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October 2021

Welcome, Angie Midkiff!

Please give a big AITS welcome to Angie Midkiff who has recently joined AITS an Executive Assistant to Kelly Block! She may be a new addition to our unit but Angie has dedicated 20 years of service, in total, to the University of Illinois. Angie has two kids, Ava who is 13 and Gavin who is 11. The majority of her 'free' time is spent running her kids to and from school, sports and other activities! 

What is your favorite movie?
AM: Sweet Home Alabama

Tell us something on your bucket list.
AM: I would love to go on a European vacation!

What's your favorite fast-food establishment?
AM: Chipotle

What's your favorite place in the world and why?
AM: My friend's beautiful salt-water pool. Rolling hills, sunshine, water!

Report of Non-University Activities (RNUA)


University policy requires academic staff to disclose and obtain prior approval for non-university income producing activities. Civil service staff members are not required to submit an RNUA, but they are still required to disclose any potential conflicts. 

If you have potential conflicts to disclose, please submit the Disclosure Form for Civil Service Employees that can be found at https://www.vpaa.uillinois.edu/rnua/civil_service. Completed forms should be submitted to your supervisor for approval, and then sent to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Additional information about the RNUA process is available through the links below.

START myDisclosureshttps://myresearch.uillinois.edu/myDisclosures/
Training resourceshttps://www.vpaa.uillinois.edu/rnua/contacts_resources/


Campus Charitable Fund Drive (CCFD)


Campus Charitable Fund Drive (CCFD) is our workplace giving campaign! It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways for you to support your favorite causes. The 2021 campaign is in full force and AITS needs your help to meet our goal! The drive has already begun and concludes on Wednesday, November 17.

Our goal as a University this year is to collect $1.5 million and have 25% participation by our employees. The goal for AITS is $15,344.29AITS welcomes your help in achieving our goal! Together, we can make an incredible impact.

Consider the impact a donation makes and how far your dollars go:

  • $2 per pay period can plant 50 trees to help reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
  • $10 per pay period provides gold, silver and bronze medals to Special Olympics athletes.
  • Your $100 donation will fund research toward a cure for cancer.

If you have questions, would like help completing forms, want more information or need assistance in making your contribution to CCFD, please contact Angie Midkiff at amidkiff@uillinois.edu!


Mandatory Annual Ethics Training 2021

Faculty, Staff and Graduate Employees are required to complete Mandatory Ethics Training 2021 by 5:00 PM CST on November 1, 2021. Seasonal and Temporary employees must complete the training before December 31, 2021. The course will take approximately 40 minutes to 1 hour to complete.

To complete your coursework, please do the following:

  1. Open your browser (preferably Google Chrome) and go to: https://lms.apps.uillinois.edu.
  2. Click “NetID Login”.
  3. Choose your university location and “Select”.
  4. Enter your university netid and password and “Login”.
  5. Once logged into the University of Illinois System Training LMS, on the Course Overview screen, select the 2021 Annual Ethics Training icon by clicking on the image.
  6. On the dashboard, please click on the “Annual Ethics Training for Faculty and Staff" link.
  7. Your course will open and you may progress following the on screen prompts.
  8. Upon completion, click the link provided to obtain your Certificate of Completion.

Any content questions may be directed to the University Ethics & Compliance Office at 866-758-2146 or ethicsofficer@uillinois.edu.

Recognizing AITS Employees

If you'd like to recognize a colleague for doing great work, use our High Fives & Fist Bumps tool! Recognition from our customers can be submitted to our Recognition Team at aitsrecognitionprgm@uillinois.edu. Think that someone you work with is beyond excellent? Take it one step further and nominate them for the AITS Excellence Award!

2021 AITS Excellence Award

For the 2021 Excellence Award, AITS gave us no shortage of exceptional nominees to choose our winner from. This year, the selection committee received 18 nominations for 17 individuals who go above and beyond in their roles. From the original 17 nominees, 7 finalist were selected as front runners. Ultimately, the selection committee choose Mark McCarthy as our 2021 AITS Excellence Award Winner for his collaborative work across the university on Accessibility initiatives.

Here's what Mark's nominator had to say about him:

"We are better today because of Mark, his dedication to making products better, and his efforts to teach and train others about accessibility, how to make their products better, and how to pass the information on to others so they can learn too. He is a great team member, very willing to take on new projects, to train others, to collaborate with others and with a great attitude. We are very lucky to have Mark as a member of AITS."

Congraulations, Mark!

