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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Duluth updates (July 2018)

Phase 1 of the first floor of Darland refresh project starts on Monday, July 23. Look for new lighting and a new ceiling in the coming weeks.

Staffing update
Natasha Mykkanen, the Office of the Registrar’s new athletic and academic records coordinator, began June 25. Welcome, Natasha.

Eleanor's update (July 2018)

It's summer and the heat is on, figuratively and literally! What a busy time for everyone.

We’re wrapping up the past fiscal year, setting up tuition figures and preparing award packages, testing new applications, delivering diplomas, working to make sure fall enrollment goes well, and so much more. We have also closed the CS PS 9.2 Upgrade project and begun work to implement uAchieve (more details below). Before we know it, fall term will be here!

Sue's update (July 2018)

Financial aid packages are running and notifications are ready to be sent out—oh my. It means summer is almost over for all of us. Congratulations to all of you on the closing of the 9.2 Campus Solutions Upgrade project. What a success and a terrific job by all. We are so lucky to have staff who focus on students and their experiences at this institution.

I attended the AACRAO Transfer and Technology conference and the University of Minnesota was well represented in presentations and knowledge-sharing. Several schools congratulated us on our accomplishments and asked how we keep moving forward with our initiatives. It really makes me appreciate the great work we do. Congratulations!

A few additional updates:
  • NameCoach is a student-recorded name pronunciation software. I am trying to purchase this for the system. It is currently sitting with the General Counsel’s office. There isn’t an implementation plan. However, attaching it to Canvas would be the first goal. I’ll keep you posted.
  • We have Unizin because of Canvas. The University is looking to provide additional data from Canvas and our SIS (Student Information System) to Unizin. This initiative is spearheaded by the library, information technology, and provost.
  • With President Kaler stepping down next year, it will bring uncertainty in the administration. ASR plans to stay focused on student success and the student experience.

Planned system upgrades—Perceptive Content, MyU

Beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 through Sunday, July 22 at noon, Perceptive Content (formerly ImageNow) will be unavailable to users while technicians perform a system upgrade to help maintain system stability and enable vendor support. The update will have a small number of changes that should not impact end users.

Due to a planned software update the weekend of July 21-22, some MyU features will be unavailable from noon Saturday through noon Sunday. During that time, users will not be able to access the My Time, My Pay, My Info, My Benefits, and Manager Info tabs.

Give feedback for online meeting tool

The Online Meeting Tool fCoP invited the University community to participate in three vendor demonstrations that took place in June. These demonstrations explored web conferencing options, as our contract with our current provider, WebEx, is due to expire within the year.

The demonstrations were recorded and you are encouraged to provide feedback via the survey links:

Board of Regents meeting and retreat

President Kaler’s recommended FY19 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) annual budget for tuition l was approved after a general flurry of last minute discussion. The Board of Regents will meet next on September 13-14.

CS PS 9.2 Upgrade Project Phase II Wrap Up

On July 11, participants in the CS PS 9.2 Upgrade project were invited to gather for a wrap up event to recognize the work accomplished over the last two and half years and celebrate the end of the project. Here is the presentation shared at the event, along with some fun project-related trivia.