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Stories from March 2017


  • Brand new look and feel for CIS coming June 10, 2017

    Get excited: the online application you use to access everything from your paycheck to your class schedule is finally getting a new look.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • UIT bids farewell to NCI's Amber Angell

    Amber Angell has been part of the University Information Technology (UIT) team for five years. Her smile and willingness to tackle whatever she is assigned have made our organization a better place. It is with regret that I announce Amber's last day with UIT and the University is March 30, 2017.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • UIT Talks town hall program gets underway

    UIT kicked off a new semi-regular town hall program "UIT Talks" in March. The short, 30-minute events are designed to provide information and dialog opportunities for the University of Utah community regarding UIT initiatives, projects, and service.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • PMO News: ServiceNow selected as UIT's project management tool

    We're pleased to announce that after a careful review and analysis of several project management tools, including Planview, Jira, Basecamp, and ServiceNow, we've selected ServiceNow as UIT's project management tool.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Meet Your Colleagues: TLT Video Services Team

    Experts at being inconspicuous, you might not realize that the Video Services Team in UIT’s Teaching & Learning Technologies records, on average, 15 classes each school day, and over the past two academic years has filmed and edited about 1,500 short video “modules” for UOnline courses.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Network News: SolarWinds helps UIT stay on top of system performance

    The U's Network Operations Center (NOC) receives real-time metrics on the status of University applications from campus, clinical and external locations, which can be viewed on a SolarWinds-powered Health Summary Dashboard.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • CHPC receives NSF grant totaling close to $1.5M

    The National Science Foundation recently awarded the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) -- the research computing arm of UIT -- a 3-year, $1,497,820 CyberTeam grant in collaboration with the University of Colorado at Boulder (CUB) and Colorado State University (CSU).

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • U community: IT research resources are at your fingertips

    UIT contracts with several top-tier, IT-related research groups to give members of the University of Utah community complimentary access to privileged research, professional development and other opportunities via campus memberships and/or subscriptions.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Governance roundup

    The Architecture & New Technology Committee (ANTC) met on February 27, the Teaching & Learning Portfolio met on March 7, and the Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC) met on March 21.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • MATLAB: latest release available for download

    The latest version of MATLAB - R2017a - has been released and includes a number of new features. Remember, the MATLAB Total Academic Headcount (TAH) Academic Annual License is available to students, faculty, and staff.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • New campus license for LabArchives

    The University of Utah recently signed a campus-wide agreement with LabArchives, which provides the U community with free cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELNs).

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • Kudos & Congratulations

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

  • USS's Leduc returns to Donizetti's "Lucia" for fourth time

    What all opera lovers have in common is, well, the moment they fell in love. For Nelson Leduc, software engineer in UIT's University Support Services' HR/Auxiliary Team, that moment came at age 33. He was considering auditioning for a local opera and figured, “I ought to go and see what I’m getting into."

    Published: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Stories from February 2017


  • Barb Iannucci named Associate Director of USS Content & Usability

    UIT is pleased to announce that Barb Iannucci has been promoted to Associate Director of Content & Usability for UIT University Support Services (USS).

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Meet Your Colleagues: Campus Telephone Operators

    The first encounter many people have at the University is a friendly voice at the other end of the phone. Sometimes it’s a prospective student, vendor, Ute sports fan or theater enthusiast with a directory or campus question – other times, it’s a parent worried about a hard-to-reach student.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Tower Deli: Serving up fast, fresh food from local vendors

    Hungry? If you work at 102 Tower, you’re in the right place. The Tower Deli, located in the lobby, is open to meet your breakfast, lunch and anytime snack needs from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • USS engineer’s app processes $125 million in transactions since go-live

    Marc Thompson is an ideas man – he’s always thinking up ways to improve the processes of the University. So it’s no surprise that when the U needed a campus-wide solution for credit card processing, Thompson was ready.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • 102 Tower Open House

