CIO Updates: 2022

CIO Update: Sept. 23, 2022

Colleagues, 

This week was just a bit quieter (for me at least), which was a welcome change from the rush-rush of the fall semester start. We had a Java on the patio at 2850 Telegraph on Tuesday so fun to meet several new people and chat with longtime colleagues. The next opportunity to meet virtually is Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. Sign up here

Kudos to our CISO Allison Henry, Associate CISO Charron Andrus and their team for running a successful tabletop cyber incident preparedness exercise for the Chancellor’s Cabinet yesterday. This is one of many other emergency preparedness exercises we have been doing in the past for things like natural disasters or other crisis events. The Security team led a ransomware scenario — something all too common in higher education these days. We had a great conversation with the senior leadership team, and this was a good primer as we gear up for October, which is Cybersecurity Awareness month! Allison will speak about Cybersecurity at Eugene Whitlock’s monthly Manager Forum on Monday.

During the bIT All Staff, we then had a fun breakout session on the most impactful professional development experiences. This was a great lead-in to bIT PPC Director Michelle Davis’s presentation that shared the plethora of resources that staff have for tapping into campus offerings, national conferences, and more! Explore all your options. Here are the materials from the meeting: slide deck | Zoom recording. Apologies to Terence Phuong, our Executive Director for Business Operations, as we ran out of time for his space planning update. Luckily Terence has agreed to join us at our next All Staff on Oct. 27! 

Join us! One IT at SFMOMA to see Diego Rivera’s America

Diego Rivera ArtworkThe Flower Carrier, 1935

Be sure to take advantage of your free admission to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) during the Diego Rivera’s America exhibit run. We’re coordinating a One IT trip to see the collection and take advantage of a cool art mural symposium that day. Here are the details:

  • When? Saturday, Oct. 8 at 10:30 a.m.

  • Where?Meet at SFMOMA - They open at 10 a.m. and we will meet out front at 10:15 a.m. to enter as a group at 10:30 a.m. sharp.

  • Who?Free admission for you and a guest – just bring your Cal1Card (your UC Berkeley ID)!

  • How?RSVP Now

If you can’t make it there in person, check out sfmoma.org/events

UC Tech 2022 Recordings Now Available

Behind every woman, is a woman building the UC tech network

ICYMI or…if you just want to explore additional sessions, you can now access most of the hybrid and virtual videos from UC Tech 2022 on the conference website


The planning team may still be uploading a few so please check back often for newly published recordings. If you have any questions, you can contact uctech@ucsd.edu

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello and welcome to Jesse Paredes, our new Business Systems Analyst in bIT CAD on the SIS team. We want to welcome four new staff members in RTL who are filling several pivotal roles:

  • Dr. Jenae Cohn, Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Dr. Dela Rahimighazikalayeh, RTL Training Coordinator

  • Timothy Lynch, General Manager, KALX Radio

  • Donna Vivar, Manager, Advising Strategy + Training

Also, big congratulations to Ken Lutz on his leadership role as the Chief Research Technology Officer and Director of Research IT.

What I’m reading and watching

Many of us, but certainly not all, grew up with the children’s book Good Night Moon. The Enduring Wisdom of ‘Goodnight Moon’ - The New York Times was a great read for me. What am I watching? I am watching all of the UC Tech presentations made by UC Berkeley colleagues! I couldn’t get to all of them:

Job Openings

Several new positions are in the process of getting posted, so keep your eyes peeled for new opportunities on our bIT job pageHere are the latest positions we want to highlight this week:

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

I can’t believe how quickly September is flying by! Next week stay tuned for messaging about the upcoming fall and winter holidays including soft curtailment options. 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Sept. 16, 2022

Colleagues, 

Yesterday we kicked off Hispanic & Latino/a/x Heritage month, and Britt McClintock, our DEIB Lead, sent out an email that included this infographic that explains the month's history. I encourage you to take a look. I learned some things I didn’t know! I also wanted to share the great events Alianza staff org is sponsoring over the next month, including a picnic next Thursday, Sept. 22, on the Memorial Glade from 12-1 p.m. Sign-up to attend the picnic (bring your lunch), and be sure to check out other events here. Max DiBlasi, our Digital Communications guru, has put together some beautiful Zoom backgrounds to celebrate this month that are now available in our bIT Brand folder. I just added them all to my zoom!!!!

I was honored to be included in a visit to the NASA/Ames facility on Monday to help envision the partnerships that we might create UC Berkeley plans a huge satellite campus at Moffett Field. I totally geeked out on the technology, the vision, and the mission! What was so awesome was that they all had their goal so clearly in their work… “get ready for personed space flight to Mars!” Part of that plan includes putting people back on the moon, the NASA Artemis project. 

Share a photo wearing your bIT t-shirt

Jeane Blunt bIT tshirt frontJeane Blunt bIT tshirt back

By now, you have either picked up the t-shirt you ordered at 2850 Telegraph or it is being mailed to you! We want to see you sporting your bIT shirt wherever you may live (for all our remote employees) or wherever you travel. The photo on the left is Jeané Blunt, who helped select the shirts and distribute them along with our awesome bIT Admin team members Simone Burns and Stephanie Dunn!

Submit a photo wearing your bIT shirt wherever you are, and we will post them to a new page on our technology.b.e website!

Join me for Java

 Java with Jenn

There are a few spaces still available to join in my next in-person Java with Jenn on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 9 to 10 a.m. on the 2nd Floor patio at 2850 Telegraph. Please sign up here. The next opportunities to connect with me live or virtually:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 5 | 9-10 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

  • Thursday, Oct. 20 | 9-10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

  • Wednesday, Nov. 9 | 9-10 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

Updated UC Vaccine Policy

people with masks for vaccine

The UC Office of the President has released an updated vaccine policy effective Sept. 1 that includes information for both COVID as well as ongoing flu vaccination guidelines. Here is some useful info from our University Health Services (UHS): Flu Vaccines | COVID Vaccines

Make an e-Tang appointment

IVY+ Cybersecurity & Privacy Festival

IVY Cybersecurity Fest

Stanford has partnered with leading universities around the country to bring you the 2022 Ivy+ Cybersecurity & Privacy Festival, equipped with diverse perspectives and subject matter experts that will prepare you to recognize and defend against the latest cybersecurity threats. I encourage interested folx to sign up! Condoleezza Rice is giving the opening remarks,

Ivy+ Cybersecurity & Privacy Festival

Oct. 26 (hybrid) & Oct. 27 (virtual) | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. PT

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello and a warm welcome to Lisa Hisson and Sarah Gonzales! Lisa and Sarah are both new IT Service Managers joining the bIT Campus Applications & Data Admin Apps team working with Scott Nemes. Also, a big welcome to Saba Gebreamlak, the newest GIS/CAD Administrator to join our One IT colleagues in Facilities Services.  

What I’m reading and watching

I’m currently reading The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change by Michelle MiJung Kim, a recommendation from Britt. I’m also catching up on Never Have I Ever. If you like quirky coming-of-age shows, this is one of the best! For those of you who may not know, John McEnroe narrates the show from the protagonist's point of view. 

Job Openings

This week, we are featuring several great opportunities to join our Information Security team:

You can always check the status of all bIT open recruitments here. Don’t forget to share job postings with your professional networks to potentially tap the Employee Referral Program as many of our jobs are eligible for cash awards for referrals of great talent!

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

I look forward to seeing you next week either for some Java on Tuesday or at our next bIT All Staff on Thursday, Sept. 22! 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Sept. 9, 2022

Colleagues, 

We have made it through the first few weeks of the semester, and I’m happy to report that our Wi-Fi issues have been resolved! You probably saw this campus-wide message come through from Dave Browne and me yesterday to provide an update to our campus community. I want to give a huge shout-out to our Network team, who worked diligently with our vendor and other partners during this time, including over the last two weekends, to add additional hardware and capacity to arrive at a solution. 

And a big thank you to our front-line teams, who have done an amazing job supporting students, faculty, and staff as we kick off this academic year. Both our IT Client Service and SAIT teams have achieved high customer satisfaction ratings while working through the Wi-Fi inquiries in conjunction with all the other requests hitting them for device support and more! 

One IT Scoreboard from Bears gameWe made it on the jumbotron!

Yesterday was jam-packed with our CIO Forum earlier in the day and a fun baseball game with One IT colleagues last night cheering on the Oakland A’s! At the CIO Forum yesterday, we heard from Laurina Ashby, Senior IT Buyer, who explained the difference between RFIs, RFQs, and RFPs. We also heard from Rana Silver, Director of Student Information Services, who spoke about the current state of the Comprehensive Curriculum Management System (CCMS). If you couldn’t attend, I encourage you to view the materials: slides | Zoom recording. As a reminder, all past forum materials are posted on the One IT webpage

Four Ways to Help Coworkers Feel Respected

Four Ways to Help Your Coworkers Feel Respected two people at table1. Respect the value of what your coworkers do.

2. Respect your coworkers’ individual job performance. 

3. Respect your coworkers’ autonomy. 

4. Respect your coworkers’ struggles. 

Earlier this week, I attended a Mega Meeting among ~400 academic colleagues also in attendance (this meeting is held twice per month). I was inspired to hear our new Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Ben Hermalin, talk about his top priorities, one of which is a focus on DEIBJ. 


He talked about how sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of inclusion and belonging in this work, and although we can and have improved in terms of diversity on campus, that is only part of the struggle. We must also ensure that everyone here is included and enjoys a sense of belonging. People need to feel confident both that they belong here and, more critically, that others see them as belonging here. I loved that he encouraged the audience of academics to be respectful to staff and others they work with. 


He shared this Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) article: Four Ways to Help Your Coworkers Feel Respected

September Happiness Calendar now available from GGSC 

Happiness calendar

Another fun resource from GGSC is this monthly Happiness Calendar that includes tips and activities to incorporate into your days. They also have a new Happiness Break podcast: "psychologist Dacher Keltner and guests guide you through research-based practices to develop more compassion, resilience to stress, and moments of joy and inspiration. And we explain the science behind why these practices work--all in under 10 minutes. A happiness break in your day.” Listen to the latest episode

Scenes from Burning Man

Last Ocean Ursa Minor Sunset Photo by Matt Emmi

I had an amazing time at Burning Man last week, despite the high heat and dust storms! You may have seen some of the images from this year’s event, but ICYMI, SF Gate has awesome photos of the art in this article. San Francisco photographer Jane Hu took the photos, and she is quoted saying of her experience, "I'm still definitely processing. It usually takes me a few weeks to even fully grasp what happened." which is exactly how I feel too! The photo on the left looks like a bear (Go Bears!) and is from Jen Lewin Studio of a piece entitled Ursa Minor

Submissions for ATXpo IdeaLab - DUE TODAY!

At Expo logo

What? Academic Technology Expo (ATXpo)

When? Oct. 3, 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where? UC Berkeley, Pauley Ballroom

Who? FREE to attend for UC Berkeley staff, faculty, and students. Register now! The IdeaLab submissions deadline has been extended to CoB today! Submit a proposal to highlight any academic technology work that you or your teams are doing.

Latinx Heritage Month: Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

group of people outside

In preparation for Latinx Heritage month which starts next week, I wanted to share a few events and resources with you plus make sure you know about Alianza, a campus org committed to community building, professional development, and promotion of Latinx staff:

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello and welcome to Simone Burns, who joins us from the Cal1Card office as our new Admin Support in bIT Business Operations! Her first day was Sept. 1.  

What I’m reading and watching

I was able to read five books at Burning Man! That’s what happens when I don’t have internet and no TV ;-) I highly recommend the Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. It is a piece of speculative fiction that includes three amazingly rendered worlds and how people between those worlds collide. 

Job Openings

Several new positions have been posted this week on our bIT job page, including two new opportunities with SAIT:

Additional position highlights this week:

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

Don’t forget that your Achieve forms are due by Sept. 15! Cheers to a relaxing weekend and hoping temperatures continue to come down from HOT, HOT, HOT to cool, cool, cool wherever you may live. 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Aug. 26, 2022

Colleagues, 

Happy fall semester! As Wes Johnson would say, “Winter is HERE!” (for all you Game of Thrones fans). He has often referenced GoT as we all have been preparing for the start of another academic year…and we are now three days in! It has been a little bumpy with our Wi-Fi issues. Shout out to all who are working so hard with our vendor Aruba to track down the issues. As of this morning, the team implemented a downgrade of our controller software, and we hope that will give us more stability. You can always check https://systemstatus.berkeley.edu/ for the latest information.

I am heading out to Burning Man (BM) tomorrow, and I was meditating on the 10 Principles that reflect the community’s ethos and culture as it has organically developed since the event’s inception. The one that connects most to my daily work is:

Participation

“Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.”

As we all are working so hard to support the campus community, I truly believe that we are making a difference through our daily work and actions that support our teaching, research, and community service mission. I encourage you to think about how to “make the world real” in our daily work.


Thank you to the ~230 people who joined us at the monthly bIT All Staff yesterday. It’s the second day of instruction, and I know everyone is super busy. We shared photos from many colleagues in a section on summer fun, be sure to check out the slide deck, including the speaker’s notes, to learn more! Our bIT Campus Applications & Data directors joined the meeting to introduce their teams. This has been an ongoing portion of our all-staff meetings this year to give everyone some better insights about what teams do, who the people are that work in these different areas, and what their roles are in our organization. View the Zoom recording here

Kenneth Wilson asked a great question during the meeting about making printer.berkeley.edu available for the entire campus. Patrick Pender responded that this service is owned by the EOS team in Data and Platform Services, and anyone interested can feel free to reach out to Alex Kim (alexk@berkeley.edu), who heads that team, or to Patrick (patrick.pender@berkeley.edu).


Earlier this week, I was able to attend the first in-person Deans & Chairs Retreat, where ~180 people gathered at iHouse. The Chancellor provided a welcome and shared some news and an update on the Capitol Campaign; excited to be very close to reaching our goal of $6 billion!

A big thank you to all our front-line teams!

I want to extend my gratitude to our IT Client Services and SAIT help desks, who have extended their hours of service and are also providing more drop-in locations to help faculty and students with Wi-Fi issues for the next few weeks.

Alina Kim and Edrees Saied at the new ITCS drop-in location in Moffitt Library.

Alina Kim and Edrees Saied at the new ITCS drop-in location in Moffitt Library. 

Calvin Burnes and Javier Puyol at the ITCS drop-in Wi-Fi support location in AIS (Dwinelle).

Calvin Burnes and Javier Puyol at the ITCS drop-in Wi-Fi support location in AIS (Dwinelle).

Clark Bilorusky and Catherine Wang at the Student Tech drop-in location in Moffitt Library.

Clark Bilorusky and Catherine Wang at the Student Tech drop-in location in Moffitt Library.

Last chance: get your tickets by Sept. 1! 

Join One IT colleagues for Cal Night at the Oakland A’s game

Over 50 One IT colleagues have purchased their tickets to join us for Cal Night at the Oakland A’s game. You still have a few more days to get your tickets! Family members are welcome to join and everyone gets a free Cal beanie! 

Who: Oakland A’s vs Chicago White Sox

What: Cal Night - free Cal beanie with ticket!

Where: RingCentral Coliseum - 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621

When: Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Cost: Discounted tickets for $28, 3rd base side at field level. 

