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Kate Sophia

  • Posted ESUP - Student Systems Town Hall to The Ledger
    Attend a town hall meeting to learn how the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) will change the way students, faculty, and staff interact with the University. The changes discussed will be implemented in February, 2015 - less than a year...
  • Commented on ESUP preview session for schedulers
    Yes! More details to come!...
  • Posted ESUP Student Work Stream: Collaboration Key to Successful Decision Making to The Ledger
    Members of the Student work stream Functional Steering Committees (FSC) faced a daunting task during the nine months they spent in Interactive Design and Prototyping: the first comprehensive examination and restructuring of PeopleSoft-related business processes since 1998. This included reviewing...
  • Posted Sneak peek: new self-service centers in PeopleSoft 9.0 to The Ledger
    Two "sneak peek" videos on the new Faculty Center and Advisor Center are now available. The videos provide an overview on how these centers will benefit users. The ESUP Student Training Team will be developing more in-depth tutorials and documentation...
  • Posted A change in Portal project leadership to The Ledger
    Portal Project Director Susan Geller is leaving for an opportunity to join Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners in the role of associate director. Susan has made great progress on the Portal Project and the University is grateful for her leadership....
  • Posted ESUP: What's Changing? to The Ledger
    Since the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) kicked off in October 2012, people have wanted to know what is going to change when the new system goes live. Users of the University's enterprise student system expect the look and feel...
  • Posted How does it work in 9.0? to The Ledger
    As ESUP progresses, many people are interested in what PeopleSoft delivers today. Oracle's User Productivity Kit (UPK) is a tool that will be used to deliver training and "in application support" (the Help button on PeopleSoft pages) in the...
  • Posted Minimalist story telling to University of Minnesota Communicators Forum
    You may have heard of Blaise Pascal famously ending a correspondence to a friend with "I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter." Many writers identify with this because...
  • Posted A banana nut muffin to University of Minnesota Communicators Forum
    It happens to the best of us. You sit down to start a project or feature article...or a blog entry for the Communicators Forum and you get stuck. The blank page or screen is the biggest dam for creative...
  • Posted Color of the year to University of Minnesota Communicators Forum
    Pantone announced the color of the year for 2013 today: emerald (17-5641 for those of you who like to be exact about this kind of thing). Those of us who prefer green may be a little smug about this announcement,...
  • Posted ESUP update to The Ledger
    The Enterprise System Upgrade Program (ESUP) had its official kick-off on October 16 and immediately began the "Plan & Discover" phase of the upgrade. This first phase reaffirms and builds upon the preliminary fit/gap analyses and planning and will set...
  • Posted The start of fall 2012 for One Stop to The Ledger
    The first week of term and the week before are the busiest times of the year for One Stop Student Services. The start-of-term statistics from fall 2012 are now available and include the new location in Williamson Hall....
  • Posted PeopleSoft, related applications unavailable for much of October 13 & 14 to The Ledger
    Beginning Saturday, October 13, the Office of Information Technology will upgrade the critical software (PeopleTools) that supports PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and Financials. To accommodate this upgrade, all PeopleSoft systems (e.g., Financials, HR, and Student Administration) and related applications (including One...
  • Posted Message from ESUP Program Directors to The Ledger
    The following message was sent to the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Project Integration Steering Committee from Program Directors Andy Hill and Rebecca Collings on September 18. As a member of the Integration Steering Committee, Sue Van Voorhis is providing this communication...
  • Posted What is an implementation partner? to The Ledger
    In June 2012, in response to an RFP, three consulting firms presented their proposals to serve as the implementation partner for the enterprise system upgrade. Of the three firms, CedarCrestone (CCI) was selected and a contract was approved by the...
  • Posted Online catalog change to The Ledger
    In July, an announcement was made that several sections of the printable PDF version of the undergraduate catalog will be omitted moving forward. This was done to help streamline content and optimize online resources. An additional change will also be...
  • Posted New feedback channel for Portal upgrade to The Ledger
    As part of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Project, the University of Minnesota will implement a new web portal. In order to maintain open communication with all stakeholders throughout the process, a feedback channel has been created to ensure that the...
  • Posted FERPA Q&A: International students to The Ledger
    Question: Are international students treated any differently than domestic students under FERPA? Answer: International students who come to study at the University of Minnesota are covered by FERPA just as domestic students. That means, in general, third parties can't receive...
  • Posted Upgrade to enterprise systems to The Ledger
    Between now and December 2014, the University of Minnesota is upgrading its PeopleSoft enterprise systems and examining related business processes to improve user experience and operational efficiency and effectiveness. Included in this upgrade are the enterprise-level financial, human resources, and...
  • Posted Changes to TXT-U to The Ledger
    TXT-U is the University's emergency notification text messaging system to provide students, faculty, and staff with critical campus safety information. To increase its effectiveness and reach, in mid-to-late May 2012, current students, staff, and faculty with an active Internet ID...
  • Posted Senator Franken and Governor Dayton visit One Stop during financial literacy week to The Ledger
    On April 9, University President Eric Kaler, Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Al Franken, and Office of Higher Education director Larry Pogemiller engaged University students and others in a round table discussion about college affordability and financial literacy. The chat took...
  • Posted The Graduate & Professional Student Update launches April 30 to The Ledger
    On April 30, 2012, a new eNewsletter will launch aimed at enhancing communication to University graduate and professional students on the Twin Cities campus. The Office for Student Affairs, in collaboration with the Office for Graduate Education, Academic Support Resources,...
  • Posted Committee Assignment Workflow to The Ledger
    Based on a careful review of the Appointments to Graduate Examination Committees policy and feedback received at meetings of the Registrar's Advisory Committee, the process map for the assignment of committee [PDF] has been revised and automation work is underway....
  • Posted Prepare now for entering grades later to The Ledger
    Grades for most full semester and second 7-week session University courses on the Twin Cities campus should be entered online by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16. Instructors should verify that they have access to all of their assigned grade...
  • Posted OIT Faculty Fellowship Program for 2012-2013 to The Ledger
    The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is inviting faculty and P&A instructors to submit applications for their faculty fellowship program. OIT anticipates funding up to eight participants with an award of $10,000 to conduct research that will lead to presentations...
  • Posted Academic Support Resources: limited service on May 16 to The Ledger
    All ASR units will be attending a staff meeting from 8 a.m. to 12 (noon) on Wednesday, May 16. This includes the Office of the Registrar, Office of Student Finance, One Stop Student Services, and the Office of Classroom Management...
  • Posted FERPA Q&A: Serving as a reference for a student to The Ledger
    Question: A student has asked me to serve as a reference; can I do that? Answer: Before agreeing to serve as a reference for a student--either in writing or verbally--there are a few things to keep in mind. If the...
  • Posted Planned elevator outage in Johnston Hall to The Ledger
    There is planned elevator maintenance scheduled from Monday, May 14 to Tuesday, August 14 in Johnston Hall. During this time, the elevator will be unavailable for use. Those with mobility issues needing to conduct business with the Graduate School in-person...
  • Posted Moodle Upgrade Scheduled for May 13 to The Ledger
    An upgrade to Moodle is scheduled for Sunday, May 13 during the regular 6 a.m.-noon maintenance window. Moodle will be unavailable for 2-4 hours during that time. Because this is an "in-place" upgrade, no action is required from instructors and...
  • Posted Calculating PhD time to degree to The Ledger
    At the April RAC meeting, Brad Bostrum from the Graduate School presented on how PhD time to degree is calculated. He has provided his presentation: PhD Time-to-Degree...
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