Category Archives: Professional Development

Let’s Read Together

Do your New Year’s goals include personal professional development or a resolution to read more? Is there a stack of great books nearby that you’ve been meaning to read? Did you make a list of book(s) to investigate that you heard about at the last SIGUCCS conference? Are you nervous about reaching your Goodreads reading challenge?

Us too! Let’s work together to make it happen with SIGUCCS.

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Incorporate the Magic of Disney into your next IT Project!

Disney Resort at NightAs we head into our 2018 conference, which happens to be located at Walt Disney World, we reflect on the magical experience of Disney and how Disney takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.

Chas Grundy recently posted an article on LinkedIn ( that talks about how he and his family went above and beyond the norm to turn a family vacation into a magical Disney experience. It was more than just a vacation to Disney, he found or made magic in the entire experience, from pre-planning to post vacation. From that vacation, Chas turned each element into a lesson that we can learn and use in other parts of our lives, including work.

If you have a moment, read his post and see how we can turn the ordinary into extraordinary in small, simple ways.

If you don’t have a moment, at least read his final takeaway:

The Big Takeaway

A vacation, like a project, product, event, or any other work experience, can be both stressful and exciting. It carries promise and anticipation, challenges and frustrations, and opportunities for us to learn and grow. Long after the frustrations have faded and the promise has delivered (or not), we will carry the memories of how it made us feel. Our customers and users will carry those memories as well – but we are in the position to shape the experience for them. Take a lesson or two from Disney and Universal and make it a little bit magical.

Now, take a moment and think about how a trip to SIGUCCS at Disney can inspire and drive you to make magical changes and moments at your institution – registration opens soon!

~Lisa Brown

Excellent Professional Development Opportunities at SIGUCCS 2015

We are pleased to offer four outstanding, half-day, professional development seminars this year at the annual SIGUCCS conference on November 9-13, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

white_beach_and_seaWith something relevant for all IT professionals, these unique seminars offered in a half-day format are an exceptional value and not only enhance your professional portfolio; but also provide you the opportunity to apply various tools or strategies to delve deeper into current issues and develop solutions that will work for you and your institution.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from experts —  mark your calendar and attend one of the pre-conference seminars on Monday afternoon (November 9) to invest in yourself and “Make Your Sun Shine” in 2015!

Visit the links below to review a full description of each seminar. (Pre-conference registration fee is $150 for SIGUCCS members attending the conference.) Register now!

An Introduction to Internet Law (Psst: There’s No Such Thing!)
Steven J. McDonald, General Counsel, Rhode Island School of Design

A practical orientation to the basic legal issues confronting campus IT professionals, from FERPA to copyright to contracts to the cloud, and a practical framework for dealing with them.

Leveraging the Power of Influence
Shundra White, IT Director, University of Memphis

This session is designed to assist leaders in establishing a framework for understanding and leveraging influence as a tool in motivating others to appreciate and embrace change.

The Power of When
Patrick Rhone, Partner in Gladhill Rhone, LLC

All the meetings, projects, tasks, and everything else you need to do must fit into the day, but … When?  In this interactive workshop we’ll take the fear out of engaging your calendar to create meaningful commitments and take better control of time, tasks, and projects.

Performance Management
Dave Disney

Collaborate in this interactive engagement through exercises, activities, and workshops, to enhance your skills to lead using effective strategic and financially based support and service management framework. This session will empower you with takeaways for development of a successful support and service management experience.

Find additional information including the full schedule and program details, hotel accommodations, and more on the SIGUCCS 2015 Conference website.

SIGUCCS 2015 Webinar Series Announced

The SIGUCCS Professional Development committee recently announced the 2015 series of webinars available to higher educational IT professionals.

webinarlogoWebinars are a great way to stay connected between conferences and experience some of the professional development opportunities that are provided through the SIGUCCS conferences. Our webinars are offered at no charge. Use this as an opportunity to participate as a team or individually. To view the upcoming webinars, visit

Attending a SIGUCCS webinar is also a great way to get introduced to SIGUCCS and the professional development opportunities that we offer. SIGUCCS members receive first notification of new sessions. Join SIGUCCS for only $25/year!

The first webinar in the series will be presented on Feb 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST.

themeMy Life as an Information Technology Sous Chef: Managing to Grow Professionally While in the Same Job  Kathryn Fletcher, West Virginia University

Register now!

Career development doesn’t have to be about career advancement; some technology professionals do not aspire to become supervisors and directors and are content with their current jobs. Choosing to stay in a role presents its own challenges as there is a fine line between contentment and complacency. This webinar will discuss this topic from both an employee’s and a supervisor’s perspective. How does one remain a productive team member willing to learn new skills and to adapt to different organizational structures over time? How does one supervise team members who have reached a career plateau either by choice or circumstance?

Kathy Fletcher is an Information Technology Advanced Support team member at West Virginia University. She has a Master’s degree in Statistics and has written several papers including “Creating Self-Paced Training Materials for an ETD Program” and “Fine Tuning Online Faculty Development Workshops”.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Webinar: Forging a Global IT Community

Webinars are a great way to “stay connected between conferences” and experience some of the professional development opportunities that are provided through the SIGUCCS conferences. Our webinars are offered quarterly. Use this as an opportunity to participate as a team or individually. You will be able to connect to the audio portion using VoIP or a telephone.

Forging a Global IT Community

Our first fall webinar is Tuesday, October 7 at 12:00pm EST. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

How do you improve the IT experience of 50,000 students, 3,100 faculty, and 16,000 employees across 18 schools and colleges, 25 study away sites, and three campuses in New York City, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai? Find out how New York University developed a more holistic and coordinated approach to IT across all of NYU’s schools and locations by creating TorchTech, a volunteer-led IT community for NYU’s IT professionals. The community is self-organized, based on the needs of the community, and cuts across hierarchy and administrative departments and schools.

Evan SilbermanEvan Silberman is the 2014 Campus Technology Innovator of the Year in Leadership, Governance, and Policy, and the Assistant Director of Information Technology at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. At NYU, Evan founded TorchTech, a first-of-its-kind volunteer-led membership organization for IT professionals at NYU (with over 900 members across NYU’s global networked university). He is also chair of the NYU Chief Information Officers Council. Evan was recently awarded the prestigious NYU Give-A-Violet Award, and nominated for the NYU Team Achievement Award. Prior to his work at NYU, Evan was responsible for all Academic Technology at Yeshiva University; he was also a technical consultant to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is a certified Project Management Professional and a candidate for a M.A. in Educational Technology at the NYU, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

This webinar is available to SIGUCCS members only; it’s only $25 to join, go to