May 24, 2024

UMW Represented at State Technology Conference

The University of Mary Washington was represented at the 2015 Association of Collegiate Computing Services of Virginia, an annual conference of technologists at higher education institutions around the state.

Lisa Ames, LMS Admin-eLearning Specialist from the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies, co-chaired the Networked Learning Collaborative of Virginia group meeting. The group focused on advancing academic mission and learning technology activities.

Edward Gray, Systems Integration and Support Specialist from IT Support Services, presented “Remote Assistance: a Discussion” on remote assistance tools, usage, policies, and procedures. He also presented “Measuring Success: an Introduction to Metrics,” as an overview to what metrics are and how to tie them to organizational success.

Jeff McClurken, Professor of History and American Studies and Special Assistant to the Provost for Technology and Teaching Innovation, and Jerry Slezak, Director of IT Support Services, presented “A Convergence of Ideas and Technology,” as a story of UMW’s Information Technology Convergence Center.

Ray Usler, Director of IT Security and Information Security Officer, presented “NO, NO Not the Security Guy!” on the role of the IT Security Office and why everyone should be concerned with security.

Pam Lowery, Director of Technology Professional Development and HR Analyst, serves as chair of the ACCS Board of Directors.

Also attending the conference were Acting CIO Hall Cheshire, and Associate Director for Enterprise Application Services Ben Kjar, both from the Department of Information Technologies.

UMW Staff Attend Annual MABUG Conference

2014 MABUG Conference

2014 MABUG Conference

Several UMW staff attended the annual MABUG conference from Sunday, Sept. 27 to Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Richmond, Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic Banner Users Group (MABUG) is an association of colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia that uses Banner as its student information system. The conference creates an engagement opportunity to discuss the latest Ellucian products, platforms, tools and offerings to support teaching, learning and business operations. It also provides an opportunity to meet with peers, discuss similar business challenges and glean best-practice advice. At this year’s conference, UMW presented a total of eight sessions, the most of any other college or university in attendance. The presentations represented an array of areas at the institution:


Managing Annual Phonathons using SmartCall and Banner Advancement – Gretchen Armentrout, Asst Director of Annual Giving

Birds of Feather Advancement – Jane Cariker, Director of Advancement IT Services

Birds of a Feather session for Banner Security – Cheryl Dunn, Director of Financial Systems

Is Your Institution on the Cutting Edge for Delivering TouchFree Transcripts – Rita Dunston, Registrar

Hobson’s Implementation – A Review of Lessons Learn – April Peterson, Applications Developer

Oracle Security On A Shoe String + New 12C Soles – Jim Rawlings, Database Administrator

Building a Data Mart to Support Flexible, Consister and Fast(er) Advancement Reports – Phil Szenas,Senior Programmer Analyst

Banner Security Life Cycle – John Symonds, Applications Database Administrator

UMW Staff Present at MABUG Conference

UMW Enterprise Applications Services (EAS) and UMW advancement staff attended and presented at the annual MABUG meeting in Virginia Beach hosted by Old Dominion University. The Mid-Atlantic Banner Users Group (MABUG) is an association of colleges and universities in Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

Of the 10 attendees from UMW, seven made presentations during the conference. Sessions included: Oracle Security on a Shoestring with Jim Rawlings, Data Base Administrator; Single Sign-on Manager for Banner with Jill Ellington, Applications Developer and Jim Rawlings, Data Base Administrator; Banner Security Life Cycle with John Symonds, Applications Data Base Administrator; Setting up Banner Mobile Applications with Shannon Swanson, IT Analyst/Developer, and The Best of:  Advancement’s Reporting Services, Ben Kjar, Associate Director, Linda Lovin, SQL Server Data Base Administrator, and Jane Cariker, Director of Advancement IT Services. Also attending were: Linda Thornton, Associate Director, Business Process Analysis; Tom Cummings, Sr. Systems Analyst; and April Peterson, Applications Developer.

The topics encompassed all of the functional areas within a university using Banner.  There were a total of 84 presentations given across the spectrum from admissions to technical.  In attendance were 395 participants, representing 55 participating institutions, and 27 major vendors.

Participants remarked on the relevancy and the quality of UMW presentations. Conference organizers noted that UMW was third among all 55 attending organizations in number of presentations, preceded by Ellucian (Banner software vendor) and ODU (the host institution).