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Issue: April 2008

Web & Communication Services

Members of Web & Communications Team Attend Web Accessibility Development Seminar
Preparing for an eventual overhaul and redesign of the AIS Website, members of the AIS Web & Communications team attended a Web Accessibility Development seminar...
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AIS Open Forum

The AIS Open Forum is a grassroots initiative that was started by AIS staff members. Informal, weekly meetings serve as a forum to encourage and facilitate dialog about work-related technologies and issues.

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AIS Education & Training Update

View the schedule of upcoming courses in Administrative Computing and see what other personal and professional development training opportunities are available at Penn State.

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Did You Know?

Shelley Butler and AIS Win National Technology Award, Nominated for State Technology Award
On behalf of Administrative Information Services (AIS) and the Pennsylvania State University, Shelley Butler accepted Integrated Solutions magazine’s I-Cubed Award...
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Ron Rash

From The Director

LAN, Net, Web, PCI-DSS, Audits, Infrastructure, Concentrators, Virtual, VPN...and we go on and on.  It is strange but interesting how our IT jargon has spilled over into our more classical business operations. The AIS Business Operations Group, as implied by its name, handles our financial business functions and various personnel activities; however, in this day and age it also manages the AIS LAN Infrastructure, our PCs, our Web presence, and so on. Meanwhile, the AIS Network Infrastructure Group, as its name suggests, manages the various AIS telecommunications networks and associated interfaces, as well as credit card vendor compliance - go figure!

Read on about these two diverse but connected organizational units of AIS.

- Ron 

Feature Story

Business Operations Group
Last Fall, with a little organizational shuffling, the Business Operations Group at AIS was formed.  This new group is responsible for a wide range of activities...

Network Infrastructure
Here is a summary of what has been happening in the ITS AIS Network Infrastructure area lately…

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Personnel Notes

THOMAS R. CALDWELL SERVICE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Congratulations to Molly Kline!  Molly was presented with the Thomas Caldwell (TC) Award at the AIS All-Staff meeting on Monday, March 24.





Tom Caldwell was a senior systems analyst in OAS for over 15 years and died in a house fire, April 10, 1991.  In his memory, the T.C. Award was created by then OAS Senior Director Ken Blythe. Throughout his career, Tom Caldwell often gave more than was asked of him.  He was an outstanding technician whose innovation improved the professional environment for everyone around him.  There are others in Administrative Information Services who, in their own way, are also making tremendous contributions to our organization.  To preserve the memory of Tom and recognize the efforts of these individuals, Administrative Information Services has established an annual Thomas R. Caldwell Service Award for Excellence.

Previous winners include:

1992 – Tom Runkle
1993 – Deb Brooks
1994 – Clyde LeFevre
1995 – Scott Smith
1996 – Dawn Boyer
1997 – Susan Decker
1998 – Linda Gearhart
1999 – Betty Langham
2000 – Mike Kauffman
2001 – Kathy DeMartino
2002 – Larry Zemanek
2003 – Robert Crothers
2004 – Gary Gentzel
2005 – Beth Hayes
2006 - Diane Kolesar

All employees of AIS are eligible for the award, except prior award winners.  Any employee of AIS may nominate a candidate except individuals on the selection committee.  Nominees are judged on:

Shelley Butler and AIS Win National Technology Award, Nominated for State Technology Award
On behalf of Administrative Information Services (AIS) and the Pennsylvania State University, Shelley Butler accepted Integrated Solutions magazine’s I-Cubed Award at the 2008 AIIM Expo technology conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on March 5, 2008.  To read more on this, go to the "Did You Know?" section of this newsletter.

PROMOTIONS
Jerry Orr (Open Standards Development) was recently upgraded from a Programmer/Analyst, Level 3 to a Programmer/Analyst, Level 4.  Congratulations Jerry!!

Shelley Butler (Consulting Services) was recently upgraded from a Programmer/Analyst, Level 2 to a Programmer/Analyst, Level 3.  Congratulations Shelley!!

Dew Kaiser (Consulting Services) was recently upgraded from a Programmer/Analyst, Level 2 to a Programmer/Analyst, Level 3.  Congratulations Dew!!

Eric Helfen (Open Standards Development) was recently upgraded from a Programmer/Analyst, Level 2 to an Programmer/Analyst, Level 3.  Congratulations Eric!!

Matt Henry (Mid-Tier Infrastructure) was recently upgraded from a Systems Administrator, Level 2 to a Systems Administrator, Level 3.  Congratulations Matt!!

Scott Neidigh (Mid-Tier Infrastructure) was recently upgraded from a Systems Administrator, Level 3 to a Systems Administrator, Level 4.  Congratulations Scott!!

Alex Pollock (Mid-Tier Infrastructure) was recently upgraded from a Systems Administrator, Level 3 to a Systems Administrator, Level 4.  Congratulations Alex!!

Dom DePasquale (Enterprise Infrastructure) was recently upgraded from a Systems Administrator, Level 1 to a Systems Administrator, Level 2.  Congratulations Dom!!

RETIREMENTS
Denny Morrison retired from Penn State University with 36 years of service.  Best Wishes to Denny on his retirement.