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November 2020
Welcome, Sean Cornell!

Please give a big AITS welcome to Sean Cornell who has recently joined our unit as an Enterprise Systems Specialist! Sean is from Cleveland, Ohio and a mostly unfortunate Cleveland sports fan. He was on the basketball and track team in college. Sean enjoys attending Broadway shows and seeking out new restaurants and foods to try
! We asked Sean a couple questions about himself and here's what he told us:

Favorite show to binge watch?
SC: The Umbrella Academy

Do you own any pets?
SC: Dog named Dingo

What's your favorite movie?
SC: The Sandlot

Who's your favorite superhero?
SC: Spider-Man

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!


High Fives & Fist Bumps

Melissa [Rubik],

We were able to make the delivery deadline of 9/20 because of all of your efforts, dedication and true passion. I really appreciated having you as a development partner. Three months of overtime is challenging but I knew working together we could do it. I look forward to our future projects (hopefully ones with more realistic timelines.

-Recognized by Leslie Sherman


Thank you, Sri Ranganathan, for being willing to drop other projects to help us make the challenging Bulletin BEP Award deadline. Your partnership in this project helped us make the deadline and your thoughtful input always help move us along the right path. Thank you!!

-Recognized by Leslie Sherman


Scott Carpenter worked with me for more than 6 hours to complete a troublesome Vulnerability Test! Scott's promptness resetting crashed nodes every few minutes helped us complete the scan in only a few days. Thanks Scott!

-Recognized by Matt Macomber


I recently attended the latest meeting for the Illinois Higher Education Tableau User Group.  This meeting had around 50 attendees from the different departments of the three campuses.  The group and meeting attendance has grown.  The meetings are informative, have presentations, and updates on the Tableau server. 

Thank you Tara Sadler for all your work as organizer of the Illinois Higher Education Tableau User Group and meetings.  Your work has brought together university Tableau users to get information, ask questions, and present ideas on Tableau work being done across the campuses.  
-Recognized by Christie Campbell-Hall

​I would like to give a shout out to the IPHEC (Illinois Public Higher Education Cooperative) Bulletin Team. They installed an important enhancement to the Procurement Bulletin on Thursday evening (10/26).  This Business Enterprise Program (BEP) enhancement updated the award portion of the Procurement Bulletin to allow businesses owned by minorities, women, and people with disabilities access and allow for buyers at the 13 Illinois public universities BEP reporting capabilities. 

The team worked very hard to meet this deadline.  The team is comprised of Lori Pelmore, Becky Prather, Sri Ranganathan, Melissa Rubik, Leslie Sherman, Tracy Vaughn, Jodi Wright (PM). 

Great job everyone! Thank you for all your time and hard work you put in on this one! 

-Recognized by Barb LeGrant


Happy Customers
I just wanted to share with you how much I enjoy working with Kelly Delahanty. As a person who is new to project management, the knowledge that she has in what needs to be done for UI design is of immense help to me. 

She is always on top of timelines/deadlines. She gets me the hours estimates in a more than timely fashion. When working with end users has a great way of explaining why a design is better or will be a better user experience. 

She is just a Rockstar and I wanted you to know how great she is to work with.

-Recognized by Jodi Wright, AITS


AITS System Access Management,

Thank you for the prompt and attentive service that you provide. Although this is the type of service I have grown accustomed to receiving from you, it is especially appreciated in extraordinary circumstances.

Thank you not only for your service today, but for all the times in the past when I did not send a note expressing my appreciation as well. Your work is greatly appreciated!

-Recognized by Andrea Lasticly, Assistant Director at University Payroll & Benefits


Matthew [Magee]:

Welcome to the University of Illinois. I hope you enjoy your new adventure in AITS. I look forward to working with you more on Team Dynamix.  Thank you very much for jumping in and helping us get our technician role in place for our folks. It was a last minute thing that we realized hadn’t been done as we turn on sandbox access for everyone and announce today. This really helped us out and I am very grateful.

-Recognized by Kathy Lyons, Assistant Director of Services and Process Management at Tech Services


Hi Ali [Banihashem]-

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for all your efforts in making the virtual Salute to Academic Achievement (SAA) a success this year. Your willingness to get involved helped everyone better understand the technology and data and move the process to fruition. You role on the day (or, rather, evening) was invaluable –and helped everyone involved gain a greater insight of running a Brazen event. Your role through the process and on the evening will pay dividends as we move into hosting the Salute to Illinois Scholars (SIS) event this week! 

