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Scheduling Update live on April 30

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The ESUP team is reaching out to groups of end users who will see significant changes when our upgraded system goes live next spring. One important group is college and department class schedulers. There are more than 300 individuals with access to class scheduling pages within PeopleSoft and there are big changes for them. They'll all have the opportunity to have a preview of what's coming on Wednesday, April 30. The OCM Scheduling team is hard at work planning a multi-location event to make sure all schedulers can attend!

Help shape the future of IT

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The University's Information Technology (IT) department is interested in receiving your feedback regarding how to best serve the U of M community. Please take a few moments to complete a brief IT Input Survey to help IT set technology service priorities for the future.

Pesky potholes

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The snow has started to melt, which means pothole season is upon us. If you stumble across (or more aptly, bump over) a campus pothole, let Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) know. Give them a call on the Pothole Hotline at 612-626-7578, and they'll get them fixed as soon as reasonably possible.

President Kaler sets priorities for 2014

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During his 2014 State of the University address, President Eric Kaler shared this year's academic and legislative successes and outlined his vision for the future. His goals for 2014 include recruiting and retaining top-notch faculty and researchers, promoting excellence, supporting equity and diversity initiatives, investing in graduate education, and more. To read his speech in its entirety, visit the Office of the President website.

2014 State of the U address

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President Eric Kaler will deliver the annual State of the U Address on March 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The event will be held at the Coffman Union Theater and broadcast live via ITV. It will also be available for viewing at the following campus locations: UMC-101 Dowell Hall; UMD-173 Kirby Plaza; UMM-Studio A, Humanities and Fine Arts Building; UMR-419 University Square.

If you have a question you'd like to ask President Kaler, you may submit one now through the end of his address on March 6. Kaler will also accept questions on Twitter (be sure to use the hashtag #UMNsotu) and in written form during the event. For more information, live web-streaming the day of the event, or to submit a question, visit State of the U.

President Kaler leads new retention initiative

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President Kaler recently announced the University's new 'Retaining all our Students' initiative, an effort to improve the first-year retention rates of low income students. The program, which will be fully implemented by 2016, is designed to help Pell-eligible students obtain their degree and establish set career paths. Currently, the first-year retention rate for these students is 87%.

The initiative has four focus areas, which include the following:

- The Bridge Program (funded for Pell eligible students)
- SMART Learning Commons program enhancements
- Increased awareness for advisers regarding these students
- Financial literacy (One Stop will focus on these students)

In addition to Pell-eligible students, first generation students will also be a priority of the program.

Portal Project partners with IntraSee

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The ESUP Portal Team has decided to partner with IntraSee, Inc. to deliver the University's new myU portal. The company brings a wealth of experience to the Program, and the Portal Team is optimistic they will help deliver the best product possible. You can read more about IntraSee on the ESUP blog.

Building access pilot program

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The University recently implemented a Building Access Pilot Program in select buildings on the West Bank. The program aims to increase security by limiting building hours in the evenings and on weekends. With a few exceptions (residence halls and research areas, for example), campus buildings are open to the public. The program will improve safety by limiting access outside of regular University business hours to UCard-carrying students, faculty, and staff.

West Bank buildings part of the Building Access Pilot Program include:

- Anderson Hall
- Elmer Anderson Library
- Barker Dance Center
- Carlson School
- Hanson Hall
- Mondale Hall
- Regis Center for the Arts

A list of pilot program buildings and their hours is available. The remaining buildings on West Bank will be changed the middle of spring semester, and the rest of the Twin Cities campus during the summer.

Hockey City Classic

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Just a reminder the University is hosting the Hockey City Classic on Friday, Jan. 17 at TCF Bank Stadium, so you'll likely experience congested traffic when leaving campus. Or, if you're brave enough to withstand the cold, you can cheer on the women's hockey team at 4:30 p.m. when they host Minnesota State and then the men's team at 8 p.m. when they face Ohio State. Go Gophers!

Reminder: Annual service outage January 4 & 5

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The University's annual data center maintenance outage is scheduled for 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, with restoration scheduled to begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. The maintenance outage requires a complete shutdown of the primary data center and will affect many IT services, including One Stop self-service applications, PeopleSoft, and Moodle. The Grade Distribution Report will be unavailable beginning Friday, Jan. 3 at 3 p.m. BI reports will be unavailable beginning 12:01 a.m. January 4. It is expected that all affected services will be restored by noon Sunday.

The list of affected services, as well as updates during the maintenance period, will be
available on the University's IT Service Status page. (Note: You may need to expand the Planned Maintenance section to view the list). Click here for a complete list of affected services.

Questions and concerns should be directed to Data Center Operations Services service owner Joe Zanmiller at

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