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The Half-Time Livestream brings everyone in Dx together for the chance to ask questions and get real-time answers; hear up-to-date news about projects, changes, events, and more; recognize team members for their great accomplishments; ponder the quote and stat of the week; and laugh at the plentiful dad jokes. To participate, tune in every Wednesday at 11:45 AM on the Half-Time Channel on the Dx Community team in Teams.

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The Dx Team Recognition Award is a way to recognize our colleagues for their hard work and accomplishments. During our Half-Time Livestream each Wednesday at 11:45 AM, a deserving nominee will receive an award certificate and two movie vouchers. To nominate someone, fill out the form below. Alternatively, you can navigate to the Dx Community 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.

Dx Team Recognition Form

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On August 16, faculty members are expected to return to campus to prepare for the upcoming semester, allowing them valuable time to finalize course materials, attend meetings, and engage in necessary administrative tasks.

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The new academic year commences on August 23 with the start of classes, welcoming UVU students back to campus and providing faculty with the opportunity to begin their teaching responsibilities for a successful and productive semester.
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Christina Baum, Vice President of Digital Transformation 


As we wrap up the reorganization of Dx, we are poised to undertake a new phase of our internal transformation. We are ready to begin improvements to our project management, operational effectiveness, and architecture. This three-pronged strategy is the next step in our endeavor to align our division with the university's vision and to drive greater consistency and efficiency across our division.

Enhancing Project Management 

The first prong of our strategy focuses on elevating our project management practices. By implementing simple project management frameworks, methodologies, and tools, we aim to ensure consistent and effective project execution. This includes defining clear project objectives, establishing realistic timelines and milestones, and leveraging efficient resource allocation. We will enhance our ability to deliver projects on time, within budget, and in alignment with the university's strategic objectives.

Streamlining Operational Effectiveness 

The second prong of our strategy is centered around optimizing operational effectiveness. This entails evaluating and refining our operational processes, workflows, and systems to eliminate redundancies, increase efficiency, and foster a culture of continuous improvement. By conducting comprehensive operational assessments, we will identify areas for enhancement and implement standardized best practices across the division. This approach will enable us to streamline operations, reduce bottlenecks, and maximize the overall productivity of our teams.

Advancing Architecture Standards 

The third prong of our strategy focuses on advancing architecture standards to ensure robust and scalable digital solutions. This involves developing and implementing architectural frameworks and guidelines that promote consistency, interoperability, and long-term sustainability. By adopting standardized architectural practices, we will facilitate seamless integration and enable future growth and innovation. Embracing modern architectural principles will empower us to build a solid foundation for our digital initiatives, enabling us to adapt to evolving technological landscapes and user needs.

Interconnected Progression 

It is essential to recognize that these three prongs of our strategy—project management, operational effectiveness, and architecture—are deeply interconnected. Like tightening screws on a light fixture, progress in one area influences and supports progress in the others. We must approach these efforts in tandem, continuously iterating and optimizing as we move forward. This iterative process ensures that each prong reinforces the others, resulting in a comprehensive and integrated approach to digital transformation in Dx.

Driving Consistency and Efficiency 

By embracing this three-pronged strategy, we aim to achieve greater consistency and efficiency across Dx. Consistency in our approaches ensures that projects and initiatives align with the university's strategic goals. On the other hand, efficiency enables us to optimize resource utilization and deliver outcomes effectively. This synchronized approach fosters a culture of collaboration, transparency, and continuous learning, enabling us to leverage our collective expertise and drive meaningful results.

Setting Fair Expectations 

In our pursuit of excellence, it is vital to set realistic expectations regarding the work we can accomplish within a given timeframe. We are all human beings who need time to rest, reflect, and recharge. Since becoming a leader in Dx, I have seen your determination and dedication, burning the candle at both ends to reach our goals. However, sustainable progress requires a balance between effort and self-care. As teams and as individuals, we need to foster a culture that values well-being alongside productivity.

