General

Break Room- It’s Infrastructure Services’ week to clean. December Birthdays: Landon Conover’s was the 6th, Duane Lee’s was the 7th, Roark Fisher’s is the 13th, and Darvin Burgess’ is the 24th.

Wendia- They’ve fixed some main problems they’ve been having. Surveys are working, and projects will now actually close when you close them.

Leave Time- If you’ve taken leave, but haven’t entered it into TIMS, make sure you have it submitted by the 30th.

PBA- The last day wrapped up yesterday. All PBA presentations can be viewed at uvu.edu/pba.

The ITIS Crowd

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Screen Shot 2014-12-10 at 11.12.11 AMFrom custodian, to the IT Service Desk, to Area Tech, and now as our new Networking Administrator, it’s Caaaaaaaaaaameron Jarmaaaaaaaan!

Here’s a few things about him you may not have known:

  • He’s worked at UVU for 7 years and is pursuing an Engineering degree.
  • He loves spending time with his family, especially on family camping trips. He’s been married for 12 years and he and his wife have 5 kids.
  • He enjoys the outdoors, back-road jeeping, working in his yard or garage, and anything to do with building stuff.

Congratulations on your new position, Cameron.

 

Now let’s get to know someone else a little better.

Did you know that Mike Duffin runs a side-business called AV Productions that DJs all sorts of events? Me neither. He and a gentleman named Craig Conover (Landon and Jacoby’s dad), both got started in the business at the tender age of 14! Mike and Craig would later become partners, and they’ve been successful business runners for over 30 years.

Check out their mobile DJ setup from the 80s. Totally radical.

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If you’d like to read more about the history of AV Productions, copy and paste the following address into your search bar for an article the Daily Herald wrote about them several years back: http://avpro.com/audio/

More Christmas Parties!

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The OIT Christmas Party:

We’ve pretty much outgrown the Data Center, so this year’s Christmas Potluck will be in SC 206 THIS Tuesday. We’ve reserved the gaming area and bowling lanes in the SLWC, so we’ll have plenty of space to mingle, have lunch, and play some fun games! If anyone’s interested in a ping pong game, I hereby challenge you! Don’t forget your food assignments (click on the flier below if you’ve forgotten what yours is), and if you feel like contributing to the cost of the reservation fee, there’s a donation box in the BA005 break room.

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PACE Holiday Social

Thursday, December 18, from 11-1 in the Grande Ballroom. Ugly Sweater contest, food, entertainment, prizes, book & toy drive. See you there!

December Recipe – Peppermint Bark

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 oz Milk Chocolate
  • 12 oz White Chocolate
  • 3 tsp Vegetable Oil
  • 1/3 cup Crushed Candy Cane Pieces

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Line the bottom and sides of a 9×9 square baking pan with non-stick aluminum foil, smoothing out any wrinkles.
  2. Melt the white chocolate and 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Immediately pour HALF of the melted chocolate into the prepared pan and tilt it so the chocolate makes an even layer. Place in the refridgerator for about 20 min., or until the chocolate sets.
  3. Melt the milk chocolate and 1 tsp of vegetable oil in the same manner as before and pour the melted chocolate into the pan and tilt it so the chocolate makes an even layer over the white chocolate. Refrigerate again for 20 min., or until the chocolate sets.
  4. Repeat with a final layer of the remaining white chocolate and sprinkle the crushed candy canes evenly over the top. Refrigerate for 30 min., or until the chocolate sets.
  5. Remove the Peppermint Bark from the pan by lifting the edges of aluminum foil. Peel back the foil and break the bark into small, irregular pieces.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Thanks, Chris K.!

Another Fun & Yummy Time at Tucano’s

I hope I speak for all of us when I declare our Tucano’s Christmas Party a delicious success. Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 1.41.27 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-08 at 1.26.01 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-08 at 1.26.53 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-08 at 1.25.44 PMScreen Shot 2014-12-08 at 1.25.08 PMI think Brett was enjoying his dinner a little TOO much. ;)

I’m sure everyone noticed we had a little more space than last year- that was nice. Thanks SO MUCH to Eddie and Chris K. for planning and coordinating everything again. It’s great to see faces we don’t get to see every day at work, and to meet everyone’s significant others. Merry Christmas, ITIS.

