October 13, 2013 - October 19, 2013 Archives

UPDATE: H-1B Announcement from ISSS

J-1/H-1B Info Sessions for Department Administrative Contacts

The upcoming International Scholar Information Session for Departments, held on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 31st has changed. To accommodate a larger group than initially expected, please note the changes in location and time to the session below. If you have not yet registered but would like to attend, you may do so online: http://www.isss1.umn.edu/jd-training/registration.lasso

 ISSS staff invite department administrators and faculty to an information session regarding the processes of inviting and hosting international scholars in J status and H-1B status. The information sessions will cover the following:
  • Who does what? ISSS's role, a department's role, a scholar's role
  • What is a J-1/H-1B visa and how does it differ from other visas?
  • How does the scholar obtain their proper visa status to start their work with your department?
  • The scholar is here, now what?
  • Open forum for questions, as time allows
 NEW location:  108 Mechanical Engineering

 NEW times: 
 

 J portion only (8:30am-9:40am)


 H-1B portion only (9:45am-11:00am)


 J & H-1B portions (8:30am-11:00am)
 

Employment Opportunity: Web Developer

I am pleased to share with you that CLA Office of Communication has posted an opening for a web developer. This is a major step in our multi-year process of migrating our college sites to Drupal and improving the experience for people who visit our sites.

Please share this opening with your networks. The direct link to the description and application information is employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=115594.
 
Also, an RFP has been issued to firms that specialize in content strategy and information architecture for web sites. Our office is seeking a partner who will help us strategize the best way to deliver the information our web visitors are seeking.
 
We will continue to keep you informed as these aspects of our web "remodel" progress. Meanwhile, as always, there are steps that you can take to prepare for the migration that is coming in the next 6 to 12 months:
  1. Review your content for ROT: items that are Redundant, Outdated, or Trivial
  2. Fix broken links, and contact webhelp@umn.edu for any problems on your site that you cannot reach via Contribute
Kelly O'Brien
CLA Office of Communication, 4-4109

2013-14 Instructional Awards - Call for Nominations

Please consider nominating a faculty or staff member from your department for one of this year's prestigious Instructional Awards. We are accepting nominations for the Morse-Alumni, Graduate-Professional, and John Tate Awards.  To learn more about the awards and access nomination forms for all three awards visit the CLA Undergraduate Programs website.
 
Morse-Alumni AwardGraduate-Professional AwardJohn Tate AwardNominations are due by Friday, November 8, 2013.  Dossiers are due by Friday, December 13, 2013. Please contact Barbara Schwab at schwa133@umn.edu or 612-625-7994 if you have questions or need further information.  We look forward to your response.

CLA NOW Follow-up Discussion Regarding End-User Support

At the October 3 CLA NOW meeting Jamey presented a preliminary suite of End-User Support Services recommended to OIT by the task force. CLA-OIT has scheduled a follow-up discussion with the department administrators who are interested in continuing the conversation: Guillermo de Paz, John McEwen, Barbara London, Stephanie Treat, Glen Powell, Teri Wallace and Kara Kersteter. If you are interested in participating - and we missed you when we were gathering names or you didn't raise your hand but wished you had because now you DO want to participate - please let us know! A meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 23 at 9:30 a.m. in 130 Anderson. Contact Deb Ludowese (ludow006 or 5-9418) to be added to the meeting invite.

H-1B Announcement from ISSS

1. J-1/H-1B Info Sessions for Department Administrative Contacts
ISSS staff invite department administrators and faculty to an information session regarding the processes of inviting and hosting international scholars in J status and H-1B status. The information sessions will cover the following:
  • Who does what? ISSS's role, a department's role, a scholar's role
  • What is a J-1/H-1B visa and how does it differ from other visas?
  • How does the scholar obtain their proper visa status to start their work with your department?
  • The scholar is here, now what?
  • Open forum for questions, as time allows
Info sessions will be Thursday, October 31 from 9:30-10:40am (J-1 session) and from 10:45-12pm (H-1B session) in Civil Engineering 214 on the Minneapolis East Bank. Please register here if you plan to attend.

2. H-1B Processing During Government Shutdown
The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification has suspended operations as part of the federal shutdown. No labor condition applications or prevailing wage requests will be processed during this time. This means that many new H-1B petitions will be delayed until these functions are restored, and the work-start date of new cases as well as extensions may have to be delayed. Cases that have been submitted to USCIS will not be affected.

If you have questions about the impact of the federal shutdown on specific cases, please contact your ISSS H-1B Case Manager

3. ISSS Open House - save the date!
ISSS has recently remodeled, and we invite you to come check out our new space at 190 Humphrey School on Wednesday, November 13 from 2-5pm.

New EFS Category Look-Up Tool

Need an easier way to find an EFS category when creating a requisition?  Try this online look-up tool:

https://www.hobmt.umn.edu/hobmt-testing/categorylookup.php

When a search term is entered, the search tool will return category code and description, the account code and description and the chart of accounts long description.  It also allows users to create favorites that meet your more frequent needs.  This online tool has been built by an IT staff person in the Med School and shared broadly for the benefit of EFS users across the University.  An .x500 is needed to access the tool. 

HRMS Upgrade Project

As part of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP), the HRMS upgrade will simplify and streamline the University's human resources management system and processes, add essential new self-service functionality, and improve data quality and the user experience. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend one of three upcoming HRMS Upgrade Town Hall sessions scheduled for late October and November.

The purpose of these town halls is to share the latest information on HRMS project progress and decisions and to gather input from interested stakeholders to ensure that the new system, processes, and training meets your needs and those of the University. We will take a closer look at the major system changes identified to date, discuss challenges and opportunities posed by new functionality and processes, and more.

You can attend these town halls in person or online via UMConnect. The sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Thursday, October 313 to 4 p.m., Physics 166 (East Bank)
  • Thursday, November 73 to 4 p.m., Carlson 2-206 (West Bank)
  • Thursday, November 143 to 4 p.m., Alderman Hall 415 (St. Paul)
Please RSVP via ULearn and take this opportunity to learn more about the HRMS upgrade and to engage in the change process. Our goal is a more streamlined and effective HRMS system that better supports our human resource  enterprise and the University's academic mission.

For more information on the HRMS upgrade project or ESUP overall, visit z.umn.edu/hrms or upgrade.umn.edu.

ESUP Update

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