The organizational redesign of Dx has set the stage for our present. Now it's time to focus our efforts on optimizing project management, operational effectiveness, and architectural standards. Our efforts will enable us to deliver impactful solutions and embrace the evolving technological landscape with confidence and agility. 



Brett McKeachnie, Senior Director of Product Portfolio Management

Several weeks ago, I used the content of a previous Dx Newsletter article as inspiration for a Half-Time topic. This time, I'm doing the opposite! On 7/12/23, the 
Half-Time topic was about starting fresh, and often! Since there is far more to say on this topic than I was able to cover in that meeting, I decided to focus my August newsletter article on the benefits of fresh starts, especially those for mental health.

A Rose by Any Other Name

The concept of a fresh start can be encapsulated in many different ways. Here are some alternative terms or expressions you might have heard or used before:

A word cloud of synonyms for "fresh start"

These terms all convey the idea of leaving behind the past and embarking on a new phase, whether in relationships, careers, personal growth, or any other aspect of life. These terms invoke the idea of embracing new beginnings and letting go of the past. Fresh starts involve making a conscious decision to leave behind old habits, negative experiences, or unproductive patterns of thinking and behavior. In place of these things, you can gain a sense of renewal and a fresh perspective on life. 

The Basics of Starting Fresh

I already covered what I consider the basics for starting fresh in our Half-Time slides. However, before we move on, I want to briefly review the aspects and benefits of starting fresh. 

Aspects of Starting Fresh

  • Personal Growth
  • Emotional Healing
  • Lifestyle Changes
  • Mindset Shift
  • New Opportunities

Benefits of Starting Fresh

  • Improved emotional well-being
  • Increased motivation and productivity
  • Enhanced self-confidence

Practical Ways to Start Fresh (Even Multiple Times Per Day!)

  • See the Half-Time slides linked above for a comprehensive list

The Basics of Mental Health

Mental health encompasses a person's emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act, and it also determines how we handle stress, make choices, and relate to others. Mental health is essential at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Key aspects of mental health include:

  • Emotional Well-being: This refers to our ability to understand and manage our emotions effectively. It involves recognizing and expressing a wide range of emotions in a healthy manner, including happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and love.
  • Psychological Well-being: This involves having a positive mindset and healthy thought patterns. It includes having a sense of purpose, feeling fulfilled, and experiencing a sense of accomplishment. Psychological well-being also relates to resilience and the ability to cope with life's challenges.
  • Social Well-being: This refers to the quality of our relationships and our ability to connect with others. Strong social connections, such as friendships, family support, and a sense of belonging, all contribute to better mental health. Social well-being also encompasses effective communication skills and the ability to establish and maintain healthy boundaries.
  • Mental Illness: Mental health also involves the absence or effective management of mental illnesses or disorders. Mental illnesses can include conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and many others. Seeking appropriate treatment and support is crucial for managing mental illness and promoting overall mental health.
  • Self-care and Coping Strategies: Mental health involves taking care of oneself through self-care practices, such as engaging in activities that promote relaxation, stress reduction, and overall well-being. Developing healthy coping strategies to manage stress and challenges is also an important aspect of mental health.

It is important to note that mental health is not a static state but rather a continuum. It can vary from day to day and can be influenced by various factors such as genetics, life experiences, and social support. Prioritizing mental health involves being aware of our emotions, seeking support when needed, and engaging in activities that promote well-being.

Mental Health Benefits of Getting a Fresh Start

A fresh start can be beneficial in several ways:

  • Psychological Renewal: Starting afresh can bring about a sense of rejuvenation and psychological renewal. It allows you to let go of negative emotions, regrets, or past mistakes, fostering a positive mindset and increased motivation.
  • Reinvention and Growth: A fresh start provides an opportunity for self-reflection and personal growth. It allows you to reassess your goals, values, and priorities, enabling you to make changes that align better with who you want to become. It encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, take risks, and explore new possibilities.
  • Breaking Negative Patterns: If you've been stuck in a cycle of unproductive or harmful habits, a fresh start can help you break free from those patterns. By consciously choosing a different path, you can create new habits, routines, and behaviors that are more aligned with your desired outcomes.
  • Building Resilience: Starting over often involves facing new challenges and uncertainties. This process can help develop resilience and adaptability as you learn to navigate unfamiliar territories and overcome obstacles. It allows you to learn from past experiences and approach future endeavors with a fresh perspective.
  • Enhanced Perspective: Stepping away from a familiar environment or routine can offer a new perspective on life, relationships, and personal goals. It allows you to reevaluate what truly matters to you, gain clarity, and make decisions that are more aligned with your values and aspirations.

