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STC 2018 - Sessions At-A-Glance

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Keynote - Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed. Read More...


Session Title: Presenter(s):
AST Degree Works Update Dawn Bookhout, SICAS Center

Dawn Bookhout will discuss the migration path for Degree Works from Buffalo State to the VTC. Dawn willalso outline the future upgrade plans for the Degree Works software.

AST ESM/GIT/Extensibility Pete Andrusyszyn, SICAS Center

Pete Andrusyszyn will discuss what we learned at Ellucian live about ESM/GIT/Extensibility and Banner 9.

AST FLEXspace 2.0 "We've Come a Long Way!" Lisa Stephens, University at Buffalo
Rebecca Frazee, San Diego State University

"FLEXspace 2.0 is rapidly being adopted as a tool to support integrated learning space planning, project execution and assessment. Launched as a FACT2 Task Group in 2011 and shared at subsequent conferences in 2012, it was clear that FLEXspace could help campuses around the world share ideas and best practices – particularly with newly developed tools, practices and pedagogies. FLEXspace 2.0 now features a new portal to browse and share richly tagged spaces, as well as access to planning tools andresources. Members will be able to invite each other to securely collaborate on "idea boards." In less than a few years, FLEXspace has grown from a few SUNY test spaces into participation from over 3,000 members from 1,400 unique educational institutions across 45 countries!

FLEXspace offers a respectful place where vendors can also be invited to share ideas. This boosts expert participation because members have confidence they won't be directly "pitched to" or have their email account “harvested” which results in a cluttered inbox. This presentation will:

  1. Share research of how the portal was redesigned through user feedback,
  2. Demonstrate the newly designed features: uploading and tagging a space for campus showcasing; space collaboration, and how FLEXspace can be used to manage campus collections, and;
  3. Describe how to connect with other academic professionals and faculty through public and private idea boards and use of rich toolkits that provide open access to academic and applied research, white papers and templates available for use.

AST ITEC's Next Big Thing Mike Notarius, ITEC

Come to this session to learn the inner most thoughts on our IT strategy. What is on the horizon and what it means to you as we begin our Next Big Thing. You won’t want to miss this!

AST ITEC's Next Big Thing In Technology Mike Radomski, ITEC
Joe Hoot, ITEC

ITEC was one of the early adopters of virtualization, starting off with storage and then quickly moving to server virtualization. Today we are more than 99% virtualized, so what is next? The Next Big Thing for us in technology will be the Software Defined Data Center. Come to this session to see how this will enhance ourservices to you, keep costs down and provide portability to your environment, while also enhancing our security posture and in effect, yours!

AST NY Alert Update Carrie Pause, System Administration

Updates on the current Phase I conversion from NY Alert as well as Phase II direction. There will also be ademo of the Everbridge software.

AST Open SUNY Update Kim Scalzo, Open SUNY

Attend this session for an update on Open SUNY services and initiatives. We will share the status and progress of Open SUNY projects that impact campuses and plans for the evolution of our services for campuses. This will include organizational updates and the impact of Open SUNY on campuses and systempriorities.

AST Project Management For The Rest Of Us Don Erwin, ITEC
Phil Vecchione, ITEC

ITEC has gone through several iterations of our PM Runbooks and tools. This session will elaborate onlessons learned and give you information you can take back and use for your campus. ITEC will also be talking about The Next Big Thing for our Project Management journey and what it will mean to you as well ascould mean to you!

AST ServiceNow Service Portal Aimee Swan, SICAS Center
Ralph Chille, ITEC

Aimee Swan (SICAS) and Ralph Chille (ITEC) will do a joint presentation on the New and improved customerexperience via an integrated AST Portal.

