New Programs

Vending Services equips on-campus vending machines with new multi-payment card readers

Customers may now use credit and debit cards as well as mobile payments to purchase snacks from on-campus vending machines at the University of Georgia. The new payment options come as a result of an installation of multi-payment card readers on vending machines across campus.The installation of multi-payment card readers on the snack machines began in February 2017 by Vend Incorporated and a total of 150 snack machines will received the new card readers by the end of March.

“We felt like the technology reached the point where it was reliable and we could offer this valuable service to our campus partners,” Vending and Solicitation Manager Jon Hall said.

The first card readers were installed on the Coca-Cola machines throughout campus in March 2016. Due to its success, the decision was made to expand the card reader program. 

“We rolled out the card readers on the Coca-Cola machines to see how it would go and based off the success of that program, we are extending the card reader program it to the snack machines,” Hall said. “We want to make sure that everyone has the same purchasing options available to them on all the machines.”

This new card reader program will accept the following forms of payment: Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks, Visa, American Express, Discover Network, MasterCard, Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay, UnionPay and JCB.

Bulldog Bucks now offers option to donate to food scholarship fund

Bulldog Bucks account holders at UGA are now able to choose to donate their remaining account balance upon account closure to the Let All The Big Dawgs Eat (LATBDE) Food Scholarship Fund.

The LATBDE Food Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that awards meal plans to a number of UGA students each fall and spring semester. Created by the Office of Student Affairs, this scholarship aims to combat food insecurity and eliminate hunger among the student body at UGA.

To close out a Bulldog Bucks account, the cardholder fills out an Account Closure Request online, which is automatically submitted to and processed by the Bulldog Bucks office. When filling out the request, the cardholder can select the option to have the remaining balance donated to the LATBDE Food Scholarship Fund. 

For more information, contact the Bulldog Bucks office at 706-542-8257 or visit the office at 40 Baxter St.

10 New Forward Tees at UGA Golf Course

The University of Georgia Golf Course now features 10 new forward tees. This is an important addition that enhances the golfing experience and improves course playability for many golfers.

The United States Golf Association and the PGA of America launched the ‘Tee it Forward’ program in 2011 to “help golfers have more fun on the golf course and enhance their overall experience by playing from a set of tees best suited to their abilities”.  The new tees reduce the most forward tee location at the golf course down to 4,354 yards, which is the ideal yardage for players that hit their tee shots between 150 to 175 yards. 

The University Golf Course consistently ranks as one of the top collegiate courses in the United States due to its beauty and classic, Robert Trent Jones, Sr. championship layout.  Known for its challenging course, these new forward tees will make the course more accessible for all individuals that wish to play golf at the University of Georgia.

For more information about the forward tee installation, visit golfcourse.uga.edu or call 706-369-5739.

Faculty and Staff Payroll Deduction for Meal Plans

UGA faculty and staff can now use post-tax payroll deduction to purchase a faculty and staff meal plan with UGA Food Services.

This new service allows employees to have the cost of a 10-block meal plan automatically withdrawn from their paycheck. The 10-block meal plan allows faculty and staff to eat in any of the five dining commons: Bolton Dining Commons, Oglethorpe Dining Commons, Snelling Dining Commons, Village Summit or the Niche.

The 10-block meal plan is available to full-time, benefits eligible faculty and staff members and provides participants with cost savings. The block plan provides an 18 percent savings on the regular cost of lunch and a 40 percent savings on the regular cost of dinner.

Blocks do not expire and additional blocks can be purchased in 10-block increments. Block plans are nonrefundable. 

To purchase the plan, employees can visit the UGA Food Services website and click on the Purchase a Meal Plan button. After reaching the login page, the employee will enter his or her MyID and password. The option to purchase the plan will appear along with the option to pay using payroll deduction. The payroll deduction will be a single deduction of $98.44. The expected date of the deduction will be displayed at the time of purchase and a follow-up confirmation email will be sent.

For more information, visit foodservice.uga.edu or contact the Food Services Administration office at 706-542-7130.

Faculty and Staff Meal Plans

A newly designed meal plan allows faculty and staff to eat 10 meals in any of the five dining commons for $9.20 per meal plus tax for a total of $98.44—an 18% savings on the regular cost of lunch and a 40% savings on the regular cost of dinner. Additional blocks can be purchased in 10-block increments at any time. The blocks do not expire. Faculty and staff members can call the Food Services Administration office at 706-542-7130 or go online to purchase. 

 

Bulldog Bucks Payroll Deduction

University of Georgia faculty and staff are now able to use payroll deduction to make automatic deposits into their Bulldog Bucks account. This convenient new service offers customers full control on how money is added to their Bulldog Bucks account automatically from their paycheck each month.

Paying with a Bulldog Bucks account offers many advantages over paying for services with traditional debit and credit cards.  Bulldog Bucks is the cheapest way to pay for on-campus services such as printing and copying with no transaction, convenience or maintenance fees associated with the transaction. The funds loaded on the card will rollover from year to year with the account remaining active as long as the user uses it at least one time within a 12 month period. 

Payroll deductions can be started or stopped at any time and the amount of deduction can be changed by visiting the Bulldog Bucks Account Management site. After signing up for payroll deduction, the deduction will be taken out of the next month’s paycheck. 

For more information about payroll deduction, contact Dining Services at 706-542-8257.

GOTCHA Rides

GOTCHA Rides provide students with a safe, free, and sustainable mode of on-campus transportation during evening hours. A student-led initiative, GOTCHA cars will pick-up and drop riders off at designated spots throughout campus and provide service from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. Riders are able to request a ride by  using the GOTCHA Ride app available in the Apple and Android App store. GOTCHA cars are 100 percent electric, open air vehicles and operate only on-campus.

Mobile Ordering

"Live More. Wait Less" is the tagline for Tapingo's mobile ordering program which is available at UGA Food Services retail locations. The Tapingo app which can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play allows students to use their smartphone to place orders from on-campus restaurants such as Bulldog Cafe, Chick-fil-A Express, Red Clay Cafe and a number of eateries. Students may also use their Paw Points or Bulldog Bucks account to pay for orders. Users can set UGA as their campus locations, view participating locations, select items, and place their order. A text message notifies users when their order is ready for pickup. 

UGA Tee Time Booking

Tee times for the UGA Golf Course can now be reserved online through a new booking engine. University, alumni, and general public rates are available for reservation.

Reserve a Tee Time