Your experience, calmness, and your attention to detail were all value added facets throughout the event process. As you know, it is looking as if our first attempts to launch an on-line SAA have been somewhat successful. The participation numbers  are solid while the logged 650 chats with students  speak volumes as to the impact of the event . As one parent noted, not only was the event “great” it encouraged and inspired her prospective student daughter to possibly "apply as soon as tonight". Such a comment is a nice reflection of the very real influence the event can have on prospective students and families and is a reflection of all the hard work that went on  behind the scenes and on the night.

I certainly appreciate your efforts in to making the SAA and SIS events a success.

-Recognized by Julian Parrott, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs


I have worked with Jodi Wright over the years and I have to say, she is very professional, helpful, proactive, etc. 

We (Technology Services) had a new Blackbox created and we are changing our system IDs in the process. Jodi, has helped with questions, testing and she was proactive and changed our files so she could test the new system IDs before we switch them.  Now, we don't have to worry about testing them, because she already has.

This will make the transition very easy. She has always been helpful and kind. She is an asset to the University of Illinois. Don't lose her!

-Recognized by Rita Ray of the Office of the CIO, Urbana

I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to two of your AITS team members, Jeannine Reese and Amanda Hemming.  Jeannine and Amanda have been our technical leads in our Source2Pay iBuy enhancements (Contracts+ implementation and eProcurement Optimization respectively).  In their roles, they have continued to lead the technical discussions of what the iBuy system can and cannot do.  They have both sought additional insight and continuing education in these areas to make sure we're presenting the best offering to our customers.  They have also interfaced with other AITS subject matter experts to make sure we'll be able to continue with our integrations after we roll out the new enhancements.  With such an opportunity to improve our procurement/contract processing systems it is much appreciated that we have these two professionals assigned to the project.

​Considering the decentralized users of the systems, I have to admit these discussions have not always been easy.  I'd venture to say that a lot of this is due to the system's inability to address some of our requirements/needs. Despite some team members showing angst because of this, both Jeannine and Amanda have been able to keep a level head and keep our goals of improving the system for our end-users insight.  Each time I have seen us going down a path not moving us forward, it has been refreshing to have Jeannine and Amanda bringing the group back to the tasks at hand. 

-Recognized by Daniel Szajna, Director of System Purchasing & Support Services



TAM Team Recognition Program

AITS's Technical Application Management (TAM) leadership members have initiated a recognition program within in their team! This program was developed to recognize team members for the hard work that is done day-in and day-out. Each month, two team members will be recognized as the TAM Employees of the Month for their excellence in tasks, projects, and daily work.

Want to implement a recognition program within your team but not sure how? The AITS Recognition Team is happy to host a brainstorming session to discuss ideas and possible implementation!

TAM Employees of the Month - September

Michael Keck
Michael has fulfilled the key role for AITS in the JMLS Academic History conversions into Banner. As usual, he has applied his keen eye and watchfulness over the necessary scripts and configurations necessary to successfully apply the JMLS data into our production environment. He has collaborated with all of the necessary stakeholders to insure that we meet our data standards and that the data conforms to our UI requirements and needs. Due to his participation, we continue to successfully integrate the JMLS Academic History data into our UI Banner production database.

Stephanie Cummings, Dave Kittell, Dave Stone
Stephanie, Dave and Dave have all been asked to drop what's on their plate and respond to System Office and Campus needs in regards to COVID-19 projects. Dave Kittell was tasked with developing several scripts to accommodate data requests from UIC Health Services to assist with contact tracing and dashboards. Each time a request comes in, he is quick to deliver a solution. Stephanie and Dave Stone were instrumental in a request from UIC for those employees that have received differential pay due to COVID-19 to be allowed to carry over their floating holiday balances. They assisted with flushing out the requirements and developing scripts to accommodate this request for Civil Service and Academic Professional employees. In addition, Dave Stone was asked to write a script for Civil Service leave reinstatement. This was a complicated script requiring specifications on whether the employee was already at their max or within a certain percentage. Dave was instrumental in flushing out these requirements and developing a script with only a few weeks’ notice. Stephanie, Dave and Dave have all gone above and beyond without hesitation to support the System Office and our campus clients. They are all well respected by our clients who continue to voice their appreciation for all their efforts.


Training Activities

Web Intelligence Training

12/3 - Web Intelligence: Reporting Basics
ONLINE | 8:30 - 11:00 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.

Deployment/Rollout Activities

11/14 – HAB 49: Online generator test
11/14 – Apply Microsoft critical patches to non-production servers
11/19 – Apply Microsoft critical patches to production servers
11/22 – Banner Fall & Oracle 19c upgrades, Ellucian upgrades & Oracle 19c upgrades for BANPROD, APPSPROD
11/22 – SharePoint maintenance - on-premise platform
11/30 – UIUC Priority Registration (Heavy activity vis student self-service)