Mark your calendars for UC Tech 2023: July 17-19

It’s a wrap! UC Tech was last week, and the UC San Diego planning committee is busy gathering all the materials and uploading all the session recordings to share on the conference website


You may have heard the news that we are hosting UC Tech next year, but now we have the dates set: July 17-19, 2023. 

Faye Snowden, our TPO manager and UC Tech Ambassador, is leading this effort and will have info on how you can get involved in the weeks to come!

beautiful sky over Berkeley

Hellos & Goodbyes

Today is Joe Luang’s last day with IT Client Services. We say goodbye and send our well wishes as Joe embarks on a new position with Berkeley Law! Also, a big welcome to Evan Tom, System Administrator, and Steve Flores, GIS/CAD Administrator, joining our One IT colleagues in Facilities Services.

What I’m reading and watching

Our bIT reading group forInterior Chinatown by Charles Yu led by Rob Silva is wrapping up. Yu’s book was this year’sOn the Same Page selection, and the program is hosting an event with the author tonight: Interior Chinatown: An Evening with Charles Yu and Philip Kan Gotanda. This event is free and open to the public! 

Vivian Sophia shared this Literature Clock in our #social-reading Slack channel, which gives you a quote from a book for whatever the current time is - how cool! 

In the watching category, continuing on the GoT theme, I’ve heard lots of buzz around the new spinoff series House of the Dragon. No spoilers, please! I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but it is on my list to view when I get back from the Playa!

Job Openings

Some new and exciting opportunities were posted this week: 

 Here are some resources for exploring new options in our department and beyond: 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the Oakland A’s game, would love to see you there! 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Aug. 19, 2022

Colleagues, 

It was wonderful to see several of you at UC Tech earlier this week! Unfortunately, UC CIO and VP for ITS, Van Williams, was unable to attend, and I was asked to stand in for his presentations at both the Tuesday welcome session and for the UC Tech award ceremony. But this did give me a great opportunity to experience the conference in a different way than originally planned. At the opening session, I asked a packed room of attendees and attendees online to meet someone new nearby and briefly discuss what sparked joy in their work. It certainly sparked conversation! And it took a while to get everyone’s attention back. This showed me how much people want to come together, share, and connect…the theme for this year’s event. We are hosting the event next year on the Berkeley campus! More to come on that since UC San Diego set a high bar for the with over 100 volunteers supporting the three-day event.

I know it is a tough time of year for all of us at semester-based campuses trying to focus on the fall start and you may not have had time to tap into UC Tech. The good news is that all the sessions were recorded and will be made available on theUCSD UC Tech website in the weeks to come, so you can peruse the info at a later time when things are quieter. For those who attended UC Tech in person or are planning to attend any other conferences or training sessions, the bIT Admin team has put together this handy Travel & Training guide to help you through the process.

Shoutout to the Productivity & Collaboration Services team, who detected abug in Google Drive last week and worked with Google toward a resolution. Another shoutout to the Networking and portal.berkeley.edu teams who worked on getting the new Wi-Fi key portal up and running in time for move-in. 

Next week we'll be coming together on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. for our monthly bIT All Staff meeting. We will welcome new additions to our bIT community, and David Turner, Executive Director for bIT Campus Applications & Data will introduce his team.

What I did this summer…last day to submit your photo!

Cristóbal Olivares last year when he took a long weekend trip to Juneau, Alaska and the highlight of his trip was whale watching.

Today is the last day to share yourfun summer photos you took this summer by uploading them here by CoB. Photos of kids, grandkids, travels, gardens, pets, outings, or home life are some examples of what colleagues have shared in the past. We will share a collage of the photos at next week’s All Staff.

The photo on the left was shared by Cristóbal Olivares last year when he took a long weekend trip to Juneau, Alaska and the highlight of his trip was whale watching. 

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello again to Chris Bartlett, our new Building Manager who started in his new role on Aug. 15. We sadly bid farewell to several team members this week: Aswan Movva - Data Analytics Manager from CAD Data Solutions to Amazon; Michelle Caruso, Business Systems Analyst from CAD SIS to Summer Sessions; and Kim Ramirez, Device Support from CITE ITCS who is retiring. Today is their last day. We wish them all the best in their next ventures!

What I’m reading and watching

The Daily Cal published a nice article earlier this week regarding the challenges we have faced with our campus Wi-Fi in the past and all the work we are doing to stabilize the network now and into the future: UC Berkeley makes improvements to Wi-Fi infrastructure, funding issues

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

I know we are all continuing to work diligently as we prepare for the fall start next week. A big shout out and thank you to the ITCS and Student Tech help desk teams who are collaborating to provide extra hours and pop-up locations for Wi-Fi support through the start of the semester starting on Monday! See you next week at the all Staff on Thursday.  

In appreciation,

Jenn


CIO Update: Aug. 12, 2022

Colleagues, 

There is a buzz in the air as we prepare to welcome students back to campus next week! As a reminder, campus move-in is Aug. 16-17 and Golden Bear Orientation starts Aug. 17 and runs through Aug. 22. A huge shout out to the ITCS help desk and Student Tech Services teams for all their efforts in putting together increased support hours and locations in support of Wi-Fi and network connectivity for the fall semester start. We appreciate your dedication to helping make the transition to fall as smooth as possible. A campus-wide message went out earlier this week to share the details

In other news…and in lots of news lately, is the People's Park Housing project, which is now on hold until later this fall. 

Over 230 of you joined us at the CIO Open Forum yesterday, where we heard from Wes Johnson, Executive Director of CITE, on the Game-of-Thrones-like battle that ITCS and our Student Helpdesks have been preparing for as we welcome our students, faculty, and staff to the start of the year! Shawna Dark presented on the EDUCAUSE Ambassador Program and all the great resources EDUCAUSE has to offer. Then she switched hats to tell us about the numerous preparations and start-of-semester activities RTL is providing the community. Lots of great stuff here, so if you missed the meeting, check out the slides | Zoom recording

What I did this summer…

Laurina Ashby, IT Senior Buyer in bIT Business Operations when she and her family went beach camping at Seacliff in Aptos, California last summer

I know several of you may still be planning vacations in the weeks ahead but we are interested in hearing about what you all have been up to for fun this summer. Did you travel, go camping, see a concert, go to a sporting event, or take a relaxing staycation? Let us know by filling out this one-question form and submitting your favorite photo(s) from your experience by next Friday, Aug. 19. We will share the pictures at our next bIT All Staff meeting on Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.  

The photo on the left is from Laurina Ashby, IT Senior Buyer in bIT Business Operations when she and her family went beach camping at Seacliff in Aptos, California last summer. Looks amazing!

Take me out to the ballgame

Join One IT colleagues for Cal Night at the Oakland A’s game

If you don’t have any fun photos to share from a summer event, here’s your chance! Join One IT colleagues for Cal Night at the Oakland A’s game, we’d love to see you there. Family members are welcome to join! Get your tickets here 

  • Who: Oakland A’s vs Chicago White Sox
  • What: Cal Night - free Cal beanie with ticket!
  • Where: RingCentral Coliseum - 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621
  • When: Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Discounted tickets for $28, 3rd base side at field level. 

Hellos & Goodbyes

Farewell to our Systems Administrator in Data & Platform Services, Jim Vaughn. He is moving to another opportunity outside of UC Berkeley and his last day is Aug. 15 - wishing you all the best Jim! 

What I’m reading and watching

This week’s issue of the Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) newsletter highlighted an article on how your identity shapes your self-compassion. The article shares an analysis of over 20,000 people who took the GGSC self-compassion quiz across different ages, races, and genders with some interesting results. So full of school spirit and a great reminder about the connection between the work we do and the campus community we support, I rewatched this video that makes me feel so proud to be here at UC Berkeley. 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

There are approximately 70 staff from UC Berkeley planning to attend (and present) at UC Tech next week. I am looking forward to seeing many of you either in person or virtually! 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Aug. 5, 2022

Colleagues, 
I am so energized feeling the collective hum of us all joining together as we continue to prep for the fall start, and I am so appreciative of all your work. Especially the shared efforts around our fall focus on a stable network!! Please know the role you play in supporting campus, from front-line staff to backend technical teams, administrative teams, and everything in between is critical to supporting our students, faculty, and staff in the new academic year!

Reminder about COVID protocols

For those of you who are working on campus, we have been hearing more about rising cases of COVID. I wanted to send a reminder about our protocols. The campus continues to follow guidance in accordance with Cal/OSHA, CDPH, UCOP, CDC, and the city of Berkeley. Remember: if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please do not come into the office:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Here are some helpful resources:

Important fall start dates with volunteer opportunities

Some reminders about important dates as we welcome students back to campus:

Other upcoming happenings

  • Today - This is the last day to place your order for a free t-shirt featuring the new bIT Love Bug with our core values on the back. Follow the link to select the style of shirt you would like and your size by CoB. 
  • Aug. 10 - Join me for a virtual Java with Jenn at 11:30 a.m.; sign up here
  • Aug. 11 - We will host our next One IT Open Forum at 2 p.m. with a special guest Wes Johnson who will share insights onall things fall start, what we’re doing to support the network on campus, and more.
  • Aug. 15-17 - I look forward to seeing some of you at UC Tech 2022 in person or virtually!
  • Now until Sept. 15 - The FallAchieve Together check-in conversation period has begun! You and your manager/supervisor have until Sept. 15, 2022, tohold your check-in conversation to discuss the prior 4-month period: April 1 through July 30, and enter comments on the Achieve Together Online Form. Visit theAchieve Together website and review theCheck-ins page andGoals page to get prepared. 

Conference season continues

We are deep into conference season, and I wanted to call attention to a few more that are happening in the coming months. Please coordinate with your supervisor and within your departments to take advantage of these professional development opportunities:
Conference Dates
Conference Title & Website
Registration Info
Sept. 21-23, 2022
Sept. 26-28, 2022
Oct. 3, 2022
held at Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley
Oct. 25-28, 2022
Register hereearly bird ends Aug. 8
Nov. 2-3, 2022
Nov. 8-11, 2022
Register herelimited to three attendees max per institution

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard to Steven Westwood our new Senior Service Desk Analyst joining Sally Baker and her team in IT Client Services. Hello - again - to Lia Grant, who is our new IT Security Analyst in ISO; Casey Hennig, who started in her role as our new One IT Program Manager; and Zed Lopez, who is rejoining us from Public Affairs as our new Web Developer for Accessibility Remediation for the Website and Third Party Platform Remediation Project (WaTR) under Productivity and Collaboration Services! 

What I’m reading and watching

I am currently reading A Killing Rain by our very own Faye Snowden!!! Described as a “Dark, Southern gothic tale of homicide detective Raven Burns, with a complicated past and a desperate case to solve.” I am loving it and probably should have started with the first book in the series, A Killing Fire, but I will go back and read it after I’m done. I’m too hooked to stop now! ;-)
Lately, I have been watching too many videos of my grandchildren, first rolling over, first laugh, the commando crawl, well, you get the idea.

Job Openings

We are still looking to invite more folks to our bIT community with several searches in progress. Please view our bIT job page for the details on all our recruiting efforts and help us share out these opportunities through your networks.

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

August is off to a big start, and I know it is a marathon between now and September when campus settles into another year of teaching, learning, research…and being the #1 public institution in the world! You are all doing a great job!
In partnership,
Jenn

CIO Update: July 15, 2022

Colleagues,  

I am still processing all the positive vibes and the experience of seeing many of you in person yesterday at the One IT Celebration Picnic! Please take a look at the message I sent earlier today to the community that includes a summary of the day’s events, photos, a video of the program and more!

Some great news came through this week: I am thrilled to announce that the Instructional Resilience and Enhancement Fee (IREF) will go into effect this fall. This fee will provide ongoing funding to a number of important instruction and student-facing services plus software, including the Student Help Desk, the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP), bCourses, classroom technology, Adobe, and Microsoft, to name a few! If you want more information about the fee, see the IREF FAQ. This was announced to students earlier this week.

All Adobe users need to request a license starting Aug. 1

Speaking of Adobe, there are some important changes coming for those who use the Creative Cloud suite of tools across campus. Please take a moment to read this message that was sent to One IT yesterday from John Valmores. Here’s an excerpt: Starting Aug. 1, 2022, anyone who wishes to use Adobe Creative Cloud will need to request a new license, valid for one year. On Aug. 14, 2022, the access period will end for all licenses that were generated before Aug. 1, 2022. In order to best support instruction and the daily work of our campus community, Berkeley IT is assessing Adobe software usage to understand the demand for Adobe Creative Cloud better.

  • Aug. 1 - Faculty, students, and staff can begin requesting an Adobe license for use this academic year by filling out the license request form that will be posted on the Adobe Software webpage

  • Aug. 14 - All licenses requested after Aug. 1 will be assigned and the access period will end for any licenses assigned before Aug. 1.

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard to several new hires who started this week!

  • Deep Gill, UCPATH/API Developer on the CAD - Admin Applications team.

  • Andrew Sherman, Wi-Fi Engineer with CITI - Network Services.

  • Luqi Jia, Project Manager for the bIT Business Operations - Technology Program Office (TPO).

And a big welcome back to Saundra Alexander! Saundra is returning part-time to help out Gladys Oddoye and her team within bIT Campus IT Infrastructure. 

What I’m reading and watching

For those of you who follow some of our more famous faculty members, this falls under both reading AND watching! The times has a great article, Taking a Trip With Michael Pollan, about the new series How to Change Your Mind | Netflix Official Site

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Sometimes in my updates (like last week), I’ve linked to NY Times articles, and I’ve heard some feedback about people not being able to access them. The exciting thing is that everyone at UC Berkeley has free access to the NYT! Here's the info on how to claim your account:

  • Go toNY Times Education Account

  • enter "University of California, Berkeley" into search, and use your @berkeley.edu address 

  • then you'll have to do a few steps of email verification

  • once that's done, you can 'claim' your account and follow the setup

 Job Openings

There were three new positions posted this week: 

Check the status of all bIT open recruitments here. Don’t forget to share job postings with your professional networks to potentially tap the Employee Referral Program as many of our jobs are eligible for cash awards for referrals of great talent! 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

Have a great weekend everyone! 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: July 8, 2022

Colleagues,  

A lot has happened in the past two weeks since my last update. I hope you all had a relaxing and fun 4th of July holiday weekend!

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Just before the holiday, UC Berkeley hosted the IT Leaders Program (ITLP). Our Berkeley cohort Charron Andrus, Tyler Crooks, Patricia Juarez, Adrianne Mann, Cristobal Olivares, Ross Stivison, David Turner, and Lois Wareham did an amazing job of welcoming their colleagues from the University of Arizona, Carnegie Mellon University, UC Davis, and Washington University Saint Louis. 


I was honored to attend the Danza Azteca Ceremony led by Calpulli Huey Papalotl whose members started the ceremony by reading our Land Acknowledgement. The Berkeley cohort arranged this special event to kick off the weeklong workshop.

We had another virtual Java with Jenn session yesterday. It’s always so great to meet new colleagues and visit with those who I’ve known for years! The next opportunity for live java on the 2nd Floor Patio at 2850 Telegraph will be Thursday, July 28, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please sign up here. Later that day at 2 p.m. we will have our next bIT All Staff where Terence Phuong, Executive Director of Business Operations will introduce his team.

