcare facilities, chain restaurants, supermarkets, continuing care facilities, corporations, and a host of other market segments. CBORD's products are used in food service, catering, nutrition services, online ordering, cashless dining, campus ID card privilege control, access control, integrated security, housing services, and other institution-wide activities. The CBORD Group serves more than 6,000 clients in the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, New Zealand, and Australia. The CBORD Group was founded in 1975. Today it employs more than 450 professionals. To learn more about CBORD, visit us at www.cbord.com.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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