    On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, University Information Technology and University of Utah Health Sciences will host an open house at 102 Tower, the new downtown location for a number of University departments.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Network News: Infoblox improves IP management, shores up security

    To get a better handle on available IP space across all devices, stabilize the University's IP address management environment and open up disaster recovery options, UIT’s network team deployed Infoblox.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Student technology survey informs funding, TLT to explore lab use

    Jon Thomas, director of UIT's Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), will lead a working group to better align the investment in computer labs with student needs.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Governance roundup for February

    The Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) met on January 21, 2017, and the Teaching and Learning Portfolio met on January 31, 2017.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Kudos & Congratulations

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

  • Never say never: Singer-songwriter's road leads back to Utah

    Levi Conner’s lyrics in “Never Coming Back” unfold like an old roadmap – dog-eared, thumbed through, loose at the seams.

    Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Stories from January 2017


  • Tabernacle to Carnegie Hall: The musical journey of USS’s Carter

    Utah Voices left obscurity behind the moment it stepped off the stage at the Lincoln Center of Performing Arts in 2011. "We felt honored to be there," said Gary Carter, Associate Director of Enterprise Resource Planning, who also sings in the community choir.

    Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Meet Your Colleagues: ISO Security Assurance

    Guarding against thousands of cyber attacks each week keeps Colby Gray, Security Assurance Manager in UIT's Information Security Office, and his dedicated team of security analysts busy.

    Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Network News: Firewall replacement completed

    With an ever-growing student population, a huge increase in mobile devices, and an increase in medical devices on campus, it's critical that the University is equipped to meet current and future growth.

    Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Special guests to visit 102 Tower

    On January 24, 2017, employees in 102 Tower will be treated to distinguished visitors in the building

    Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Governance roundup for January

    The Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC) met on January 17. The Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) will meet on January 23, and the Teaching & Learning Portfolio will meet on January 31.

    Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • UIT preparations promote successful start of spring 2017

    Welcome back, students and faculty! UIT has been hard at work to ensure a smooth start to the spring 2017 semester.

    Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

  • Kudos & Congratulations - January 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Stories from December 2016


  • Photos: 2016 UIT Holiday Party

    The annual University Information Technology (UIT) holiday party was held on Tuesday, December 13.

    Published: Friday, December 16, 2016

  • Network News: Campus Backbone cutover is complete

    On November 30, 2016, UIT switched off the old Campus Network Backbone (CNB), marking the end of a major undertaking to move all campus and hospital buildings over to new network backbone equipment.

    Published: Friday, December 16, 2016

  • PMO News: Happy Holidays!

    On behalf of the entire UIT Project Management Office, we'd like to wish you a wonderful holiday season.

    Published: Friday, December 16, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - December 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Friday, December 16, 2016

  • Governance roundup for December

    No governance committees met during the month of December. All three committees are scheduled to meet in January.

    Published: Friday, December 16, 2016

Stories from November 2016


  • Sneak peek at new IT Service Catalog; Go-live December 13, 2016

    On December 13, 2016, users of the University’s IT Service Catalog will notice a new interface.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • 102 Tower update: UIT/ITS 4th floor move-in

    Members of UIT and ITS help desk and infrastructure groups arrived for their first day of work on the fourth floor of the 102 Tower building on November 21, 2016.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • UIT veterans on how military service informed their civilian careers

    On November 11, 2016, a series of Veterans Day events on campus honored U.S. military veterans — including more than 1,100 veterans enrolled or working as faculty and staff.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Network News: New website is live

    It's safe to say that the university's network operations team is one of the busiest groups on campus - and that’s why we've decided to launch a new website to provide a channel for communicating network news.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Meet Your Colleagues: USS Quality Assurance

    Think of Quality Assurance (QA) in UIT’s University Support Services (USS) as gatekeepers. They ensure that every software application or system developed for students, staff and faculty is customer-ready prior to release.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Guest column: Takeaways from the 2016 Gartner Symposium