Several announcements have been coming through regarding leadership positions being filled across campus. Here’s a snapshot:

  • First, I am thrilled to let you know that after a competitive national search, David Turner started his new role as Executive Director of Campus Applications and Data (CAD) on July 1. A big shoutout to Rana Silver for her amazing work as co-interim Executive Director of the Campus Applications and Data team these past several months as we conducted the search.

  • Oliver O’Reilly has been named as our new Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. This is very good news for the campus and for IT. Oliver has been a strong champion of our work and is currently championing the Comprehensive Curriculum Management (CCMS) Project that Rana and her team have been working on. 

  • Ben Hermalin, who was announced as the new Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost at the start of the year, also began his new role on July 1.

  • Victoria Plaut has been appointed to the role of Vice Provost for the Faculty, effective Aug. 15. Vicky is currently the Claire Sanders Clements Dean's Professor of Law in the School of Law at UC Berkeley and the chair of the Academic Senate's Budget and Interdepartmental Relations Committee

UC Tech Program Now Available

UC Tech 2022 Aug. 15 - 17

Registration for both the on-campus and virtual UC Tech programs remains open. More session topics and times have been added to the conference website, view the detailed program here. The schedule is subject to change as the planning committee confirms participation with speakers. 


Congratulations to all our UC Berkeley presenters! Be sure to check out all the sessions and build out your schedule through their website. If you submitted a proposal and are still awaiting word, send a note to uctech@ucsd.edu


Exciting news: UC Berkeley will host UC Tech next year! More info to come…

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello…again…to Rosalind Nevels who started her new role as our Cellular Services Coordinator on July 5. Farewell and happy retirement to Margaret Chester, Joslyn Broussard, Kyaw Win, and Jerry Yerardi! We thank you for your many contributions to UC Berkeley and wish you all the best as you embark on this next chapter of your life. I hope to see you and celebrate together at the One IT picnic next Thursday!

What I’m reading and watching

I hope you saw the message I sent out earlier this week about our reading group forInterior Chinatown by Charles Yu! It is this yearsOn the Same Page book. A book is chosen every year to welcome our new students into Berkeley's intellectual community and we are all encouraged to read it and connect. If you are interested in joining us, email me, and we will add you to our list: bit-onthesamepage@lists.berkeley.edu, and our slack channel: #social-interior chinatown

Rob Silva is leading this effort (thanks, Rob!), and he has connected with Aileen Liu, the Director of Curriculum Engagement Initiatives in the College of Letters and Science. She will help guide our group. We will all commit to reading the book by Aug. 12 and then meet at least once to discuss it. We can also engage in discussion on slack as we go. 

Job Openings

Several new positions are in the process of getting posted so keep your eyes peeled for new opportunities on our bIT job page and I will share them in my update next week.  

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

I can’t wait to see the 250+ folks from our community come together at the One IT Celebration picnic next Thursday at 11 a.m. - our first in-person event since Oct. 2019. We will celebrate retirees, play games, and have F-U-N! 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: June 23, 2022

Colleagues,  

Hard to believe this is my last update for June. There will not be an update next week since many people (including me!) are making it a long weekend for the 4th! I hope that many of you are taking some well-deserved time off. 

I am sure that many of you are having very emotional reactions to today’s Supreme Court Decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. I know that the first thing I did this morning was to reach out to my daughters and mom. I want to encourage everyone to read Chancellor Christ’s message sent this morning “Today, a major setback for women.” In it, she shares her personal thoughts and experiences. She also confirms the university's commitment to inclusive reproductive care for our patients.  

If you need to take space today, please work with your supervisor. I know I needed a long walk. We are working to schedule a time next week for people who would like to come together to hear from each other and support one another. 

What I’m reading and watching

Rather than tell you what I am currently reading, I want to encourage you to consider reading or rereadingThe Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. It was published the year after I graduated from high school and I remember reading it when it came out thinking “this future was unimaginable.” 

I also went back and watched Theresa Davis - What to Do When a Politician Tries to Fall into Your Vagina Feet First. I watched it first when it went viral several years ago. Caution the video contains language and references that might make people uncomfortable.  


A big thank you to everyone who has made time to attend the presentations and other sessions for the Executive Director of Campus Applications and Data search. I know that it can be challenging to prioritize attendance and feedback, but hiring is one of the most impactful and important things we do as an organization and your feedback is important! Please fill out the Feedback Form ASAP. I would love your feedback by the end of today and I need it no later than Monday 9am. 

EDUCAUSE highlighted a poll from last year that I wanted to share with all of you EDUCAUSE QuickPoll Results: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These results show that higher ed has a long way to go in addressing issues. We are very lucky to have our own Charron Andrus as a leader of the EDUCAUSE Diversity in IT Community Group who led this work!!  

Thank you to everyone who attended the CIO Open Forum yesterday where we shared out the FY23 One IT Strategic Plan and looked back over our successes this past year! ICYMI: View FY23 Strategic Planslide deckZoom recording. Our next forum will be on Aug. 11, we will not have a forum in July since we are hosting our celebration picnic on July 14. Don’t forget to RSVP by July 1

Job Openings

Just a reminder you can view progress on bIT job postings here. Please share this and all of our bIT job openings and other UC Berkeley IT jobs with your networks.

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: June 17, 2022

Colleagues, 

We find ourselves midway through pride month with plenty of time to use these beautiful Zoom backgrounds and email signature options…now…and into the future! It is awesome to see so many people using them! 

We are also embarking on a holiday weekend celebrating Juneteenth on Sunday! This website has great ideas for how to celebrate Juneteenth in the workplace and at home. The City of Berkeley will host its 35th Annual Juneteenth Festival on Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event is the longest-standing Bay Area Juneteenth festival. If you don’t live nearby, a short search will let you know what events are happening in your area!

I am very excited to announce that starting June 21, bIT People Performance & Culture will sponsor and Student Affairs IT will host two high school interns from the Bakar Achieve Scholars program for five weeks. The interns will be working on projects with the SAIT Staff Helpdesk and the Communications & Network Support teams. 

A few other announcements related to HR topics:

I had a great in-person Java with Jenn yesterday – I really love these opportunities to connect with you all! Over 15 colleagues joined me on the 2nd Floor patio at Telegraph to talk about whatever was on the minds of those present. My next virtual java will be on July 7, 9-10 a.m. please sign up here

Now available: FY23 One IT Strategic Plan

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Earlier this week, the Program Planning Group (PPG) rolled out the FY23 One IT Strategic Plan to the campus community! We appreciate the collaborative effort of all our IT partners on campus who dedicated time to this work over the past several months and to everyone who provided feedback on the draft version during the public comment period. Be sure to join us next week at the CIO Forum on Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m. where we will share the finalized version of the plan, including new IT Priority Initiatives. Hope to see you all there!


In July we will be gathering information on all our One IT accomplishments for FY22 in preparation to publish our CIO Annual Report. More info will be shared in a future update. View FY23 Strategic Plan | Browse past CIO Forum presentations

Who wants a bIT shirt?

Since launching our new organization last December, we have had some bIT staff express interest in getting shirts. Please fill in this short form to help us gauge interest in ordering shirts for our community.

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Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard, Saundra Busch! Today is Saundra’s first day as the Email and Chat Communications Service Lead in Productivity and Collaboration Services. She joins Jon Hays’ Communication and Collaboration Services team in bIT Campus IT Experience.

What I’m reading and watching

I’ve started reading The Lincoln Highway: A Novel by Amor Towles. It is a book with multiple entertaining narrators! So well written! I’ve been watching too many videos of my grandchildren, but I’ve had time to catch up on season 2 of Russian Doll. So darkly funny.

Job Openings

Just a reminder to please try to attend the upcoming presentations happening next week with the finalists for our Executive Director of Campus Applications and Data! You should see these events on bCal as holds. After each presentation, you will be asked to provide feedback regarding each candidate to help us as we move toward selecting the final candidate! 

New positions posted this week: 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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I hope you have a lovely, relaxing, long holiday weekend (starting at 3 p.m. today). I look forward to seeing you at the CIO Open Forum next Thursday!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: June 10, 2022

Colleagues, 

Happy Staff Appreciation Week! This week is a time dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating all your hard work, contributions, and commitment to UC Berkeley which is vital to our campus community. I hope you all have been able to enjoy some of the staff events that were happening throughout the week. 

I was at UCLA this week with the rest of the UC CIOs for our first in-person meeting since COVID! We did some team-building activities and heard about the progress of system collaborative efforts from our UC-wide committees on accessibility, procurement, education technology, security, and research technology. I’m proud to say that two of the committee chairs are from UC Berkeley. David Wilson leads the procurement group (IT Sourcing) and Lucy Greco leads the committee on accessibility. 

I know many of you attended and/or presented at the NOW Conference yesterday. I’ve heard great feedback that it was a really wonderful experience this year. If you haven’t tapped into much and you live nearby, make your way to campus to take part in the Staff Carnival happening today from 2 to 5 p.m. - some of the activities look like a ton of fun! The Bungee Run is calling my name ;-)  

Pride Summit 2022 - Lesbians Who Tech & Alliesalso has been happening this week. I’d be interested to hear if any of you attended and what some of the highlights were, I know they always have amazing speakers!

I want your input! You will see that holds have been placed on your calendars next week and the following week for the finalist presentation for our Executive Director of Campus Applications and Data. I would encourage you to attend and provide feedback.  

Today is the deadline for bIT Managers to complete the BPM Grow Today Series & Certificate and for all bIT employees to complete their Foundational Skills training. I’m incredibly happy to say that we have reached100% completion for all required training! Thank you all for your efforts and your time expended in getting this done. 

Java with Jenn in June

 Java with Jenn

Say that three times real fast! Next Thursday, June 16 from 9 to 10 a.m. is my next in-person Java which will be held on the 2nd Floor patio at 2850 Telegraph. There are still a few spaces available! Please sign up here. Here are some additional opportunities to connect with me live or virtually:

  • Thursday, July 7, 9-10 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

  • Thursday, July 28 | 9-10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

FY23 Strategic Plan: Coming Soon!

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The Program Planning Group (PPG) is working to finalize the FY23 One IT Strategic Plan after the public comment period ended earlier this week on June 8. We are compiling all the feedback and making edits to the initial draft to move toward finalizing the plan to share at our June 23 CIO Forum. 


The past several months we have been working with all the departments across One IT to think through IT priority setting for FY23. Next, we will be gathering information on all our accomplishments for FY22. As a reminder, the monthly CIO Open Forums are a great way to hear more about the progress being made on priorities throughout the year. View an initial draft of the Strategic Plan | Browse past CIO Forum presentations

What I’m reading and watching

I am reading The Lincoln Highway and it is AWESOME!!! Highly recommend. I’ve been taking a TV break lately and doing more walking and spending time with my new grandson Valentino David Escobedo who was born on April 2! 

Job Openings

Managers and our awesome People, Performance, and Culture team are continuing to do a great job with bIT recruitments, view the status of open positions herePlease share this and all of our bIT job openings and other UC Berkeley IT jobs with your networks.

New positions posted this week: 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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I’ll close by expressing, again, my deep appreciation for each and every one of you, for being part of what makes bIT a great place to be!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: June 3, 2022

Colleagues,  

Hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend, but…coming back Tuesday, it felt like the whole week flew by and the month of May with it; just like that, it’s June! Speaking of University holidays, there are several more coming up this summer. We have many new people in our bIT organization, so here is the holiday schedule

June brings so many things to celebrate:

This week we welcomed Britt McClintock to Berkeley IT! Britt is our new Lead for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging on the bIT People, Performance, and Culture team. I am so excited she is here and she has already sent a wonderful message out to all of you and has plans to connect with the community each week. Britt (she/they) has done extensive work as a diversity, equity, and inclusion educator and consultant and an Ethnic Studies high school educator. Over the years, Britt has helped create curriculums and training surrounding BIPOC and LGBTQIA2+ inclusion and equity in collegiate student life programming. In 2015, she created a short documentary on the negative impacts of gender (binary) socialization called Genderations - A Documentary

On Wednesday, just over 30 staff from across bIT came together for a brown bag Open Conversation organized by Robert Rainey and the bIT Action Team and moderated by Michelle Davis, Director of People, Performance, and Culture. We will continue to share out opportunities for these important conversations.

Conference Registration & Travel

UC Tech Proposals & Award Nominations due May 30

We are thrilled that so many bIT staff are interested in attending conferences this summer. Terence Phuong and his awesome Admin Team are working to prioritize getting folks registered for both UC Tech, which will be hosted by UC San Diego on Aug. 15-17, and EDUCAUSE being held this year in Denver, CO Oct. 25–28. Our One IT community submitted 30 proposals to present at UC Tech! Please read the message from Terence this morning about the process for getting registered and travel booking options.

Kudos to the UC Moves One IT Team

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Kudos to the UC Moves One IT team, who finished the California Coastline challenge last week. We came in 28th overall, competing with teams across our UC system and met our goal with 201,744 steps logged by 28 members. I know it got me motivated to take more steps. Shoutout to Dave Browne for putting our team together and to all of you who participated. View the full results of the challenge here

Electricity demand reduction days this summer/fall

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You may have seen the message from Sally McGarrahan, AVC for Facilities Services, regarding several dates this summer and fall where we are being asked to conserve electricity: June 8, Aug. 10, and Oct. 12. 

June java with Jenn

 Java with Jenn

My next in-person Java session is Thursday, June 16 from 9 to 10 a.m. Join me on the beautiful 2nd Floor patio at 2850 Telegraph. There are still 10 spaces available! ! Additional opportunities to connect with me live or virtually:

  • Thursday, July 7, 9-10 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

  • Thursday, July 28 | 9-10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

Please sign up here, or if you’d like to meet individually, schedule time with me directly

Names for the falcon chicks

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Voting opened yesterday to name the two falcon chicks with a short window (9 a.m. this morning) to choose from 12 finalists. The campus community could choose from among names selected by Cal Falcons from the most popular suggestions recently pitched by more than 650 people — 200 of them children. Suggestions from kids were collected through a partnership between Cal Falcons and the Berkeley Public Library. The winning names will be announced at noon today! I voted for Hope and Ignacio. Read the full story here

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard! 

  • Britt McClintock, DEIB Lead in People, Performance and Culture

  • Erica Ching, IT Security Analyst, Assessments Team in the Information Security Office. 

  • Jorge Solorio and Chris Chew - new Desktop Support in IT Client Services

  • Sina Carroll, new Docusign Service Lead in Productivity & Collaboration Services

What I’m reading and watching

I am super excited that we will be starting a bIT reading club for the On the Same Page program, Interior Chinatown by 

Charles Yu A HUGE thank you to Rob Silva, who has agreed to coordinate it. Stay tuned for more information about how to participate. I’m definitely in! You can always follow the #social-reading slack channel. While many of you are probably watching Stranger Things, I have been rewatching Mad Men. It is even better the second time around. 

