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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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UIT-ITS staff pay tribute to CIO Jim Turnbull

Bitmoji of U of U Health CIO Jim Turnbull, a legend

Information Technology Services (ITS) and UIT employees share their favorite memories of, stories about, and well wishes for University of Utah Health CIO Jim Turnbull ahead of his July retirement.

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Meet the Web Application Development & Automation Team

The Web Application Development & Automation team meets for an online interview via Zoom.

Making sure things work seamlessly is a badge of honor for the Web Application Development & Automation team within Software Platform Services in the Chief Technology Officer organization.

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UIT's Lovett, Sallay making PPE for frontline workers

Beth Sallay models a face shield that her team 3D printed and laser cut at Make Salt Lake as part of its COVID-19 PPE project. (Courtesy of Beth Sallay)

Jan Lovett, an IT product manager in University Support Services, and Beth Sallay, a systems administrator in Campus Computer Support, are making personal protective equipment (PPE) for people on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UIT's Judy Yeates on patio gardening in a pandemic

Judy Yeates, executive assistant

In uncertain times, Yeates equates plant care to self-care. Rather than produce — which is seeing a resurgence in the form of "victory gardens" — she plants perennial flowers.

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Zoom contest brings out ISO staff's creative side

The prize-winning submission in ISO's Zoom background contest was by Laurent Lecointre, a data security analyst in Governance, Risk & Compliance.

After IAM Associate Director Chris Stucker nonchalantly joined a recent Zoom meeting with a nifty new background, Chief Information Security Officer Corey Roach created the contest as a team-building challenge.

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UIT's Ekstrom appointed to Westnet board of directors

Mike Ekstrom, director of Communications Infrastructure in the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) organization

Mike Ekstrom, director of Communications Infrastructure in the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) organization, has been selected to serve on the board of directors of the Westnet Education and Research Consortium (WERC).

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UIT staff share what it's like working at home (part 2)

Jan Lovett uses a trampoline to jog when she need a break from work.

UIT employees have been posting behind-the-scenes snapshots of what it's like working from home. This month, staff shared stories about their new routines and co-workers, and the best part of working from home.

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Meeting COVID-19 connectivity challenges

COVID-19 tents gave frontline health care workers the network bandwidth to do their critical work.

UIT’s Network Services team stepped up when connectivity mattered most. The COVID-19 pandemic roughly tripled the use of the U’s virtual private networks (VPNs), and the team gave frontline health care workers the needed bandwidth to do their critical work.

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Last Updated: 4/22/20