Monthly Archives: January 2012

Welcome, Mike Cavanagh!

It is with great pleasure that we are welcoming Mike Cavanagh (Professor in the Communications Department) to the ISAT team.  Mike will be serving in a Faculty Associate position, and will be working with us part-time during the spring/fall semesters and full-time this summer.

Mike brings a plethora of skills and experience to ITS, and we are looking forward to working with him.  His major responsibilities will be serving as a faculty liaison, social networking (marketing, deployment, and training), research of new and emerging multimedia technologies, and ITS promotion and marketing.

I’ll be bringing Mike around to meet everyone over the next few days!

A Story About Dennis Scheibe

I don’t think I’ve ever told Dennis this story – and since time is running out, I figure I’d better not wait!

When I came to UIS 4 years ago to interview for this position, it was my first visit to campus.  It was a 5-hour interview, and before it even started, I had to present at a conference downtown for my previous job.  Quite frankly, the whole day is a blur – except for a few moments that I’ll never forget (including Pam’s interview question about the Twinkie!). 

There was a formal presentation, interview questions about my experience and skillset, etc.  But what stands out is a conversation Dennis had with me after the presentation.  He wasn’t grilling me about my skills or testing my knowledge.  He just started a conversation with me about webcasting and lecture capture.  It may not sound like much at first.  But in the context of a day when I had one shot to make an impression, Dennis took the time to talk to me like a colleague.

I had already determined that if I was lucky enough to be offered the position that I could do the job. Sure, there was a lot to learn.  But I like to learn.  What I was unsure about is whether or not I would fit in at UIS, if there was a place for me here.  Dennis showed to me that UIS is not just a place to work but a place to work with others, that the folks here care about each other and not just the work to be done.

So that’s what I’ll remember most about Dennis.  It made a real difference to me that day that he took the time to talk to me, not as a candidate, but as a colleague.

And I’ll always wonder how many times I’ve called them bulbs instead of lamps…

Business Manager

I am pleased to announce that as a result of job audits by the State Universities Civil Service System (SUCSS) and UIS HR, Denise Rothenbach’s position is reclassified as Business Manager I.
Please join me in congratulating Denise for this long overdue and well deserved promotion.

Exchange Mail Sending Limit Raised

The mail sending size limit has been raised from 20 MB to 30 MB. Messages whose total size (including attachments) is under 30 MB will be allowed through. Larger messages will be rejected. This change was made to accommodate the ever-growing size of messages that flow between internal and external users, so there will be fewer support issues to deal with and, hopefully, a happier customer base.

Please keep in mind that this change is internal to the UIS mail system only. Other mail systems (including UIUC, UIC, Google, Microsoft, and others) have their own settings that we have no control over.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Goodbye Chris Haupt

Chris Haupt has accepted a position with the University of South Florida.

His last day at UIS is January 23rd, 2012. Chris has been working with ITS for about two years as Application Specialist. He is responsible for providing support to all UIS units seeking data and reports from the Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) and Banner Student Systems.

Chris will surely be missed, and we wish him well in his future professional endeavors.

Email Issues

The campus helpdesk is getting multiple reports of outlook connection problems across campus this morning. ITS is working on diagnosing and resolving the issue.

Todd Rotroff
UIS Help Desk Manager
Phone: (217) 206-7356

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