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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Get To Know LATIS’s Laura Cervin

Name: Laura Cervin

What is your educational background? Bachelor of Arts in Theater, University of Minnesota

When did you start working at UMN?  As a student in 1999, then on and off as a freelancer, and full-time starting in 2007.

What is your current job title and describe what you do ? Coordinator of Media Services. I oversee LATIS Video Services which is comprised of the TV studios and video equipment checkout center in Rarig Center, and also video production services for CLA. I also coordinate the Digital Content Library team, who maintain the DCL.elevator online library. The DCL is also growing as part of the LATIS Labs initiative and we are delving into the makerspace/Internet of Things realm - virtual reality, drones, programmable devices, 3D imaging and scanning, etc.

What is your favorite accomplishment with LATIS, so far?
The new checkout center and computer lab in 640 Rarig Center we launched in 2015. It has really grown from being housed in the corner of an office, to crammed into a small room, and is now a large, cozy yet bustling space.

What advice do you have for LATIS constituents who are intimidated by technology?
We are all learning!  With the rate of change in technology these days, it’s pretty rare that anyone’s an expert anymore. One of my favorite descriptions of our Labs employees is “co-explorers.” Everyone has unique perspectives that contribute to solving a problem, and yours is just as valuable in applying to technology. Don’t be afraid to try something out, ask those who may have had some experience in a similar area, and be prepared to try things more than once. You might just discover something you weren’t even looking for along the way.

What do you consider to be a best kept secret about the U?
I don’t know about best kept secret, but there are some random nuggets I like to share with new undergrads. Like, did you know the circular plaza right outside Wilson Library is a sundial? You stand in the center and your shadow tells the time. I also make everyone stand in the very center of the amphitheater between Ferguson and Anderson halls and shout. Try it - you’ll see why.

What do you do for fun?

I love yard work! I’m creating an “edible urban forest” in my backyard. It is a huge work in progress. I gave up on raising chickens (never started, actually,) but maybe bees are in my future.     

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Now Open: 2018 Infrastructure For Learning Funding Program

The application process for the Infrastructure for Learning funding program is now open. More information was sent directly to department administrators and chairs to share with faculty and staff. More info can also be found in The Neighborhood.

The Infrastructure for Learning Program  supports equipment upgrades or recurring funding and the long-term evolution and maintenance of the inventory of instructional infrastructure in CLA. This program option is intended to utilize strategic planning with regard to departmental technology equipment.

New Timing

Previously awarded in the spring/early summer, the Infrastructure for Learning Program adjusted its timing to the fall/early winter to allow for more timely installation of the technology. OCM is very busy in the late summer and the timing change will ensure departments do not have to wait long periods of time after the technology arrives before it can be installed and start benefiting the community.

Required Meeting with Departmental Consultant

The deadline to complete the required consultation as part of an Infrastructure for Learning Program application is Friday, August 17. After meeting with their departmental consultant, the department chair will also meet with a representative from the Office of Classroom Management (OCM) to include an estimate for any labor when they submit a single plan for their department.

Contact your departmental consultant to schedule the required consultation. You may request a consultation any time, even if you have not yet drafted your funding application.

All proposals for the Infrastructure for Learning Funding programs are due Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All proposals must be received online at that time. Results will be communicated in late January 2018.


Questions and emails of interest can be sent to claatf@umn.edu.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

2018 Infrastructure For Learning Funding Program Opens July 5, 2017


The application process for the Infrastructure for Learning funding program opens Wednesday, July 5. More information will be sent directly to department administrators and chairs to share with faculty and staff and can also be found in The Neighborhood.

The Infrastructure for Learning Program  supports equipment upgrades or recurring funding and the long-term evolution and maintenance of the inventory of instructional infrastructure in CLA. This program option is intended to utilize strategic planning with regard to departmental technology equipment.

New Timing

Previously awarded in the spring/early summer, the Infrastructure for Learning Program adjusted its timing to the fall/early winter to allow for more timely installation of the technology. OCM is very busy in the late summer and the timing change will ensure departments do not have to wait long periods of time after the technology arrives before it can be installed and start benefiting the community.

