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Slideshow: 2020 UIT year in review

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As we close the door on 2020, we're reflecting on some of UIT's most notable achievements, from COVID-19 projects to the MobileU app; events, such as the Milestone Years of Service week; and employee features and news, including two award winners.

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UIT's Talbot on genetics research and veggie gardening

Amy Talbot

Amy Talbot has made a few dramatic pivots in her career — she's been a laboratory technician in the U’s Department of Human Genetics, photographer and business owner, and an account executive in UIT’s Communications Infrastructure group.

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USS' virtual Halloween party offers frights and delights

Emily Jacoby, dressed as Bob Ross, holds up the pumpkin she decorated.

Staff could choose their own adventure — watch “Beetlejuice” in the Cinema Cemetery, play Jackbox.TV games in the USS (Underground Super-Spooky) Lair, or hang out in the Water Tower — and post messages and contest entries in the associated Teams channels.

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Students "level up" monthly meetings with Minecraft

Minecraft 102 Tower

Before the pandemic, interns in UIT’s Student University Development Opportunity (sUdo) program used to meet once a month for a “tabletop” team-building event with snacks, board games, and video games. This semester, they rebooted the meetings with a twist — in a virtual office in Minecraft.

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UIT's Vaibhav Narula wins 2020 U Staff Excellence Award

Narula award

The Identity & Access Management senior architect — one of 23 recipients for the 2020 Academics and Student Affairs District Staff Excellence Award — is one of only eight University of Utah employees selected to receive the 2020 University Staff Excellence Award and $3,750 honorarium.

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Kariann Hibbard - bagpipe soloist, "beast" tamer

Kariann Hibbard

Scotland and its music were always close to Hibbard's heart, but it wasn't until high school that the business systems analyst started training to play bagpipes. Today, she's a top soloist and member of one of the most prestigious pipe bands in the U.S.

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U of U staff honor DDC manager Glen Cameron

Glen Cameron, second from right, and other university leaders break ground in 1994 on the Marriott Library expansion.

In 45 years at the University of Utah, Glen Cameron has overseen some of the U's biggest facilities projects and most critical IT infrastructure — from Marriott Library, where he guided a massive expansion, to the Downtown Data Center, which he's managed for the past five years.

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U colleagues salute TLT's Paul Burrows

Paul Burrows

Teaching & Learning Technologies information architect Paul Burrows, who is retiring after 40 years with the University of Utah, leaves a global legacy in multimedia and instructional design, and a lasting impression among his peers.

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Livingston named University of Utah Health interim CIO

Jim Livingston has been named University of Utah Health interim CIO

Jim Livingston has been named University of Utah Health's interim chief information officer (CIO) while the health care system conducts the search for a new CIO. He replaces U of U Health CIO Jim Turnbull, who will retire on July 3, 2020. Livingston will continue his role as chief technology officer for U of U Health and the University of Utah.

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U's first virtual graduation successful, thanks to TLT staff

Teaching & Learning Technologies was responsible for streaming the U's first virtual commencement ceremony. (Screenshot)

When the University of Utah announced it could not hold an in-person graduation on April 30, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Teaching & Learning Technologies (TLT) had just a few weeks to figure out how to stream a prerecorded commencement ceremony in real time.

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