Job Openings

Several new jobs are in the process of getting posted. I will share them in next week’s update or you can always view progress on bIT job postings here

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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I know many of you will be attending next week’s NOW Conferenceon June 9. I am so proud to see 13 of our bIT colleagues will be presenting and sharing their wisdom with conference participants. Enjoy!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: May 27, 2022

Colleagues, 

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, observing and mourning the loss of military personnel who have died while serving in the US armed forces, we are collectively mourning so much more as Americans and as humans with the multiple acts of hatred and violence that have occurred this month. I expect that many of you are sad and tired and outraged. I’ve been personally struggling as a leader to find a way to lead intentionally with empathy and with hope. I will continue to look for hope in the dedication of our faculty and students, the commitment and amazing work of the One IT community to support UC Berkeley and the hope I have when I hold my grandchildren. I encourage you all to look for hope in your work and in your lives. 

Thank you to all who attended the all-staff meeting yesterday and shared a moment of silence for all the victims. Robert Rainey spoke about his own connection to these events being from Buffalo, NY, having a wife who is an elementary school teacher, and having kids in school. Robert, with Irma Donaldson, both chair our bIT Action Team and, with the support of Michelle Davis our Director of People, Performance, and Culture, they have put together a brown bag Open Conversation that will be held next Wednesday, June 1 at noon. This will be a virtual open conversation, a safe space to talk. Say what is on your mind, ask questions, listen, and talk to your colleagues. There is no formal agenda, just the honest question "How are you doing?" I hope you can join us, please sign up here 

A big thank you to Wes Johnson for introducing his Campus IT Experience (CITE) team. They truly are the face of our bIT organization, as Wes mentioned and I think everyone liked his reference comparing CITE to being the “watchers of the wall” (for all you Game of Thrones fans). If you were unable to attend the All Staff meeting, the materials are here: view slide deck | watch Zoom recordingWe will not have an all-staff meeting in June; the next one is on July 28.

We want your input: FY 23 One IT Strategic Plan

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Last Friday, over 50 IT leaders from across the campus gathered (in person!) to hear about our FY23 One IT Strategic Plan and our proposed top priorities for the year. The meeting was an opportunity for folks to meet – many for the first time – and get us thinking about the future of IT at Berkeley over the next few years. Our workshop was the first of many to come to engage our community around strategic work this year. 


Now it’s your turn to participate! Please review this draft FY23 One IT Strategic Plan andshare your input with us by June 8. Our next CIO Forum will be held later next month on June 23. This will give us time to gather and integrate feedback from the community for the Program Planning Group (PPG) to share the final version of the plan at the forum.

bIT Leadership Retreat

On Monday, our bIT Leadership Team (Directors and ExLT) got together for our first retreat. Our goals for the day were to create a shared mental model of goals and outcomes for our individual departments and for Berkeley IT as a whole; to identify bIT leadership two-year goals; and to begin the development of success metrics to measure progress against our ODP goals (Build an agile central IT organization that serves as a strategic partner with the UC Berkeley community to efficiently deliver campus IT services. Create a structure and culture that is inclusive, actively embraces diversity and equity, where IT professionals can do their best work). More info to come about retreat outcomes and next steps!

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard, Oscar Ruiz, Scott Nemes, and Temitope Aladesanmi! Oscar started on May 16 and he is our new Desktop Support in IT Client Services. Scott is our new ITSM Manager in Campus Application and Data / Administrative Applications who started on May 23. Temitope is our new Network Engineer who joined the Campus IT Infrastructure / Network and Data Center Services Team on May 23.  

What I’m reading and watching

I attended the Internet2 meeting in Denver this week. Internet2 is the organization that runs a national high-speed network for research institutions and others. They also provide many of the tools that we use on campus like eduroam and Shibboleth. Why is this under reading and watching? Because I went down a rabbit hole to learn more about Quantum computing and found this: A beginner's guide to quantum computing | Shohini Ghose. I’m not sure I get it yet, but I’m starting to!

I also began reading Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu and I am looking forward to creating a summer reading group around the book! More about that soon. 

Job Openings

We are still trucking along in filling our open positions, you can view progress on bIT job postings hereA new position we want to highlight this week: Cellular Services Coordinator (7565U) #36172 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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I hope you have a relaxing long weekend spending time with loved ones.

In partnership and with hope,

Jenn


CIO Update: May 12, 2022

Colleagues,  

Kudos to you all as we close out another academic year! I just want to express my sincere gratitude to each of you for your hard work these past few years. Hard work on top of hard times, I would say…to echo Chancellor Christ’s opening statement during Tuesday’s Campus Conversation that we’ve endured "hard times, not just in institutional challenges, but also in your personal lives." Your dedication and resilience have been inspiring and appreciated. It’s gratifying to know we are coming out of this time together, perhaps a little worse for wear and still transitioning, but there is light! Fiat lux! 

During the Chancellor’s talk, she was joined by outgoing Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Cathy Koshland. They discussed major issues and events of the ending academic year and offered a preview of plans and priorities for the fall semester. As we close out this spring semester, they mentioned how UC Berkeley is seeing a record number of attendees at graduation ceremonies. Indeed a historical time for our university in so many ways. ICYMI you can watch the recording here. 

Thanks for joining me at the One IT CIO Forum yesterday, you can access materials here: view slide deck | watch Zoom recording. Casey Hennig provided an update on the strategic planning timeline for FY23. We had great spotlights on two projects. Shane Knapp from EECS Research Engineering shared their (MIS)Adventures with Salesforce. Luis Hernández Muñiz and Sarah Bailey joined us from our bIT Campus IT Experience team in Productivity and Collaboration Services to provide an update on the Cost Containment for Box and Google priority. Thank you to all our presenters! Next month’s forum will be held on June 9. 

Save the Date: One IT Celebration on July 14

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Speaking of One IT…I am SO excited to announce our first in-person One IT event since October 2019! We are planning a celebration, a picnic, on July 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Faculty Club Glade. So much has happened in the last few years, we want to take a moment to come together for a collective pause, celebrate those who have retired during this time, and just simply have some FUN seeing each other LIVE and in person! This should already be appearing on your bCal and more info will be shared soon.


If you want to join in with colleagues for something fun before then, Dave Browne created a OneIT team for the UC Moves California Coastline challenge. I joined with a goal of 10,000 steps a day. Join here

UC Tech Award Nomination Deadline is May 30

UC Tech Proposals & Award Nominations due May 30

The UC Tech Awards Program includes awards for projects and awards for individuals or teams for designing, implementing, operating, or supporting high-impact technology initiatives. The program encompasses the following:

  • Sautter Award for Innovation in Information Technology (projects);

  • Awards for collaboration, IT security, operational efficiency, and design (individuals or teams);

  • Lifetime impact award (individual).

This program is sponsored by the UC IT Leadership Council (ITLC), and the awards are selected by a committee of UC location CIOs. Get your nomination in by May 30

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard Manohar Rana! Manohar joined us on May 9 as the Data Integrations Lead in Data Solutions. He is part of Aswan Movva’s Data & Analytics team in bIT Campus Applications & Data. Congratulations to Irma Donaldson who started a new role on May 9 as our Communications & Network Consultant. Her new position is still working with Gladys Oddoye and her team in bIT Campus IT Infrastructure.  

We bid farewell to Kong Chou who has spent 12 years with the Finance Team working primarily on recharge. One of Kong’s biggest contributions has been his latest work on the Campus Network Model. Kong is turning his focus to his growing family and he will be staying busy taking care of his new little ones. His last day is on May 16, please join me in thanking Kong for his 12 years of service and sending well wishes to him and his family. 

What I’m reading and watching

I’m looking forward to reading this year’s recommended book from the On the Same Page program, Interior Chinatown by 

Charles YuAs you may know, this program is UC Berkeley’s way of welcoming our new students into the intellectual community. They do this by choosing a book, theme, or other work of art to provide the focus of a range of events, courses, and activities that bring our new students into contact with each other and our faculty.

baby falcons

If you want a sweet break in your day, tune into the Cal Falcons live nest cam to see how Annie and her new little fuzzy babies are doing. The first chick was born on May 5, the second on May 6 (unfortunately, the third egg wasn’t viable but still visible in the nest). Watching them for even a few minutes is calming. You can usually see just hints of the chick’s white fluff under Mama but then occasionally these wonderful moments of seeing the babies. A fitting memorial to Grinnell…happy sigh. Read the full story here

Job Openings

There are currently 13 open recruitments in bIT, we are excited to share new positions being filled and will continue to keep you all updated on progress each week. As a reminder, here are the links to see what other opportunities exist: Browse all campus IT job postings | Search all UC Berkeley Jobs 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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     End of spring semester

You still have time to join our new bIT FUN Committee, please let Margarita Zeglin (mzeglin@berkeley.edu) know if you would like to participate by May 31. The group will develop 4-6 optional (fun!) social events for bIT staff to engage in throughout the year (with options offered for both virtual and in-person). This is an opportunity to let your creativity and innovation shine while providing FUN opportunities with your colleagues.

Next week we have several strategic planning events happening so I will not send an update but I look forward to sharing some outcomes on May 27. 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: May 6, 2022

Colleagues,  

It is May and this month we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage. Did you know that the AAPI community consists of over 50 different ethnic groups? Check out the Diversity website for some great resources and events being hosted on campus including a celebration on May 23 sponsored by the Library. 

Thank you to those who attended my Java with Jenn on the 2nd Floor patio at 2850 Telegraph yesterday. It was great to have our One IT colleagues from Facilities IT join us! You can join me virtually on Thursday, May 19 from 9 to 10 a.m. See all future dates and sign up here

I hope you all saw the message come through from the Chancellor and Cathy Koshland on Wednesday regarding the campus’s response to the recent shelter-in-place on April 21. The message includes a commitment to applying lessons learned from that event, plus information on emergency protocols and resources.

I saw a great presentation at the open Academic Senate meeting this week on the Clean Energy Campus initiative that aims to “decarbonize” our campus energy use. Berkeley is working to do its part for the environment by retiring our aging natural gas power plant. There is state funding available that we hope the legislature will award to this project. Here is more information about how you can be an advocate for this project to the state legislature. Finally, here is a cool article and video UC Berkeley drills 400-foot borehole to explore geothermal heating on campus

UC Women in Technology Open Letter to IT Leadership

An open letter to IT leadership has been circulating at UC campuses, penned by the University of California Women in Tech (UC WIT) committee. Members share their observations and recommendations to better support and retain female technology staff. I am sure many of you can relate to some of the items they have listed in the “Current State of UC IT” section at the beginning. Berkeley IT teams are not alone in feeling the many effects the last decade has brought us. I really appreciate the thoughtful recommendations (some of which we are already doing) and wanted to share with you as a helpful reference for other ideas we may want to consider.

Join the FUN Committee

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Our new FUN Committee will develop 4-6 optional (fun!) social events that bIT staff can participate in each year. They will have an annual budget, gather input from staff, and develop a range of activities to support the diverse interests of our staff, offering a mix of accessible events both our remote and local staff can enjoy. This is an opportunity to let your creativity and innovation shine while providing FUN opportunities for your colleagues. If you are interested in participating on the committee, please let Margarita Zeglin know by May 31.

bIT Colleagues Presenting at the NOW Conference

Join the NOW Conference Lottery by April 14

I’m so proud to see such great representation from our bIT organization presenting at this year’s NOW Conference! Robert Amos, Charron Andrus, Sarah Bailey, Clarissa Fermin, Sam Griffin, Patricia Juarez, Wayne Kuang, Yoshita Mukherjee, Gert Reynaert, Mira Roseman, Faye Snowden, and Jeffrey Williams will all be sharing their wisdom with conference participants. This virtual event will be held on Thursday, June 9. There are still a few spaces available, complete this form to enter the lottery for your spot or be added to the waitlist. Visit the NOW conference website

UC Tech Proposal Deadline is Sunday

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A giant shoutout to all of you who have submitted proposals to present at the UC Tech conference. As of Wednesday, there have been 20 proposals submitted for our campus — well done! And, there is still time to submit a few more with the extended deadline for proposals coming this Sunday, May 8. 


UC San Diego is the host for this year’s event which will take place Aug. 15-17. The theme is Shoring Up Connections: 40 Years of Conversation, Innovation, and Collaboration. Submit your proposal here | Visit the UC Tech website

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard Emily Gladstone Cole! Emily has joined ISO as the new IT Security Analyst on the Security Operations Team, her first day was Monday, May 2.

What I’m reading and watching

Thank you to Charron Andrus, our Associate CISO for sharing this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education on How to Make Your Campus a Better Place to Build a Career. It offers 7 great pieces of advice for managers including creating a culture of documentation.

“One of the best things you can do to make turnover less painful — and to help your employees feel like their world is less chaotic — is to create a culture that values writing things down.”

I also plan on delving into this suggested reading list for AAPI Heritage Month. Finally, I stayed up waaaay too late this week to finish 1883. You have to love anything with Sam Elliot in it playing a cowboy ;-)

Job Openings

Our bIT People, Performance, and Culture team in collaboration with several hiring managers have been hard at work with all the recruitments currently in progress. Here are all the recently filled positions and new team members we can look forward to meeting in the weeks to come:

  • DEIB Lead (4258U), People, Performance & Culture #30823 

  • ITSM Lead / Manager (0532U) #28390

  • Desktop Support (7359C), IT Client Services #31037

  • Communications & Network Consultant (7566U), Network & Data Center Services #32916

  • Network Engineer (7566U), Network & Data Center Services #30897

  • Assessments Security Analyst (7338U), Information Security Office #32618 (one of two positions filled)

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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     End of spring semester

Looking forward to seeing you at 2 p.m. next Thursday for our monthly CIO Open Forum! Please send me any questions you would like me to address by filling out this short form.

 In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: April 29, 2022

Colleagues,  

Like spring flowers…April didn’t seem to last very long! The good thing is it was filled with both rain and sun in the bay area! As we close out this month and move toward the end of the semester, I have lots to share this week. 

First, thank you to the 240+ members of our community that attended yesterday’s bIT All Staff. A big thanks to presenters Michelle Davis and Terence Phuong for providing important updates on HR deadlines that are coming up (see dates section below) and a progress report on the budget process. Our CISO Allison Henry also joined us to introduce her Information Security Office team and provide an overview of all the critical work they do to protect our university data. Here are the materials from the meeting: slide deck|Zoom recording. Next month, our all staff will be held on May 26. Wes Johnson, Executive Director of the IT Campus Experience team will join us to introduce his team as we continue to meet all the new units within our bIT organization.

Strategic Planning Now in Progress

Strategic Planning Now in Progress

Earlier this week, I participated in updating VCA Strategic Plan with Marc Fisher’s leadership team. In tandem with the budget process, this is the time of year we also work on updating our One IT Strategic Plan. Many departmental leaders will be taking part in the kickoff retreat we are hosting in person on May 20.


