The ITS:Division meet on Thursday, July 16, 2015, and discussed the following (please let me know if you have any updates/changes):
Matt introduced new employees Beth Scaffidi (GIS Administrator, started May 1) and Danna Duncan (Instructional Technologist, started June 1). Welcome Beth and Danna…we are glad you are here!
Individual kudos were shared.
Linda stated that search committee had completed interviews for the database and system administrator position. Vish, with help from Human Resources, was determining next steps in the search process based on the recommendation from the committee.
Brian discussed the top evaluation ranking category and why the number of employees receiving that ranking were higher than what was originally anticipated. While the administrative side of the college fell well within expectations with around 4.8% of administrative employees receiving the top ranking, the academic side was higher. This was due to the academic departments having a reduced understanding of how the new ranking system works; further clarifications will be made so that next year both academic and administrative departments are more closely aligned.
Brian also discussed the IT governance model that he and others are slowly implementing. The model includes four key components: an executive committee (the president’s cabinet serves this capacity), the Administrative Systems Advisory Committee (already formed; reviews projects from the Enterprise Technology team; Vish serves on this committee), a committee focused on innovations and academics (made up of mostly faculty; Matt will serve on this committee), and a committee focused on Frontline/customer/student needs (Joseph will serve on this committee). These committees will review projects, as well as funding for those projects, to help determine priorities and needs for their respective groups. This will help provide transparency to the college on the work being done, as well as spending with regard to that work.
Brian informed the division that in response to feedback from the campus to increase events and audio/visual customer service, he has asked Sean to serve a lead role with events and audio/visual management. He will still be a part of the Innovative Technology team. In addition to working on a plan to increase customer service, Sean will play a part in setting up Ungerboeck (the new campus-wide calendar reservation system) and filling the vacancy left by Mike Smargie’s retirement.
Brian provided an update on upcoming moves and space on campus. The folks located in Barnes will be moving, although there is no rush to do so. Currently, this move is slated for mid-October but may change if needed. The data center in Barnes will not be moving. Eric moving to the Sunflower building is also part of this planned move. The biggest space concern on campus right now is where those working in the library will be located during the remodel. Every possible space will be used to accommodate these folks, even if it means mixing them in with other departments. Brian gave a brief update on the library renovation and showed the group schematics on how the spaces on each floor will flow and be used, including the ITS: spaces located on the first floor.
David Ziemba stated that the implementation of ClearPass authentication was a success and thanked everyone who was involved in the process of testing and rolling it out. Also, the recent roll-out of WiOfTheTiger was successful. Please remember that while WiOfTheTiger is now active, it is running on old equipment in many places across campus. Be sure to check out the network upgrade website to see the progress of new equipment installation. Seventy percent of the wired closets and 20% of the wireless access points have been deployed across campus. The Internet2 bore has been approved by all departments at the railroad and will be proceeding soon.
ITS:Always fun, never boring