Kudos to COSA Award Recipients: Watch the Ceremony Today at 2 p.m.

November 29, 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to several members of our One IT community for their outstanding service and leadership in support of important campus initiatives. Winners of the esteemed Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award (COSA) were announced yesterday and we join in celebrating their accomplishments. 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.

Watch the COSA Award Ceremony at 2 p.m.

Recipients of the COSA will be recognized by Chancellor Christ later today, Thursday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 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.

Team Awards


Karl R Grose, Brian Koehmstedt, Jeff McCullough, Veronica Ong, and Summer Scanlan

The CalNet team is charged with ensuring data security for the campus community. Over the last year, the team moved the community towards a safer and more secure data environment with the execution of the CalNet 2-Step two-factor authentication. The team rolled out 2-Step authentication to 32,300 employees across campus, working with various stakeholders to execute this program and integrate the authentication platform with multiple campus applications. The CalNet 2-Step project was successful due to the team’s innovation, adaptation, and efficiency, which resulted in our data becoming safer and more secure. Read full nomination

Jacobs Institute Maker Pass Staff

Amy Anh Hoang Dinh, Gary Gin, joey gottbrath, Chris Parsell, Mary Catherine Richardson, Roland Saekow, and Kent Wilson

The early goal of the Jacob Institute Maker Pass Staff was to create a space for innovation and to give access to advanced technologies to a wide range of students. With the opening of Jacobs Hall in August 2015, thousands of students from dozens of majors now have access to cutting-edge tools in an interesting and welcoming space. This space caters to all students ranging from an undeclared freshman in their first semester to a Ph.D. student in an Engineering field, looking for highly advanced fabrication resources. The team has worked collaboratively since August 2015 to create, launch and scale the Maker Pass program – a semester pass which grants students, faculty and staff access to prototyping and fabrication facilities in Jacobs Hall and the CITRIS Invention Lab. Today this program serves nearly 1200 students, faculty and staff each semester with representation from twelve schools and colleges. Read full nomination

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 their great work? 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!.


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

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