Category Archives: Top Stories

Have an idea for a story? Let us know! (You must be logged in with your UMICH Level-1 password to access the form.) Subscribe to the Features RSS feed.

U-M first in nation to offer WiFi 6E; universitywide accomplishment is an investment in the future

The University of Michigan is the first university in the nation to offer WiFi 6E to students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors on the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses. Learn how the WiFi Upgrade Project team replaced more than 16,000 wireless access points (APs) in over 225 indoor and outdoor locations despite a global chip shortage and supply chain disruptions.

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | June 10, 2022

Congratulations to this year’s Hacks with Friends participants! The event was an exceptional showcase of our community’s outstanding creativity and innovation. We have many opportunities to stay connected with colleagues throughout the year by joining one of nearly 30 Michigan IT Communities of Practice.

A new look for eProcurement transactions

Starting May 16, eProcurement users will experience a new look and feel for transactions in the M-Pathways Financials & Physical Resources system. This change is part of a larger effort to update several M-Pathways modules to a responsive design and ensures the university maintains vendor support. Review the eProcurement Modernization – Overview of Changes for a complete list… Read More »

Adobe Ambassador Program prepares student for the workforce

Students at the University of Michigan are preparing themselves for life after graduation by participating in the Adobe Student Ambassador Program and taking advantage of the no-cost Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Adobe CCS). Adobe CCS is a collection of over 20 desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, user experience, and more.  Summer Nguyen… Read More »

Free virtual master class in IT disaster recovery

The Michigan IT Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Practitioners welcomes two experts from the disaster recovery field. You’re invited to join them on May 10 and June 21 to learn more about IT disaster recovery. This is a great opportunity for professional development. May 10: Ray Holloman, Determining Recovery Order Ray Holloman, M.B.A., M.S., CBCP, CCRP, MBCI will… Read More »

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | April 7, 2022

I am looking forward to this year’s Hacks with Friends event on June 2-3. The event will have in-person and virtual options, so everyone can participate in the way they are most comfortable. I am eager to see the creative and fun energy that inevitably results when we pull together our talented and inspiring community.

U-M moves exclusively to slacks

By | April 1, 2022

The Michigan IT Steerage Committee is happy to announce that the university has signed an enterprise licensing agreement to use slacks. Effective April 1, 2023, only khaki slacks will be allowed for all faculty and staff on the Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine campuses. Dresses, jeans, kilts, shorts, skirts, and swimsuits will no longer be considered… Read More »

Hybrid meetings best practices

Hybrid meetings have become the norm as people have returned to campus while others work from home. That’s why Information and Technology Services created a guide to navigate those meetings. See a quick breakdown of the tips and best practices for how to get the most out of your hybrid meetings. The communications toolkit can help you share… Read More »

ITS and Central Student Government team up to improve student org reimbursement process

In order to make events like alpaca yoga, Quidditch matches, improv shows, and pierogi cooking nights possible, student organizations across campus often request funding reimbursement from Central Student Government (CSG) to cover various event costs. CSG’s Student Organization Committee partnered with Information and Technology Services’ Support Services team to improve the efficiency of their processing technique. After successfully implementing a ticketing system using TeamDynamix software, turnaround times have been cut in half.

Message from the VPIT-CIO

By | March 1, 2022

As the university begins the search for our next president, I find myself reflecting on the qualities that create great leaders. We do not need to look far to find inspirational models. Within our own Michigan IT community and in every pocket of the university, there are examples of leadership at all levels regardless of position and role.

Profiles in IT Interview: Jennifer Wilkerson—Engaging educator

Jennifer Wilkerson is a lead performance support analyst on the Information Assurance team. She promotes IT security and privacy awareness within the U-M community and her work often involves change management. She loves being outside and walking in her neighborhood as a form of self-care. She also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and three dogs.

New cross-university project aims to solve email marketing issues

Units across the university use email to market to external audiences, including prospective students and parents, alumni, donors, corporate or foundation partners, and the like. Even where it might be convenient for university units or stakeholders to see our unit activities as separate, other stakeholders and the law see our activities as stemming from a singular source. Learn… Read More »

Understanding the strongest electromagnetic fields in the universe

Alec Thomas is part of the team from the U-M College of Engineering Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science that is building the most powerful laser in the U.S. Dubbed “ZEUS,” the laser will be 3-petawatts of power. That’s a ‘3’ with 15 zeros. All the power generated in the entire world is 10-terawatts, or 1000 times less than the ZEUS laser.