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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).
The Office of University Controller (OUC) will be visiting each campus during the week of Oct 7-11 for this year's OUC Town Halls. Through our annual Town Hall sessions, we can share news on OUC activities and directions...hear your thoughts and suggestions about how to better serve you...and continue to promote transparency and accountability in all that we do. For a schedule of campus Town Halls, and to register, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ouctownhalls
Please plan to join us when we visit your campus, Oct 7-11, for our annual OUC Town Halls. The Town Hall sessions are short, but full of information … on Continuing Professional Education opportunities, Cognos Reporting System developments, new FinPro Help Desk tools, and more. This is your chance to hear about what we’ve done lately – and to provide feedback on future directions. We promise a thoughtful exchange of ideas – and a few surprises! Register now at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ouctownhalls
We’re happy to announce some recent and excellent developments in 17 of the Cognos management-financial (m-Fin) reports.
Good (Cognos) news: We recently migrated several m-Fin reports from the Cognos QA test environment to the Cognos production environment. Better input validation! More data elements! Learn about these enhancements at https://www.cu.edu/controller/initiatives/reporting/?p=2784. More good news: No more m-Fin production migrations until *after* FY 2013 year-end close!
Welcome, Sarju Khadka! Sarju joined the OUC in early June, bringing an extensive background in Cognos report-writing to our University-wide m-Fin project. She will work closely with our Associate Director for Reporting Systems, Carl Sorenson. A certified Cognos developer, Sarju is also completing her CPA.  She and her husband are relocating to Colorado from Minnesota, where she worked for US Bank. We are delighted she's now here at CU!
Need access to financial transaction update or inquiry? (FIN? Cognos? Marketplace? Procurement or Travel Card?) Now there's an easy way to find out what training is required or recommended. The new Quick Reference Guide to Access & Training Requirements identifies the appropriateonline courses -- and the occasional live class -- for multiples systems. In addition, the resource explains how to request the desired access and provides links to specific application forms.
Agenda items for the last controllers’ meeting of FY 2013: CUSP Awards Update; CU Foundation Update; July 1 Policy/procedures Changes (Accounting Handbook information on revenue recognition, gift cards, and capital assets); Feedback on Cognos SRECNP Report; FDW Firewall Update; Audit Update (interim fieldwork); Daily Financials in July; Bad Debt Expense (final decisions); Intergovernmental contracting Questions on discussion points from this and any other Campus Controllers’ Meeting should be directed to the appropriate campus controller. Note: The monthly meetings resume in September.
Do you hate it when headers disappear on your financial reports? Just remember: You are in control! For your Cognos financial reports, run in HTML, you can keep those column headers visible on screen while you scroll. All you need to do is right-click anywhere in the list. In the resulting pop-up box, select Freeze Column Headings. For more information, see Carl's m-Fin blog: www.cu.edu/controller/initiatives/reporting/?p=2698
The Office of University Controller recently presented Town Hall sessions to share accomplishments and initiatives with campus staff and hear their thoughts and questions. Each session included a presentation, Q&As, and opportunity for small group discussions on areas of particular interest to individual participants. If you missed the Town Halls - or would like to revisit them - you can run through the materials online. Fall 2012 OUC Town Hall materials →

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