    Each year in October I have the opportunity to attend Gartner’s annual symposium. Gartner brings together their best analysts who specialize on specific aspects of IT and provide education on just about every aspect of IT you can imagine.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Photos: UIT & ITS Halloween Party

    Each year, the Information Technology Services (ITS) and University Information Technology (UIT) employees in 585 and 650 Komas make it a point to have a fun and festive Halloween - and this year was no different.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • CHPC again reps the U at Supercomputing 2016

    CHPC once again represented the U at the 2016 Supercomputing Conference, an international gathering for people working with high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Credit card card processing app saves the U time and money

    UIT's University Support Services (USS) recently deployed a single University Credit Card Processing (UCCP) application for online transactions that's expected to save significant money and administrative effort.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • PMO News: 3.5 Steps to Effective Risk Management

    In project meetings we unknowingly discuss risk, in the context of “what-ifs?” The project team may not realize these risk factors, so they are not assessed or managed until the risk occurs.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Governance roundup for November

    The Teaching and Learning Portfolio met on November 1, and the Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC) met on November 15.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - November 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

  • TLT employees find friends and more on kickball team

    What are you doing this winter to stay active? Why not join a sports league and play with your fellow TLT colleagues, Jake Dahdah and Pete Hemingway?

    Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Stories from October 2016


  • Meet Sangjae Park: pro gamer, computer scientist, and film buff

    Gaming, computer science, films, and fine art: these are just a few of Sangjae Park’s favorite things – with video games topping out the list.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • PMO News: New website is live

    Since the Project Management Office officially formed in March, we’ve been busy. So maybe that’s an understatement; we have so much going on right now!

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • 102 Tower: update and photos

    Progress continues on the new building where most UIT and ITS staff will be moving by the end of the calendar year. Furniture started to arrive in September and is being installed on the second floor.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • "A chance to make friends": UIT colleagues coach Special Olympics team

    You've practiced the shot 200 times. Now it's game time, it counts, and your teammate just dished you the basketball. You square up to shoot, the ball is on target … nothing but net.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Guest column: Developing a holistic web strategy for the U

    How many smart and talented people does it take to develop a holistic web strategy? Apparently, twenty-five. At least that’s how many answered the call in September.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • All-Hands Meeting photos and roundup

    The UIT All-Hands Meeting kicked off on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 with Chief Information Officer Steve Hess discussing UIT and campus strategic plans.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Staff members rep UIT at Employee Appreciation Day

    UIT staff members took a break from the office on Thursday, September 29, 2016 to attend this year’s Employee Appreciation Day (EAD) at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Governance roundup for October

    The Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) met on September 26 and October 24, and the Teaching and Learning Portfolio met on October 5.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Meet Your Colleagues: Voice Systems Engineers

    Behind every workplace technology is a team of unsung engineers making it seamless, day in and out – like the Voice Systems Engineers in UIT’s Unified Communications.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • IT Exchange: Team-building over tech topics

    There was a time when collaboration meant board rooms with whiteboards and donuts, if you were lucky. Today it often means collaboration technology.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • ITX Group discusses computing resources in and outside of CHPC

    The recent IT Exchange (ITX) group meeting focused on the variety of resources available from UIT's Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), in addition to regional and national resources for research computing support.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • #NCSAM is almost over. What did we learn?

    Each year, University Information Technology (UIT) participates in National Cyber Security Awareness Month - a collaborative effort to teach students, staff, and faculty how to keep their online lives safe and secure.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • 2016-17 Kevin Taylor Service Award winner and nominees

    Congratulations to Shellie Eide, University Support Services, for winning this year's Kevin Taylor Service Award!

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - October 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • 2FA requirement coming December 28, 2016

    Higher education and health care institutions have long been a stomping ground for malicious hackers, and the U is a frequent target of phishing attempts and cyber threats intent on harvesting credentials.

