Good on so many levels!

I just watched this TED talk…funny, uplifting, and definitely worth a few minutes of your time.  You’ll laugh, you’ll be inspired, and you’ll never look at a “disabled” person the same way again (talk about diversity and inclusion!).  Enjoy!

Maysoon Zayid: I got 99 problems…palsy is just one

Have you seen or read something lately that you’d like to share?  Let me know…I’d love to post more fun, relevant things on the blog!

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Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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Interview with: Jennifer Golightly, Instructional Technologist/Trainer

My latest interviewee was Jennifer Golightly:

Jennifer Golightly

Jennifer Golightly

1) What brought you to CC?

I had a full-time position as an academic trainer and consultant at Pearson eCollege from 2010-2013.  In June 2013, the University of Denver’s English Department invited me to apply to teach literature as a full-time instructor in a one-year position, so I transitioned to part-time at Pearson and began teaching English literature full time in September 2013.  In March 2014, I learned that the one-year position at DU wouldn’t be renewed, and I found out a week later that my part-time position at Pearson was eliminated in a massive reorganization.  I applied for the job at CC for lots of reasons.  I have connections to CC – I was, a long time ago, a summer start at CC and taught here in the English Department as a sabbatical replacement in March 2013 – and because I believe strongly in the liberal arts education.  The position description was a very close match to my skills, and I wanted to work at a college or university, not in a corporation.

2) How long have you worked here?

Since September 2014, so about six months.

3) Give a brief description of what it is you do here.

Primarily, I work on Canvas, both in terms of supporting faculty who are using it with trainings and creative options for expanding their use of Canvas but also in terms of working directly with Canvas on problems, bugs, and structure.  I also do some instructional tech work.

4) What’s your ITS: word (or words) and why?

Creativity.  I like finding creative solutions to problems and thinking about things in different ways.

5) Who’s your hero and why?

I’ve never really had a hero.  I admire lots of different people for different reasons.  I suppose that the eighteenth-century women I research are women I find amazing simply because they had so little opportunity and yet managed to do incredible things that I’m not sure women today would be able to do.

6) What sound or noise do you love?

I love my cats’ purring and my horse’s nickering.

7) What sound or noise to you hate?

I’m not a big fan of repetitive noises of any sort.  Alarms, that sort of thing, grate on my nerves.

8) Name one or two of your hobbies.

I used to read a lot, and I still like to pretend that I read a lot – I keep buying books with the intention of reading them, but I never seem to find the time anymore to finish entire books.  Bookstores and books relax me.  I love the smell of new books.  I also spend a lot of time at the barn with my daughter, and I have taken a few riding lessons, which I really enjoyed.

9) When others describe you, what do they say?

Oh boy.  I’m not sure I want to know.  Probably that I’m direct and not hesitant about saying what I think.  My husband says I’m impatient.

10) If you could have a super-power, what would it be?

The power to be invisible so I can listen in without anyone knowing I’m there.

11) How would you use that super-power in ITS:?

So many ways. :-)

Thanks, Jennifer, for being willing to be interviewed for the blog!  Both CC and ITS: are very lucky to have you on board!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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March 11, 2015, ITS:Division Meeting

The ITS:Division met on Wednesday, March 11, and discussed the following (please let me know if you have any corrections):

Brian provided updates:
1) He shared information from the latest Board meeting.  Please look here for the official information noted on the Board of Trustees website.
2) The campus budget committee will be meeting in April to discuss which strategic plan initiatives will be funded.  More requests came in than there is money available.
3) Everyone should be doing their self-evaluations right now.  They are due to your supervisor on March 13.  You can find the rest of the evaluation timeline here on the HR website.  Please also be looking at your position description to determine if it is still accurate.
4) Breaking ground on the new library should occur by the end of block seven or eight in 2016.  Much discussion is currently centering on how the college will function during the transition year as the current building will be closed.  The GIS Lab, Frontline Services (the Help Desk and computer receiving), tech-rich spaces (CAT Lab, digital cave, etc.), and the instructional technologists are all people/spaces/areas that will or may be in the new library.

Chad shared that he and Linda will be putting together an ITS: year-end report that will tell our story in infographic form.  Things like money saved through implementation of Papercut, number of devices connected to WiFi over the year, etc. will be included.  The report will be for distribution to the entire campus.  If you have any ideas for information that should be shared, please give them to Chad or Linda.

Chad also shared the list of names that had been received for the “Name the Network” contest currently being held.  The ITS:Partners group will meet this Thursday, March 12, to narrow the list down to the top five to ten names.  These finalists will be sent to students for a vote early in block seven.  A new name will be announced on March 30.

