New Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management

Colleagues: I am pleased to announce that our new Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, Vikash Lakhani, joined our campus community full time on November 4, 2013. Vikash came to HSU from CSU Bakersfield, where he served as the Executive Director for Enrollment Management. In addition to his contributions to student retention and early alert initiatives, Vikash brings extensive experience in strategic planning, domestic and international student recruitment, campus outreach, grant funded program development, college readiness, and customer service.

PeopleTools Upgrade Successfully Completed

This weekend's PeopleTools upgrade has been successfully completed, and the sleek new templates for PeopleSoft HCM and Faculty Center are now in place.

For more information on the new interface, check out the ITS information page at

PeopleSoft HCM Upgrade starts Friday January 10th at 5pm

If you use PeopleSoft Human Capital Management or Faculty Center, you’ll see a sleek new interface when you next log in. Here’s what’s happening under the hood this weekend ...

Change in Internet access process for short-term HSU guests

Starting January 10th, guests making short (under 15 days) visits to campus will be able to register themselves for Internet access using the new HSUGuest wireless network, which sits outside the firewall. Read on for more about which guest users should use which network.

Fall 2013 End of Term Change Freeze is in Effect

Just a reminder that the Fall 2013 End of Term Change Freeze went into effect yesterday. Although the freeze period ends on 12/23/13, ITS staff are advised not to plan changes for 12/24/13 without coordinating with their manager and Enterprise Change Control.

MAP-Works Adoption is Proceeding According to Plan

The MAP-Works Early Alert System Fall Check Up surveys closed on schedule last month, and the system is now in daily use across the campus by the relevant groups. The assessment plan is currently being updated with the results of all Fall 2013 activities, and a report is being compiled for delivery to the Provost in January. In the coming weeks, preparation for the Spring semester will begin: setting the schedule for surveys, Academic Updates, and making any necessary changes to data uploaded from PeopleSoft to MAP-Works.  

Registrar Candidates Open Forums December 9-11

Three candidates for the Registrar position will be interviewing on campus the week of December 9.  Please join us for their open forums.  CV Summaries are attached

Monday, 12/9/13 (2:00pm-3:00pm) – SBS 179 (EOC Room)
Candidate:  Matthew Gerst

Tuesday, 12/10/13 (2:00pm-3:00pm) – Siemens Hall 108
Candidate:  Tara Hardee

Wednesday, 12/11/13 (2:00pm-3:00pm) – SBS 179 (EOC Room)
Candidate:  Clint Rebik

Technology Help Desk Boosts Customer Service

Since conducting a focus group with users from across campus, the Technology Help Desk is making a number of improvements.

Stop by and meet our new Project Coordinator!

Sabre Stacey joined the ITS Project Office as the first of our two new Project Coordinators on November 12th - the Project Office is filling up nicely again! She brings with her over 12 years of experience in IT project coordination and contract administration with the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Texas. Please stop by and say hi next time you're in Gist Hall.

Special thanks to the Search Committee who helped make all this possible: Ken Thrift, Sandra Harpe, Melissa Koval, and Lianne Montano.

Fee waiver process goes electronic

The Fee Waiver process is now live in Nolij, and feedback to date has been good. The project took longer than expected, but the extra testing was valuable in ensuring that everything was working smoothly.

By implementing the process in Nolij, staff time and resources have been freed up to work on other projects, and fee waiver requesters benefit from a more efficient, timely, and responsive service. Current status information is always available, so students no longer risk financial hardship or missed courses due to slow waiver processing.