2013 Macaulay-O'Sullivan Award Winners to be Honoured-SJ
Five UNB projects have been selected to receive the Macaulay-O’Sullivan Innovation and Administrative Service Awards for 2013. The Classroom Support Hotline, Computer Science Recruitment Team, Implementation of connectEd, the Information Technology Services Project Management Office, and the Implementation of the OCLC WMS Library System were chosen from a field of 12 nominations to be recognized with this prestigious designation.
Ceremonies honouring the winners will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in the Whitebone Lounge, Condon Student Centre, UNB Saint John. The Fredericton ceremony will take place on Friday, Nov. 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Lounge of the Alumni Memorial Building (construction permitting). All members of the University community are invited to attend.
The Classroom Support Hotline, led by David Kell, director of classroom technology & services at the Centre for Enhanced Teaching and Learning, UNBF, provides a “one-stop-shop” for classroom issues and deficiencies. Drawing on the expertise of the CETL Equipment Pool and Smart Classroom Support, the hotline provides immediate response to instructors from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.
The Faculty of Computer Science Recruitment Team, led by Professor Brad Nickerson, has increased applications to the faculty by nearly 50 per cent through visits to high schools in New Brunswick, PEI, Ontario and Maine. Confirmations increased by 37.5 per cent. The team also held workshops for UNB education students to help these future teachers understand the importance of computer science.
connectEd was a bi-campus project that now provides a set of new integrated software tools—email, calendar, print and file sharing—across the institution. Led by Scott Chamberlain, project manager with Information Technology Services at UNBF, the implementation involved literally dozens of technical support staff and was implemented in record time. It will save UNB $50,000 a year in licensing and maintenance fees.
The Project Management Office (PMO) has transformed the way in which projects are carried out by Information Technology Services. Led by Tracy Allen, director of the PMO, the new methodology is helping staff meet deadlines and budgets through appropriate resourcing, monitoring, tracking and adhering to industry standards. The implementation of VOIP service at UNBF is one example of the PMO’s effectiveness.
The OCLC WMS Library System, led by Stephen Rosenfeld, director of library systems, moved the cataloguing system from an internally supported servers to a new generation of cloud computing. Greater functionality and access, as well as substantial savings, are the result. In addition, the transition was made seamlessly, with no loss of service or user complaints. Libraries benefiting from the change include Harriet Irving, Science and Forestry, Engineering in Fredericton, and the Klohn Commons in Saint John.
The Macaulay-O’Sullivan Awards were established in 2011 to recognize positive, immediate and creative initiatives that have an impact on the delivery of UNB’s mission. The award is named in honour of Bev Macaulay (BScEE ’28), UNB’s first vice-president finance and administration, and his successor, James F. O’Sullivan (BBA ’59), both of whom exemplified the highest level of service to UNB.
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