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UIT staff meet for a team-building kickball match

Employees from Software Platform Services (SPS), University Support Services (USS), Student University Development Opportunity (SUDO), and a couple of other UIT teams pose for a photo at the USS-SPS kickball game on June 23, 2022. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Employees from Software Platform Services (SPS), University Support Services (USS), Student University Development Opportunity (SUDO), and a couple of other UIT teams pose for a photo at the USS-SPS kickball game on June 23, 2022. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Pat Tobin (SPS) readies to kick the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Pat Tobin (SPS) readies to kick the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

A whiff of dust swirled around home plate as a red rubber ball flew into the midday sky, bright and punctuated by tufted white clouds. The kicker ran for first, and opposing outfielders moved swiftly to catch the ball, hoping for an automatic out. Cheers, calls, and laughter floated in the air.

Kickball was in full swing.

About two dozen UIT employees from Software Platform Services (SPS) in the Chief Technology Officer organization (CTO), University Support Services (USS) in the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) organization, and a couple of other teams came together on June 23, 2022, at Lindsey Gardens Park for lunch and a friendly match. USS had challenged UIT SPS staff to a game after hearing about its spring team-building barbecue and kickball match.

Avaree Vowell, an intern for the USS Content Management & Usability team, called the event "super fun," noting that each person contributed to the team-bonding exercise.

For example, Monty Kaufusi, manager for the and Student University Development Opportunity (SUDO) program, not only coached her team but hyped up all the players. He was "biggest cheerleader for every person out there," she said.

Vowell also praised teammates Barb Iannucci, associate director for Content Management & Usability, for “catching outs right and left in the outfield," and Emily Jacoby, a website services program manager for Iannucci's team, for running from base to base with an injured wrist.

A highlight, Vowell said, was when Deputy Chief Information Officer Ken Pink, who oversees USS, joined them in the last inning to pitch for the team.

Kim Tanner, director for CTO Software Platform Services, thanked everyone who participated, including USS Administrative Manager Shenia Sellers and SPS Senior Systems Administrator Stephan Stankovic, who organized the event; SPS Senior Systems Administrator Thanh Nguyen, who took photos and supplied ice; SPS IT Specialist Dalton Clift, who brought a cooler; and USS, which provided food from J. Dawgs for lunch.

"Everyone demonstrated excellent teamwork and team spirit!" Tanner said.

SPS defeated USS, 21-5. The real win, though, was building more camaraderie among the teams.

Dalton Clift (SPS) runs for it. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Emily Jacoby, left, and Avaree Vowell take a selfie. (Photo by Emily Jacoby)Dan Gillen (USS), foreground, plays kickball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Barb Iannucci (USS) catches the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Monty Kaufusi (CTO) kicks the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Mohammed Fateh (SPS) kicks the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Matt Edgren (USS) pitches. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Reza Sarijlou (USS), foreground right, and Barb Iannucci (USS) play kickball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Jeff Shuckra (DCIO), from left, Ray Lacanienta (USS), and Stephan Stankovic (SPS) play kickball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen) Avaree Vowell (USS) lines up her kick. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

The USS and UIT SPS teams meet during the kickball game. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Doug Kenner (USS) kicks the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Rob Birkinshaw (SPS) during the kickball game. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen) Players from USS and UIT SPS teams gather near the fence at Lindsey Garden Park. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen) Stephan Stankovic (SPS) gets ready to pitch the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Kim Tanner (SPS), middle, takes a selfie with John Penrose (DCIO), left. Jason Moeller (USS) stands behind them to the right. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Thanh Nguyen (USS) photographed the kickball game. (Photo by Kim Tanner)Kim Tanner (USS), foreground, takes a selfie with Jason Moeller (USS). (Photo by Kim Tanner)Kim Tanner (USS), left, takes a selfie with Barb Iannucci (USS). (Photo by Kim Tanner)Matt Leatham (SPS) during the kickball game. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Kim Tanner (SPS) during the kickball game. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)The SPS team cheers. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Jeff Shuckra (DCIO) kicks the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Emily Jacoby (USS) kicks the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Peter Mo (SPS) kicks the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Monty Kaufusi (CTO) throws a double shaka (the hand gesture for "hang loose"). (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)John Penrose (DCIO) kicks the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Peter Mo (SPS) shakas the camera (the hand gesture for "hang loose"). (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Jason Moeller (USS) runs. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Patrick Tobin (SPS), foreground left, and Chris Moore (SPS) were positioned in the outfield. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

Doug Kenner (USS), left, and Stephan Stankovic (SPS) wait for action. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)DCIO Ken Pink, foreground, pitches for the USS team, while Monty Kaufusi (CTO) looks on. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Kim Tanner (SPS), foreground left, tries to tag out Matt Leatham (SPS), foreground right. Rob Birkinshaw (SPS), background left, and Doug Kenner (USS), background center, stand behind them.  (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Chris Moore (SPS) sets up to catch the ball. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)Ray Lacanienta (USS) laughs while kneeling beside the ball on the ground. (Photo by Thanh Nguyen)

 

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