One of the benefits of higher education is the collaborative nature of our institutions. We collectively appreciate being able to learn from each other and leverage common experiences. Ohio State frequently receives inquiries from others in higher ed with regard to how we are managing our information and IT security.
For July, the spotlight shines on three-year OCIO vet Patrick Mayer, the sarcastic Senior Security Engineer. Patrick enjoys the daily challenges he battles from Baker, where acronyms (like SEP and MDM) abound. Former photo historian and trapeze guru, this Tennessee native can be found reading a good book and enjoying a craft beer when he’s away from the university (and the kiddos). Read on to learn more about Mr. Mayer in this month’s Employee Spotlight.
Q: What is your role at the OCIO? Senior Security Engineer – Information Protection
In response to requests from many across our community, we recently made system updates that allow you to maintain and display a preferred first name in several systems (SIS, HR, my.osu.edu). These systems can now synchronize and share your preferred first name.
What is a preferred first name?
This month the spotlight is shining bright on fiscal officer, Kristina Davis. This OCIO vet of 20 years and counting is likely to be found cheering on her daughters when she’s not cleaning up the books at TNC. This mother of three (one of her children has fur) loves the beach, which complements her easygoing personality. Read on to find out how this physical therapist wannabe ended up in the IT finance realm!
This month the spotlight falls on newbie systems developer, Cole Toler. With dreams of a tech career starting at a young age, Cole graduated from DeVry and gained the experience needed to get his coding career off to a solid start in the OCIO. Read on to find out what this developer does during his downtime.
Q: What is your role at the OCIO? I am a systems developer for the local apps team. I take part in developing new university software as well as maintain existing applications that keep work flowing throughout the university.
For April, the spotlight falls on OCIO veteran and organizer extraordinaire, Lisa Calcara. This Project Assistant has been with the OCIO for over 25 years and got her start at the university as a student employee in UNITS. Lisa loves coaching her own student employees as well as rooting on her favorite Ohio sports team, the Columbus Blue Jackets. Learn more about this dog mom and art enthusiast in this month’s Employee Spotlight.
In the spotlight this month is HR Assistant Carissa (Carie) Moran. A fresh face in the OCIO, she’s also one of the first people new employees will meet as they follow the onboarding process to join the organization. This wife and mother of two loves helping her fellow employees almost as much as she loves getting lost in a handful of books at once! Learn more about Carie in this month’s Employee Spotlight.
Q: What is your role at the OCIO? I am a Human Resources Assistant. I support both OCIO and ODEE.
It is hard to believe I have worked for OCIO for 6 months. In that time I have come to understand the organization from many perspectives and where to focus efforts over the coming months. Before I get into those details, I would like to step back and address IT organizations at a more basic level. An IT organization fundamentally does three things:
You have an hour and a half between classes and your laptop isn’t working correctly.
You ask yourself, “Do I have time to get to the Thompson Library and get help from the reliable tech experts at the BuckeyeBar?“
Good news! Worry no more. You can now check the wait time as well as secure a place in line before heading to the library!