What's behind door number 3? CSS IT Transforms to Game Show Host for Fun-Filled One IT Event

March 12, 2015

Rita Rosenthal, OCIO Communications

One IT CSS IT Open House (Google Slides)

Rockin live music performed by their own in-house band set the tone as 340 IT professionals gathered from across campus at CSS IT headquarters on 4th Street, Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The One IT initiative is dedicated to building community among IT employees and this event truly encapsulated that spirit.

Jerry Yerardi, Director of CSS IT welcomed the crowd and highlighted the latest milestone of his team launching the ServiceNow platform as "One System for Service." Peggy Huston, Chief Operating Officer, CSS and Larry Conrad, Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer also shared opening remarks:

“I like to think about One IT as being about building community among IT professionals on campus, regardless of what organization you are from, and improving IT services coordination,” said Conrad. “This means being flexible, collaborating in new ways and with new people, with the goal of building a culture where responsibility for problem solving doesn’t lie with ‘me,’ or ‘you,’ or ‘them,’ but with ‘us.’  I think this notion is what makes the collaboration between CSS IT and IST so important, and successful. It’s how we demonstrate the strategic and operational value of IT to the campus. Technologies change, people change, how we collaborate changes, but the importance of building strong cross-campus relationships never changes.”

CSS IT was able to showcase its contributions to the campus and the superb work their staff accomplishes each day while everyone enjoyed games, a vendor fair, food, and the band! Over the past year, One IT has co-sponsored six events with a variety of campus partners such as Berkeley Law IT, Educational Technology Services, the IT Leadership Group and the IT Managers Forum.

"It was a great show of support from campus IT staff. The One IT message is getting stronger with each event." — Barinder Flanagan, Deputy Director - CSS IT

"Seeing our planning efforts directly transpire into increased employee engagement was one of those rare moments in which I could feel the One IT vision awaken. People were immersed in the activities and they had fun." — Tanya Leigh Jansen, Technical Training and Communications - CSS IT, CSS IT Open House planning lead and One IT committee member.

View photos from this event.

Special thanks goes out to the CSS IT Open House planning committee:

Eric Avila

Michelle Bautista

Glenn Cruz

James Kent Dudek

Barinder Flanagan

Benjamin Gold

Lia Grant

Tanya Leigh Jansen

Mark Ingles

Nicolette Langer

Jimmy Morales

Robert Rainey

Duane Straub

John Valmores

Mark your calendar for upcoming One IT events!

  • SIS Project Open House: Building a Bridge - Our next One IT event will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at SIS Project office located at 2850 Telegraph Ave, 6th Floor. This event is another opportunity to connect with fellow IT colleagues, take a tour of the SIS Project office space, hear about the work the SIS Project is doing and get answers to any questions you may have about the project. Enter to win prizes and participate in literal bridge making. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided - no rsvp needed.

  • IT Summit - This year we’re planning a few different events to take place the week of June 8. Like last year’s inaugural event, there will be plenty of opportunities for UC Berkeley IT staff staff and teams to network, share their work, highlight new technology, provide status on key initiatives and to speak with campus IT leadership about goals and actions going forward.