Photo-Fun Update

4 months is a long time since Christmas and the last blog update. And while you may laugh at how old some of these pictures are, good things don’t expire.

Actually, lots of good things expire… most things, in fact…

…but not these pictures.

I hope you enjoy this update of the blog, which is more picture-heavy than informational, and mostly focused on looking back at departmental events from the past few months.

To get things started, here’s a random picture of Samwise Gamgee (aka Sean Astin, aka Rudy, aka Mikey Walsh) who visited UVU recently.


Ray Walker

Every year, the Presidential Awards of Excellence honors five faculty and staff for their efforts in key areas related to UVU’s mission and core themes. This year, Ray Walker received one of those awards in the category of Lifetime Service.

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In addition to recognizing our CIO for this achievement, we also recognize how fortunate we are to have such a dedicated man as our IT leader. Ray has been bleeding green for a long time, even before joining the UVU faculty in 1986.

Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane.

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More Awards

Last month, Val Peterson announced the winners of the Finance & Administration Division Awards of Excellence. These candidates were selected from a large group of nominees who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of innovation, dedication, commitment, service, leadership, efficiency, effectiveness, and advancing the mission of the University. Two of those winners were from IT!
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Roark Fisher from ITIS Systems Administration, and Dan Reynoso from IT Administrative Computing. Congratulations!

In other award-related news, the new Award Wall is finished in the BA building, and it’s pretty snazzy. It features two more from our group, Jim Condie and Kevin Dent (recognized in an earlier post).

IMG_0333Great job to these guys for helping remind the rest of campus where its best employees come from. :)

$1,000 Prize Winner!

Debbie won a thousand bucks! Read the announcement of her win below (including info on how YOU can be the next winner). And the next time you’re in the Data Center, ask to see her GIANT check.


Congratulations to Debbie Whitney for winning a $1,000 payoff to her UVU Alumni Credit Card through the Swipe It Win It contest. Debbie was automatically entered to win by using her UVU credit card during the months of November and December.

“We’re excited to offer a UVU Alumni Credit Card through UCCU. As a way to promote the new cards and to thank loyal UVU supporters, we’re holding three Swipe It Win It contests this year. Those who use their cards early have a greater chance to win, so get your card now for the next contest,” said Jeri Alphin, Senior Director of Alumni Relations.

Watch for another chance to win $1,000 coming this year. Apply for a UVU Alumni Credit Card through UCCU and be automatically entered to win with each purchase made between February 1 and April 30.

To get your new UVU Alumni Credit Card stop by any Utah Community Credit Union (UCCU) branch or visit

Lunch & Learns

Telephone Services

Almost completing our go-around of Infrastructure Departments, Tom and Kurtis led January’s Lunch & Learn for Telephone Services.


That just leaves the Operations Department, and they’ll be hosting theirs soon— look out for an invite from Natalie.

Email and SCCM

Brett hosted last month’s Lunch & Learn. In addition to teaching us a lot of good stuff and answering our questions, Brett announced the birth of his new granddaughter (who is doing just fine despite being born extremely premature). Congratulations!



Thank you Brett and Telephone Services.

Parties and Dates

December 2 – IS Christmas Party at Tucano’s

Tucanos at ChristmasOn the 2nd we had our annual Infrastructure Services Christmas Party at Tucano’s. A big thanks to Eddie, and to Chris and Natalie for organizing this fun Christmas tradition.

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December 9 (Wednesday) – Eddie, Chris, and Natalie’s Christmas Present Lunch!

To: All of Infrastructure Services Employees

From: Eddie, Chris, and Natalie

This year’s Christmas present from them to us: Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chips, Dessert, and a Drink. Lunch will be served in the BA005 Conference Room from Noon – 1pm. Merry Christmas!!


December 15 – IT Holiday Potluck

We’re gonna do like we did last year. Our potluck lunch will begin at 11am in SC-106a/b, and then we have until 1pm to hang out, bowl, play video games or pool or whatever you like in the SLWC. Don’t forget your food assignments.

Here’s a link to the invite Vicky sent out last week: ITHoliday Potluck2015


December 17 – PACE Holiday Social

Meet in the Grande Ballroom at 11am for the usual fun and entertainment, and don’t forget your “12 Days of Pace” answer sheet for your chance to win some sweet prizes.


Holiday Campus Closures

Campus will be closed the 24th and 25th, the 31st and 1st, plus the additional personal day given to full-time staff by President Holland to be used this month.



January 4 – First Day of Spring Semester


A few weeks ago Ray hosted a Lunch & Learn in the CB Auditorium, focusing on POB usage. If you’re not living in POB yet, you will be soon, so getting familiar and trained up is key. RayLunchnLearn

Here’s a helpful document Ray developed: Using POB for IT Projects

POB Basic Training

The Service Desk’s next POB Basic Training is on February 4th in BA-014 from 10am – 12pm and from 4pm – 5pm. No training in January.


Don’t forget about this excellent training resource. Review previous Stormwind blog posts for more details, or contact Dani Kent.