Required Meeting with Departmental Consultant

The deadline to complete the required consultation as part of an Infrastructure for Learning Program application is Friday, August 17. After meeting with their departmental consultant, the department chair will also meet with a representative from the Office of Classroom Management (OCM) to include an estimate for any labor when they submit a single plan for their department.

Contact your departmental consultant to schedule the required consultation. You may request a consultation any time, even if you have not yet drafted your funding application.

All proposals for the Infrastructure for Learning Funding programs are due Friday, September 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. All proposals must be received online at that time. Results will be communicated in late January 2018.

Questions and emails of interest can be sent to claatf@umn.edu.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Get to Know LATIS's Karen Haselmann


Name: Karen Haselmann

When did you start working at UMN?  2004

What is your current job title and describe what you do ? Regional Multimedia Specialist. I help students and faculty access and explore technology to create their work.

What brought you to your current job? Previously I worked as Videographer and Media Installation Tech at the Walker Art Center.  

What is your favorite aspect of your job? I enjoy when students are excited to play with technology I helped them access. It’s even better when they use it in ways I had not anticipated.

What is your best/more amusing U-related memory? I organized a virtual reality painting party and pancake feed.  Students and faculty created their 3D masterpieces while a DJ mixed tunes. It was a fun way to introduce people to the Tilt Brush painting app for the Vive and let them know what’s available at the ETC Lab at LATIS.


What was your worst or most unusual job? I was a hotdog vendor in New Zealand. The food trailer I worked in specialized in selling hotdogs at music festivals. I soon learned that whenever a didgeridoo player got on stage, that’s when most people in the audience decided it’s time to get a hotdog. The didgeridoo has its place, but it’s the ultimate party killer because you can’t dance to a drone tone.

People may be surprised to know:  I won the blue ribbon for crop art at the State Fair.


Before I die, I would like to: I’d like to be the bingo caller at the Saint Albert the Great's fish fry during Lent in South Minneapolis.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Digital Arts, Science and Humanities (DASH) Camp Registration Open


August 21-25, 2017
Explore mapping or data visualization. Create a website to showcase your research or teaching. Make a digital story or make progress on a video project. Start work on an open textbook or open educational resources. Or, you can learn about 360° images and video, 3-D imaging and printing and virtual reality.
DASH Camp is available free of charge to graduate students at the University of Minnesota. There are no pre-requisites, but for some tracks you should have a project in mind. Registration is required, and space is limited. When you register, you’ll select one track. On the first day we’ll provide an introduction to DASH, and you’ll spend the rest of the week with your track.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

2017-2018 Infrastructure for Learning Funding Recipients

The Infrastructure for Learning Funding Program oversees the long-term evolution and maintenance of the inventory of instructional infrastructure in CLA. Each application is reviewed by a committee made up from OCM and technical professionals in various CLA units. This year, the committee approved funding of more than $330,000 in improvements that will impact 14 CLA units.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 funding recipients:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Language Center
  • Journalism & Communication Studies
  • Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature
  • English
  • Geography, Environment and Society
  • German, Scandinavian and Dutch
  • Music
  • LATIS
  • Psychology
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Theatre Arts and Dance

2017-2018 Academic Innovation Grant Recipients


The Academic Innovation Grants support faculty and department innovation and student-centeredness in teaching and learning through the integration of technology in CLA.
This year, the committee awarded more than $140,000 in grants to projects in eight academic departments.

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 grant recipients:

  • American Indian Studies
  • Art
  • French & Italian
  • Gender, Women and Sexuality with Race, Indigeneity, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
  • German, Scandinavian, and Dutch
  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Theatre Arts and Dance

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Get To Know LATIS’s Rebecca Moss

Name: Rebecca Moss


What is your educational background? Master’s in Library Science from Indiana University, BFA in Art History from IUPUI


When did you start working at UMN?  1999


What is your current job title and describe what you do ? Assistant Director for LATIS.  I have a great interest in making connections between LATIS and other groups across the university to enhance teaching and research. As a librarian, I have a natural affinity for working with the Libraries, especially with DASH, to provide services and training that support our faculty and students.


Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? My hometown is Indianapolis, IN, and much of my family still lives there so I make regular trips home. Besides going away to college, the first place I moved to for any length of time was Key West, FL. And this is the place that I would love to retire to when the time comes. The quality of light and the beauty of the ocean make it a wonderful place.


What brought you to your current job? I was brought to Minnesota by the chair of the Art History Department at the time, Rick Asher, who happened to come to Indiana University where I was working, and told me about the job opening here. I had never thought I’d end up in Minnesota, but I am very glad I did.   


What is your favorite aspect of your job? I get to work with some really smart, interesting people - people who are engaged and trying to make a difference. This includes students just starting out on their journey, to faculty who have been working in their fields for decades. Add to that the folks of LATIS, who have a wide variety of skill sets and interests, but who work collaboratively to support CLA.


What was your worst or most unusual job? Hands down the worst job I ever had was cold-calling people in order to sell them aluminum siding. I lasted all of four hours. I do not have the ability to talk people into a product I do not care about. A good life lesson, I suppose.
What is your favorite accomplishment at the U, so far? I am very proud that the Digital Content Library is providing a much needed service in documenting, preserving, and providing access to faculty and student content that might otherwise be lost. I think we are only at the beginning of what the DCL will be doing as we move into the world of 3D and VR and high resolution imaging.


What is your favorite place on campus? I actually love Mapps Coffee - it is just on the edge of campus on Cedar/Riverside. The mix of locals and university folks makes for a very pleasant vibe, and I love their coffee.
What is your best/more amusing U-related memory? Around 2005, I told some people at work about the phone calls I kept getting at home from folks wanting to talk to Vikings football player Randy Moss - I was listed as R. Moss in the phone directory then. A local news station came to campus and I was interviewed both for print and on TV for a segment. They had fun contrasting me with Randy Moss, who was garnering lots of press at the time for his touchdown antics.


People may be surprised to know: I was born in the Philippines and lived there until I was seven. My parents were missionaries and my brothers and sister and I had a wonderful time (for the most part) living a very different life than most American children. I have never returned, which I regret, but my love for the tropics remain.

Before I die, I would like to: Ride in a flying car, talk to robots, and see evidence of alien life. All of this is fast approaching us, and I, for one, am excited about the future.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Z.umn.edu Relaunch Offers New Sharing, Ownership, and Collection Options for Users


The University’s popular Z.umn.edu URL-shortening service will roll out a refreshed look and new features early this summer.


Available to anybody with a University of Minnesota Internet ID, the service enables users to create custom URLs ending in umn.edu for their University-related projects.


The changes were made following requests from users and focus on shareability and organization. Improvements include:


  • Transfer Ownership - a user will be able to transfer ownership of a link. This comes in particularly helpful if a project/event changes hands or if a user leaves a position.
  • Collections - users will be able to group URLs into collections to better organize around an event, department, or project. Collections can also be shared with other users who will then also have access to edit and add URLs.
  • Accessibility - Improved accessibility compliance for a better user experience.
  • Twitter - as soon as a URL is created, the user will be able to share it via Twitter with a simple click right from Z.umn.edu.
  • QR Code - a custom QR code will also be automatically created with any new Z.umn.edu link allowing the user to direct traffic in a printed piece using scanning technology.


The URLs never expire and there currently is no limit to the number of URLs an individual can create or manage. Once created, the URLs can be shared with both University and non-University audiences.


All current Z.umn.edu links will remain active and transfer to the new site where they will benefit from the new features such as ownership transfer and collection organization.
For more information about Z.umn.edu, watch the new tutorial or contact 1-Help.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Get to Know LATIS's Jake Kramer


Name: Jake Kramer

What is your educational background? Bachelor’s of Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota

When did you start working at UMN? As a student, September 2010, as a full-time employee, July 2015.

