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UITS Showcased Innovative Technology at the E3 Conference

The UITS department showcased innovative technologies at today’s E3 conference. The E3 (Engage, Equip, Energize) conference is a two-day event located at the Cunningham Center on CSU’s main campus. Columbus State University and the Muscogee County School District partnered to host the conference to almost 200 teachers, professors, deans, principals and other education leaders. The goal of the event is to “promote active learning techniques that incorporate soft skills.”

At the event the UITS provided information about the pioneering technology available to teachers and professors. The department hosted booths demonstrating a 3D printer, drones, Hololens, Google Glass, Kaltura, and our video resume inviative. UITS staff is present at the event to provide insight into the different technologies.

Main Campus IT HelpDesk Closed Due to Rain Leakage

The UITS HelpDesk and the computer lab in the Schwob library on main campus will be closed today due to rain leakage. Our HelpDesk will be temporarily relocated to the RiverPark Dillingham open lab. The lab located at the front of the library is still open and laptops are available to check out at the library front desk.

Please visit for a complete list of open labs on campus. The UITS HelpDesk and the computer lab in the Schwob library should be back open on Wednesday, Oct. 11. 

Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience.

UITS Staff Recognitions for the CSU Faculty & Staff Award Ceremony

Staff members of the UITS Department won multiple awards at the CSU Faculty and Staff Award Ceremony. The UITS Department would like to recognize and congratulate the outstanding work of the individuals who won awards at the ceremony.

Staff Award for Innovation – MyCSU

Neil Tirado, Bryce Jackson, William Fowler, Rick Tew, Nicholas Dick, Robert Gordy

MyCSU Portal went live January 1, 2017 after 2 years of design and focus groups feedback.  MyCSU has easier access to information and important notifications.  MyCSU was implemented with a new single sign-on system called OneCSU.  CSU is saving $30,000 a year with a new licensing structure that replaced the old previous portal.

Staff Award for Innovation – Ellucian Workflow

Nicholas Dick, Keith Grier

This team worked on the Change of Major Workflow that reduced the time it took students to change their major from 2 weeks to 3 days on average.

They also created the Graduate Admissions Workflow that route the forms digitally to program coordinators and directors that has dramatically cut down the time of acceptance or denial time for graduate admissions.

Staff Award for Innovation – Business Intelligence Dashboards

Stanley Jones, Adrian Wade, Richard Pike

The Executive Dashboard was developed to be used by Dr. Markwood and other executives to measure key performance metrics for enrollment and recruiting.  The data can identify trends and executives can make data driven decisions to help increase enrollment at CSU.

The Classroom Demographic Dashboard helps faculty identify student demographic background. This is helpful to faculty so they can tailor their instruction based on this data driven approach to potentially lead to higher retention rates.

The Financial Dashboard was developed with the assistance of the Office of Business and Finance.  The dashboard empowers leaders by giving them accurate and clear data about their budgets.  This data enables them to make informed budgetary decisions to support the goals of CSU.

Staff Award for Collaboration – ePro Implementation

Barbara Smith, David Williams, Loretta Marshall, Zane Everitt

This team worked with other departments on campus to roll out the eProcurement system.  It automates several processes that were manual paper intensive to allow purchase requests to be entered and approved electronically.  This team trains departments coming on-board with this system and currently UITS, College of Arts, College of Business, College of Education & Health Professions, and the College of Letters & Sciences have implemented ePro.  All other departments should be on the ePro system by the end of the year.

Staff Award for Collaboration – eQuest Implementation

Brandon Lindley, Barbara Psalmond, Zane Everitt

This has been a true interdepartmental collaboration effort with a cohesive and focused team that delivered a product that improved services to the CSU community.

The team spent over one year designing, training, and implementing a new work order system that resulted in a much easier and user friendly system with quicker response rates and resolution times.

Staff Award for Collaboration – Frank D. Brown Hall

James Chappel, Ed Schevey

Thank you James and Ed again on your commitment and dedication on the Frank D. Brown Hall project.  Both of them spent countless days and hours ensuring that the technology and network were 100% operational when the building opened in January 2017.  They collaborated with vendors, plant operations, campus services, and contractors to get the job done.  They even worked over the 2016 holiday season to complete the project, which showed that they are committed to CSU.

Staff Award for Efficiency – Telecommunications

Tony Harris

Tony has worked tirelessly managing the efficiency and cost savings for the telecommunications area.  His work has led to a positive cost savings for CSU.

TAG Columbus and WIT Present a Conversation with AFLAC and Synovus’ CIOs Julia Davis and Renee Roth

On Thursday, March 2nd the Technology Association of Georgia and Women in Technology hosted an evening of networking and conversation with the technology leaders of Columbus. Julie Haley, President of Edge and WIT’s 2015 Woman of the Year Award Winner, moderated the evening’s conversation with Columbus’ women in technology. The two panelists were Julia Davis, Senior Vice President; Chief Information Officer of AFLAC and Renee Roth, Chief Information Officer of SYNOVUS.

Students and business professionals in attendance were able to get a perspective of the challenges and issues that women in technology face from the two CIOs. The conversation was a great kickoff to Women’s History Month!

For more information about the Technology Association of Georgia’s Student Chapter, please visit our website:

TAG Society Showcase Luau

16177656_10154233224206409_7718892658457319106_o-2On January 12th the TAG Student Chapter attended the 2nd largest event that TAG hosts. The Society Showcase is a trade show of all 34 societies that make up TAG. Students from Columbus State University were able to connect with board members and learn about the many events taking place in 2017.

The TAG Student Chapter also had opportunity the to meet with current TAG President and CEO Larry Williams. Students were able to mingle with TAGs Leadership Council and network with technology companies. Over 1,000 people attend the event annually. The TAG Student Chapter was delighted to kickoff 2017 with an event learning about the 34 different societies of TAG that are shaping the future of technology.