Chad announced the implementation of a badging system for the ITS: student workers.  They earn badges which are worth points that go toward getting a promotion and higher rate of pay.

Brian noted that Ungerboeck should be turned on as of April 1 for everyone’s use.  This software will help change our current multiple calendar and manager systems into a more streamlined system that will better coordinate campus events.  Stephanie Wurtz, director of internal communications, is leading this project.

David Ziemba shared that Loomis has all new switches and wireless access points.  There have been no complaints about the wireless network in that building since the upgrade.  Mathias and Armstrong are targeted to be updated next.  Andrew and Dan Raney went to ClearPass (network registration) training recently and they, with David Z., are now working to come up with the logic and policies for it, with implementation to occur around May 20.  The Internet2 bore has been finished (a second bore had to be started as the first one hit rock).  The conduit for the bore should be done next week.  We are still waiting on Union Pacific’s approval to complete the connection.

Individual kudos were shared.

Brian mentioned that a GoPro camera had been purchased.  Admission student tour guides will be using the camera as they give their tours (video to be posted on-line), but we can also find creative uses for it as well.  The camera will be located in the Audio Visual checkout area if there is an interest in using it for other ideas.

An offer has been made to an information security officer (ISO) candidate.  Pending the background check, the new ISO will begin on March 30.  The instructional technologist and GIS administrator searches will each be bringing in another candidate for on-campus interviews to occur the week of March 23.  The database and system administrator search committee is currently conducting phone interviews.

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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Interview with: David Ziemba, Senior Network Engineer

My latest interviewee was David Ziemba:

David Ziemba

David Ziemba

1) What brought you to CC?

I found an ad in the paper (back when everything was still in the paper) for a part-time Help Desk person.  I applied while I was still in school and got the job.

2) How long have you worked here?

Fifteen years in May (my work anniversary is May 8).

3) Give a brief description of what it is you do here.

I support the network.  I actually provide operational support by making sure all devices are connected to the resources they need.  My focus is to not only provide a stable and reliable network, but also to always consider future planning and growth.  Lately, with the network upgrade we are currently working on, I have also been doing procurement, design, and architecture.

4) What’s your ITS: word (or words) and why?

My words are Innovations and Solutions.  Innovations in that I am always looking for new things and working to make them happen.  Solutions in that I am fixing issues and working on specifics projects that need to be done.  These are two pieces to the puzzle of what I do.

5) Who’s your hero and why?

My wife.  She challenges me and pushes me to do things out of my comfort zone.  She encourages me to live more and go further with everything I do.

6) What sound or noise do you love?

Lately, I have been into binaural beats.  These are different tones that align the wavelengths of the brain and organize the brain by task.  There are different tones for different things like sleep, meditation, work, etc.  These were discovered in the 1830s, are often a part of alternative medicine, and have a strong basis in science.  It’s the scientific part of them that I find interesting.  (You can find out more here.)

7) What sound or noise do you hate?

I don’t like silence…I at least need some sort of white noise to give me a point of reference.  I also don’t like alarms or really loud things.

8) Name one or two of your hobbies.

I love to tinker with anything technology related.  I am one of those people who love to take things apart and put them back together again.  This all started at a young age…my parents tell me stories of how I used to carry around extension cords when I was about a year old.  I’d carry them around, stretch them out, and then coil them up again.

I also love to swim.  Just last week I swam 10,000 meters.  I enjoy exercising and being active, as does my wife and oldest son, Chase.  My wife and I did an indoor triathlon last fall; even Chase is interested in doing one at his age!

9) When others describe you, what do they say?

I’m not privy to what people say about me.  I do know that most people are happy to see me when I come to fix a problem.  If I had to say, I think people think I am cheerful and funny, as well as dedicated to my work.

10) If you could have a super-power, what would it be?

I thought a lot about this and the only thing I could think of would be infinite understanding.  However, to me, this would be cheating, as there would be no work involved in solving a problem.  I have always been a hard worker, and I prefer to have a challenge.  If I actually had infinite understanding, there would be no challenge.

11) How would you use that super-power in ITS:?

See question 10.

Thank you, David, for making time to be interviewed for the blog!  We are grateful to have you as an integral part of the ITS: team, as well as the Colorado College community!  Thank you for everything you do!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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Space people (actually, person) doing good work

The space people are at it again!  No, aliens have not taken over ITS:, but Randy Babb, our lead smart spaces innovator, is busy helping the Economics and Business Department plan out some new uses for their space in Palmer.

Will Wise (Facilities), Nancy Heinecke, Kristina Lybecker, Dan Johnson, and Randy Babb talk about their "space" plan!