What is your current job title and describe what you do ? Assistant Equipment Manager. Essentially my skills are creating digital media, managing media creation tools (video equipment/spaces), working closely with employees, and troubleshooting software and physical issues with gear/electronics.

What brought you to your current job?  I’m a product of the system! I attended the University as an undergraduate and stumbled my way through the first few years. In my junior year I finally discovered courses in the Communications field that dealt with television and film, and from there everything fell into place.
Soon after my first production course I took a job as a student technician in what was then CLA-OIT. I spent a few years working for CLA-OIT as well as picking up a second job with OIT as an ATSS student editor. Before I knew it graduation was looming. Luckily for me, it was coinciding with the opening of a new position.

The application process and appointment were still a few months off when I graduated so I had to spend a few months in limbo. Luckily I was offered a temporary no-post position that kept me afloat. Eventually the position posted and I applied. Approaching two years later, I am happy and successful in my position and always grateful for the opportunities I had as a part of the “system."

What is your favorite aspect of your job? What is your favorite aspect of your job? Easily the most enjoyable aspect of my job is seeing new students come up and grow through their classes and employment with us. Each semester is a bit of a new adventure. As is the function of universities, we get a lot of student turnover due to graduation. This is both tough and exciting. It challenges me constantly and keeps me fresh and in-check on the day-to-day functions of our workplace. I need to train new folk all of the time!
The sad half of that is seeing the students grow, become successful adults and move into their own positions upon graduation. It is a bittersweet feeling.

What is your favorite place on campus? The Knoll. Hands down one of the most beautiful places on our campus, especially during the Fall. It’s what initially drew me to the campus. It has that prestigious feel as well as being connected with what was the once homey feeling Dinkytown. It’s an excellent place to relax, quickly walk across the street for lunch, and it is essentially a thoroughfare for everywhere else on East Bank. I’ve always thought to myself if they filmed one of those dramatic college films, it would be shot largely in and around the Knoll area.

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? My hometown is Holmen, WI. It’s a little place, just north of La Crosse, where we have a yearly celebration dedicated to corn (tis a silly place.) After I moved away I did the usual and lived in a dorm for the first year. The shift from rural Wisconsin to Minneapolis was a bit shocking. Thinking about it now, I am so, so happy, that I was able to experience the culture shock.

What was your worst or most unusual job? My worst job? I can’t really say I had a worst job, I was just happy to be making money and surviving. Although I will say, working late nights at Qdoba in Dinkytown wasn’t the most wonderful experience.  Drunk people tend to not be the greatest patrons of food service.

Pet peeves:
Hypocrisy and people who don’t respect the opinions of others.

Before I die, I would like to:
Go back to Ireland for an extended visit.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

CLA-Wide IT Maintenance - Systems Not Available March 19th

When
Sunday, March 19th
6:00 a.m. until noon

Services Affected

  • Linux terminal server (LTS)
  • Research and compute servers (e.g. compute.cla.umn.edu, BLiSS)
  • Unix-based file servers (“pkg” directories, clio, thalia)
  • Active Directory file storage (home or “H” drive, shared or “S” drive, project folders)
  • Windows terminal server (WTS)

Services Not Affected

  • Database servers
  • Web servers
  • License servers (SPSS, Mathematica, et al.)
  • Print servers
  • Google Apps (Gmail, Google Drive, Google Sites)
  • z.umn.edu URL shortener

Work Being Performed

Between 6:00 a.m. and noon on Sunday, the University’s storage team will be updating a storage service that many University units depend on, including CLA. (Additional information is available at http://systemstatus.umn.edu/; if you have access to Service Now, see CHG0039760.) Expect your home and shared drives to be unvailable during this period.
Can I work during the maintenance window?
Avoid using affected services during the maintenance window. While they may at times be available, they can and will be shut down without warning and may be unavailable for an extended period of time.
How do I find out more?
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 612-301-4357 (1-HELP) or help@umn.edu.