Archive for April 2019

Up to $250,000 in Amazon Web Services credits available - deadline 5/3

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This message is sent on behalf of Jim August, Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer:

Dear colleagues,

The CSU Innovate program through the Chancellor's Office is pleased to offer another round of Amazon Web Services (AWS) credits to faculty, staff and campus organizations in support of technology pilot projects. (If you're unfamiliar with AWS, it's a powerful cloud-based platform for research computing. You can learn more about CSUCI's AWS offering here)

AWS Project proposals may request up to $50,000 in credits for a single allocation to a single campus, and projects serving multiple campuses or the entire system may request up to $250,000.

To apply:

  1. Carefully review the AWS Credits Governance document in PDF format (myCI login required) 
  2. Fill out the application here to submit your ideas for consideration. You will need a description (no more than 250 word per field) of the project, high-level project plan, assessment plan, sustainability plan, and dissemination plan.
All proposals must be submitted at by 5:00PM on Friday, May 3, 2019.

Please share this opportunity with your colleagues, and feel free to contact me at with any questions. I look forward to reviewing your proposals!

LinkedIn Workshops for Students & Employees on 4/24

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Did you know is now part of LinkedIn (now called LinkedIn Learning?) LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 610 million members in over 200 countries and territories, and has a wide variety of services for both students, faculty and organizations to help create connections and enrich learning.

Come join LinkedIn insider Ryan Zervakos, Learning Ambassador for Colleges & Universities, for 2 workshops on Wednesday, April 24 on how to maximize your use of LinkedIn's services.

Workshop 1 is for students and will take place on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 2:00 - 3:00PM in Bell Tower 1548. Students will learn how to use LinkedIn to find jobs, connect with fellow alumni, develop their brand and build their skills.

Workshop 2 (geared to faculty & staff) will take place immediately afterwards, from 3:30 - 4:30PM in Broome Library 2480. Faculty & staff can explore how to use LinkedIn Learning (formerly content, and how LinkedIn's services can help your department connect with students, alumni and support career development.

Download the event flyers (in PDF format):

This workshop is presented in collaboration between Career Services and Information Technology Services at CSU Channel Islands.

Please contact Peter Mosinskis, Director of IT Strategy, at with any questions.

Innovation Mini-grants: submit your proposals by 4/19

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This message is sent on behalf of Jim August, Associate VP for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer:
Dear colleagues,

For the third year, Cal State Innovate ( at the CSU Chancellor's Office is pleased to offer an Innovation Minigrant Program. This year, $100,000 has been set aside for this purpose, and depending on the quality of projects and availability of funds, the Chancellor's Office may have the opportunity to award a larger amount.

Here are the details:

  1. Up to $10,000 per proposal can be funded.
  2. A maximum of two proposals per campus will be accepted by the Chancellor's Office. Proposals will be submitted by the Chief Information Officer at each campus, and a maximum of one proposal per campus will be funded.
  3. You can submit your proposal for consideration at
  4. Proposal must be submitted using the above link by Friday, April 19 at 5:00PM.
  5. Minigrant recipients will have funds transferred to our campus via the CPO process so they can be used for any purpose that would normally be appropriate for state funds. Awarded funds will be transferred this fiscal year (FY 2018-2019); CSUCI will make arrangements to carry over funds to next year (2019-20).
  6. Awarded projects must be completed and funds used before Feb 1, 2020.
You can find the list of projects previously funded on the Cal State Innovate blog : FY2019 funded projects and FY2018 funded projects.

Our apologies for the short submission window, the announcement from the Chancellor's Office was shared with campuses just this week. Feel free to share this opportunity with any faculty or staff who may be interested. Please contact me with any questions, and thanks in advance for sharing your ideas.

Monthly Bulletin - March 2019

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I'm pleased to share our monthly bulletin, which provides a summary of activities & accomplishments for the department of Information Technology Services over the previous month, and what's coming this month.

Coming in April

User Services

  • Coordinated and co-hosted EkhoTech Talks (technology “Speed Dating”) event on 3/14/2019.
  • Promoting user outreach and training through release of the EkhoTech-101 Canvas course, a joint effort between IT and TLI
  • We are finalizing the FY 18/19 MSFT purchases for labs and classrooms so that installations may be planned for the summer.
  • Promoted the need for departments to plan to refresh old computers and to plan to upgrade to Windows 10

Application Services

  • Move to Production has been scheduled for the following items for 4/2/2019:
    • Watermark/VIA Interface
    • Canvas LMS Integration updates
    • Island View Orientation (IVO) Registration Import
    • Enterprise Document Management (EDM) Interface
  • Work continues on the implementation and rollout of Med-Proctor to support the Immunization Records Executive Order from the CO by Shawn Bochat
  • Work continues on Student Financials Summer/Fall configuration activities and MSLI setup by Lacey Lovejoy
  • Work continues on the Campus Logic project for Financial Aid by Wayne Goodwin
  • PeopleTools Upgrade to 8.56 tasks continues with move-to-production scheduled for the weekend of April 5-8 
  • Maintenance packs MP 6.03 currently being tested with PeopleTools Upgrade and will be migrated to our production CI Records and CI Personnel 4/2/2019
  • Application Services continued supporting the following operations and projects:
    • Via: Watermark
    • Student Finance and Student Business Services Training and Support
    • Title IX Interface Re-design
    • LCD Issue Support
    • CSU Learn for CI
    • Financial Aid Setup and Processing
    • Med-Proctor Immunizations
    • Faculty Affiliation Support
    • Migration Operations