AST Sharing Has Always Been the Next Big Thing, But We Mean it this Time:Building New Shared Library Infrastructures in SUNY Maureen Zajkowski, OLIS
Shannon Pritting, OLIS
McBride Mark, OLIS

AST SICAS Update Bill Grau, SICAS Center
Nate Trost, SICAS Center

Bill Grau and Nate Trost will discuss the progress that SICAS has made transforming its applications to Banner 9 as well as its eliminating its SQR's.

AST State Procurement Processes and Procedures Thomas Hippchen, System Administration
Glenn Massey, System Administration

AST SUNY Investments in Technology Solutions Kim Scalzo, System Administration
Carey Hatch, System Administration
Powalyk Dave, System Administration
Bill Grau, SICAS Center
Mike Notarius, ITEC

SUNY is investing in three multi-campus or system-wide technology projects to support campus initiatives with Performance Improvement Funding (PIF) using Communities of Practice (CoP) to inform strategy and implementation as well as share expertise, resources, and information across campuses. The projects include: CORE SIS Framework (Banner), University-wide Customer Relationship Management (TBD), and Online Recruitment Solution (Ranku). Attend this session for an update on each project, including the goals, intended outcomes/metrics, timeline, campuses involved, current status, and engagement with the CoP. We will also share the impact these projects are having on existing shared services and where there is potential for newshared service opportunities.

AST SUNY Learning Commons Workplace: Progress and Documented UseCases Kelly Williamson, Center for Professional Development (CPD)
Lisa Raposo, Center for Professional Development (CPD)

An update of the SUNY Learning Commons Workplace platform implementation, complete with SSO requirements, use cases and functional improvements. Hear examples about how the Workplace tool can streamline communications while also establishing and re-strengthening communities of practice across the SUNY System. Areas highlighted include IT, institutional advancement, human resources and academicservices.

AST SUNY SOC Update Kevin Stillman, System Administration
Jason Rogers, System Administration

Updates on current and upcoming services from the SUNY SOC (Security Operations Center). There will befocus on the status of the SOC Managed Security Information & Event Management Service and the next steps.

AST SUNY System Administration Update Carey Hatch, System Administration
Joe Gardiner, System Administration

Attend this session for an update on SUNY initiatives and organizational changes, including Performance Improvement Funding, Shared Services, status of the searches for a new Provost and CIO, and other general updates from the Office of the Provost and the Office of Information Technology.

AST SUNY Technology Contracts and Procurements Update Brian Bartlett, Center for Professional Development (CPD)
Glenn Massey, System Administration

Attend this session for an update on various University-wide procurement activities taking place at SUNY System Administration and through Academic Technologies and Information Services. We welcome participants to provide any insight regarding campus needs and any related suggestions for vendor-provided solutions that your campus would be interested in.

AST The Next 5² Years Of ITEC Services, What It Means For Your Campus Don Erwin, ITEC
Mike Radomski, ITEC

You have asked for it and you got it (SLA, Uptime, PIA), now what? ITEC will discuss The Next Big Thing with regard to our services and what it means for you and your campus. Come to this session to hear about the evolution of our Banner service, how we are addressing campusneeds, maturing services, adding tiers of service, etc.

AST U-Wide Information Security Forum Ken Runyon, System Administration

The focus of this presentation is to highlight ongoing and future u-wide information security initiative includingthose directly associated with enterprise risk management. Topics to be covered are:

  1. Updating the SUNY SAQ
  2. Risk driven information security
  3. GDPR, PCI
  4. Open Discussion

COA Accessible Technology Acquisitions Nazely Kurkjian, System Administration
Cheri Weber, University at Buffalo

As the awareness of sustaining accessible electronic and information technology (EIT) environments grows, colleges and universities are challenged by how to include accessibility within the procurement process. This presentation will provide an overview of trends and expectations, considerations,while sharing examples of how campuses are gathering accessibility information, evaluating for accessibility, determining exceptions, and methods for monitoring compliance. The presenters will also share findings from the University-Wide ElT Accessibility Procurement Subcommittee, which aims to provide guidance for SUNY campuses in achieving accessible technology acquisitions.

