Goodbye!

Hello blog readers,

Dani Kent here. And today is my last day. My heart is heavy.

I have learned so much and grown so much here, but mostly I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the team I’ve been so privileged to work with for the past 3 years. I’m sad to not get to see you all on a daily/weekly basis, but I’m not dying or moving away. I’ll see you guys around. I’ll definitely be seeing you at the IT Summer Party (cuz I’m gonna crash it).

I know this blog has been mostly a fluff piece, and my updates haven’t been consistent, but I appreciate you guys following along with me anyway. Maybe the next tech writer will find a more practical use for it.  ;)

Thanks again for everything! I wish you all the best. I’m off to try and become a different sort of writer, so if you see me back here full-time in a year, you’ll know that publishing a book and making millions is not as easy as everyone says it is.

-Dani Kent

P.S. I’ve uploaded a “Dani Kent” folder to the S drive with all my documentation. So if you find yourself thinking, Dang, I need that one thing Dani did that one time, check the S drive.

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I’ll miss these guys!

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The Last Supper

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Well the times, they are a-changin’

¡Adios amigos!

Read on to learn about new employees, see the entries for the coin contest, and witness the birth of the world’s greatest putter.

Coin Contest

For our 75-year strong celebration, the University is creating a presidential Challenge Coin.  In the US Military, each unit has its own challenge coin. The way the challenge works is that each individual is to have their coin on them at all times.  If you are challenged by another individual to produce your coin and you don’t have it, you owe the challenger something: A coke, a beer, lunch, etc. If you do have your coin, the challenger owes YOU. The whole purpose of the exercise is to instill the Esprit De Corps, camaraderie, and team work.

Ray has decided to provide a coin for everyone in IT, and in April we launched a design contest for IT’s coin. 

There were some great entries, but ultimately a winner was decided. Congratulations Devin Krisle! 

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Below are the other amazing entries, in order:

Karl Greenwood’s, Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.05.36 PMScott Dewar’s, Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.07.08 PMJohnny Casper’s (I personally love the skull), and Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 3.08.10 PMDenise Vandevanter’s

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Such a cool idea for UVU and for IT. Great job, designers.

We should be getting these coins soon! Bug Steve Ledingham for an exact date.

The ITIS Crowd

New employees!

Let’s get to it. We’ve got Isabella Thomas and Merrill Hutchison new to AIS.

Isabella worked at the Service Desk for a little over a year before joining Mike’s team. She’s an IT Major, focusing on C.S. She plans to make working in IT her full-time career after she graduates. Born and raised in Utah, she likes hanging out with her sisters, playing video games, and binge-watching good shows on Netflix.

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Merrill is also a born-and-raised Utahn. He went to Provo High, then graduated from BYU with degrees in C.S. and Art. Merrill is Daniel’s brother, if you didn’t know. He speaks Japanese, which (along with digital art) happens to be one of his favorite hobbies.

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For Audio/Visual:

Kade is back, and we’re happy to have him. He left us a little over a year ago to work for Cache Valley Electric as an A/V Engineer. He told me that he learned a lot there, got to see a lot more of the A/V world… but he wanted to come back to us from Day 1. He says the environment at UVU, particularly the coordination between departments and team atmosphere, can’t be beat. Leaving gave him a new perspective on life and work- and made him realize how good we have it here at UVU. His advise? UVU is the place to be. He’s currently working toward his degree in Technology Management.

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Kade wanted me to mention that he’ll be sprucing up his bare office soon. ;)

We’ve also got Nathan Cloward and Rex Dastrup. Though they’ve been here for a little while, they haven’t yet had the enormous pleasure of being featured on our little blog. So here they are.

Nathan is studying Information Technology, emphasis in C.S. His ultimate career goal is to get into computer forensics. He’d love to see UVU offer an MS in Cybersecurity. He grew up in Taylorsville, and his hobbies include 4-wheeling, shooting, and camping.

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Rex Dastrup has been a UVU student for 9 years (on and off, obviously). He’s currently studying Biology, but that may change to Nursing here soon. Rex is married to a wonderful lady, and they have 1 son, 8-month old Kingston. He grew up near Las Vegas as well as in Utah, and his hobbies include being outside, hiking, and intense ward volleyball.

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A/V also has new employees Daryl and Clark, but I didn’t get the chance to corner them. I’ll leave it up to you all to find and get to know them.

For Operations:

Spencer has joined the Ops team as a temp. He’s working on all sorts of stuff, some of which includes helping out his dad Duane with spam. He’s working on his C.S. degree and is just under halfway there. Enough time for him to figure which area he wants to focus most on. Spencer plays year-round adult competitive soccer, and he’s played piano all his life. He even writes songs on occasion.

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Operations also hosted their Lunch & Learn not too long ago. Some of you have been wondering what Operations role is and will be, and that should have given you a better idea. If you still don’t know, well maybe you should have asked more questions. ;) As far as Lunch & Learns go, that’s every department in Infrastructure Services. Time to start the rounds again.

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In Networking:

We don’t have any new employees here, but one team member does have some new grandbabies! I think that’s definitely blog-worthy. Congratulations, Jeff. :)

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Welcome to the world. Welcome back. And just plain Welcome.

 

 

 

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.

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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.

Walker_UVU_BBall_0622[1]Walker_UVU_BBall_0087[1] Walker_UVU_BBall_0110[1] Walker_UVU_BBall_0345[1]THANK YOU, Ray, for all of your hard work and dedication over the years.

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).

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$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.

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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 www.uvualumni.org/uccu.

Lunch & Learns

Telephone Services

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

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

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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!

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Thank you Brett and Telephone Services.