Will Wise (Facilities), Nancy Heinecke, Kristina Lybecker, Dan Johnson, and Randy Babb talk about their “space” plan!

Thanks, Matt, for the picture!  Randy, we look forward to hearing more about this project as it progresses!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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Loomis Hall – puzzle pieces 1 and 2 are complete for the new network!

David Ziemba gave Chad and I a quick tour around Loomis Hall to see the awesome new equipment that has been installed, completing puzzle pieces 1 and 2 of the new network in that building!  (If you’re not sure what puzzle pieces 1 and 2 are, check out the network upgrade info here.)

Shiny new access point in Loomis Hall.

Shiny new access point in Loomis Hall.

Location of an old access point - rest in peace old, outdated access point!

Location of an old access point – rest in peace old, outdated access point!

David Z. explaining what Chad and I are looking at in the closet (an edge switch).

David Z. explaining what Chad and I are looking at in the closet (an edge switch).

The edge switch in the closet of Loomis.

The edge switch in the closet of Loomis.

The new distribution swtich in the Loomis data center with loads of fiber optic connections (orange is 1 GB and yellow is 10 GB).

The new distribution switch in the Loomis data center with loads of fiber optic connections (orange is 1 GB and yellow is 10 GB).

A close-up of the distribution switch.

A close-up of the distribution switch.

It was great to get to see the progress in Loomis and know that this is the first step of many to upgrade the network on campus.  Progress is a wonderful thing!

Thanks for the tour and explanations of what we were looking at, David Z., and thanks, Chad, for helping me to further understand what I was seeing!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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ITS: is officially over a year old!

Did you know that it has been over a year since Information Technology Services was officially re-branded as ITS:?  It was the end of January 2014 when the change was announced to the division and by all accounts, the new name, look, and feel has been a success with our campus colleagues!

What do you think?  Has ITS: been a success?  Is your word still working for you?  Have you changed your word since this began last year?  What could we as a division be doing even better as ITS:?

ITS button

 

 

ITS:A work in progress; ITS:A group of smart, hardworking, caring people; ITS:Awesome!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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Baby T is everywhere!

Baby T is everywhere…today, he was caught intently watching the presentation from the Information Security Officer candidate.  You just never know where you’ll see him next!

Everyone has their eyes on Information Security Officer candidate Tom Conley's presentation, including Baby T!

Everyone has their eyes on Information Security Officer candidate Tom Conley’s presentation, including Baby T!

Information security really IS important!

Thanks, Dave A., for the photo!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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Brocade Office visit on January 23, 2015

Roving reporter Chad Schonewill submitted the following from his visit to the Broomfield, CO, Brocade Office on January 23:

Vish, David Z., Andrew, and Chad took a day trip to the Brocade Office in Broomfield and toured the offices there, focusing on viewing the lab setups that CC can utilize for testing Brocade equipment.  Vish asked the Brocade folks if some Aruba gear could be added to their lab and they agreed to get that set up for us.  Soon, we’ll be able to test both the Brocade and Aruba gear in a nearby location…very exciting!

Brocade also showed the group a “mobile lab” setup in a small cart which was very interesting.  The whole group also discussed CC’s network design and made a few live tweaks to it, as well as did some hands-on work with the test equipment in the same hardware line that the college is purchasing.  All-in-all, it was a productive visit.

Andy Olson (Red Sky, our Brocade partners), Todd Knauf (Brocade), Andrew, Vish, Chad, Kevin Englemann (Brocade), and David Z. take a break to commemorate their first visit to the Broomfield Brocade location.

Andy Olson (Red Sky, our Brocade partners), Todd Knauf (Brocade), Andrew, Vish, Chad, Kevin Englemann (Brocade), and David Z. take a break to commemorate their first visit to the Broomfield Brocade location.

Brocade mobile lab.

Brocade mobile lab.

Thank you, Chad, for your report and pictures; thank you, David Z., for the added commentary!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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Welcome back everyone!

Welcome back to work everyone!  I know it is already the second week of half-block, but as I haven’t had a chance to see all of you yet, I’m saying welcome back and of course Happy New Year!  I hope you all had wonderful break and that you spent the time doing whatever makes you happiest!

Jim Schulz shared with me a wonderful picture from the holiday luncheon, and I wanted to share it with you here:

The gang's all (almost!) here!

The gang’s all (almost!) here!

I know it shows up a bit small here, so if you’d like to see the bigger version, let me know, and I can share it with you.  It looks like everyone was having a good time!  Thanks for the photo, Jim!

Best wishes to everyone for a marvelous 2015…let’s make it our best year yet!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
Respectfully submitted,
Linda Petro

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