The Pennsylvania State University - Administrative Information Services, a unit of Information Technology Services

AIS Newsletter

December 2011

From the Director

Ron Rash, AIS Senior Director

A year ago, Administrative Information Services (AIS) decided to consolidate its database specialists into one cohesive unit. We had very skilled DBAs (database administrators) in multiple groups with database management systems responsibilities that included ADABAS, SQL, Oracle, and DB/2. We found that the opportunities for cross-training, staffing back-up development, and personnel career development opportunities were limited, in part, because of the unstructured organizational placement of these staff members. With that, a single Database Administration and Management Group was formed within AIS, and Alex Pollock was chosen as its first manager.

Please read the feature story (below) to understand the tremendous progress we have seen in this area in one short year.

Feature Stories

Database Administration and Management

The Database Administration and Management (DBAM) team manages all of the Penn State Administrative Information Services (AIS) central database systems across IBM mainframe and Windows Intel platforms.

For information on the important work done during the past year, click the "Read More" link below.

Read More »

Personnel Notes

Achievements

After six years of taking classes, IT Process Analyst Patti Gouse has earned a Ph.D. in Workforce Education and Development. Patti's major was Training and Human Resources, with a minor in Career Counseling.

Congratulations on your outstanding accomplishment, Dr. Gouse!

Promotions

Chris Grove (Server, Storage & Network Management) was recently promoted to a new level within the Systems Administrator job category. Congratulations, Chris!

Dave Straub (Server, Storage & Network Management) was recently promoted to a new level within the Systems Administrator job category. Congratulations, Dave!

Bobbi Lucas (Student Information Systems Development) was recently promoted to a new level within the Programmer/Analyst job category. Congratulations, Bobbi!

Tom Albitz (Integration Architecture & Programming) was recently promoted to a new level within the Programmer/Analyst job category. Congratulations, Tom!