We are delighted to announce that the 2013 Service Excellence Award for CU System was recently presented to Travis Chillemi, the OUC’s Strategic Communication Technology Manager. Sponsored by University of Colorado Staff Council (UCSC), the prestigious award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service to their home campus; to community, civic, and professional organizations; and to the University as a whole.
Normandy Roden, the OUC's Director of Finance & Procurement Business Services, was recently appointed to the Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Membership Committee. Her focus will be on writing and editing print/online materials for distribution to HEUG members and for promotional use outside of the HEUG. Normandy also continues for a 2nd year as Chair of the HEUG Communications Committee.
Congratulations to Cal Anderson (OUC's Director of Financial & Reporting Systems) and Jaime Mendez (Financial Systems Analyst) on their well-received presentation at Alliance 2013 in Indianapolis last month. The talk was titled, "Business Process Improvement and Leveraging PeopleSoft Investment." It offered tips and templates for achieving both goals through the examples of PeopleSoft’s Accounts Receivable/Billing modules as well as Fiscal Certification and other innovative processes that utilize the Finance System at the University of Colorado.
The 11th Annual Professional Development Symposium, CU Women Succeeding, was held on the Boulder Campus in February. There, our FinPro Help Desk Manager, Leslie Nittoli, joined  R L Widmann and Viktoriya Oliynyk (both of UCB) in facilitating an interactive session on “the value of sharing stories of our professional journey.” The lively presentation was enhanced by music and small-group breakouts. A fun touch: the colorful and informational name tag-placards completed and worn by all participants.
We just heard from our former intern, Kirill Buzinov – a student at the CU Denver School of Business and currently interning in the Office of the University Treasurer. Kirill shared his recent 9News interview on UCD students’ simulated trading in gold, crude oil, and corn. The team is hoping to compete in international championships next month. We wish the best of luck to him and his team. For more, see: www.9news.com/news/local/article/316376/346/A-championship-for-student-traders  
On Tues, Oct 30, the Finance & Procurement Help Desk will be closed from noon- 5:00 pm for a staff event. The Help Desk will resume normal business hours at 8:00 am on Wed, Oct 31.
Congratulations to our new Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Todd Saliman, and to our new Associate Vice President & Chief Business Officer, Geoff Barsch. We’ll miss former VP Kelly Fox, who is now Senior Vice Chancellor for Budget & Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the Boulder Campus … but we’re excited to be working with Todd and Geoff.
Finance Trainer & CPE Program Manager, Lisa Vallad, delivered a presentation on The Ethics of Whistle-Blowing earlier this month. The audience was part of the CFMA (Colorado Fiscal Managers’ Association) 2012 Spring Conference, in Colorado Springs.
OUC staff members have been busy … training new staff, learning and sharing new information, pursuing professional development. Among the happenings:

Adam Rodriguez joins FinPro Help Desk

We are delighted to introduce Adam Rodriguez, who started at the Finance & Procurement Help Desk a few weeks ago and is already beginning to respond to department and vendor inquiries.