Congratulations to COSA Recipients

April 27, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating several members of our One IT community for their outstanding service and leadership in support of important projects and functions like Cal Answers and Student Information Systems. The following staff members have contributed to improving Berkeley's IT environment over the last year and are among the 16 individuals and five teams being awarded the esteemed 2017 Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA) today!

The COSA is presented on an annual basis to individual staff members and teams who demonstrate exceptional initiative to create significant positive impact on the UC Berkeley campus community.

Sereeta Alexander, Office of Planning and Analysis

Sereeta is an integral senior analyst in the Office of Planning and Analysis (OPA) in the CFO’s office, providing analytical decision support to the campus. In support of new hires and for Cal Answers Super-Users across campus, she develops materials, leads and participates in trainings, and holds office hours. Read full nomination

Adam Hillier, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Adam has risen as a strong project manager who has enhanced business processes and use of technology in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA). Recently Adam’s skills shined as one of Undergraduate Admissions’ primary liaisons with the Student Information Systems (SIS) project. Read full nomination

Doaa Hussein, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Doaa has been a part of Undergraduate Admissions for the last two years, both as a member of the SIS project, and as a team member of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (OUA). During that time she has become recognized across the UC system and beyond for her expertise in managing technology change. Read full nomination

Ricky To, Office of the Registrar

Beginning in Fall 2016, campus departmental schedulers began using our new Student Information Systems (SIS). Ricky has proven to be a guiding light during this transition. Read full nomination

Cal Answers Principal Investigator Portfolio team

Team members:

  • Quin Bligh, IST-Enterprise Data Services
  • Peter Cava, IST-Enterprise Data Services
  • Sameer D'Souza, IST-Enterprise Data Services
  • Frances Kendall, IST-Enterprise Data Services
  • Jeremy Linneman, Research Administration
  • Naresh Meda, IST-Enterprise Data Services
  • Aswan Movva, IST-Enterprise Data Services
  • Teal Sexton, Office of the CFO
  • Jenny Su, Office of the CFO
  • Heidi Van Yang, Office of the CFO
  • Heidi Wagner, Department of Social Welfare

Cal Answers PI Portfolio Projections has dramatically changed the research administration process on campus. This team delivered an integrated set of standardized tools and corresponding business process guides for Research Administrators and faculty to manage their financial activities. Read full nomination

Watch the COSA Award Ceremony at 2 p.m.

Recipients of the COSA will be recognized by Chancellor Dirks later today, Thursday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m. Members of the campus community who would like to join in celebrating these staff are encouraged to view the livestream broadcast of the award ceremony.

One IT In Action

Not only are the COSA awards among the highest honors bestowed by the Chancellor, but also the work of these individuals and teams exemplifies the collaborative spirit that drives our One IT efforts, for which we can collectively be proud.

Want to recognize a colleague for being awesome? Submit a nomination for a STAR award. Deadlines vary by unit so please check with your administrative team.

Congratulations again and a sincere thank you to all the award winners for your cross-functional collaboration in furthering our IT infrastructure.


Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer

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