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.

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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.;)

InfoTech: An Awesome Resource

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We’ve recently renewed our site license with InfoTech. This IT research and advisory company has a ton of great resources that are available to us, such as Webinar Trainings, Documentation Templates, Consulting, Project Management, and a lot more.

This excellent resource is available to anyone in IT who needs or wants to use it. Send an email to Vickie or Chris K. to request access.

Bowling Tournament THIS WEEK

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 3.50.09 PMThe epic tournament between our Infrastructure Services champions and those of the Service Desk is going down THIS Thursday. I, personally, can not wait to be there to cheer for our team. I hope lots of you will join me! What’s better than a little friendly competition between departments? Thursday. 1:00. SLWC Bowling Alley. Be there.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 11.37.19 AMThe 200 Club - Practice makes perfect. Chris Kirkham has recently joined the 200 Club (woot woot!). The only other person in it (that I know of) is Duane Lee. Can YOU bowl a 200 or better? Show me proof and you can join this prestigious club.

Lastly, the Service Desk better come prepared on Thursday. There may be a slight switch-up to what they’re expecting, but we’re not going to say anything about it here. Better to let them find out on the bowling floor. Mwa ha ha ha.

General

Christmas Party

The Infrastructure Services Christmas Party will be held at Tucano’s again this year. I don’t know about the rest of you, but that definitely works for me (YUM). It’ll be December 2nd, so mark your calendars! An official invite with more details will be sent around soon.

Classroom Building Ribbon Cutting

The ribbon cutting for the nearly completed Classroom Building will be on December 18th (times forthcoming). Occupancy will be available Spring semester on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Cleaning the Break Room

EXCITING NEW DETAILS:
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Each week, the team that cleans the break room ALSO NEEDS TO restock the sodas and snacks AND take inventory.

This week it’s “Infrastructure”‘s turn (which means Chris K., for the most part). Chris will be printing out an inventory list and we’ll use it this week so that you other teams can see how it’s done.

As far as restocking, the sodas and snacks are kept in that closet across from the break room (I believe Mike Duffin’s name is on the door. You know, just for fun). It’s usually locked, so bother Chris K. or Mike to get in if you don’t have a key. :)

Thank you AIS for cleaning last week, and for going the extra mile by clearing out the expired stuff that was stinking up our fridge. You guys rock!

Recipe – Rice Krispie Turkeys!

Try this Thanksgiving-y treat — Rice Krispie Turkeys!

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Made from Keebler’s Fudge Stripe cookies and homemade Rice Krispie treats, embellished with Candy Corns, and held together with melted chocolate.
  1. “Glue” 5 candy corns onto the back of a cookie (pointed side down) with some melted chocolate to resemble turkey feathers. Put in the fridge to set.
  2. Make the rice krispie treats, roll into balls to make the bodies for the turkeys.
  3. Attach the rice krispie body and the candy corn feet to another cookie using the chocolate glue, set aside to dry.
  4. Using the melted chocolate, attach a candy corn (pointed side down) to the rice krispie body to make the head.
  5. Attach the tail feather cookie to the turkey’s body using the melted chocolate.
  6. Give each turkey two chocolate dot eyes on top of their candy corn heads using the chocolate glue.

In the end, each turkey comes out with a little personality of its own. :) Enjoy!

Thanks, Chris Kirkham, for finding this awesome recipe for us.