Archive October 2013

 
We offered 10 courses over three days in September as part of the OUC's Continuing Professional Education for Certified Public Accountants (CPE for CPAs). Participants agreed that it was one of the CPE Program's best quarters yet, giving an overall 99% rating for instructor effectiveness and course value.
During the OUC Town Hall sessions on the campuses, we showed a looping slide show of Office of University Controller facts and figures. The slide show was titled, "OUC by the Numbers" and after the town halls, we received some requests to replay some of the numbers for you on this blog. So following is an excerpt ... a select number of the Numbers: 10,170,471 - journal lines created in FY 2013 45,207 - active SpeedTypes 2,020 - PeopleSoft Finance System users 263 - learning resources available online for fiscal systems and policies
Congratulations to Finance & Procurement Help Desk Senior Consultant Brian Dyet -- recently announced as the winner of the 2013 President’s Employee of the Year Award.
The Office of University Controller's CPE for CPAs Program has opened registration for three days of courses in the second quarter of FY 2014. If you're a CPA looking for continuing professional education to maintain your license ... or if you're not a CPA but you're looking for convenient, relevant professional development opportunities ... check out the great variety of course topics, below: Mon, Nov 11 - Cash Controls; Analyzing and Interpreting Financial Statements Thu, Nov 14 - Effective Writing; Securing Mobile Devices; Emotional Intelligence
If you haven't worked in the Cognos Reporting System recently, you should know that there's a new folder in town: It's called HELP and it provides quick and easy access to Carl's m-Fin blog, to Cognos learning resources, and to the FinPro Help Desk.
The OUC closed out a week of Town Hall sessions with a visit to the Denver Campus on Fri, Oct 11. We had a nice crowd in the beautiful Business School building downtown. Participants were particularly interested in learning about the OUC's work in technology/resources, Cognos m-Fin reports, and PeopleSoft Finance.  We were pleased to review the comments and suggestions on the session feedback forms ... and particularly appreciated the statement, "Thank you for your time and enthusiasm!" A great way to wrap up our Town Halls for 2013. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
Several Office of University Controller staff spent a day in Boulder on Oct 9 as part of the fall campus town halls. We outlined accomplishments related to technology and efficiency; provided updates on Fiscal Certification, CU Shared Practices (CUSP), PeopleSoft Finance, and Cognos Reporting; and discussed professional development opportunities available through our Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Program and training/support options provided by the Finance & Procurement Help Desk.
Following up on the Oct 7 OUC Town Hall in Colorado Springs, we visited the historic old hospital (Building 500) on the Anschutz Medical Campus on the very next day. A lively crowd filled Bushnell Auditorium. (Trivia question: do you know how this auditorium got its name? From Colonel George E. Bushnell, who was sent to the state in November 1917 to inspect possible sites for a tuberculosis/recuperation camp.)
Office of University Controller (OUC) staff launched the first Town Hall of 2013 on the Colorado Springs campus on Mon, Oct 7. Assistant Vice President/University Controller Bob Kuehler reviewed Fiscal Certification feedback, commended the campus for their participation in the FY 2013 CU Shared Practices (CUSP) Program, and outlined OUC highlights of the past year. OUC staff members discussed updates and plans on topics ranging from Cognos and PeopleSoft Finance to technology and Continuing Professional Education (CPE).