One IT springs into summer with a community picnic

May 27, 2014

Tanya Jansen, OCIO Communications

IT professionals assembled on the Faculty Glade to celebrate the end of the spring semester with a picnic on May 22, 2014. Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor - IT and CIO and Jenn Stringer, Associate CIO – Academic Engagement, Director, ETS co-sponsored the event which gave IT staff the opportunity to make connections across campus IT units while mingling and enjoying refreshments. Cathy Koshland, Vice Provost, Teaching, Learning, Academic Planning and Facilities, also addressed the crowd. The informal setting fostered discussions ranging from the Berkeley Research Computing launch to scuba diving as staff discovered common interests. Special thanks to Educational Technology Services (ETS) for expanding their annual picnic to include all campus IT staff!

Conrad stressed the importance of building and strengthening the IT community by saying, "Without knowing our colleagues, we can't be successful in a distributed IT environment, like the one we work in." This was the second in a series of "One IT" events designed to build community and cultivate collaboration across the campus. With over 300 IT staff in attendance, word is getting out about One IT and the opportunities to for IT staff to meet. By providing the framework for IT staff across campus to share their work and best practices, One IT is clearly making an impact.

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Stay tuned for more upcoming events!

  • IT Summit - On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 we will host a forum for UC Berkeley IT staff staff and teams to network, share their work, highlight new technology and provide status on key initiatives. Staff will also have the opportunity to speak with campus IT leadership about goals and actions for 2014 and beyond. A Tech Expo will be included. Register for the IT Summit!
  • One IT social events - Like the events on March 24 and May 22, IT teams and leaders from across campus sponsor these events. They are intended to be fun and educational in a relaxed setting that fosters networking and sharing of ideas between IT colleagues.