  • Tied in our System Center computer database to the Dell Warranty API so techs can pull warranty information for computers in an easier fashion
  • Worked on and finalized the upcoming email banner to warn faculty and staff users if the email is an external email or not
  • Tested a new Storage Migration Service that will be able to orchestrate migrations from older versions of Windows Servers to newer ones. This will help facilitate some of our older servers reaching end of Microsoft support life.
  • Completed installation/termination of data cabling for adding CCTV cameras throughout Anacapa and Santa Cruz Villages
  • Coordinated install of new camera for Anacapa and Santa Cruz Villages
  • Ongoing work to discover options for campus phone system replacement
  • Consulted with campus Police Department for locating temporary cameras for Commencement in new location
  • Ongoing work with Police Department (“SAFE project”) to determine areas of campus safety/security that need enhancement and to gather data and costs associated with these enhancements
  • Conducted site survey with AT&T engineers toward replacement of two campus internet circuits
  • Upgraded Microsoft Identity Management Portal, Sharepoint server (2013 to 2016), and migrated the SQL database that it runs on (SQL 2012 to 2016)
  • StarRez upgrade from 10.4 to 10.5
  • More work on Blackboard Transaction Server (BBTS) online photo submission project. We had a successful test importing a photo from BBTS to BadgePass.

Information Security

  • Carlos Miranda continues to address campus reported phishing email attempts
  • Neal Fisch completed the following regular audits:
    • Monthly - Segregation of Duties in PeopleSoft
    • Monthly - System Access vs. Terminated EE’s
    • Quarterly Data Center and Oracle Account Audit
  • Information Security continued support of daily security operations and administration
  • CI’s Annual SOD (Segregation of Duties) Report has been completed and is awaiting CFO signature

Project Management

  • Ecovox energy management system training for Facilities Services has been completed, loading of data into the system continues, and project is on-track for go-live in April.
  • Assessment management system for School of Education (VIA by Watermark) launched on 3/28
  • Completed demonstration of ESM Campus Marketplace for ITS stakeholders
  • Melissa Bergem will be leading a workshop on collaboration using CI Docs for the campus community through the Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (PDPE) program. You can RSVP here:
  • Asha Ramachandra led a workshop on document sharing & collaboration using Dropbox through the Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (PDPE) program.

Web Services

  • Completed 46 support tickets in March
  • ​Completed database upgrade in preparation for housing management system (StarRez) upgrade to web-based interface (StarRez Portal X)
  • Kevin Craig led 2 workshops in Microsoft Excel techniques for the campus community through the Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (PDPE) team
  • Daniel Martinez will be leading a workshop on an Introduction to Qualtrics for the campus community through the Professional Development & Personal Enrichment (PDPE) program. You can RSVP here:

Administration (AVP’s office)

  • In collaboration with the Career Center, LinkedIn will be visiting CSUCI on Wednesday, April 24 at 2PM to lead 2 events for students, faculty and staff on how to optimize the use of LinkedIn platform for networking, career development, recruiting and outreach. Please contact Peter Mosinskis for event details.
  • The IT Policy & Planning Committee met to complete its initial review of the major IT project portfolio as part of the spring 2019 review cycle. The list of in progress (and newly proposed) projects can be viewed here:
  • Prepared response to Digital Accessibility questions from the Chancellor’s Office
  • Researched and prepared report on Veoci emergency management communication system findings for VP BFA
  • Participated in CSU CIO executive briefing for Adobe Sign and Adobe contract in San Jose on 3/13.
  • Participated in CSU CIO forum for Amazon Web Services at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on 3/26.

Save the date: LinkedIn visits CSUCI on 4/24

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In collaboration with Career Development & Alumni Engagement, Information Technology Services is pleased to invite you to a presentation on

Solutions for Higher Education

Presented by Ryan Zervakos
LinkedIn Learning Ambassador to Colleges & Universities

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 3:30-4:30pm
Broome Library 2480

Who should attend? Faculty, staff and administrators that are interested in learning about LinkedIn’s portfolio of free & premium tools and services which support higher education, and what new features are available.

Ryan Zerkavos
Ryan Zervakos is a Southern California native who has been working since 2009 in the e- learning industry. Ryan joined LinkedIn in 2016. The culture of LinkedIn fit perfectly with his passion for learning and giving him the ability to live out the LinkedIn ethos; dream big, have fun and make things happen!


Presented in collaboration with Career Development & Alumni Engagement and Information Technology Services

Questions about the event? Contact Peter Mosinskis,