COA An Introduction to Web Accessibility Mark Greenfield, University at Buffalo

Web accessibility can be defined as making sure websites work for the widest possible audience. The goal isto create web sites that more people can use effectively in more situations. In this presentation, Mark will introduce web accessibility and why it matters, give an overview of the legal landscape, demonstrate tools and techniques to identify accessibility issues, and provide a framework for creating a web accessibility program.

COA Ban The Box - SUNY Broome's Solution Scot Beekman, Broome Community College

SUNY Broome will share our plan to solve the Ban the Box mandate from SUNY. We will cover our 3 phase approach and our challenges along the way.

COA E-Form It! - A Campus' Journey to Electronic Forms Matt Roche, Farmingdale State
Brett Southard, Farmingdale State

Over the last few months, Farmingdale State College has started working towards replacing our traditional paper-driven workflows and moving to an electronic form submission process. In this presentation, we’ll discuss the pitfalls associated with the process as well as the successes and benefits gained from following through with this initiative.

COA Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success: aMOOC for ALL learners to gain essential 21st century skills Jim Whitlock, University at Buffalo
Robin Sullivan, University at Buffalo

In this session, participants will test drive the "Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning andSuccess" (#EmTechMOOC). This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a globally accessible learning opportunity targeted toward students, faculty, and anyone with an interest in learning how to use emerging technologies to succeed in today's rapidly changing environment. #EmTechMOOC is funded through a SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant. The project web site is available at: http://suny.edu/emtech

IT professionals will appreciate this MOOC as it helps to educate their university faculty, staff, and students about technology tools and resources. It also encourages participants to take responsibility for their ownlearning and helps them set up a lifelong learning framework to do so.

Built on the success of the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP), learners in this MOOC gain an understanding of the value and implications of using established and emerging technology tools for career and personal advancement in a framework of lifelong learning strategies and the 4Cs of 21st century skills. TOEP has had a successful 5-year history as a means for faculty and staff professional development. Pre- and Post-Surveys of faculty participants have shown an increase in the comfort level and likelihood to use technology tools in their courses. We anticipate this to continue with #EmTechMOOC.

COA Making users happy while enhancing security Andrew Weisskopf, Binghamton University
Michael Allington, Binghamton University

Information Security is the #1 IT issue in EDUCAUSE’s 2018 annual survey (and 2017 and 2016.)

"This issue cannot be ignored and seemingly cannot be tamed as higher education's appetite for data grows. The different types of data collected in higher education—whether to fuel student learning, analytics, provide services to students, faculty, and staff, conduct research, or run the business of the higher education institution—bring a host of legal, regulatory, and policy considerations to bear."

A great deal of this is actually the result of decades of technical debt created by legacy processes and software. Modernizing systems, policies, and procedures in other areas will relieve the pressure on strapped information security teams while also improving services to constituents. Following best practices when implementing systems and software will improve security and user experience at the same time.

We will discuss how improving practices and updating technology at Binghamton University are improving customer satisfaction, increasing security, and meeting compliance and regulatory requirements. We’ll engage the audience to hear what strategies and processes they are using to improve security and enhance the user experience.

COA People and Process, Not Just Tech - Developing a Low-Cost InformationSecurity Program with a High Payoff Jason Fried, Suffolk County Community College

Suffolk County Community College recently formed an Office of Information Security within the IT department. Security controls are already in place. Policies are published on the college website. Is the institution in a healthy position to defend against threats and attacks? Suffolk's ISO, Jason Fried, will discuss plans to boost their security posture through simplification of policies and standards, targeted outreach, training and other enhancements to reduce risk, safeguard privacy and maintain a robust and resilient Information Security program in an ever-changing realm.