Over the next several months we will be thinking through IT priority setting for FY 23 and also gathering information on all our accomplishments for FY22. As a reminder, the monthly CIO Open Forums are a great way to hear more about the progress being made on priorities throughout the year. View One IT Strategic Plan | Browse past CIO Forum presentations

Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients

Distinguished Teaching Award Recipients

I was thrilled to be able to attend the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) Ceremony held last night to honor the award winners for the last few years. This is the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching. The award recognizes teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, engages them thoroughly in the enterprise of learning, and has a lifelong impact. The ceremony honored the 2022 DTA awardees, the 2021 Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times Awardees, as well as the 2020 DTA recipientsLearn more about these awards

See you next week for Java with Jenn

 Java with Jenn

Join me next Thursday, May 5 from 9-10 a.m. for some java on the 2nd Floor patio at 2850 Telegraph. This is an informal way to connect with me, see colleagues, and enjoy some eats on our beautiful patio! Additional opportunities to connect with me live or virtually:

  • Thursday, May 19 | 9-10 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

  • Thursday, June 16 | 9-10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

Space is limited to 20 people for better ability to have conversations so please sign up!

UC Tech Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8

UC Tech Proposal Deadline Extended to May 8

We apologize for some confusion as we have sent out info about UC Tech. The deadline for proposals has been extended to May 8. This year’s theme is Shoring Up Connections: 40 Years of Conversation, Innovation, and Collaboration - submit your proposal here


UC Tech 2022 will take place Aug. 15-17, hosted by UC San Diego. Along with the Annual Sautter Award for innovation in technology, an expanded awards program has been announced - apply or nominate here by May 30Visit the UC Tech website

Hellos & Goodbyes

We bid farewell to Michael Baldwin who has been part of our ServiceNow Team for the past seven years. Thank you for all your contributions especially as the lead developer for the new HR ServiceHub implementation last fall. Best wishes to you in your new role at the UC Office of the President leading the ServiceNow team.  

What I’m reading and watching

The #social-reading slack channel had a great discussion of the Berkeley Summer Reading list. While it is “for new UC Berkeley students” it has some GREAT titles. The theme this year is “illuminating communities.” One of my faves on the list is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid. It is a book filled with magical doors that allow refugees to flee to other parts of the world. I read it earlier this year, but it has so much meaning for our current world events. The coolest thing is that you can borrow many of these titles through the UC Berkeley library! They have a number of different e-Book options too. The PBS NewsHour highlighted some amazing work being done by, Quinn Dombrowski, a former One IT colleague of ours, to preserve Ukrainian digital heritage. Preserving Ukraine's cultural treasures with digital tools.

Job Openings

There are currently 12 open positions in our bIT organization and a brand new position that just opened this week:

One IT Program Manager (0566U), Berkeley IT - #34763. Check the status of all bIT open recruitments here. Don’t forget to share job postings with your professional networks to potentially tap the Employee Referral Program as many of our jobs are eligible for cash awards for referrals of great talent!

 Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

Wow! May is jam-packed with activity, but let’s ride out the end of this semester together. Kudos to everyone supporting students, faculty, and staff as we close out another academic year. I know it is an exceptionally busy time for everyone so thank you for your continued dedication and diligence!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: April 22, 2022

Colleagues, 

I want to thank everyone yesterday who had to shelter in place on campus and to those managers and staff members who quickly documented where people were on campus out to ensure that everyone was accounted for. I hope that all of you are taking some time to decompress. I wanted to echo the Chancellor’s words in her message to campus last night. “Our sense of safety and security was threatened; our academic and research pursuits were interrupted; and, for some, past experiences with violence may have resurfaced.” TheEmployee Assistance Programoffers no-cost confidential counseling. 

I hope you can all make the bIT All Staff is next week on Thursday, April 28. Chief Information Officer, Allison Henry, and her team will join us as we continue to have each bIT unit share with all a little more about what they do.

We had a great managers' meeting this week that provided additional insights into how the campus is handling the budget this year. We also got updates on a number of “people” activities including the Achieve Together process that is happening now and a reminder to everyone needs to complete your required training Foundational Skills and people managers must complete BPM Part 1: Grow Today. June 10th is the deadline for non-represented staff members to complete the training in order to receive a salary increase.

ICYMI: UC Cyber Security Summit Recap

Register for UC Cyber Security Summit by April 13

The UC Cyber Security Summit had a jam-packed schedule and was very well-attended. Allison did a great job moderating the Intersection of Privacy and Security panel, which included privacy and security officers from various UC campuses. There were also two big announcements: the UC Cyber Security Summit is moving to a once-a-year event (it was previously twice a year), and the next one will be held on April 19, 2023 in-person at UCLA! Recordings from the event are available on the summit website for registered users. If you didn’t register and you’d like to access the recordings, please email uccybersummit@ucop.edu.

Correction: UC Tech Proposals & Award Nominations due May 1

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The deadline for proposals and nominations is May 1. We had incorrectly said it was May 30th in our last update. UC Tech 2022 will take place Aug. 15-17, hosted by UC San Diego. This year’s theme is Shoring Up Connections: 40 Years of Conversation, Innovation, and Collaboration - submit your proposal. An expanded awards program has also been announced - apply or nominate here

What I’m reading and watching

The 2022 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report, Teaching and Learning Edition is out!!! I would highly encourage you to spend some time with the report. This year's report envisions a number of scenarios, growth; constraint; collapse; transformation; for the future of teaching and learning. 

Job Openings

The search for the Executive Director for Campus Applications and Data (0669U) #32133 is moving forward and the search committee kicked off today! I want to thank Eric Fraser who has graciously agreed to chair the committee. The Executive Director of Campus Applications and Data Search Committee has representation from many of our campus partners. 

View status of all bIT job postings | UC Berkeley IT jobs

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

Spring is definitely here and I am very grateful for the rain that we continue to receive including just this morning. This weekend is supposed to be lovely and sunny and I hope that you get some time out in nature! I will leave you with a classic rain poem by Emily Dickenson Summer Shower

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: April 15, 2022

Colleagues,  

We find ourselves in mid-April, and tax day! Well, traditionally taxes have been due today, April 15, but if you’re still working on getting yours filed you still have the weekend since this year the deadline for taxes is Monday. Whew! And now…let’s move on to more exciting topics! 

I missed seeing you all yesterday at the One IT CIO Open Forum but heard it went really well! Big shoutout to our CISO, Allison Henry for leading the forum and to our presenters Carolyn Knight and Bill Allison, with Casey Hennig facilitating those great One IT Spotlights. If you weren’t able to make it, please access the materials here: slide deck | Zoom recording. Our next forum will be on Thursday, May 12.

Campus celebrates Earth Week

Sign up for web application security testing

Sign up for web application security testing

The Information Security Office (ISO) is partnering with the I School’s Master of Information and Cybersecurity (MICS) Program to offer web application security testing of UC Berkeley web applications. Detecting vulnerabilities in web applications can often be resource and time-intensive for administrators and direct experience in testing is an invaluable learning strategy to prepare our students for today’s digital environment. I strongly encourage you to check out the program which not only fulfills the requirement for application security testing of UCB web apps handling P4 data but also reduces our risk profile across campus. 

New dates: Java with Jenn

 Java with Jenn

There have been a few changes in the dates for Java with Jenn. Here are all the upcoming opportunities to connect with me live or virtually:

  • Thursday, May 5 | 9 -10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

  • Thursday, May 19 | 9-10 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

  • Thursday, June 16 | 9-10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

Space is limited to 20 people for better ability to have conversations so please sign up!

Help name UC Berkeley falcon’s new mate

Help name UC Berkeley falcon’s new mate

If you’ve been following the story of our campus falcons there has been a lot of activity including the devastating news of the death of Grinnell a few weeks ago. However, this has created the opportunity for Annie to select a new mate. Now there’s a “new guy” who has been at Annie’s side since her loss, helping to incubate the three eggs in the nest on the Campanile and faithfully hunting, even bringing Annie meals in the middle of the night. Cal Falcons has announced a naming contest, asking the public to submit ideas on their social media channels

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard, Patrick Pender! Patrick is our new OSS (Operating Systems Support) Manager who has joined Walter Stokes on his bIT CITI Data & Platform Services team - today is his first day!  

What I’m reading and watching

Despite being on vacation last week, Faye Snowden shared this gem for National Poetry Month in our Slack channel: Available from YouTube, listen to50 Classic Poems Read By 12 Celebrities: Morgan Freeman, Jodie Foster, Gary Sinise & more. As a reminder, you can join the conversation and share what you’re reading (#social-reading) and watching(#social-bingewatch) too! 

I also found this article, How Strong Is Your Sense of Purpose in Life?, from the Greater Good Science Center intriguing. They share results from their Purpose in Life quiz revealing how people of different ages, races, and political orientations pursue meaningful goals. There are a lot of questions raised and resources shared leading the reader to reflect on their own sense of purpose. 

Job Openings

Managers have been doing a fantastic job of recruiting new team members and filling open positions in bIT and there are still more to come. Here are a few newly posted positions:

Most of these jobs are also eligible for the Employee Referral Program (potential for cash just by referring top talent). Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) also posted a great opportunity as they search for a new Executive Director, Center for Teaching and Learning. They invite candidates to join a creative, talented, and entrepreneurial team. Please continue to help us recruit excellent people to fill all of these important roles by sharing with your networks. So many opportunities! 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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See you at the UC Cyber Security Summit on Wednesday, over 800 people are signed up to attend! Hope you can tap into Earth Day events happening next week on campus or find events near you on earthday.org. Another way to get out and celebrate nature is to take part in National Park Week which kicks off tomorrow with a fee-free day at all national parks. 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: April 8, 2022

Colleagues,  

It has been a very productive week! Two important topics went to the IT Strategy Committee for discussions and advancement to the finance committee: 1) The Productivity Suite Assessment, and 2) the Campus Network Model. These two proposals will have an impact on our ability to support campus and we will be following the progress closely through the budget cycle.   

Interested in what is happening on our Cloud Strategy and the fate of our Warren Hall Data Center??? I encourage you to attend this month’s CIO Open Forum happening next Thursday! Bill Allison, Chief Technology Officer in bIT Strategy & Partnerships will be joining to provide progress on the Data Center & Cloud Services Strategy Roadmap ProjectCarolyn Knight, Director of IT Facility Services will also be sharing the latest status on IT priorities in her department. Allison Henry, Chief Information Security Officer, will be the guest emcee for the meeting.  

This week’s update will focus on sharing some of the big events coming up in the next several months. It is officially conference season with lots of opportunities for professional development, networking, career exploration, and various venues for presenting. We realize as we are coming through the pandemic, that many staff will be using this summer to take a break, maybe taking a real vacation so we will not be planning our annual One IT Summit again this year with a hope of returning in full force the summer of 2023. With so many options for other conferences to attend, I hope you will participate in several! 

But first, I’d like to say kudos to all of our COSA recipients! The Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA) is presented on an annual basis to individual staff members and teams who demonstrate exceptional initiative to create a significant positive impact on the UC Berkeley campus community. I sent this announcement out yesterday but wanted to call out all our bIT, SAIT, and RTL winners here too:

Anji Gannavarapu

Aswan Movva

Chara Bui

Cristóbal Olivares

Gary Thomas

Naresh Meda

Phil Stiltson

Sanghamithra Bandi

Susan Hagstrom

Tamer Sakr

Terri Kouba

Please RSVP if you’d like to view the livestream broadcast of the award ceremony where recipients will be recognized by Chancellor Christ on Wednesday, April 13, 2-3 p.m. The Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC) established and administers this award program. bIT has great representation on CSAC with Casey Hennig, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator in the Information Security Office and Colette Jackson, Information Systems Analyst both serving on the committee.

Register for UC Cyber Security Summit by April 13

Register for UC Cyber Security Summit by April 13

Registration is now open for the 13th UC Cyber Security Summit which will be held on Wednesday, April 20! This virtual event will include a full day of discussion, information, games, and insights about cybersecurity and cyber-risk management. 


There will also be opportunities to network with peers across the University of California, California State University, and California Community College systems. A panel discussion with UC campus security officers called The Intersection of Privacy and Security will feature our own CISO Allison Henry! Register now or by the April 13 deadline.

Join the NOW Conference Lottery by April 14

Join the NOW Conference Lottery by April 14

This year’s NOW Conference will be held virtually on Thursday, June 9. People & Culture will sponsor 1,200 UC Berkeley staff to attend this career development conference and selection to fill these spaces will be done by lottery. Please complete this form to enter the lottery for your spot at the conference. This form will be open until Thursday, April 14, after which participants will be randomly selected and their registration status confirmed. If you are not selected from the lottery, you will be placed on a waitlist. Visit the NOW conference website

EDUCAUSE Proposals due May 3

EDUCAUSE Proposals due May 3

The EDUCAUSE Annual Conference showcases the best thinking in higher education IT. This year’s event—in Denver and online Oct. 25-28—is built upon the ideas, insights, and expertise of people like you who make higher education better. Presenting a content-rich session individually or as part of a team is a wonderful way to share your unique knowledge and lessons learned. Their community-generated program will showcase future directions, best practices, stories of successful collaborations, lessons learned, and solutions to community-wide issues within various program tracks. Submit your proposal by May 3

UC Tech Proposals & Award Nominations due May 30

UC Tech Proposals & Award Nominations due May 30

Don’t missUC Tech 2022 which will take place Aug. 15-17, hosted by UC San Diego. This event will be a hybrid conference with in-person and online presentations and associated events. In-person gatherings will be located at UCSD’s Price Center and will be capped at a limited number. 

Proposals for session presentations are now being accepted. This year’s theme is Shoring Up Connections: 40 Years of Conversation, Innovation, and Collaboration - submit your proposal. An expanded awards program has also been announced - apply or nominate here. The deadline for proposals and nominations is May 30

Register to attend Lesbians Who Tech June 6-10

Register to attend Lesbians Who Tech June 6-10

Lesbians Who Tech (LWT)and Allies is a community of LGBTQ women, non-binary and trans individuals in and around tech (and the people who support them). LWT believes in 2022, we need community more than ever. As we continue our work to save the planet, democracy, and ourselves, we need to come together to be with our people, to learn and carve out the time for healing and joy. 

Join us for the first IRL events since 2019 and connect with us virtually, June 6-10. Past speakers include Stacey Abrams, Megan Rapinoe, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, and Hillary Clinton. Learn more and register here

Hellos & Goodbyes

This is the first week in a very long time that we don’t have any new members to welcome to our bIT community! We do want to bid a fond farewell to Karl Otto, CTO for University Development and Alumni Relations whose last day was April 1. Karl is the new Associate VP in the Systems and Operations group at BWF. We wish Karl all the best and thank him for his many contributions to our One IT and campus community!

What I’m reading and watching

A great 45-minute listen this week. I found the conversation about creating an IT army fascinating!: How Ukraine Is Fighting On The Digital Battlefield: Fresh Air: NPR

Time's Vera Bergengruen says Ukraine's citizen IT force, led by a 31-year-old minister of digital transformation, is blunting Russian disinformation and galvanizing international support. The Ukrainian government has enlisted as many as 300,000 citizens to volunteer for the so-called IT army. 

Job Openings

Managers are doing a great job of recruiting some wonderful new team members to bIT and there are still more to come. A reminder you can view progress on bIT job postings here 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

The next live-in-person Java with Jenn is coming up on April 28. We will gather again on the 2nd Floor patio at 2850 Telegraph - sign up here!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: April 1, 2022

Colleagues, 

Spring is in the air as we plunge into April! I’ve never been a big fan of the April Fool’s prankster tradition for this date but I know some people who do really enjoy pulling off practical jokes with loved ones. Whichever camp you’re in, hope you are having a great Friday! 