    Published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Stories from September 2016


  • 102 Tower: update and photos

    Progress continues on the new building where most UIT and ITS staff will be moving by the end of the calendar year.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • 102 Tower commute: Let’s talk TRAX

    Plenty of perks await UIT/ITS employees moving to 102 Tower this fall: new office spaces, high ceilings, and abundant dining options, for starters.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Meet your colleagues: Finance & Inventory

    UIT's Finance Department, led by Director/Chief Financial Officer Lisa Kuhn, plans and manages the financial activities in UIT and the Utah Education Network (UEN).

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Network connection agreement further improves U security

    After weeks of writing, revising, and polishing, the University of Utah now has an official network connection agreement in place for all departments thanks to the collaborative effort of IT Professionals across campus, along with the approval of both IT governance committees.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Guest column: Take charge of your communication tech

    We're all really, really busy. There’s an endless stream of emails, texts, phone calls and voicemails bombarding us, and we’re tethered to our communication technologies all day, every day.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Governance roundup for September

    The Teaching and Learning Portfolio met on September 7, and the Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC) met on September 20.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    For the third year in a row, UIT will be participating in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, a nationwide effort sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Photos: Dan Bowden farewell reception

    On Monday August 29, 2016, colleagues from across the University of Utah and the broader Utah community joined together to wish Dan Bowden, former CISO, a fond farewell.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - September 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Corey Roach named Interim CISO

    UIT is pleased to announce that Corey Roach has been named Interim Chief Information Security Officer effective Thursday, September 1, 2016.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • ISO's Udy and TreeUtah: Part of a reforestation revolution

    Thick stands of trees line state highway 210, giving way to overlooks of rippling streams and craggy peaks. At first glance, you'd never know that Alta – Little Cottonwood Canyon's northernmost community – was home to two mining booms.

    Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Stories from August 2016


  • UIT start of school preparations

    To ensure a smooth start to Fall Semester, UIT staff have been busy fulfilling IT infrastructure needs, expanding campus wireless coverage, and testing load capacity for critical campus services, among other things.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • UIT’s Sallay invited to White House as Make Salt Lake rep

    One moment UIT’s Beth Sallay is elected president of Make Salt Lake, the next, she's invited to the President's house.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Outgoing CISO reflects on his time at the U

    After serving three years as the University’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Dan Bowden will be departing the U in September and moving to Virginia Beach, VA to take on the role as vice president and CISO for Sentara Healthcare.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • UIT groups: what can StratComm do for you?

    If you work for University Information Technology (UIT) and need help communicating what your department is up to, you’re in luck: you have a team of professional writers ready to help with all your communication needs.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Play ball! USS hits the diamond for some sun and softball fun

    University Support Services (USS) needed a cure for the summertime blues – a season marked by longing looks out office windows (in short supply for USS staff in their current locations).

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Jeff Patton: Making UIT product managers more "customer-centric"

    Jeff Patton wants UIT product managers to be more like doctors and less like waiters.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Two UIT employees nominated for staff excellence award

    UIT extends a warm congratulations to two employees, Jeanne Krogen and Trevor Long, who were both nominated for the University of Utah 2016 Administration District Staff Excellence Award.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • UBenefits process continues to go paperless

    When new University employees apply for benefits, they’re still responsible for filling out and delivering a small number of paper forms – a practice that University Support Services (USS) has been working towards phasing out.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • ServiceNow mobile app available for iOS, Android

    One of the robust features of the new iteration of ServiceNow is its native mobile application.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • For Quality Assurance and Engineering, collaboration is key

    Quick – think of a product that was developed without software. Not so easy, is it?