The ITIS Crowd

Mike, Karl, and Chris J. recently got back from ComTec, a TouchNet Client conference, held in Kansas City (which is in Missouri for some reason). Of the many things they learned and took away, here are a couple:

  • Utah State University’s CIO Eric Hawley gave a presentation that, in a nutshell, was about how teams/departments should be working together. Our attendees from AIS agreed that it was very powerful and moving, and that getting Eric out to UVU to give a similar presentation to the rest of us would be a really nice idea. (Hint hint, Eddie)
  • We’re going to be getting rid of the UVPay payment system and moving over to TouchNet services. This is bitter sweet, since UVPay was built in-house and we’ve done really well with it for a long time, but with all the PCI regulations we now need to meet this is a more stream-lined way to go.

And for the sake of general, morbid interest, the Sheridan hotel where they stayed was once a Hyatt Regency, which experienced a tragic engineering disaster that killed quite a few people in 1981. Want to know more about it? Of course you do, because you’re human, and humans love negative news.

Copy and paste the following into your web browser. Sorry, I’m having a hard time adding the link for some reason:    http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1395&doc_id=275612&itc=dn_analysis_element&cid=nl.dn14.20141114&dfpPParams=ind_183,bid_22,aid_275612&dfpLayout=blog

Downtime/Outages

Don’t forget about these upcoming outages:

  • Sunday the 23rd and Sunday the 7th, both at 7am for 2 hours.

Also, there will be a major wireless outage the Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving Break. We’ll be putting in the new pod and then splitting wireless access points between the two pods. After this, everything in LI, LA, and the new Classroom Building will be on one pod, with the rest of campus on the other. This outage should have no effect on faculty/students, and in fact we’re postponing a part of this process until after finals are over so as to make sure no one encounters any issues.

Next week during the break will be a good downtime window- an ideal opportunity to take care of any needed maintenance. So, take advantage.

General

Don’t forget to RSVP to the ITIS Christmas Party at Tucano’s on December 2nd. Email Chris K. by THIS FRIDAY.

New NINJA BLENDER for the break room! Ever used a Ninja blender before? I have. It’s a seriously legitimate blending machine. It’s either in the break room now or soon will be. Use it! Then clean it! Respect it! And be grateful!

Thanks again to the teams who take care to clean and restock the break room during their weeks. Don’t forget, these teams now also need to be taking inventory, which is easier than it sounds. Talk to Chris K. if you have questions.

We are the Champions… of Bowling!

Wow, so much to brag about. First off, the Service Desk brought fierce competitors. To their credit, despite having some great bowlers, they were missing a couple of their original “champions” on the day of the tournament. And we did pull a switcharoo on them that we didn’t announce, which was that Chris K. gave up her spot on the team to Daniel. So who knows, if the Service Desk hadn’t been thrown off their game by that stuff, perhaps they might have stood a chance…

But what’s done is done! The Infrastructure Services team was victorious. Their victory earned them a shiny trophy and, of course, respect. Congratulations to our team! This was a fun event that I hope to see repeated annually. A big thanks to our champions for representing us well, to Duane for purchasing actual team shirts (which looked REALLY good), and to those who showed up to watch and support!:)

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The ITIS Crowd

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 12.44.17 PMEddie’s lovely daughter April got married on October 3rd, and earlier this month they held a reception. Congratulations to April, Eddie, and the rest of their family for the happy event. :)

IT Birthdays for November:   2nd- Alister Perez and Joe Belnap. 6th- Travis Davey. 8th- Mallory Snyder. 10th- Tyson Omer. 15th- Alan Fullmer and Holley Cochran. 20th- Nate Whetten. 21st- Damon Thueson. 27th- Karl Eiche. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Dani Kent (that’s me) has been hired as the new Telephone Operations Technician in Telephone Services (Tammy’s old position). My official first day in this role will be this Monday. I’m super excited and grateful, and super glad that I remain a part of the ITIS crowd.

Duane Lee was gone all last week in Arizona playing on the Men’s Senior Baseball League (he must be the one young guy they let in). He and his team, the AZ/UT Rockies, played 10 games in 6 days and made it all the way to the Championship game. He told me it was very cool to play on the spring training fields where amazing teams have played, such as the Cleveland Indians (Duane’s team growing up), Rangers, Oakland A’s, and Anaheim Angels. Duane was almost too modest to say (I pried it out of him), but he had the most hits out of anyone on the team, and he was the winning pitcher in one of their playoff games. Very cool, Duane.

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This is the kind of stuff that’s fun to know about our coworkers. (Thanks Brett McKeachnie for suggesting I share this, and thank you Duane for being cool with it.;)