The division met on Friday, October 31, and discussed the following:
Individual kudos were shared. Brian also thanked the group for their great performance over the past weeks and stated that while we have had failures, they have not been the same ones over and over. We are learning and improving each time!
David Ziemba provided a network upgrade update, stating that Loomis Hall would be upgraded first as a trial for the new system, we are in the final negotiations with the wireless and wired companies, and that we have recently joined the Front Range GigaPop consortium.
Matt provided a Canvas update, stating that the transfer to Canvas is going well, Jennifer Golightly was hired as the new LMS Instructional Technologist, and Jennifer’s training sessions during the first block break were successful. Jennifer noted that Canvas currently has 216 courses, and she is working on transferring the tenure review process into Canvas.
Jeff provided an Office 365 update, stating that 5,109 mailboxes were now in the cloud, most academic departments have been moved, and the goal of having all mailboxes converted by the winter break should be accomplished.
Vish provided a single sign-in update, stating that the effort to roll out the new system was a great collaborative effort across teams and difficulties were quickly rectified upon its release. Password reset for more functionality and revised Banner buttons will be added sometime in November. The team will begin to work on adding Summit and the library system to single sign-in in the spring.
Matt provided an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) update, stating that the two copters and one plane they have are currently grounded. An NSF grant is being pursued to purchase a larger UAV, community outreach regarding the project is underway, and an independent study is going on right now regarding best practices.
Chad provided a Managed Print/PaperCut update, stating that although the initial roll-out of PaperCut was rocky, there are currently no known issues with the system. PaperCut saved 77 reams of paper from being printed in block two. Further environmental and cost-savings information for PaperCut will be provided soon.
Linda provided a retreat update, stating that the two new assessments need to be completed by November 7, and the retreat on November 20 is scheduled to begin at 10:00. More details regarding place and specific agenda will follow soon. Linda will also be creating a document that shows the summary of the Strengths Finders and Kolbe assessments for everyone in one place.
The group discussed the meeting manual. The document will be altered based on the conversation and shared with the group soon.
The idea of a braintrust, or feedback system (defined in the book, Creativity, Inc.), was discussed. ITS: will brainstorm possible braintrust ideas and test the system on those ideas, sharing the results with the group.
Brian noted that the Molecular Biology Department has expressed an interest in having the ITS: space in Barnes. No one will be moving from Barnes until we have an appropriate space for those ITS: people to move to. He also mentioned that the Innovation Institute is located in the Morreale Carriage House and has hired a program manager. While the Innovation Institute is not part of ITS:, the director, Patrick Bultema, does report to Brian.
To celebrate the holiday, anyone who arrived in any sort of costume was awarded a prize. I gave out a lot of prizes that day for some really great costumes!
Chad “The Cat” Schonewill
What a devilishly clever costume, Jennifer!
Leo (Rorschach from the Watchmen) and Weston (Emmet from The Lego Movie) talk about how “everything is awesome” in ITS:.
Dan, is that you? I didn’t recognize you with that mustache!
Jim as Captain Jack Sparrow. I can tell he is up to no good!
Vish made me “Scream” in terror!
The 1980s version of Dave Armstrong…you’re looking totally radical, Dave!
I think Rossie has a particular treat in mind…can you guess what it is?!
I wonder if Liz yells “Boo-ya!” when Joseph scores a goal?!
I swear…Manuel’s always horsing around. Can’t he be more serious?!
Yep, I am always having to add some color wherever I go.
The gang’s all here!
Thanks to everyone who provided updates and participated in the meeting. A special thanks to all of you who shared the “spirit” of the holiday with your costumes…you all looked marvelous!
ITS:Always fun, never boring