Berkeley IT Events & Programs

Please bookmark this page as a resource to view upcoming happenings and to access materials from past Berkeley IT events. This page also features different programs we have implemented in the organization towards continuous improvement

Do you have ideas for social gatherings and want to get involved with event planning? Please email ist-social@berkeley.edu with your suggestions.

Note: Many Berkeley IT events are also included on the One IT calendar.

Upcoming Events

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Process Palooza returns to the UC San Diego campus
March 28-29, 2023

What is Process Palooza? Process Palooza is a high-energy collaborative experience celebrating the power of continuous improvement. Join us for The Great Innovate, our Lean Six Sigma competition to improve real processes and to engage with others as you share, learn, begin, or advance, your continuous improvement journey at Process Palooza. 

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UC Love Data Week
February 8-12, 2023

Once again, UC Libraries are collaborating on a UC-wide “Love Data Week” series of talks, presentations, and workshops during February 13-17, 2023. All events are free to attend and open to any member of the UC community. For more information and to register for a specific workshop, please visit the website: https://bit.ly/UC-LDW

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All Staff Update 
Thursday, Jan.26 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

Our monthly all-staff is an informal way for us to share information monthly and engage in dialog around the specific issues facing the Berkeley IT organization (e.g. budget, organizational policies, Action Team progress, etc.). 

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • Tuesday, Feb. 7 | 9-10 a.m.| Virtual
  • Thursday, Feb. 23 | 9-10 a.m.| In-Person
  • Tuesday, March 7 | 9-10 a.m.| Virtual
  • Thursday, March 16 | 9-10 a.m.| In-Person

This is an opportunity to join CIO Jenn Stringer for informal conversation and your favorite beverage of choice (doesn’t have to be coffee). Sign up here more dates coming soon!

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Connect with colleagues anytime for FUN on Slack:

  • #social-listening-party - Mondays at noon tune in for the lunchtime listening hour.
  • #shoutouts - did a team mate 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.

Past Events

2022

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bIT New Year’s party

Thursady, Jan. 12, 2023

After a quiet, rainy, and restful winter break it felt fantastic to reconnect with so many of you yesterday at our bIT New Year’s party. We had some laughs, a photo booth, delicious food, some great raffle prizes, and my homemade plum jam! Shoutout to Margarita Zeglin, Stephanie Dunn, Simone Burns, Summer Scanlan, and Chris Bartlett for helping to create a fantastic event. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate. Stay tuned for info in the coming weeks for a virtual celebration we will host to be sure all of our fully remote bIT members have a chance to celebrate too. Did you snap some fun photos yesterday? Upload them & view more event pics here

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All Staff Update 

Thursday, Dec. 15 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

We had a great time exploring the age-old battle of Coke vs Pepsi, and the results were...Coke by a landslide! We discussed the ongoing strike and it's impact, we proudly welcomed some new faces, recieved a move update from Stephanie Dunn and then headed to the breakout rooms to discuss what we were binge watching/reading. There were so many good suggestions and laughs! We closed with a look back on the past year and talking about our collective accomplishments across Berkeley IT - kudos for a productive and wonderful year!

Slide deck | Zoom recording

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

Thursday, Dec. 15  | 9-10 a.m.|  This session was held at Earl Warren Hall in room 300C.

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All Staff Update 

Thursday, Nov. 17 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

We had the penultimate bIT All Staff of 2022. As we are all well aware, bIT has recently undergone a reorganization and is now made up of seven units (view the bIT org structure here). This week Terence Phuong introduced us to the Business Operations unit, and the departments within: Finance, Technology Program Office, Strategic Sourcing & Procurement, Building & Equipment Management, and Billing. We also had the opportunity to discuss what we were grateful for with our breakout rooms.

Slide deck | Zoom recording

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

Wednesday, Nov. 17 | 9-10 a.m. | In-person

Faye Snowden A Killing Fire book series

bITerature: A book read from author, Faye Snowden 
Tuesday, Nov. 15 | 12 - 1:00 p.m.

Watch the webinar here

Join the bIT community as we listen to one of our talented colleagues and published author Faye Snowden, read an excerpt from her book: A Killing Fire. 

