Baby T takes over New Orleans

Vish, Liz, and Jim S. traveled to New Orleans last week to participate in the Ellucian conference, and Jim S. got some great pictures of Baby T enjoying himself on the trip (does Mama T know about this?!):

Overlooking Bourbon Street.

Overlooking Bourbon Street.

Eye of the tiger indeed...Baby T has his eye on the alligator.  Thankfully the alligator can't make a meal of Baby T!

Eye of the tiger indeed!  Thankfully the alligator can’t make a meal of Baby T!

 

"I wonder of Mama T would like this dress?"

“I miss Mama T!”

"Wow...I can see ALL of your cavities from here!"

“Wow…I can see ALL of your cavities from here!”

Looks like Baby T really got around on this trip…I wonder if he slept through all of the Banner information sessions so he could stay up late having fun?!

Thanks Jim S. for the pictures!

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

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Taking New Orleans by storm (with a little help from the minions)

Roving reporter Vish Paradkar had this to say about the Ellucian conference in New Orleans::

“It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s raining, but I love this city!  I’m really enjoying (and benefiting) from this Ellucian conference.”

It’s obvious he and Liz are enjoying themselves; perhaps they will bring home minions to help with all of the Banner work that needs to be done!

Liz and Vish taking time to enjoy New Orleans after the conference sessions were over.

Liz and Vish taking time to enjoy New Orleans after the conference sessions were over.

Thank you, Vish, for the report and for the photo!

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

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What’s the Big Idea?

The Big Idea student innovation and entrepreneurship pitch competition was held yesterday in the Celeste Theater of the Cornerstone Arts Center.  While I didn’t get to see the entire competition, the two student group presentations I did see were quite impressive.  All of the pitches featured a strong component of technology whether it revolved around app development, a mobile phone charger, or social media (and much, much more!).  Check out the winners of this year’s competition here.  You can find out more about the competition itself here.

So why does this matter to us in ITS:?  Because this is where you get to see the students at work and the ideas the students are coming up with for the future.  It also underlines how important our learning network is to supporting their idea generation and follow-through (and of course…much, much more!).  If you didn’t go see this year’s competition, I highly recommend you go next year.  You’ll be inspired by the great thinking and entrepreneurial spirit of our students.

Patrick Bultema, executive director of the Innovation Institute, explains what The Big Idea is to the crowd, as the panel of judges looks on.

Patrick Bultema, executive director of the Innovation Institute, explains what The Big Idea is to the crowd, as the panel of judges looks on.

I’m pleased to announce that Patrick Bultema will be speaking at our next division meeting (meeting request will be sent soon), so you’ll have an opportunity to ask him more about The Big Idea, as well as the other programs and events the Innovation Institute supports.

Thanks, Jim Schulz, for the photo!

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

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April Fool’s fun

Someone got a little creative with Jeff Black’s workstation for April Fool’s Day last week…

The workstation formerly known as Jeff's desk

The workstation formerly known as Jeff’s desk

I don’t believe Jeff appreciated the efforts of the artist too much.  :-)  I hope it wasn’t too hard to put back together properly, Jeff!

Thanks for the photo, Chad!

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

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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!

ITS:Always fun, never boring
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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