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Governance roundup for August

    The Teaching and Learning Portfolio met on August 4, and the Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) met on August 15.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - August 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  • 102 Tower: update and photos

    On Tuesday August 9, some UIT and ITS staff had the opportunity to tour the new building where most of the two organizations will be moving in just a few months

    Published: Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Stories from July 2016


  • Kevin Taylor Service Award nominations now open

    Nominations are now open for the 2016-17 Kevin Taylor Memorial Service Award, established in 2014 to recognize superior service and ongoing contributions by UIT employees.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Retirement reception for Corey Pedersen

    More than 60 people joined Corey Pedersen on June 30 at the Pierre Lassonde House for a retirement reception celebrating his 36 years of dedicated service to the University.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Common UIT/ITS service management platform is live

    An enhanced version of ServiceNow – the common service management platform used by University Information Technology (UIT) and Information Technology Services (ITS) staff – went live on July 9.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Campus-wide physical wireless survey: an update

    In May 2016, University Information Technology contracted with a consultant to begin a huge endeavor: a physical wireless survey of over 200 buildings across campus.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Users activate 486 Microsoft courses

    Since UIT's Office of Software Licensing (OSL) launched access to Microsoft Online Learning courses in January 2016, users have retrieved access codes and activated 486 courses.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • U security experts address Pokémon GO concerns

    Is Pokémon GO all fun and games? Fun, certainly, but before you download the popular augmented reality game, UIT security experts advise gamers to take a step back and weigh the risks.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Governance roundup for July

    Highlights of recent IT governance committee meetings - Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) and Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC).

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - July 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

  • Finding freedom in expression: the stunning artwork of Cindy Hanson

    Cindy Hanson, executive secretary for Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), has always had artistic talent, having grown up drawing and studying graphic design as early as middle school.

    Published: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Stories from June 2016


  • Two strategic IT plans, one mission

    On May 23 and 25, Chief Information Officer Steve Hess presented two strategic IT plans - one for UIT, and one for campus - to the two IT governance committees.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Carter hired as Associate Director of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

    UIT’s leadership team is pleased to announce that Gary Carter was hired in May as Associate Director of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in University Support Services (USS), reporting to Deputy CIO Ken Pink.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Enterprise Process Team: Helping you work smarter, not harder

    Their job is to make your job easier. UIT’s Enterprise Process Team is called on when a client faces new regulations, or senses problems or friction in getting their work done.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Photos: UIT / ITS Summer Party

    On June 2, University Information Technology and Information Technology Services came together for an afternoon of food and fun at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • CHPC's Janet Ellingson retires after 20 years

    For nearly 20 years, Janet Ellingson worked and taught at the University of Utah. She holds a Ph.D. in History and taught in the U's Department of History from 1998 - 2009.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Two-factor authentication widely available for some U web services

    University students, staff and faculty can now opt in to use Duo two-factor authentication (2FA). This extra layer of security helps protect users by ensuring they can safely sign in to applications or websites that run behind the University’s Central Authentication Service (CAS).

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • OSL launches new online learning website

    On June 9, UIT’s Office of Software Licensing (OSL) launched an Online Learning Opportunities website. he new site features online skill-development resources related to products that eligible University students, staff, faculty and staff can access free-of-charge from OSL's software web store.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Marriott Library mobile hotspot program extended

    A three-month mobile Wi-Fi pilot program has been approved for an additional year, financed by student computing fees that are allocated by the Teaching and Learning Portfolio.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • ITP Board welcomes newest member, Jeff Folsom

    In May, the IT Professionals Board held an election to choose three nominees to join or re-join the board. Two members were reelected (Holly Christmas and Steve Harper), and a new member was chosen: Jeff Folsom.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Governance roundup for May

    Highlights of recent IT governance committee meetings - Architecture and New Technology Committee (ANTC) and Strategic Information Technology Committee (SITC).

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - June 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

  • Anime-niacs: Mom & daughter go on convention adventures

    Utah is the kind of place where Jasmine Haywood’s love of anime makes her fit in more than stand out.

    Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stories from May 2016


  • UIT’s Lovett inspires daughter to share recovery story

    Finkbiner had a good job and owned a condo, but when she started buying drugs off the street, she couldn’t fool her mother – Jan Lovett, IT product manager in UIT’s University Support Services.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • UIT has successful fiscal year, looks to improve in FY17

    It’s been a busy 12 months for University Information Technology (UIT). The past fiscal year (FY16) showed a whole lot of wins for the organization, and, ultimately, the University of Utah.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Photos: 102 Tower tour

    On Friday, April 29, 2016, UIT staff had the opportunity to tour the new building where most of the organization will be moving to later this year.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Simpson named Director of Enterprise Student Systems

    UIT’s leadership team is pleased to announce that Mark Simpson has been named Director of Enterprise Student Systems in University Support Services.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Hawkins takes on new role over PeopleSoft Finance

    UIT is pleased to announce that effective immediately Marv Hawkins, University Support Services (USS) Associate Director for Product Management, will be taking on a new role over PeopleSoft Finance.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • OSL: Getting U the best software deals

    UIT’s Office of Software Licensing (OSL) negotiates with vendors to make software available to the U community for discounted rates or, in many cases, free-of-charge to end-users. Many software products are licensed and distributed through OSL’s software web store.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Domain consolidation, other IAM projects moving forward

    UIT’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) team continues to expand the footprint of central Active Directory (AD) systems. AD is the directory service developed by Microsoft that automates network management of user data, security, and distributed resources.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • UIT begins campus-wide physical wireless survey

    If you happen to see strangers walking around your building with scanning equipment in the coming weeks, there’s no need to worry – it’s simply part of the campus-wide physical wireless survey UIT is conducting in the month of May.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Software helps IAM tighten onboarding and app security

    UIT’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) group has found a vendor solution for managing account lifecycles and passwords, access control, and onboarding new University employees, students, and affiliates.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - May 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

  • UIT/ITS summer party details

    Believe it or not, summer is almost here - and so is the 2016 UIT/ITS Summer Party! On Thursday June 2, 2016, all University Information Technology (UIT) and Information Technology Services (ITS) employees are invited to come together for an afternoon of food and fun at the Natural History Museum of Utah.

    Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Stories from April 2016


  • Livingston: “There’s not a single problem we can’t solve together”

    The IT Professionals meeting on Wednesday, April 6 kicked off with Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Jim Livingston giving an informal talk on the need for collaboration.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • Majority of UIT moving to one building later this year

    The lease has been signed, and now it’s official: University Information Technology (UIT) will reside under a new roof later this year. Due to a number of factors, not everyone will be moving – but it’s a huge step towards reducing silos and increasing collaboration between UIT departments.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • Brinton talks details for new UIT Project Management Office

    UIT's newly formed Project Management Office (PMO), led by Associate Director Jill Brinton, is well underway to becoming a vital resource for large-scale UIT projects.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • IT governance roundup for March 2016

    The Teaching and Learning Portfolio voted in members of the Learning Spaces Task Force, details on the new governance groups kickoff, and more.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • Moeller gives update on PeopleSoft upgrades

    For the past 18 months, the University Support Services (USS) group has been playing catch-up with PeopleSoft and its many required upgrades – but they’re finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • David Kosanke retirement party

    David Kosanke started out as a telephone installer in March 1991, and the majority of his time at the University has been spent managing the Physical Plant which includes telephones, cable, and fiber.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • UIT bids farewell to ISO’s Kiston Finney

    After two years working as the HIPAA security specialist and governance, risk, and compliance manager for the Information Security Office, Kiston Finney is moving on to an even bigger opportunity.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • New security rules officially enforceable April 30, 2016

    15 security rules were approved and published May 2015 (along with the newly revised Policy 4-004), and are now fully enforceable – so what does that mean for you?

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - April 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

  • Off-Road Warrior: PMO's Minjares goes rock climbing, Jeep-style

    You might know Minjares as project manager in UIT’s newly formed Project Management Office (PMO). That’s during the week. On weekends, she and husband Jareb Latter like to pack their three dogs into her 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, sometimes with a trailer of four-wheelers in tow.

    Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stories from March 2016


  • Getting to the core of tinkerer Russ Knight

    Scribbled in a corner of Russ Knight’s whiteboard is, “When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail,” paraphrasing psychologist Abraham Maslow.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • The Deloitte assessment: an update

    As many readers are aware, in 2015 the University engaged Deloitte Consulting to perform a holistic assessment of information technology (IT) services and operations, with a primary focus on the central IT services offered by University Information Technology (UIT).

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Jill Brinton named Associate Director for Project Management Office

    UIT’s leadership team is pleased to announce that Jill Brinton has been named as the Associate Director for the newly formed UIT Project Management Office (PMO), effectively immediately.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Making the web usable for all, one website at a time

    As the Internet becomes increasingly vital to our everyday lives, so too does web accessibility – the design practice that allows people with disabilities to perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the web.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Deloitte assessment recommends creation of BI community

    When Tom Howa arrived at the U a year and a half ago, he identified an immediate need for a Business Intelligence (BI) initiative with a more holistic focus.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • TLT moves to OmniUpdate, reveals brand new website

    It’s now easier than ever for faculty and students to get what they need, thanks to a brand new website for Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT).

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • IT Exchange Group in the works

    Brian Haymore, senior IT architect for UIT’s Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), is seeking input on a proposal to create a new group at the U – an IT Exchange Group (ITX).

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • USS web team: Creating functional, feature-rich websites

    What’s the purpose of a University-affiliated website? Is it primarily on online extension of a physical location, existing to attract would-be students and staff, or inform the public?

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • New VOIP phones, Skype/Lync platform for faculty and staff

    Over the next three years, University Information Technology will gradually migrate from the legacy Centrex telephone system to the new unified communications Voice over IP (VOIP) system, part of the U’s broad communications platform known as Skype for Business/Lync.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - March 2016

    UIT staff recognized for their excellent work.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

  • Fiber installation techs keep campus connected

    Most of us wake with the expectation that once we get to campus, our computers will power up, our devices will connect to the network and our phones will work.

    Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Stories from February 2016


  • Web content specialist also an up-and-coming artist

    Nic Courdy, 26-year-old web content specialist in UIT’s University Support Services (USS), is already an artist of international acclaim. In fact, the last piece he sold was at auction in Dubai.

    Published: Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Student computing fees and Learning Spaces proposals: a refresher

    It’s that time of year again – the time when the Teaching and Learning Portfolio begins the complicated process of allocating student computing fees to the various colleges, libraries, centers, and interdisciplinary programs on campus.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Two-factor ID pilot phase broadened

    The University is taking new steps to further secure the accounts and data of its employees by broadening the pilot phase of two-factor authentication (2FA) using Duo.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • 1TB storage for all Box accounts

    A new agreement between Internet 2, the University of Utah, and Box.com will give all new and existing University Box accounts 1TB (terabyte) of storage.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Marriott Library offers free mobile internet access hotspots

    Mobile hotspot devices are available at the Marriott Library for a free three-day checkout to current University of Utah students, staff, and faculty.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • ISO unveils new website/Twitter account

    Members of UIT’s Information Security Office (ISO) may prefer a low profile, but they're increasing visibility, thanks to a new website and Twitter presence.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • UIT launches Online Services Portal page

    UIT is making it easier than ever to get to the online services and applications you need with our new Online Services Portal page.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • USS adopting more Agile development methods

    In recent years, Agile software development has become increasingly popular as companies are moving towards more flexible and adaptive methods for designing software and pushing applications into production.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Participants needed for web usability studies

    UIT’s University Support Services (USS) group is seeking volunteers for a series of user studies aimed at improving the U web experience.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - February 2016

    UIT staff are recognized for their excellent work. Anyone can submit an item for Kudos & Congrats. Email praise for your UIT colleagues to stratcomm@it.utah.edu.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

  • CHPC reminds users: we’re more than just high performance computing

    If you’re a University Information Technology (UIT) employee or an IT professional, then you’ve heard of CHPC – the University’s Center for High Performance Computing – but you may not realize just how much they actually do.

    Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Stories from January 2016


  • OSL launches Microsoft Online Learning courses

    On Friday January 29, UIT's Office of Software Licensing launched access to a host of Microsoft Online Learning courses, which are free of charge to all students, staff, and faculty who are eligible to download Microsoft software through the OSL web store.

    Published: Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Kim Tanner named CIS Associate Director of Platform Services

    UIT is pleased to announce that Kim Tanner has joined Common Infrastructure Services (CIS) as Associate Director of Platform Services, formerly known as Systems Engineering.

    Published: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

  • Kudos & Congratulations - January 2016

    UIT staff are recognized for their excellent work. Anyone can submit an item for Kudos & Congrats. Email praise for your UIT colleagues to stratcomm@it.utah.edu.

    Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • UIT student employees kick off careers in IT

    Two former UIT student employees have recently embarked on promising new IT careers in the private sector. Raunaq Baveja and Ryan Lloyd both worked as security event analysts in the U’s Information Security Office (ISO), reporting to Security Assurance Manager Colby Gray.

    Published: Monday, January 04, 2016

  • Interesting and relevant links

    Your writers for Node 4 occasionally come across stories that we think would be interesting or relevant to our readership. We'll post those links here each issue.

    Published: Sunday, January 03, 2016

Stories from December 2015


  • UIT staff invited to revisit 4 strategic goals

    As the central IT service provider for campus, UIT’s role is vital to the continuing success of the University as a world-class research and teaching institution.

    Published: Monday, December 21, 2015

  • Photos: 2015 UIT Holiday Party

    The annual University Information Technology (UIT) holiday party reached new heights on Tuesday, December 15. The event, which honors UIT associates for their service, was held at the Varsity Room on the sixth floor of Rice-Eccles stadium.

    Published: Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • UIT Town Hall Meeting roundup

    During a Town Hall meeting Dec. 9, Chief Information Officer Steve Hess presented an overview of 28 recommendations resulting from Deloitte’s University IT Assessment. Roughly 140 UIT staff members attended the Town Hall, with 168 hits on the live online stream.

    Published: Friday, December 18, 2015

  • ITP Board welcomes new member, CHPC’s Steve Harper

    In October 2015, the IT Professionals Board said goodbye to Mike Basinger, who accepted a new position outside the University, and welcomed Steve Harper as his replacement.

    Published: Friday, December 11, 2015

Stories from November 2015


  • UC student employee adds new meaning to “ambitious”

    One look at a typical day for Calli Peterson is enough to make even the best multitasker’s head spin. Between being a full time student, working multiple jobs, and receiving an internship in London this past summer, her plate is just a tiny bit full.

    Published: Monday, November 23, 2015

  • Campus backbone cutover project over halfway complete

    University Information Technology (UIT) is on a mission to switch all campus and hospital buildings over to new network backbone equipment that’s been in place for almost a year.

    Published: Monday, November 16, 2015

  • Photos: UIT & ITS Halloween party

    If you happened to stop by 585 Komas on Friday, October 30, you may have noticed a conspicuous lack of business attire.

    Published: Thursday, November 05, 2015

  • UTVStream: A new way for students to watch their favorite shows

    You’re probably familiar with University Television (UTV), the University of Utah’s cable TV service. But you may not know about its newest endeavor, UTVStream.

    Published: Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Stories from October 2015


  • All-Hands Meeting photos and roundup

    The UIT All-Hands Meeting kicked off on September 30 with Chief Information Officer Steve Hess presenting the state of UIT, including introducing new hires, giving an update on the Deloitte IT assessment, and covering the progress of UIT’s strategic plan.

    Published: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Stories from September 2015


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