COA Performance, users, applications, inventory - we have it all! David Kahn, SUNY Oswego

I will share with you how SUNY Oswego is using SysKit Monitoring to gain insight into our virtual app usage as well as how it is configured to monitor critical services like print spoolers, disk quota, cpu load...all the good things you need to keep an eye on to keep your environment always running.

COA Phishing Simulations - How they work and why they are effective Paul Chauvet, SUNY New Paltz
Dao Erikson, System Administration

We will talk about the problem of phishing from both technical and psychological perspectives. Learn how criminals use psychology in their phishing campaigns, and how psychology can be used to defend against this. We'll also talk about both open-source phishing simulation tools, as well as the SUNY SOC's simulated phishing training service.

COA Reporting with a Purpose: An Update from the Collaborative Reporting Group Andrew Martin, SUNY Oneonta
Bill Grau, SICAS Center

An update on the Collaborative Reporting effort that SUNY programmers have embarked on. We will review what SUNY Collaborative Reporting (SCR) is, where we are, and where we are going.

COA Shifting to a Culture of Security Scott May, SUNY Delhi
Shawn Brislin, SUNY Delhi

SUNY Delhi has worked over the past 24 months to increase organizational awareness of security issues and practices. We have had a welcome reception to our training efforts resulting in greater recognition of phishing attempts, adopting new strategies, implementing SUNY SOC into our practices and moving quickly toward PCI compliance.

This session will discuss the challenges in getting started and how we eventually built the momentum necessary to shift the culture towards one of greater security consciousness. We will also show the phishing and training tools used to track compliance and success.

COA SUNYNet Technology Services Update Matt Morgan, System Administration
Tishawn Smith, System Administration

Join the SUNYNet team for a project status update and an introduction to our brand-new offering: SUNYNet's Managed Firewall Service!

COA We are encrypting our mobiles devices, are you? David Kahn, SUNY Oswego
Josh Galletta, SUNY Oswego

Oswego is encrypting all faculty computers for both Mac and Windows operating systems. Quickly discovered were the many challenges in trying to do this in a way that was transparent to the end user, as well as easy for IT staff to administer.

Come hear how it was instituted and the hurdles overcome, lessons learned, and what the future holds.

COA Web and Electronic Document Accessibility Roundtable Dan Laird, SUNY Oswego
Rick Buck, SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego, like many other colleges and universities, was put under the microscope by the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights with regards to Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. As of January 18, 2018 Section 508 states that websites must meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA standards to remain in compliance with federal law. This means that digital content, user interfaces, online services and programs must be fully accessible to a wide range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity or any combination of these.

We would like to take this opportunity to share information about the steps we have taken at SUNY Oswego and to hear from other institutions about the work they are doing to build an accessible and inclusive digital experience for everyone. Promoting the mission of inclusion for all to our digital content both online and in the classroom is a massive undertaking that will take much time, effort and resources from all of us. How are you going about doing fulfilling that mission? What success stories do you have? What pitfalls have you learned from? What training have you taken and would recommend for others? What resources are available that help you define your mission and solve everyday problems?

COA COA Business Brett Southard, Farmingdale State

EDTOA Birds of a Feather - SUNY Campuses Doug Kahn, Suffolk County Community College

The technology issues facing SUNY colleges and universities are a complex weave of public funding, regulatory requirements, and local institutional needs. Join us as we discuss the pressing issues of the day. These may be long term needs, short term problems, community college specific, etc... All EdTOA, COA and TOA staff from college and university centers are welcome.

EDTOA Counting Seats, Transforming Scheduling Practices, and Improving Classrooms Laurie Fox, SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo has been working on a plan to manage our classroom sizes ("Seat Count Crew"), provide faculty an opportunity to recommend classroom improvements, and transform our academic scheduling process. In this session, we will share how each of the project teams worked together to improve campus classroom utilization

EDTOA Designing Sound for the Olympics Sun Hee Kil, SUNY New Paltz

Sun Hee Kil from New Paltz presents her work and approach to being the associate sound designer for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea.

