Archive April 2014

 
On April 25, the children of OUC staff members teamed up with other CU System kids to take part in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. The Grant Street offices have collaborated in this event for the past several years – and the national event just celebrated its 20th anniversary. The day began with a continental breakfast and a visit from the Financial Super Heroes. Subsequent events continued the theme of “Money Matters” and were designed to be both fun and educational for participants in all grade levels.
Follow this one simple trick to multiply the good you've accomplished in your department: Share your improved business process or tool with the CU Shared Practices (CUSP) recognition program. But do it soon! CUSP submissions for 2014 must be entered by end of day Wed April 30 at https://content.cu.edu/controller/initiatives/cusp/?page_id=30.
The PeopleSoft HCM/Finance 9.2 Upgrade Project will bring several new and exciting enhancements to both Finance and HCM.
The following topics are on the agenda for the April Controllers’ meeting: Unsubstantiated business expenses; Policy updates; CPE Program scheduling; FIN upgrade update; CORE update; Fundraising Authorization (FA) form updates. Questions on discussion points from this meeting – or any other Controllers’ meeting – should be directed to the appropriate campus controller.
Employee recognition updates for the CU Shared Practices (CUSP) program:
  • Another best practice submission recently passed vetting and was posted to the CUSP website.
  • Several more submissions are currently under review.
  • There’s still time to share your innovative solutions to workplace challenges.
Published barely a week ago, the new Illustrated Guide to the Annual Financial Report has already garnered many positive reviews via the Guide's Feedback section. Among the comments received to date are these:
  • I like the way this works!
  • Finally something that explains that tuition increases do not mean increases in pay for staff.
  • Such a great way to help people understand the financials!
Kudos to OUC staff members Heather Hoyer and Lisa Vallad, both of whom will achieve CPLP designation effective May 1. Developed by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), the CPLP certification denotes a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance. The designation is achieved after considerable study, passing of a comprehensive test, and submission of a real-world work product.
Three days of April CPE wrap up the final quarter for the OUC’s Continuing Professional Education (CPE) program in FY 2014. Classes on April 10 were filled to capacity … and filled with lively discussion between instructors and participants. The day’s offerings included courses on Cognos m-Fin reports, budgeting basics, and PowerPoint/Word.
The Office of University Controller now offers a more customized approach to assist organizational units in conducting fundraising events. Departments can request an in-person training session with the OUC's Fundraising & Gift Compliance Specialist, Karen Ichiba. The session can focus on a specific topic or planned upcoming event, or can be a general discussion on what you need to know to conduct a University-sponsored event.  Questions? Want to set up a session? Contact Karen.Ichiba@cu.edu or 303-837.2125.
Every year, CU produces an audited financial report with a vast amount of information that is very important to a number of constituencies: rating agencies, the State of Colorado, federal funding agencies, the Board of Regents, and the public. However...providing a vast amount of information is not the same as providing easily understandable information. So the Office of University Controller decided to present the data in easy-to-understand language and charts.

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