In addition to her role as the Technology Program Office Manager, Faye has published a number of novels, short stories, and poetry. Her Master's in English Literature plus her passion to see more representation in crime fiction has inspired her to write noir mystery books such as Spiral of Guilt, Fatal Justice and A Killing Rain. During this special online event, Faye will read a selection from A Killing Fire and also discuss the importance of the mystery genre, lack of diversity in the field, the process of publishing, and answer audience questions.

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All Staff Update 

Thursday, Oct. 27 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

UC Berkeley is honored to be co-hosting UC Tech 2023 with UC San Francisco, check out the brand-new UC Tech 2023 website! We had a sneak peek at the new bIT Around the World gallery page, and were reminded to submit a photo (voluntary) wearing your shirt wherever you are in the world. Terence Phuong gave us an update on the new space allocation plans and The Action Team is seeking new IT community members, and we learned what the meaning of the Dewali celebration. As a surprise, we saw the dances in action and got to participate!

Slide deck | Zoom recording

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

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

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All Staff Update 
Thursday, Sept. 22 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

September is National Workforce Development Month! Michelle Davis presented news on the Professional Learning & Employee Voice Survey and the UC Berkeley Sponsored Tuition Program. We were reminded to pick up our bIT T-shirt at Telegraph or it will be sent, and to submit a photo wearing your shirt wherever you are in the world. Also, we are getting excited for the One IT at SFMOMA event Saturday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. 

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn) 

Tuesday, Sept. 20 | 9-10 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

Thursday, Sept. 7 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

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All Staff Update
Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

August has been a busy month. We welcomed several new employees and said goodbye to a few others. We were able to enjoy so many photos for the "What I did this summer" picture submissions. We met the Campus Applications & Data team, and see an in-depth breakdown of who they are and what services are provided. Also, we were reminded of the Cal Night at Oakland A’s Game coming on Sept. 8.

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

Thursday, Aug. 25 | 10-11 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

Thursday, Aug. 10 | 10-11 a.m. | Virtual via Zoom

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All Staff Update
Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

July has been a busy month. We welcomed several new employees and said goodbye to a few others. The new Love Bug for bIT was announced and made available in the Berkeley IT Brand Guide. Also, we were reminded that Pay IT Forward and Slack #Shoutouts are ways you can connect to offer gratitude and support to colleagues. We heard the project report from Summer Scanlan on the success of the Telephone Credit Reduction Project .

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

Thursday, July 28 | 10-11 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

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Open Conversation
Wednesday, June 1 | 12-12:45 p.m.

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.

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All Staff Update
Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

May has been a tough month with multiple acts of hatred and violence, we 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. We welcomed several new staff to bIT and bid farewell to Kong Chou. Wes Johnson  introduced his Campus IT Experience (CITE) team. 

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All Staff Update
Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

This month we welcomed new staff to bIT along with a few farewells. We want to give a big thanks to presenters Michelle Davis and Terence Phuong for providing important updates on HR deadlines that are coming up 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.

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

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

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All Staff Update
Thursday, March 24, 2022 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.
This month we welcomed lots of new staff to bIT along with a few farewells. 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 slide deck). 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.

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

Thursday, March 24 | 10-11 a.m. | 2nd Floor Patio 2850 Telegraph

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All Staff Update
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.
This month we welcomed lots of new staff to bIT along with a few farewells. 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 slide deck). 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.

watch video | view slide deck 

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All Staff Update & Virtual Game Show!
Thursday, Jan. 20 | 2 - 3:30 p.m.
This month's all-staff was brief but packed in a lot of great information from our guest Patrick Goff. Patrick is the Executive Director of Environment, Health & Safety, and he joined us to answer questions about masks: what to wear, when to wear, how to avoid purchasing counterfeit masks, and more. We then joined together in a virtual game show with the bIT Executive Leadership Team represented in each room!

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New Year Q&A with the CIO
Tuesday, Jan. 11 | 11 - 11:50 a.m.

With the fluidity of information coming through regarding the return to campus for spring, we put together a short Q&A session to answer any questions the Berkeley IT community may have about spring semester.