Yesterday was the birthday of César Chávez, a farmworker and labor leader who became one of the most important civil rights activists in our state and country. Born in Yuma, Arizona on March 31, 1927, he devoted his life to gaining better conditions for workers, like himself, who labored on farms for low wages and under severe conditions. His work is still so relevant today as these past few years workers toiled through drought, extreme heat, wildfire smoke, and the pandemic to continue to feed America. 

Chávez taught us that every person in every job deserves respect, security, and the chance to thrive for themselves and future generations. That approach to work is something we strive for in our bIT Core Values:

  • We champion diversity. We believe that differences in experience, perspective, and identity enliven and enrich our work, strengthen our solutions and services, and uphold our commitment to access and opportunity for all. We treat each other with respect and actively recognize each other for contributions toward creating a positive, inclusive work environment.

  • We act with integrity. We are honest, open, and transparent. We strive to do what is right for each other and the communities we serve. Our actions reflect a high ethical standard and commitment to equity.

Learn more about the history and legacy of Cesar Chávez

Campus Master Plan

Campus Master Plan

On Wednesday, AVC Marc Fisher announced an exciting new Campus Master Plan that establishes a renewed long-term vision for the physical development of our campus. I encourage yotu to take a look. There are plans for lots of potential new buildings and some of the big ideas outlined in the plan may lead to partnership opportunities with our One IT community!

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) 

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)

Earlier this week I attended the semi-annual CNI membership meeting which brings together representatives of CNI’s constituencies to discuss ongoing and new projects and to plan for future initiatives. The initial plenary session was a conversation about privacy and library and research data! It included UC notables Cherly Washington CISO at UCD and Kent Wada chief privacy officer at UCLA!

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello and welcome to bIT: Robyn Stotomas and Angela Wong! Both joined Isaac Orr’s Network Services Team in Campus IT Infrastructure / Network & Data Center Services on March 28. Robyn is a Security Video Network Engineer and Angela is a Network Services Support Analyst joining us from Athletics IT! 

What I’m reading and watching

This week I was reading A Guide to Getting Rid of Almost Everythingand was inspired to take some of those tips into action as I do my own version of spring cleaning to refresh our home. On that same topic, Organize the World: Design Your Life to Spark Joy is a great video of Marie Kondo speaking at SXSW several years ago. Kondo developed a revolutionary method of organizing known as the KonMari Method, which consists of gathering together everything you own, one category at a time, and then keeping only those things that "spark joy" – as well as choosing a dedicated place to store them. Many of you know I’m a big fan of hers and her belief that the way you organize and how you treat your belongings will greatly affect your way of thinking – in a positive way!

Job Openings

Just a reminder that our searches for the following important roles are still open:

Please share these positions through your networks to help us continue to grow strong leadership throughout bIT! View status of all bIT job openings | Browse all UC Berkley IT jobs

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

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My next Java with Jenn is scheduled for next Thursday at 9 a.m. Sign up here for this virtual option to connect with me informally over your beverage of choice.  

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: March 18, 2022

Colleagues,  

What a great day! I got to spend part of my morning having coffee LIVE in person with a great group of ~20 staff on the 2nd floor of Telegraph. Here are a couple photos I snapped, thank you to Anna Gazdowicz for bringing her sweet babies Fair Claire and Great Scott! So fun to meet them and see everyone today!

Java with Jenn outside patio 1

Java with Jenn outside patio 2

More dates have been added for both in-person and virtual Java with Jenn, see the dates in the upcoming events section below or sign up here. A big thanks to Margarita Zeglin for putting these together! 

bIT All Staff Recap

It was also nice to see so many of you virtually in our monthly bIT All Staff. A big thanks to Michelle Davis and Isaac Orr for joining us and providing important updates on the Achieve process and the latest progress being made on improving Wi-Fi on campus. Here’s the slide deck and the Zoom recording will be up on the bIT Events page on Monday. Going forward, please note that you’ll need to sign into Zoom with your @ berkeley account to join all bIT All Staff and One IT CIO Open Forums. 

Campus mask mandate ends April 4 

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In alignment with city and state guidelines, UC Berkeley will no longer require masks indoors — regardless of vaccination status — beginning Monday, April 4. Until then, anyone who is not fully vaccinated is still required to wear a mask indoors. Beginning April 4, masks will continue to be strongly recommended but not required for anyone.

Professional Development Opportunities

Last week I shared our Professional Development page which is chock full of resources you can tap into, but this week I’d like to highlight a few of the programs we have available:

  • IT Leaders Program (ITLP) - Targeted for senior managers and directors, ITLP is one of several leadership programs we offer through a partnership with MOR. This multi-track program is based on bringing small cohorts of leaders together across multiple institutions for intensive workshops over a ten-month period. The 2022 ITLP Cohort includes: Adrianne Mann; Charron Andrus; Cristobal Olivares; David Turner; Lois Wareham; Patricia Juarez; Ross Stivison; and Tyler Crooks

  • UC IT Leadership Academy - Negotiation and conflict resolution, setting strategic priorities, time management, and culture change. These are among the real-world skills and concepts that UC IT staff learn during six intensive days of leadership training at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. The program prepares emerging IT leaders from across the UC system to become stronger, more effective leaders and agents of change. This year's participants: Carolyn Knight; Karl Otto; and Luis Hernández Muñiz.

We want to be sure that everyone in our bIT community knows that you have support and lots of resources as you think about and plan your career path. 

bIT Slack icon now updated and on brand!

bIT slack icon

Shoutout to Jon Hays and his team for updating the icon for our Slack channel - take a look next time you login to Slack. This is a great example of the proper use of our bIT Brand! The bIT elemental “bug” (image on left) is great for social media channels, on identity items, and any other informal usage. As a reminder, aside from getting work done via Slack, there are several ways to connect with colleagues anytime for some FUN too:

  • #social-listening-party - Mondays at noon tune in for the lunchtime listening hour.

  • #shoutouts - did a teammate make your day? Give them a shoutout! You can also Pay IT Forward

  • #social-furiends - is your dog or cat basically your office assistant these days? Post a photo of them in action (or, likely inaction, our furiends sure like their sleep).

  • #social-garden-party - do you have a green thumb or just love seeing beautiful flowers, plants, veggies, and fruits? Join the garden party.

  • #social-reading - share what you are reading, something inspiring, murder mystery, a news article, whatever!

  • #social-bingewatch - tell us what you are streaming or join to learn about what others are watching.

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard Jeané Blunt! Jeané is our new Communications Specialist who joined our bIT Communications team on March 21. She comes to us from the UC President’s Office where she worked in IT Communications and managed the FCC licenses for UC since 2018. 

What I’m reading and watching

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History month, I was touched by this article where Dania Matos, Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, shares her experiences in What my grandma taught me about leadershipThe story was originally posted Oct. 2021 but this example of how wisdom is passed between generations, particularly from woman to woman is beautiful and timely.

Job Openings

There are several positions currently open in our department: See new bIT job postings | Browse all UC Berkeley IT jobs

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

I hope you have a relaxing and fun three-day weekend! 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: March 18, 2022

Colleagues,  

I would love to see you in person on the 2nd-floor patio at 2850 Telegraph next week for Java with Jenn on March 24, 10-11 a.m. There are still a few spots left so please sign up so we get enough treats for all. 

Earlier this week we received great news on the ongoing topic of enrollment for the 2022-23 academic year: 

“California lawmakers on Monday voted unanimously to pass legislation that overturns court decisions that required UC Berkeley to freeze student enrollment to 2020-21 levels. The bill was then signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, restoring at least 3,050 undergraduate admissions slots at Berkeley for prospective students to fill.” read the full article 

The past few days I was in Providence, RI attending the NERCOMP conference. The conference was a more intimate version of EDUCAUSE. It was great to attend sessions and just see and talk to colleagues again! One of the most interesting sessions I attended highlighted research study results around how “fake news” is treated by faculty and librarians in the classroom: Convergences and Divergences: Faculty and Librarian Perceptions on Misinformation in the Classroom 

However, the main reason I attended was to kick-off the inaugural cohort of the Next Leaders Fellowship. It is a yearlong leadership program to support BIPOC IT professionals. I’m so thrilled that Wes Johnson and Faye Snowden from UC Berkeley are a part of the first cohort of NLF fellows!  

Celebrating Women who Rock IT 

As you know, March is Women’s History month and I wanted to give a big shout-out to Elysia Liaw. Elysia is featured in this UC IT Blog article published yesterday for her work in helping to advance diversity and inclusion in her department. She is a Media Specialist on the Academic Design, Innovation & Technology team at UC Berkeley Extension. Last month we had put out a call for nominations for Women who Rock IT and we were pleased to receive 14 nominations! Kudos to Elysia and, to the incredible contributions of women in tech across One IT and the UC system! 

  • Allison Henry, Chief Information Security Officer, bIT-Information Security Office

  • Andrea Lloyd, Senior Business Systems Analyst, bIT Campus Applications and Data

  • Casey Hennig, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, bIT-Information Security Office

  • Ilona Ozmon, System Administrator 4, JLSTP

  • Janhavi Deshpande, bIT-Campus Applications & Data

  • Judy Stern, Kaltura Service Lead, RTL

  • Kellsie Adams-Briesch, DNS Admin, bIT-NOS

  • Lia Grant, BTSM, IT Client Services

  • Lois Wareham, Manager, bIT-Client Services

  • Paz Alejandra Meléndez- Canales, Lab Coordinator, Student Supervisor & Metrics - Haas Technology Solutions

  • Saskia Etling, Netregistrar, Information Services & Security

  • Terri Kouba, IT Solutions Architect, bIT-Campus Applications & Data

  • Vivian Sophia, Student Team Supervisor, bIT-IT Client Services

Thank you for your support during Big Give

The results are in from Big Give which took place on March 10. The KALX-Radio Fund raised $19,389 from 143 donors and a total of $2,320 was raised from 17 donors for our new STEP Fund which helps connect students to tech equipment to support their academic success! Thank you for your support and participation. Remember, these funds continue to accept gifts throughout the year.  

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello and welcome to Cosmo Martinez, our new Applications Programmer who started on March 16! Cosmo joins us from UC Santa Cruz and is now part of Gennady Minevich's team in Campus Applications & Data /Administrative Applications.  

What I’m reading and watching

I’m getting a lot of great book reads from our Slack channel #social-reading and am reading I'm in Seattle, Where Are You? A Memoir a powerful story by Mortada Gzar an Iraqi novelist, journalist, and visual artist about how the search for a lost love brought him to America…his stories are haunting. On a rewatch note, I spent some time with Ted Lasso, another favorite show on#social-bingewatch. The episodes are even better on second viewing!! 

Job Openings & Professional Development

Check the latest status of open bIT jobs or browse all UC Berkley IT jobs. Don’t forget to check out all the professional development opportunities available here at UC Berkeley. 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

Next week is spring break and some of you may be venturing out on a vacation of sorts for the first time in a long while. If that’s the case have a fantastic time! 

If you’ll be around next week, I’ll see you at 2 p.m. on Thursday for this month’s bIT All Staff! 

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: March 10, 2022

Colleagues,  

Thank you to those of you who joined us yesterday at the One IT CIO Forum. We got about halfway through the meeting before we were Zoom bombed, which is reportedly happening more frequently these days. Be sure to review the message I sent out earlier today to follow up on what we learned about yesterday’s incident and recommendations on how we can all avoid this from happening in the future. Here is the slide deck and Zoom recording (edited). Our next CIO Forum will be on Thursday, April 14. I really appreciate all of the personal emails of support that I received from many of you.

 International Women’s Day March 8

woman leaving the Ukraine

We shared a moment of silence during yesterday’s CIO Forum in honor of Ukrainian women, their perseverance, courage, and strength. This article shared insights into what women are going through. From President Zelenskyy’s video address: “Ukrainians, we usually celebrate this holiday, the holiday of spring. We congratulate our women, our daughters, wives, mothers,” he said. “Usually. But not today. Today I cannot say the traditional words. I just can’t congratulate you. I can’t, when there are so many deaths. When there is so much grief, when there is so much suffering. When the war continues.”

People’s Park Partnership

peoples park screenshot

Some great news this week as UC Berkeley, partnering with the city of Berkeley and nonprofit collaborators, shared their plans to provide interim housing as well as meals and social services, to unsheltered people sleeping in People’s Park. Watch the People’s Park Press Conference | Several articles to read more: 

Save the date: UC Tech at UCSD Aug. 15-17

UC Tech save the date

UC Tech 2022 is the annual conference put on by the University of California system to celebrate and promote innovation and collaboration within the technologist community. Each year, a UC campus is selected to host the much-loved event. Each day features a broad spectrum of talks and serves to enlighten, enrich and encourage. 

UC San Diego is hosting this year’s UC Tech now celebrating its 40th anniversary as a hybrid conference with in-person and online presentations and associated events. Faye Snowden is UC Berkeley’s UC Tech ambassador.Visit UC Tech website

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome back to Kerry Hays! Kerry is returning on a part-time basis to work with bIT through June 30, 2022. He will be helping the Communication & Collaboration Services team transition the licensing consortia for MatLab, SPSS, Mathematica & Qualtrics over to our Software Licensing Lead, John Valmores.

What I’m reading and watching

I’m starting to binge-watch Raised by Wolves! If you are a lover of Sci-Fi and Ridley Scott this is for you! The second season is getting lots of great press. 

bIT Job Openings: Back by popular demand

During our Organizational Design Project (ODP) work, we had a webpage that included current job openings in bIT and the status of recruitments that were underway. We heard from many of you that the page was very helpful so we brought it back! See new bIT job postings | Browse all UC Berkley IT jobs 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

So many events happening in March! Join me in person on the 2nd-floor patio at 2850 Telegraph, March 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. for Java with Jenn, sign up here so we order enough goodies - only 7 spaces left!  

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: March 4, 2022 

Colleagues, 

And…just like that, it’s March! I’m not sure if you have heard the saying about March weather, especially in more wintry parts of the country: March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. I sure hope this is true for the latest world events and news too. 

I encourage you to read Dania Matos’ message to Ukrainian students sent earlier this week and please share the Resources & Support for Trauma, Tragedies, and Loss with others who have been impacted by these troubling times. To quote VC Matos, “We all need networks of people taking care of us, especially in moments like this.”

Disappointing court ruling on enrollment

Yesterday we heard the disheartening news on the court ruling that leaves the student enrollment freeze intact. As I mentioned last week, we’ve had a record number of students apply to UC Berkeley and this ruling impacts access to ~2,500 who will not be able to join us on campus this fall. Check your inboxes for the email from the Chancellor yesterday on this ruling and the plan to implement enrollment strategies that include online options and delayed enrollment.Read the campus statement here. I can assure you that the campus is working very hard to explore all options to address this issue and provide as many students as possible access to a Berkeley education next year. 

Java with Jenn on March 24, 10-11 a.m. - LIVE in person

I would love, for those of you who feel comfortable, to join me at our offices at 2850 Telegraph for coffee and treats at the end of the month on Thursday, March 24, 10-11 a.m. We have a wonderful outdoor patio on the second floor where we held the event last time. You can also take a spin around our new digs to check out all that great art and fun spaces we shared during the All Staff last week. Please Sign Up so we get enough treats for all.

