Let’s Brag About It!

The Staff Appreciation Committee is proud to introduce Let’s Brag About It!, an initiative to recognize and celebrate the teams that make up the CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus communities. Have something to brag about? Submit through our form below:

 

Let's Brag About It Submission Form

Let’s Brag About It! submissions are distributed through the Staff Council website, included in the monthly Employee of the Month email, and other methods of distribution.

May 2021

Department Name: Office of Information Technology Teams: Web Services, Web Development/Operations, Operations and Infrastructure

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We are excited to announce the conclusion of the CMS Transition project!

The project started back in 2016 in order to transition existing University web sites from being hosted in SharePoint to our new, more robust content management systems (CMS), Sitefinity, and create a more positive experience for website visitors.

The CMS Transition team successfully transitioned over 233+ sites thru the project.

Throughout this project, some notable efforts and milestones were achieved:
  Technical Achievements:
• Move from single site architecture to multisite
• CU Anschutz domain (cuanschutz.edu) created
• CU Denver Domain change – conversion of interim web domain from www1 to www
• Increase of launch capacity from 3 sites in 2017 to 146+ in 2020
*A +200% growth between 2019 to 2020

Site Transitions and Launches:
• All schools and colleges with web sites in SharePoint transitioned to Sitefinity
• CU Denver Student Journey Web Experience – a 10 month long effort incorporating the re-design of student journey related sites and top level ucdenver.edu pages
• CU Denver University Communications, Student Success, Digital Strategies, and Office of International Affairs demonstrated exceptional collaboration and innovation for this effort
• CU Anschutz School of Medicine transitioned nearly 100 sites into Sitefinity
• Colorado School of Public Health moved their entire site over in just a few months under a unique new theme in Sitefinity that supports a tri-institutional school.
• Numerous successful department and unit site launches

Customer Support:
• In addition to multiple years of in person collaboration, together, we completed 220 virtual open lab sessions since March 2020.
• OIT Web Services and DevOps teams designed, tested, and developed numerous new Sitefinity content types and widgets to expand the product functionality and meet web site needs.

Special thanks to the CMS Transition team, which included members and/or assistance from the following teams:
• CU Anschutz Office of Communications
• CU Denver University Communications
• OIT Web Services, Web Development/Operations, Operations and Infrastructure
• Student Enrollment Operations & Compliance, and Student Success Initiatives: Digital Strategies

Special thanks to all schools, colleges, departments and units that have contributed to and supported this project along the way!

We have begun a phased roll out of offering reports generated by a product called Siteimprove. These reports provide insight on web site accessibility compliance and content issues like misspellings, broken links, or readability problems. If interested in receiving a report for your Sitefinity hosted web site, please contact ashley.arens@ucdenver.edu.

Department Name: College of Engineering, Design and Computing Dean's Office

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In the past year, staff in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing (CEDC) Dean’s Office have been incredibly successful in the transition to online office operations. Our team collaborated to best complete the virtual move: from teaching each other about Zoom; to organizing calendars; communicating about budget, hiring, and finance; finalizing grants and contracts; supporting CEDC students, faculty, and departments; and so much more. In the fiscal year 2020-21, in a completely online environment, we added 685 new hires during the critical hiring period, processed 121 proposals adding up to $48.8 million dollars, built a branding kit and designed new t-shirts for the college, kicked off two new first-year design courses, supported students, and created eight new industry partnerships. These achievements are something to be proud of! Such accomplishments were only possible because our incredible teamwork and all the people working to support the office’s success – from IT transitioning over one-hundred staff to working remotely to support Dean’s office members, to our CEDC labs, to everyone teaching each other and working together in this new virtual work life. While we do not yet know what the future of CEDC administrative work will look like, we know that there is so much to be proud of with how far we have come; and further, that with our excellent support, strong communication, and work culture of care, no matter what we will continue to be victorious in supporting the CEDC! Congratulations on a year of amazing work, Dean’s Office team!

The faculty and staff in the College of Engineering, Design and Computing are excited for the anticipated return to in-person activities this fall.