Derek Olson, Web Developer for UITS, receives 2014 Faculty/Staff Appreciation Award
Derek Olson currently works as lead web developer for UITS, where he designs, implements, and maintains CSU’s 150+ websites. He provides primary support and training for faculty, staff, and students in the use of CSU’s content management system, allowing departmental personnel the opportunity to edit their websites directly using a graphic user interface. He was instrumental in the ColumbusState.edu domain implementation, as well as every other major website update put into place over the past 5 years. He has been with CSU since 2009 and has worked as a web developer since 2003, previously employed by a web and publishing firm in Olympia, Washington. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia with a BA in Writing & Literature.
On November 6, 2014, Columbus State University’s Information Technology Services division won first place in the 2014 Innovation Award competition from the Technology Association of Georgia in Atlanta.
CSU’s Business Intelligence and Analytic team won in the Small/Medium Business for Public Sector category. They were recognized for their work in a development of an “early warning system”, which identifies students who, based on trigger data, may be at risk to fail a class or even drop out of school.
Abraham George, the university’s Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, said, “My heartfelt thanks goes to our team for their mighty work in the development of the Early Alert Intervention and Support System for CSU student success. The BI team developed the analytic dashboard on a very tight schedule and still was able to launch the system before the beginning of the fall semester. This analytic application was developed for us by the ACE (Academic Center of Excellence) team to help students progress and ultimately graduate.”
Tim Mescon, CSU’s President, applauded the receipts of the award by calling it a “great team effort”. He proudly stated, “This is wonderful recognition from Georgia’s technology community for our work here at Columbus State University”.