Posted: Executive Director for CAD

The Executive Director for Campus Applications and Data (0669U) #32133 position is now live! Please help share this opportunity through your networks. As you know, Rana Silver and David Turner have been serving as co-interim executive directors for CAD since Jody Couch left UC Berkeley in December. 

 Women’s History Month

WiDs logo

Next week kicks off Women in Data Science (WiDS), a week-long series of events including presentations, panels, and networking opportunities. WiDs features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS conference events. Our campus events are organized by the UC Berkeley WiDS ambassadors and part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. See the program schedule and register here

Cal Women's Network

Join the Cal Women’s Network (CWN)! CWN exists to create a strong community of women* that supports collective learning and growth through social and professional opportunities. Now 600+ members strong, this group was established in 2013 initially as a Lean In Circle. Fun fact: Rita Rosenthal, was a founding member of CWN and managed the initial marketing and promotion for the group including designing the logo and establishing CWN on LinkedInLearn more | CWN Events

*All who experience life through the lens of a woman in body, spirit, identity - past, present, future, and fluid.

Big Give is March 10

Next Thursday is Big Give, an opportunity for everyone in our great, big Cal community — alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends like you all over the world — to show support for our extraordinary university. Throughout the day there are contests and lots of different funds you can support. But, giving to our new Student Technology Equity Program (STEP) Gift Fund is a way that actually allows you to see directly where your money goes: connecting tech equipment like laptops, hotspots, and noise-canceling headphones to students in need. No need to wait until next week, you can give today!

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello, and welcome to bIT, Max and Andres! Max DiBlasi, our new Digital Communications Specialist joined our Strategy & Partnerships Communications Team on Feb. 28. Andres Carrasco is a new Project Manager with Campus IT Infrastructure on the Design & Build Team who started on March 1.

 What I’m reading and watching

I attended the Black Leaders Panel on Monday, sponsored by UC IT, and was moved by the candid conversation and appreciated the experiences shared by the panelists: Van Williams, the new UC CIO; Carmen Robinson, Program Director for the School of Engineering and Al Covington, ITS HR Manager both from UC Santa Cruz; and Charron Andrus, our Associate CISO. The zoom recording for this event will be available to watch on the UC IT YouTube channel next week.

Van Williams, the new UC CIO; Carmen Robinson, Program Director for the School of Engineering and Al Covington, ITS HR Manager both from UC Santa Cruz; and Charron Andrus, our Associate CISO

Annie the Falcon

Some positive and uplifting news for this week: Annie the falcon, presumed long gone, returns. Not sure if you’ve been following the saga of our peregrine falcons that call the Campanile their home but it has been quite interesting.When I read this it really made me wonder at the resiliency of life. Such a hopeful amazing story!

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

ONE IT Calendar Logo

Lots happening in March! Select the image on the left or view the One IT Calendar for more.

 Just a reminder about mask mandate changes on campus that take effect Monday, March 7. See you next Thursday at our monthly CIO Open Forum!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Feb. 25, 2022 

Colleagues, 

With all the uncertainty in the world around us as the devastating news of Ukraine, hit us this week, I wanted to take a moment to share the message from VC for Equity & Inclusion Dania Matos: Support for Ukrainian students and scholars. I know that we are all concerned for our fellow humans in Ukraine and are sending our heartfelt support and hope for peace. 

We are awaiting the outcome of the university’s appeal of the court decision that could reduce 2022-23 academic year enrollment by ~3,000 students. Critical as a Record number of students apply to UC Berkeley. “More than 128,100 students applied for acceptance to the fall 2022 freshman class, a 13% increase over last year’s record-breaking number.”

Slide #6 from the presentation deck

A highlight of my week was seeing you all yesterday and feeling the love being shared in the chat and in the virtual space at our monthly All Staff meeting. Dave Browne introduced members of his Campus IT Infrastructure (CITI) team. Each group in the CITI unit shared information on the services they provide, the campus customers they help, and we were able to see how all these groups work together. I want to thank Dave and his team for being the first of the seven bIT units to present and I’m looking forward to the coming months to continue showcasing the important work you all do across our bIT org!

Slide #6 from the presentation deck

During the All Staff, we shared a bunch of photos of our decked-out office space at Telegraph with all the fun, eclectic art that was selected as part of the project. See the all Staff slide deck for a sampling of the variety of art from abstract, to local historic sites, colorful to whimsical. Just a point of clarification since this topic has popped up a few times this week: We are using the campus zip code on purpose since UC Berkeley Mail Services has access into our building where the USPS does not. This info has been clarified in our bIT Brand Guide

ICYMI: All Staff slide deck | zoom recording | Next All Staff is March 24

Java with Jenn

As mentioned yesterday, we are bringing back Java with Jenn - in person! Our first date is Thursday, March 24, 10-11 a.m. on the 2nd Floor patio at 2850 Telegraph. This is an opportunity to join me for informal conversation and your favorite beverage of choice (doesn’t have to be coffee). The sign-up sheet and more dates will be posted to the bIT Events page soon. We will also continue a virtual option as well!

Hellos & Goodbyes

We bid farewell and best wishes to Naresh Meda, a Data Architect on the bIT - Campus Applications & Data whose last day was Feb. 11. And also to Marlita Kahn, DocuSign Service Lead for bIT - Productivity & Collaboration Services who is retiring, her last day is March 1.

What I’m reading and watching

At the Action Team meeting yesterday in honor of Black History Month, our check-in question asked us to name a person who had impacted us. Being a poetry fan I have been spending time with Sonia Sanchez | Academy of American Poets. She is a prolific poet, author, and activist. She often writes Haiku and 14 haiku was written in memory of Emmett Louis Till.

I am also currently reading Jennifer Egan's 'Visit From the Goon Squad'. It is a wonderfully creative novel of interlinking stories. She explores different perspectives, different writing techniques and actually includes an entire short story titled Great Rock and Roll Pauses written in Powerpoint! It includes slides and music.

Help share our Lead for DEIB posting

Please help spread the word about our Lead for DEIB in bIT (04258) #30823 position by sharing the link through your networks, on LinkedIn, etc. This is an exciting opportunity to lead the development and implementation of strategic and proactive initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for bIT. IT jobs at UC Berkeley

Upcoming Important Dates & Events 

As Black History month comes to the end, you can continue to tap these great resources plus, you still have time to register for the UC Tech Assembly: Black Leaders Panel happening on Monday at 11 a.m. Charron Andrus our very own Associate Chief Information Security Officer is one of the panelists. I will see you there!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Feb 11, 2022 

Colleagues, 

I wanted to begin this week's update with a reflection on an article that Rana Silver shared with the directors this week We Need Time to Rehabilitate from the Trauma of the Pandemic. As the campus continues to grapple with how best to respond to the latest recommendations around masking and boosters, it is important to remember that we all need time to process the changes that are happening and to recover from the pandemic. As an organization, we need to provide space for people to begin to “rehabilitate” and balance that “rehab” with our responsibility to serve the campus mission. I don’t think there are simple answers, but I can tell you that this will continue to be a focus of bIT at every level as we work to have the right conversations to support our staff while also supporting the campus.

We had some wonderful presenters yesterday at our monthly CIO Forum. We heard IT Strategic Plan updates from Mark Stuhr, Director of IT in Intercollegiate Athletics; Gabe Gonzalez,CIO and Assistant Dean, along with Dino Johnson, Manager of Instructional Technology from Berkeley Law IITS. Here are the materials from the forum: slide deck | zoom recording

Love Data Week logo of a blue and gold heart with circuit board look including all UC locations

Erin Foster joined us to promote Love Data Week, taking place Feb. 14-18, that’s next week! UC Love Data Week offers a bunch of great presentations and workshops focused on data access, management, security, sharing, and preservation. Whether you're working on qualitative or quantitative data, there’s an event for you! All members of the University of California community are welcome to attend. Make sure to register for events with your UC-campus email.

WiDs logo

Also, mark your calendar March 7-9 for Women in Data Science (WiDS). Amy Neeser attended the forum to tell us about this series of events organized by the UC Berkeley WiDS ambassadors and part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference organized by Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. WiDs features outstanding women doing outstanding work in the field of data science. All genders are invited to attend all WiDS Worldwide conference events. Speaking of Women who Rock IT, be sure to nominate a colleague to be considered for next month’s UC IT Blog article!

STEP Gift Fund: An opportunity to directly impact students

I’m very excited to announce that the STEP Gift Fund is now available and accepting contributions! STEP was launched at the beginning of the pandemic to help students obtain free, long-term loans of critical technologies when classes shifted to remote learning. Since March 2020, STEP has provided over 5,000 students with essential hardware such as laptops, Wi-Fi hotspots, noise-canceling headphones, microphones, webcams and drawing tablets to ensure their successful academic engagement. 

STEP graphic

Kudos to Anne Marie Richard, Director of Student Affairs IT; Luz Contreras, STEP Coordinator; and Karl Otto, Chief Technology Officer at UDAR for setting up this fund. We will be promoting the fund in the weeks to come especially leading up to Big Give on March 10. 


You can help by sharing info about the fund with friends and family, talking about STEP with students you encounter who may benefit from the program, or giving directly to the fund yourself! 


It’s definitely a great opportunity to directly impact students’ lives in a positive way.

Hellos & Goodbyes

Hello and welcome to new team members in SAIT: Jaqueline Chang and Ricky To! Jaqueline is a Project Policy Analyst on the SAIT Student Technologies team who joined us on Jan. 14. Ricky joined the SAIT DevOps team on Jan. 20 as an Information Systems Analyst. More new team members will be welcomed to bIT in the weeks to come!

DEIB Lead position has been posted!

Another exciting announcement for this week is the DEIB Lead position has been posted: Lead for DEIB in bIT (0562U) #30823. Reporting to Michelle Marquez, Director of People, Performance and Culture, the person in this position will lead the development and implementation of strategic and proactive initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for bIT, with a focus on creating a strong and inclusive culture, improving the employee experience for underrepresented and historically marginalized staff, and support UC Berkeley as a place people want to work. Please share this posting through your networks. View all open IT jobs here

What I’m reading and watching

Given that it was recently Data Privacy Week and next week is Love Data week I thought I’d share an article from the Atlantic, published just yesterday, that illuminates the scary side of AI algorithms and how a small group of active users can have a huge impact on what everyone sees Facebook Has a Superuser-Supremacy Problem

I’ve also recently become interested in “digital poetry” and went down a rabbit hole of looking up articles on this form of electronic literature. I think this article does a good job of providing an overview  Beauty in code – 5 ways digital poetry combines human and computer languages. I also still love my more traditional poem of the day in my inbox every morning!

Upcoming Important Dates & Events

For those of you who celebrate: Happy Valentine’s Day! Hope you will join some events for Love Data Week!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Feb 4, 2022 

Colleagues, 

I hope you have had a good week. I want to give a big shoutout to everyone who has been on campus helping as we transitioned back to in-person instruction this week. A special acknowledgment to our RTL classroom team colleagues who handled a MacOS issue that could have disrupted instruction. Their quick work really saved the day!  

I think many of you saw the announcement that Cathy Koshland is retiring from UC Berkeley after serving the campus with her heart, mind, and spirit for 38 years! Cathy is a leader who understands the value that data and technology bring to the campus mission and she has been a fierce advocate for the work we do. She will be missed when she leaves in June, but I know she will be enjoying her time with her children and grandchildren.

It is Black History month and the Division of Equity and Inclusion has a page Celebrating Black History Month that is worth spending some time on. I also encourage you to register for the UC Tech Assembly: Black Leaders Panel, on Feb. 28, 11 a.m. to noon. Charron Andrus our very own Associate Chief Information Security Officer is one of the panelists! It’s on my calendar.

bIT Resources

I wanted to be sure you are all aware of these resources we initially shared in December:

  • Transition Checklist - this is the list of items for everyone to review and take action, as needed.

  • Org Chart- you can also find this under the “About” menu on the bIT website. To see a mapping of old department naming vs new, this spreadsheet provides a comparison for teams who have services in the IT Catalog

  • Email Contact List - login with your @berkeley.edu to view this doc. Includes all the new lists for bIT groups, kudos to Stephanie Dunn who has worked tirelessly on getting these put together. It hasn’t been easy! You can also find this under the “IT Staff” menu on the bIT website

  • Brand Guide - all brand-related info about our new org, our mission, core values, our wordmark, graphics, and a communications toolkit with branded templates for bIT, One IT, and UC Berkeley.

  • bIT Handbook - provides more detail on how we work together and is a great resource for all staff to use as an ongoing reference. This was just updated today!

Excited to see you at 2850 Telegraph

I have to say I love working out of our office at 2850 Telegraph. I’ve been spending Tuesdays and Thursdays on campus and decided to take some photos as the art arrived this week! Some bIT branded items we ordered were also delivered so it is wonderful to see everything coming together in our new space with our new organization! It will be even more fun to see more of you in person!

a collage of photos taken around Telegraph offices

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome to bIT Jenny Chen and Andrew Fitzgerald! Jenny and Andrew both started on Tuesday, Feb. 1. Jenny Chen is the new Business Systems Analyst, joining Phil Stilson’s SIS team in Campus Applications and Data. Andrew Fitzgerald is our new Cloud Engineer joining Robert Amos’ Cloud Operations Team in Campus IT Infrastructure / Data & Platform Services.

Clarissa Fermin continues to rock the recruitment tide that has been occurring the past year or more. She reports that we have filled 13 positions since launching our bIT organization in mid-December. Most of these new hires will be starting this month so stay tuned as we welcome more great members to our bIT family. View open IT jobs here

What I’m reading and watching

OK I admit it. I am hooked on Wordle. I play every morning and exchange scores with my mom and my two daughters. The Atlantic had an interesting article that outlined what makes wordle so special and why everyone is playing it - How a Crossword Editor Plays Wordle. He suggests that one key factor is that players play the same single game on the same day and you can only play it once e.g. no multiple plays and no binging! It is a shared experience but it is also a personal one. His final thought really resonated with me “I play Wordle first thing in the morning or just before bed, as do most people I know—like a collective daily prayer ritual.”

Upcoming Important Dates & Events

See you next Thursday at our monthly CIO Open Forum!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Jan. 28, 2022 

Colleagues, 

That first two weeks of the semester flew by! In-person instruction begins Monday and we will be watching the impact of this change carefully in all of our services including desktop support, service desk, and the Wi-Fi network.  

A huge shout out to the teams in bIT and UHS who have been working hard on changing the badge to support tracking boosters as part of the vaccination requirement! And a reminder to be sure to update your record in eTang with your booster information. 

Also, a reminder that face coverings are required in-doors on campus and they are available for all our staff at the following locations:"'

  • 2850 Telegraph, each copy room

  • Warren, 330D & DataCenter breakroom

  • Evans Basement, B1 lounge area

  • 4th St., room #127

  • Dwinelle, room #117

We are closing out Data Privacy Week, there is a great event at noon today featuring our CISO Allison Henry discussing the movie “The Social Dilemma” I plan to virtually be there! 

For those of you who joined the Virtual Game Show last week, here is a sampling of the amazing art we did as part of the game!  

screenshot of Virtual Game Show art created by teams

If only we could have captured video footage of us lip-syncing to Wham! We are also exploring new virtual events in the future to mix things up and make our events more accessible! 

