The Digital Transformation Division Newsletter - April 2022

The Digital Transformation Division Newsletter - April 2022

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The Half-Time Livestream has been going strong since Jan. 8, 2020, bringing everyone in Dx together for the chance to:
  • Ask questions directly and get them answered
  • Hear up-to-date news about projects, changes, events, and more
  • Recognize team members for their great accomplishments
  • Ponder the quote of the week
  • Learn the stat of the week
  • Laugh at the plentiful dad jokes
To participate, tune in every Wednesday at 11:45 AM on the Half-Time Channel on the OIT - Public team in Teams. It's 15 minutes you won't get back, but hopefully, you won't want them back!



The Dx Team Recognition Award is a way to recognize our colleagues in Dx for their hard work and accomplishments. Recognized during our Half-Time live-stream each Wednesday at 11:45 AM, a deserving nominee will also receive an award certificate and two movie vouchers. 

To nominate someone, fill out this form or navigate to the OIT - Public team in Teams, enter the Half-Time channel, and select the Team Recognition tab from the top menu. Remember, nominations must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday to be eligible for the following Wednesday's Half-Time.


Have you seen a UVU staff member offering exceptional service or giving an exemplary performance? Remember to nominate them for the Wolverine Sighting Employee Recognition Award! The Wolverine Sighting Award is an employee recognition award sponsored by PACE. Nominees must be full- or part-time UVU staff employees, but there is no minimum requirement for years of employment and nominations are accepted year-round.


The UVU Goodwill Association sends get-well wishes to UVU employees with the primary goal of enhancing employee relations by maintaining a caring atmosphere at Utah Valley University. Membership dues are used for the following:
  • Sending get-well floral baskets for hospital stays greater than 3 days (typically for life-threatening illnesses). 
  • Sending bereavement floral baskets to employees who have lost a mother, father, child, in-law, or spouse. 
Do you know any employees needing goodwill? Please refer them by following this link. For more information about joining UVU's Goodwill Association, check out their page.

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PACE EVENT: Conflict Happens!


PACE is hosting an event called Conflict Happens! on Thursday, April 14, from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Russell C. Gaede, a professional speaker who holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and two graduate certificates in conflict resolution, will lecture on resolving conflicts in a productive and empowering manner. Takeaways include:
-Understanding the “cost” of conflict on your mental health
-Developing conflict resolution and communication skills to maintain open dialogue
-Identifying tools for addressing and resolving conflict in the workplace 
-Analyzing assertiveness (what it is, what it is not, and how to use it)

For more information, visit: 

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Everyone in Dx should have received a calendar invitation for the Dx Half-Time / All-Hands Meeting on Wednesday, April 20. The meeting will begin with a buffet lunch starting at 11:30 AM, and Half-Time will start at 11:45 AM. At 12:00 PM, the All-Hands Meeting will commence; the agenda will include items affecting all Dx employees. We'll stream and record both meetings using the Half-Time meeting link (included in the calendar invitations) for those who are unable to attend, and the recording will be available for two weeks afterward. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact Susie Nicol.  

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On Wednesday, April 27, classes at UVU will end. 

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Thursday, April 28, is Final Exam Preparation Day for all students. Finals week for students will begin on Friday, April 29 and continue until Thursday, May 5. 

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Brett McKeachnie, Senior Director of Product Portfolio Management

UVU, and specifically Dx, can be an exciting place to build or continue a career. Some see Dx as a land of endless opportunities, a place to try new things, stretch yourself, grow into roles, and make career progress. Meanwhile, others find it extremely difficult to achieve their preferred career velocity in the often murky and seemingly uncharted waters. In this article, I wish to seed ideas and spread hope to anyone in Dx that may be feeling unsatisfied with their career progress. 

It's Up to You

This may sound like a cliché, but your destiny is in your own hands. We can't expect our boss, our coworkers, or even "the system" to line up and pave the road to success for us. Often, we must pave the road for ourselves. But how? 

Each of us has individual strengths that will take us far. Discover and develop your strengths, then put them to good use. Look for things that can be improved within your sphere of influence and take the initiative to improve them. Don't be intimidated by the history or tradition of a process (some of which were started in the proverbial dark ages). If you feel stuck in the status quo, you might not be the only one. Find individuals who recognize the issues you are seeing, then work together to positively impact "the system" (find shortcuts, eliminate duplicate efforts, automate tasks, etc.). Sometimes, change requires the bravery to ask difficult questions. In some cases, there are very good reasons for handling a process in a particular way, but if nobody ever asks questions, we'll never find an easier way. Be willing to bring up new ideas with those who "own" traditional processes and see if there's room for negotiation. You'll probably be surprised at just how much you can initiate and influence the digital transformation of UVU. 