EDTOA EIT Accessibility at SUNY Nazely Kurkjian, System Administration

Over the last year, the University-Wide Electronic & Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility Committee devised a policy and guidelines for sustaining accessible environments for all, regardless of disability. The presentation will be a high-level overview of the Committee results and future expectations for SUNY campuses and System Administration

EDTOA How to be Green? Mark English, SUNY Oneonta

As Educational Technologists, we handle a great deal of electronic equipment. What methods can we use to manage that equipment in an environmentally responsible manner – reducing power consumption, reusing equipment that's no longer appropriate for its original purpose, disposing of obsolete technology

EDTOA Live Squared - Live Streaming and Live Captioning Alan Hlavenka, Farmingdale State
Drew Tucci, Binghamton University
Tyrone Johnson-Neuland, SUNY Oswego

Commencement ceremonies have slowly migrated online as streaming technology becomes the prevalent means by which consumers access media. Join this open presentation as we hear from three schools who are both live streaming and live captioning their largest annual event. What challenges were faced? What did we learn? Come with your questions and answers, as audience participation is encouraged

EDTOA Maximizing Conference Space on a Small Campus Dylan Tucker, SUNY Delhi
Shaen Breslin, SUNY Delhi

SUNY Delhi was faced with a challenge when it came to the largest conference room in the administrative building. The room had served as a surge classroom space during an academic building remodel and hadn't been refreshed in 5 or 6 years. In this session we will discuss how SUNY Delhi used off the shelf readilya vailable equipment and on-campus talent to meet the functional requirements of this multi-use space

EDTOA What an Analog Doofus thinks of Digital? Bill Schultze, Alfred State

Bill from Alfred returns! Like all the great stories that have come before, any story worth telling must be told as a trilogy. Join the thrilling conclusion of the "Doofus" lecture series from the previous two STC's as Bill Schultze: walks us through new digital compression capabilities, provides new thoughts on digital signals, destroys the one ring, and blows up the death star

EDTOA What do you know about that? Building a Knowledge Base.... Christopher Taverna, SUNY Fredonia

Fredonia recently instituted a knowledge base system using Atlassian Confluence. This presentation will look at some best practices for knowledge management, how Fredonia is using Atlassian Confluence, and some other things to look out for if you are planning your own knowledge base set up.

TOA DAS Tale of Two Campuses Kieth Hall, Binghamton University
Lionel Torres, Fashion Institute of Technology

DAS at Binghamton is using a Corning One design to extended service on campus for limited carriers. FIT's DAS solution is a Wison Pro 70 plus, serving all carriers, FCC/Provider registration.

TOA DASNY/SUCF Updates Jodi Smits Anderson, Dormitory Authority of the State New York
Bob Kanarkiewicz, SUNY Construction Fund
Sally Oaks, Binghamton University

TOA Division 27 Curt Underwood, SUNY Oneonta
Bob Kanarkiewicz, SUNY Construction Fund

TOA has been working with the SUNY Construction Fund to create a Division 27 standard for SUNY. We will cover the current status of the project.

TOA Efax Odette Fung, University at Albany
Chad Hisert, SUNY Cobleskill

TOA Fiber Documentation Zach Jones, Binghamton University

TOA Net Neutrality Jarrett Cummings, Educause
Odette Fung, University at Albany

Jarret Cummings serves EDUCAUSE as Director of Policy and Government Relations. In this role, he oversees association efforts to address federal policy and regulatory issues with significant implications for member interests. This includes serving as the lead contact for such issues; managing the activities of consultants

TOA Network Upgrades Lionel Torres, Fashion Institute of Technology
Behzad Barzideh, Stony Brook University

TOA OGS Contracts Lesley Bidwell, SUNY Oneonta

TOA Phone Redundancy Gail Levy, Stony Brook University
Zach Jones, Binghamton University

TOA PMP Roadmap Duane Theleman, Binghamton University