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Kudos & Congratulations for February - March 2015

Congratulations to Rhay Natividad from Common Infrastructure Services, whose name was drawn from the last Node 4 kudos! Rhay won a Red Butte Gardens VIP pass.

UIT staff recognized for their excellent work

I would like to recognize Curtis Larsen, network engineer for Common Infrastructure Services, for assisting me with a project for Health Sciences. This was a campus design project that was confusing because of all the different people involved, and no one understood the wireless portion of the project. Curtis went above and beyond and put in a ticket to get IP information so that the project could progress.

~ David Kosanke, Common Infrastructure Services


I would like to give a kudos to Tony Jess. He has led the project involving upgrading our Avaya core voice services with a minimum of down time - less than 15 minutes over the the project's duration of five months.

~ Caprice Post, Unified Communications


Lani Twitchell and Roger Kowallis have been leading the effort to upgrade all 130+ OmniUpdate websites to use the new templates that University Marketing & Communications has designed. Lani took over the coordination of the upgrades which was no small feat due to the ambitious pace we set, and she did an absolutely amazing job keeping all the balls in the air. Roger has done an outstanding job making the new templates rock solid and quickly resolving all the issues that have come up along the way, so that we could keep on track with our crazy timeline. It was an intense amount of work and they both tackled it with fierce efficiency. They both have made the project a resounding success!!

~ Barb Iannucci, University Support Services


We would like to give a kudos to Albert Lund and Wim Cardoen for rolling out module support to the clusters at the Center for High Performance Computing. Thanks for your hard work!

~ Tom Cheatham, Center for High Performance Computing


It can be a daunting task to prepare a University regulation for scrutiny by the Academic Senate. Kiston Finney has done a remarkable job, through well-executed collaboration, in drafting not just a new version of the University's security policy, but 15 supporting rules to boot.

~ Dave Huth, Enterprise Data Architecture


The clinical network maintenance performed recently went exactly to plan. The success of this work is thanks to all of the people from ITS and UIT that gave their full attention and best thinking to make it happen. We want to specifically thank the following UIT staff for their help in making this important work a success: Ray Carsey, John Koolhoven, Ken Kizer, Trevor Long, Tim Urban, Elliot Fenech, and Craig Bennion.

A job well done to everyone that had a part in this effort. This was a model for how things should work that we can all learn from. Thank you all.

~ Earl Lewis, Common Infrastructure Services


Want to nominate someone?

Anyone can submit an item for Kudos & Congrats. Email praise for your UIT colleagues to emily.rushton@utah.edu. The people you recognize will be put into a drawing to win gift cards, event tickets, merchandise and more. Those who submit entries will also be put in a separate drawing for more prizes. (Directors and associate/assistant directors not eligible for prizes.) A special thank you to some exceptional campus organizations that donated tickets, merchandise, and gift cards to help recognize UIT employees: Athletics, Auxiliary Services, Dining Services, Kingsbury Hall, Pioneer Theatre Company, Red Butte Garden, UIT Leadership, and Utah Museum of Fine Art.

Last Updated: 4/13/21