No Task Is Too Small

OK, so this is another cliché, but it's true—no task is too small! None of us should ever be bored in Dx! Not every task we encounter will be the masterwork or magnum opus that launches our career. We all have little things to tackle. A few weeks ago, I was in an establishment, and on the wall was a list of menial tasks (cleaning, taking out the garbage, and organizing items). Above it, the sign read "Things We All Do Every Day." Being part of a team means we each get responsibility for a portion of the trivial, seemingly pointless (and sometimes even questionably effective) menial tasks. Embrace the small things by figuring out new or more effective ways to do them. 

Be a Starter

Over the past 29 years, I've watched UVU grow from around 7,000 students to over 40,000. The tech and processes supporting that growth have not necessarily matured on the same schedule. Honestly, there are gaps in our processes and our operations. Look for things that are missing, find solutions for holes in our processes, and propose something new to fill the gaps. It doesn't have to be in your job description or even in your area. When everyone gets involved in developing and growing Dx, we all win, and so do the careers of those who help make it happen.

Onward and Upward

If you're feeling like a fish out of water, I hope something I've discussed here is of value to you. We have a monumental task ahead, and each of us plays a necessary and important part in accomplishing it. I feel confident that by taking control of your destiny, embracing even the small tasks, and finding ways to fill gaps, you will experience greater fulfillment in your work and reap career rewards as a result.



Joe Belnap, Senior Director of Special Projects for IT

Many aim to be customer-focused but struggle to know what it actually looks like and how to truly make customers the center of their decisions.  Customer experience is continually evolving as technology and customer demands change.  However, we should always consider these six factors: 

Led By Customer-Centric Leaders

True customer-centricity starts at the top. The most customer-centric leaders set the example to ingrain a customer focus into the culture and make customers central to every decision the company makes by continually listening to customers and staff and taking risks to try new things to best serve customers. 

Focus on Personalization

Modern customers have experienced hyper-personalization from big companies like Spotify, Amazon, and Netflix and now expect every company, big and small, to offer high levels of personalization; i.e., delivering unique experiences to each person instead of one-size-fits-all solutions.  For example, Tesla focuses on personalization through its driver profiles.  Tesla cars remember each driver’s preference for seat, steering wheel, and mirror location, as well as suspension, braking, radio presets, and even driving style; allowing each person to drive the car in the way they want and that is most comfortable to them. 

Make Customers' Lives Easier, Even If You Have to Work Harder

One of the main things customers look for is convenience.  They want to be able to get the information and service they need based on their schedules.  A customer-centric alternative to limited availability is a self-service option where customers can chat with a bot at any time of day or night and then be seamlessly transferred to a human agent if they need extra assistance.  Self-service options may be more difficult to provide and require more time and resources, but they do make customers’ lives easier. 

Undergo a Digital Transformation

We shouldn’t undergo digital transformation simply to say we’ve done it or to adopt the flashiest technology; real digital transformation is rooted in solving customer problems and delivering a consistent, high-quality experience.  A customer-focused digital transformation shifts the mindset of the entire institution to solve problems with digital solutions.  In today’s world of technology, we have to continually transform to stay relevant. 

Proactively Use Data

There has never been more customer data available than there is today, and customer-centric companies use that data to offer support before customers even realize they need it.  Customer-centric organizations aren’t just focused on putting out fires or addressing concerns customers have—they proactively aim to create positive experiences, recommend products, and solve problems before they become larger issues. 

Innovate and Pivot

It’s impossible to overemphasize the importance of agility, i.e., swiftly changing direction to meet the customer’s rapidly changing needs, often even before they realize the need for something new.  Customer-centric organizations aren’t afraid to take risks and innovate.  They don’t get bogged down with red tape and bureaucracy and instead aim for continual innovation to bring the best products and services to customers. 

When an institution is truly customer-centric, every decision and action is done with customers in mind. That sets the tone and leads the way with loyal, satisfied customers.



The IR Department

This document details UVU's commencement data for 2021-2022:
Commencement 2022

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The following positions are available in Dx. Be sure to watch for upcoming opportunities in Dx. 
Is there an opening in your division or department that needs to be filled? Be sure to get it approved according to the Temporary Human Resources Guidelines. Once the position is open, get the word out by submitting it to Caitlin Tobler for next month’s newsletter.


This month, no new employees were reported as being hired. However, we would like to announce that Dallas LeGrande has been promoted to Application Administrator II - Enterprise Applications. Congratulations, Dallas!