Category Archives: Information Security

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.

Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) 2017 Conference

WiCyS 2017 Conference                         Founder of WiCyS, Dr. Ambareen Siraj

Women in Cyber Security (WiCyS) has become a continuing effort to recruit, retain and advance women in cyber-security. The WiCyS conference was launched in 2014 by Dr. Ambareen Siraj (Associate Professor at the Computer Science (CS) Department, Tennessee Tech University) with support from the National Science Foundation grant. Since then, it has brought together women (students/faculty/researchers/professionals) in cyber-security from academia, research and industry for sharing of knowledge/experience, networking and mentoring.

WiCyS 2017 Group Photo

The conference was held on March 31 – April 1, 2017 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, in Tucson, Arizona. The conference had 800 attendees from fields of academia, research, government agencies.

Loretta Marshall, UITS Information Security Administrator, presenting at the conference

This year, Loretta Marshall, the UITS Information Security Administrator, attended the conference and was also one of the speakers in the Lightning Talks series. Her presentation topic was Organizing Cyber Security Awareness Month for a University Campus. The presentation stressed the importance of spreading cyber security awareness among students and how the Office of Information Security at Columbus State University works to achieve this.

Brigadier General Linda R. Medler

The event also attracted several distinguished members in the field of cyber security, such as retired Brigadier General Linda R. Medler, who is currently the director of Cyber for the Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS) Advanced Missile Systems (AMS) in Tucson, Arizona. She shared information about her work and professional journey that led to fascinating and rewarding encounters along her career path.


Members of CSU from UITS and the Computer Science Department at the Conference: Loretta Marshall, Rebecca Green, Cherie Corning, Hillary Fleenor, Marium Husainy ,and Dr. Lydia Ray.  Aurelia Smith (not in picture).

Attendees also included several CSU students who were able to meet and learn from professionals in the industry and meet recruiters from several companies that were present at the career fair.

The WiCyS 2017 conference was a great success in bringing together women in cybersecurity from academia, research and industry. The WiCyS 2018 conference will be held March 24 to 26, 2018 in Chicago and will be hosted by Illinois Institute of Technology.


More information about WiCyS can be found at Women in Cyber Security.

UITS Annual Christmas Pot Luck

This past Wednesday our UITS Staff held their Annual Christmas Pot Luck at the RiverPark Activities Center. The staff came together to eat, engage, and even participate in a fun White Elephant Exchange. The event ended with a talent show, with Sheila Williams and Ray Elawad on stage!

Lots of fun conversations!
Lots of fun conversations!
UITS staff participating in the white elephant exchange.
Casey Hergett drawing his prize along side Drew Jones and Barbara Psalmond.






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