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2021

All Staff Update
Thursday, Dec. 16 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

This month's all staff focused on the official launch of our new organization Berkeley IT! CIO Jenn Stringer provided a look back at where we started, shared where we are today, and some additional transitioning that will happen in the months to come. Six lucky winners received Amazon gift cards!

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • Nov. 8, 10 - 11 a.m. virtual
  • IN PERSON: Nov. 9, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at 2850 Telegraph (2nd floor patio)
  • Nov. 15, 10 - 11 a.m. virtual
  • Nov. 17, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. virtual
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All Staff Update
Thursday, Oct. 28 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

CIO Jenn Stringer shared some highlights from this week’s EDUCAUSE conference, we met new staff members, did a brainstorm breakout session on engaging staff who work remotely, and we talked about the great work the Action Team has done in putting together an acknowledgement of the Ohlone People during this difficult time of year around fall holidays. 

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All Staff Update
Thursday, Sept. 23 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

After providing some updates, Jenn Stringer announced our new name: Berkeley Information Technology. We will begin to use this name in January when we officially launch our organization. Take a look at the all staff slide deck to view the new branding and to get an overview on how we arrived at our new name. The 266 people in the meeting were invited to take part in an exercise to help build our mission statement. We asked people for words and phrases that describe who we are; what we do; why we do it; and the value we bring to campus. Terence Phuong, Executive Director of Business Operations also announced some upcoming transitions for his team

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • Sept. 13, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Sept. 21,11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Meditation Session - Healing Spaces for All
Wednesdays at 5 p.m. These weekly sessions were guided by Patricia Juárez from the Action Team with the last session in Sept. 2021. Patricia has been a mindfulness meditation practitioner since 2011 and has been leading meditation sessions with her students and her Native community since 2012.

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All Staff Update
Thursday, Aug. 26 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

Carla Jackson from Be Well at Work joined in to share tips on how to break the stress cycle. Jenn provided her CIO update and welcomed Kevin Reyes to our organization. We received an Action Team update with a call for new members! Our service spotlight was on Productivity & Collaboration Services with a presentation from Luis Hernandez, Jon Hays and Vahid Nadi.

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All Staff Update
Thursday, July 22 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

We met some new team members this month! Then Jenn Stringer and Liz Marsh provided information about the vision for Agile Collaborative Teams (ACTs): A cross-functional team charged with exploring a critical strategic challenge that will transform the way we work and/or deliver services.

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All Staff Update
Thursday, June 24 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

This month's all staff focused on announcing exciting updates with our Organizational Design Project. 

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All Staff Update
Thursday, May 27 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

Terence Phuong provided an update on the budget and Danny Grieb gave an overview of the results from the Return to Campus OCIO/IST Survey to date. Jenn Stringer then took us on a walk through of our new space at 2850 Telegraph.

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • May 3, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • May 5, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • May 10, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • May 11, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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All Staff Update
Thursday, April 29 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

This month after Jenn's CIO Update, CISO Allison Henry provided the latest info on the UC security breach. Five new staff were introduced to the OCIO/IST family and a big congratulations to Gladys Oddoye and Danny Grieb who both received an Excellence in Management Award. We had a breakout session to have a group discussion on the transition to the fall then wrapped up with progress and status of our ODP work.

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All Staff Update
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

We welcomed four new staff members this month, Jenn gave her CIO update, then a big portion of this month's meeting was spent walking through some of the outcomes from the survey on organizational strengths and weaknesses that staff filled out last fall. 

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Coffee with the CIO (aka Java with Jenn)

  • Feb. 1, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Feb. 3, 10 - 11 a.m.
  • Feb. 8, 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Feb.10, 9 - 10 a.m.

All Staff Update
Thursday, Jan. 28 | 2 - 2:50 p.m.

This month we welcomed lots of new babies! CIO announcements included finances for network update, campus plans for Spring and Fall, a COVID testing update and the continued rollout of the security passphrase requirement. Program Manager for the move to Telegraph, Rich Meyer, provided the latest status on the building and Gert Reynaert gave an update on ODP progress.

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