What I’m reading and watching

With all of the news about omicron and how it is impacting our feelings about work 5 COVID Pandemic Effects You're Feeling At Work Right Now, I have made it a point to also infuse my screen reads with positive news as well. I have been spending time on Reasons to be Cheerful. It is a not-for-profit founded by artist and musician David Byrne and its mission is “Through stories of hope, rooted in evidence, Reasons to be Cheerful aims to inspire us all to be curious about how the world can be better, and to ask ourselves how we can be part of that change.” The latest article that caught my eye was a local one from California called Putting Diversity in the Pilot's Seat.

Job Openings

View open positions in IT. Right now there are 13 IT jobs open across the campus! 

Upcoming Important Dates & Events

In a number of meetings that I have attended we have asked: “what are you looking forward to with the return to instruction?” The responses have focused on the inspiration that the presence of students brings to our work! I know that even with all of the real concerns about returning to campus, I am looking forward to resuming my Tues/Thu on-campus schedule!

In partnership,

Jenn


CIO Update: Jan. 21, 2022 

Colleagues, 

I hope that those of you who joined our virtual game show had as much fun as I did -- even though my team lost! It was so much fun. Not sure about the rest of you, but I thought the best part was the lip-sync. Our team picked … Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go ;-)

As you may have seen in yesterday’s Calmessage, next week is Data Privacy week, with a number of events planned. In particular, I wanted to call out the Film Screening and Round Table Discussion of the movie The Social Dilemma, which is a sobering look at the privacy implications of technology and social media. See below for information on how to register. I watched the movie when it came out and would highly recommend it! It is an interesting mix of documentary and drama that give personas to the drivers behind the addictive and often destructive nature of social media. Our own CISO Allison Henry will be a part of the round table discussion. 

Film Screening and Round Table Discussion: The Social Dilemma

Register to watch The Social Dilemma (prior to the panel discussion)

Register for the “Social Dilemma” Panel Discussion

Our panel of UC data and privacy experts will be discussing the film, The Social Dilemma, the future of data, what UC’s role should be (if any) in solving the social dilemma, and how viewers can take active steps to better control their data and the data entrusted to them by the UC Community.

Everything you want to know about masks

At yesterday’s abbreviated staff meeting, we had a great presentation by Patrick Goff, Executive Director of Environment, Health & Safety, who joined us to answer questions about masks. The zoom recording and deck are shared below, along with some of the resources Pat shared and resources staff shared in the chat.

All Staff: watch video | view slide deck

Hellos & Goodbyes

Welcome aboard Tony Venuto, Application Administrator on the Productivity & Collaboration Services team, and Michelle Marquez our Director for our new People, Performance & Culture unit! And goodbye to one of our longest-standing Berkeley colleagues, Greg Snow, our Calnet manager, who retired at the beginning of January. Greg joined RSSP-IT in 1985 and stayed with Student Affairs IT and then the SIS project before becoming full-time Calnet manager in 2018.  Greg has been a valued employee who will be missed.  We wish him all the best in this next chapter of his life.

Job Openings

As mentioned last week, with the completion of the Organizational Design project, we are no longer maintaining a specific ODP jobs page. However, I will continue to include this link to all open UC Berkeley IT jobs in my weekly communication. 

What I’m reading and watching

OK.. I admit I’m hooked on Yellowstone. Enough said. I also continue to enjoy a daily dose of poetry through Poem of the Day | Poetry Foundation. A reminder that we have set up two new social channels on Slack for you to share (or tap as a resource) great books and shows: #social-reading | #social-bingewatch

Upcoming Events

Instruction has begun and the students are returning. It has been a very full “short week.” I hope that you all take a real break this weekend!

In partnership,

Jenn


Reminder: Please check your tech for Virtual Game Show tomorrow! Jan 19, 2022

Hello everyone,

Just a reminder to join in tomorrow for a short all-staff meeting at 2 p.m. followed by our Virtual Game Show! During our Q&A session last week, several questions came up around masks, such as: What type of face-covering meets the requirement? How frequently should you replace a mask (e.g. after how long how many days hours)? What about the KF94, or cotton masks that don’t let light pass through? To answer all these questions and more, I invited Patrick Goff, Executive Director of Environment, Health & Safety to join us at 2 p.m.

At 2:25 p.m. we will leave our Zoom meeting and head into our Virtual Game Show. You might play trivia, pictionary, or have a lip sync battle. Each game room will be hosted by a different bIT Executive Leader, so you’ll have a chance to meet them (and check out their game face). Please be sure to check your tech now so you are ready to play!

Check your Tech

  • Test this Weve game link. This is the link you’ll need to access the game (no software download required).

  • Be sure you have the following tech requirements ready for the game:

    • Headphones (Strongly recommended! Earbuds or AirPods are fine).

    • A laptop or desktop with web camera (Phones are not supported).

    • A good internet connection.

    • Use the Chrome, Firefox, or Edge web browser.

    • VPN can be incompatible with the event. Plan accordingly.

  • Here are some troubleshooting tips if you have any technical issues:

Please send accommodation requests to Stephanie Dunn (ssorensen@berkeley.edu). We are aware that this platform has accessibility challenges and we are working to find more accessible options for our next online activity! 

I’ll see you tomorrow!

Jenn


CIO Update: Jan. 14, 2022 

Colleagues, 

As we start the new year, I want to reflect on and appreciate all of our accomplishments in 2021.  This page highlights just a portion of the incredible work performed across our organization over the last year. I am incredibly proud of what our bIT team has done and continues to do, in spite of the significant challenges we face with the ongoing pandemic. Huge kudos and appreciation to all of you for this last year’s work! 

Last evening we sent a CalMessage to all campus faculty and staff announcing our name and organizational structure. Same services, new name!

On Tuesday we had a virtual Q&A to discuss the rapidly evolving public health guidance about the Omicron surge, and how this will impact our academic and other plans. This was followed on Thursday with a CIO Forum that announced the official launch of our new bIT organization, and had a deeper dive into some of the exciting work that is happening within our IT governance initiative and campus spend analysis. Here are the materials from this week’s events:

ODP Transition

In case you missed it, I wanted to make sure you are aware that, with Jody Couch’s departure for Canada at the end of last year, Rana Silver and David Turner have graciously agreed to serve as co-interim executive directors for CAD.  

What I’m reading and watching

I just watched this video, My Ancestors' Home—with Corrina Gould, that shares the history of the West Berkeley Shellmound. It was shared at our Action Team meeting and highlights that one of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation is right in our own backyard.

I just started reading The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels. It is the perfect historical romance with strong female characters, wry wit, and a huge dose of fun! It was a 2021 New York Times Notable Book.

Job Openings

With the completion of the Organizational Design project, we are no longer maintaining a specific ODP jobs page. However, I will continue to include this link to all open UC Berkeley IT jobs in my weekly communication. 

Upcoming Events

Meet the ExLT at next week’s All Staff & Virtual Game Show (instructions below)

Our next all staff is on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., you should see the invite in your bCal. Here’s the agenda:

  • 2-2:25 p.m. All Staff Meeting

  • 2:25-3:30 p.m. Take part in a Virtual Game Show with the Executive Leadership Team (ExLT)

A few bIT colleagues shared their thoughts on participating in the Virtual Game Show in the past:

  • “I loved it! I joined hesitantly thinking ‘I'm too busy!' but had a great time. The best part was lip-syncing to 80’s hair bands with impromptu dancing.” ~ Faye S.

  • "I was feeling crummy and Zoom-meeting fatigued but decided to log into the game anyway...and I'm SO GLAD I did. The game host really made the whole experience feel like a game show. I was happy to be teamed up with people I don't know or don't normally interact with and the format made it so it was quick and easy to let my guard down and just have fun." ~ Edgar O.

  • “Taking some time out of the day to relax and have fun playing games with colleagues was a wonderful break.” ~ Vivian S. in ITCS

Looking forward to seeing you there next Thursday! 

In partnership,

Jenn

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Virtual Game Show Instructions

Please test the event link and check your tech today so you’re ready to play!

  • Test this Weve game link. This is the link you’ll need to access the game (no software download required).

  • Be sure you have the following tech requirements ready for the game:

    • Headphones (Strongly recommended! Earbuds or AirPods are fine).

    • A laptop or desktop with web camera (Phones are not supported).

    • A good internet connection.

    • Use the Chrome, Firefox, or Edge web browser.

    • VPN can be incompatible with the event. Plan accordingly.

  • Here are some troubleshooting tips if you have any technical issues:

  • Show up at 2 p.m. for a short all-staff meeting. 

  • At 2:25 p.m. we will all head into the Weve Virtual Game Show (we’ll provide the game link again in the Zoom chat). Please arrive 5 minutes early so we can start on time.


CIO Update: Jan. 7, 2022

Colleagues, 

Jenn with JuniperI hope your 2022 is off to a great start. I’m feeling very energized and excited because I became a Grandma! Juniper Jean Haywood was born on New Year’s Day and I’m totally in love. 

Many of you are closing out this bIT curtailment week and others decided to return to work Monday. Either way, I hope you had a restful winter break, feeling rejuvenated and ready to start the spring semester!

As you know, the omicron variant continues to keep our spring semester plans fluid. There is a lot of important information in the message below and additional updates from leadership about campus startup and instruction are expected to be shared soon. I appreciate all your hard work as we gear up for another semester with so much in flux. Your commitment to campus and supporting the mission is inspiring! I know that this continues to be a difficult time for many and I encourage us all to show empathy and compassion to everyone in our community.

I know that we had hoped and planned for a more “normal” semester start, but the reality with COVID from the beginning is that we continue to respond to evolving public health guidance as it becomes available about variants, peaks in cases, mask mandates, and more. 

Hot topics for spring start

  • Booster shots are required by Jan. 18 - there is a clinic open today! I highly encourage you to get a booster from UHS at one of their booster clinics, make your appointment on eTang.

    • Friday, Jan. 7 

    • Wednesday, Jan. 12 

    • Thursday, Jan. 13

    • Friday, Jan. 14

    • Friday, Jan. 21 (appointments coming soon)

    • Friday, Jan. 28 (appointments coming soon)

Under UC policy you are required to obtain a booster shot as soon as you are eligible. Our campus expects all faculty, staff and students who are eligible to get their booster no later than the start of instruction on Jan. 18 (or by the first day you are on campus if you will be on campus before Jan. 18, enforcement will begin on Jan. 31). Please review the instructions for how to update your vaccination record in eTang with your booster information.

  • Get your free COVID test next week before students return to campus. Book an appointment on eTang. See the return to campus testing Q&A for some of the most common questions around COVID testing. For clarity, there are COVID tests you can do at home or at oher locations to meet the “get tested before returning to campus” request. However, only tests administered by UHS will turn your campus access badge green and meet the campus surveillance test requirement which is good for 90 days.

  • Join me on Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. for a spring semester Q&A session. You should see this event appearing on your bCal (contact Stephanie Dunn if it is not on your calendar). Please send any questions you have by noon on Monday for me to address during the meeting.

  • New OSHA guidelines require that employees use specific kinds of face coverings. Cloth face coverings through which light can pass are not permitted beginning January 16th. Campus will make the requisite face coverings (N95, KN95 and single-use surgical masks) available to employees and to students (with an emphasis to those living in congregate housing). More soon on how to get a face covering if you don’t have one.

  • Continue to work remotely, if possible for your position. As mentioned in my message earlier this week, we want to remain flexible and recommend those who can continue to work remotely do so during the expected omicron surge. We also recognize and appreciate that much of our work requires an on-campus presence to be accomplished, particularly as students and faculty are expected to return to campus for the start of the semester. All work arrangements continue to be an agreement between you and your manager or supervisor.

What I’m reading and watching

Earlier this week I read this New York Times editorial about research conducted by faculty members from Yale, Stanford and UC Berkeley that provides some good guidance on wearing a mask and the best type of masks to use. An excerpt, “The bottom line is masks work, and higher quality masks most likely work better at preventing Covid-19. If you have the ability to choose between a cloth and a surgical mask, go with surgical. But the best mask is one that a person will actually wear and wear correctly.” This is inline with the new OSHA guidance.

I also did some book reading with Juniper. Captured in this photo, the book is The Stuff of Stars by author Marion Dane Bauer with illustrations by Ekua Holmes. One of my latest favorite picture books!

I’ve been sharing what I’m reading and watching for a while now, but I’d like to know what recommendations you have. To help gather suggestions from our bIT community, we have set up two new social channels on Slack for you to share (or tap as a resource) great books and shows: #social-reading | #social-bingewatch

Job Openings

We are continuing to post new job opportunities each week to fill positions that will help build out our bIT family. Here is the latest list of openings, you can also check the jobs page for status of pending positions:

Upcoming Events

I look forward to seeing you all again next week!

In partnership,

Jenn


Spring Semester Update & bIT New Year Q&A with CIO: Jan. 4, 2022

Happy 2022 Colleagues!

With the launch of this new year, we also look to the start of a new semester with some important information regarding return to campus testing and vaccination protocols, plus a new bIT staff event planned for next week. 

Get your free COVID test on campus this week or next

You may have seen the message from the Chancellor yesterday that covered several topics on the return to campus. One of the main items is to check your campus access badge compliance which may have expired since the last time you were on campus. If it has been more than 90 days since your last campus surveillance test you are required to get tested again through University Health Services (UHS). If your surveillance testing status has expired or is set to expire within two weeks, getting tested on campus is a great way to fulfill the campus surveillance testing requirement and meet the expectation that you get tested prior to returning to work on campus. Top things to know: 

  • If you already work on campus or are planning to work on campus at all in the coming weeks, you will need to get tested prior to the start of the semester.

  • Tests are administered by appointment only but there are lots of appointments available and the process at UHS is streamlined and quick. 

  • This is a free test and getting it at UHS is the only way to turn your badge green for campus access (90 days). 

  • This week or next is a great time to get tested before students return to campus. Book an appointment now on eTang. More testing info:

You’re invited: bIT New Year Q&A with CIO

With the fluidity of information coming through, we put together a short Q&A session next week to answer any questions you may have about returning to campus and more. Check your bCal for an invite coming through soon for Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. See the return to campus testing Q&A for some of the most common questions on the topic of COVID testing or submit other questions you have prior to next week for me to address during the meeting.

Continue to work remotely, if possible for your position

With much still in flux, we want to remain flexible and recommend those who can continue to work remotely do so during the expected omicron surge. We also recognize and appreciate that some work requires an on-campus presence to be accomplished, particularly as students and faculty are expected to return to campus for the start of the semester. All work arrangements continue to be an agreement between you and your manager or supervisor.

bIT Celebration on Jan. 31 postponed

With the omicron variant expected to peak at the end of January into early February, we will not be holding any large in-person events during this timeframe as we had hoped. We are very excited about the idea of us all getting together again and celebrating our new bIT organization in person, and we will still plan something in the future, when it is safe to do so. 

More information to come

Campus leadership continues to monitor the situation closely and are meeting regularly to make changes as needed. The campus coronavirus site continues to be updated with the latest information and pertinent updates will be shared by email. 

I hope to see you at the Q&A session on Jan. 11!

In partnership,

Jenn