Happy Customers

Keri Canaday recognized by Brent Rasmus, UI System Senior Assistant Vice President, Controller:

As a follow up to the Executive Sponsor Meeting for S2P earlier today, I wanted to reiterate that I think Brenda and Keri are doing a fantastic job in their roles.  As you both already know, any project with numerous offices and SME’s is extremely difficult to manage due to personalities and internal politics.  This project in particular has many politics that need to be navigated delicately in order for all parties to be moving in the same direction.  Their ability to manage the personalities and politics has really impressed me. 

I think it’s important to recognize good work, and I wanted to share what I’ve witnessed over the last several months

Chris Burdette and Shawn Lee recognized by Dr. Stephanie Kutzen, UIC, Jane Addams College of Social Work:

Dear Mr. Lee,

By way of introduction, I am a faculty member at the UIC, Jane Addams College of Social Work.  The reason for contacting you is to inform you of the high degree of  customer satisfaction I experienced this morning  being assisted by your staff member, Chris Burdette.  His professional skills, excellent interpersonal  and commuication styles all contributed to reaching a positive resolution of my probem.

Additionally, I commend you for managing staff to this degree of excellence.  I continue to appreciate having your departments support.

High Fives & Fist Bumps

Chris Newman recognized by Matt Macomber:

"Chris stepped in and saved the day when we had issues getting Oracle to work with a critical automated testing script for HR Front End! The QA team is very appreciative that Chris guided Debby and myself through the process of getting Oracle and the script to work together. We couldn't have figured it out without him!"

Belinda Smith-Washington recognized by Chris Newman:

"Thanks a ton to Belinda for helping me get a new laptop set up this morning. You were quick and the entire experience was painless. Thank you so much!"
Christie Campbell-Hall recognized by Alice Jones:
"A simple act of kindness can easily bring a smile to any day! This was Christie's response to a question addressed to her about desktop setup. We asked her what she needed and then she did the same for us in return! This is what truly makes AITS special and a wonderful place to work.

'Also do you need help in moving and setting up offices? I can help if you needed and after hours if needed.' "
Mark Mesplay recognized by Mike Keck:

"Wanted to thank Mark Mesplay, and his team, for the extra effort they go through to help us with our Deployments.

They work late, they work weekends, and in Mark's case, he doesn't even make it to his car to go home after a late night before he gets a call and has to turn around and go back to his office. And then needing to redeploy components the next day he's already migrated at least once as we try to get everything right.
He does all this with a calm, patient, and professional demeanor. If anyone has a reason to respond to people with big, bright, red, capitalized font ... it would be him, but he's just cool about it instead.

Thanks Mark"

Daryl Fritchey recognized by AJ Lavender:

Daryl has been integral in getting TeamDynamix PPM up and running! With so many of the PMO staff on SHIELD IL he stepped in and took on a lot to keep things on track with TeamDynamix PPM as well as took many of the PMO reviews on and other PMO tasks while they have been focusing on other efforts. His hard work does not go unnoticed and is very appreciated.

Allison Campbell
recognized by Rick Getty:

"Kudos to Alison. She has repeatedly helped DIA. To show their appreciation, they invited Alison to their suite at Memorial Stadium for the Illinois Football Game vs. Charlotte this coming weekend. Great Job Alison. And Enjoy the game."
Training Opportunities

Web Intelligence Training

10/21 - Web Intelligence: Reporting Basics
ONLINE | 9:00 - 11:30 AM  [Register here]

This course demonstrates how to use the Web Intelligence report editor to create custom reports and analyses. Topics include: creating basic reports, filters, sorting, calculations, breaks, and file formats.

Decision Support General Report Assistance

1-on-1 Report Assistance

AITS offers training sessions and 1-on-1 report assistance with our data experts. To register or to see the complete schedule, please visit the Training Registration Application. If a session is full, please click the Wait List link to be added to our wait list.

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Deployment/Rollout Activities

10/6 – Upgrade RRB PowerMax arrays to latest operatnig system version
10/10 – Event to test failing over RRB network and firewalls from RRB to HAB
10/21 – Apply Microsoft critical patches to non-production servers
10/13 – Production cut over Chicago 2FA VPN
10/14 – Apply Microsoft critical patches to production servers
10/16 – Financial Aid 8.41 / 9.3.27 releases
10/17 – Production Solaris/Linux maintenance
10/17 – Add new partitions and rebuild indexes in BANPROD to address performance issues with FZRACTG
10/17 – Appworx runtime environment maintenance - includes deploying Oracle instantClient v19.12.0.0 clients for Solaris and Linux agents, and upgrading the AppWorx agent ojdbc driver 
10/17 – UI2 account conversion