Methods and Attitudes for Ensuring Success 

To make the most of a fresh start, consider the following options:

  • Reflect: Take time to reflect on your current situation, identifying what isn't working or causing dissatisfaction. Understand what you want to change and why.
  • Set Goals: Define clear, realistic goals that align with your vision for the future. Break them down into smaller, actionable steps to make progress and stay motivated.
  • Let Go: Release any emotional baggage or attachments to the past. This includes forgiving yourself and others, learning from past mistakes, and embracing the opportunity for growth and transformation.
  • Embrace Change: Be open to new experiences and perspectives. Embrace uncertainty and view it as an opportunity for learning and personal development.
  • Seek Support: Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, family, or mentors who can provide guidance, encouragement, and accountability.
  • Take Action: Begin implementing the changes necessary to achieve your goals. Start small but stay consistent, gradually building momentum and celebrating milestones along the way.

Remember, a fresh start is a personal journey, and its significance and impact can vary from person to person. The process is dynamic and ongoing. It's not a one-time event. Rather, it's a mindset and a commitment to growth and well-being. It allows individuals to break free from the limitations of the past and create a more fulfilling and positive future. It offers an opportunity to create a more fulfilling and purposeful life by leaving behind what no longer serves you and embracing new possibilities.

Opportunities for a Fresh Start

I can think of many ways in which we each can seize opportunities for fresh starts in our present circumstances. Consider the following: 

  • Relocation: Moving into new digs in the Dx Building and new office spaces provides a physical and geographical fresh start. It allows you to explore new surroundings, meet different people, and experience a change of pace and lifestyle.
  • Career Change: Switching careers or pursuing a new professional path (or alternate technical track) can be a transformative fresh start. It offers the opportunity to pursue work that aligns better with your passions, interests, and skills. This may involve acquiring new knowledge and experience. 
  • Education and Learning: Going to school or upskilling (like through Pluralsight) provides a fresh start intellectually. It allows you to gain new knowledge, acquire new skills, and potentially open doors to different career opportunities.
  • Relationship Reevaluation: If you find yourself in unsatisfying or unhealthy relationships, a fresh start can involve reevaluating those connections. It may entail seeking therapy or counseling, setting healthier boundaries, or making the decision to end toxic relationships and cultivate new, positive ones.
  • Lifestyle Changes: Making significant lifestyle changes, such as adopting a healthier diet, incorporating regular exercise, or prioritizing self-care, can be a fresh start for your physical and mental well-being. It can bring about improved energy levels, increased confidence, and a more positive outlook on life.
  • Personal Development: Engaging in personal development activities, such as practicing mindfulness, meditation, or journaling, can lead to a fresh start internally. It helps you gain self-awareness, manage stress, and develop a more positive mindset.
  • Financial Reset: Taking control of your finances and making necessary changes can offer a fresh start in terms of financial stability and freedom. This may involve creating a budget, paying off debt, seeking financial advice, or exploring new income streams.
  • Social Engagement: Joining new social groups, clubs, or organizations can provide fresh opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and expand your social circle. It can lead to new friendships, hobbies, and a sense of belonging. In Dx, we can expand our social engagement at lunchtime in the new building's commons area or in the break room for some ping-pong.
  • Creative Pursuits: Exploring creative outlets, such as art, music, writing, or photography, can be a refreshing way to express yourself and tap into your creativity. It offers an avenue for self-discovery, personal expression, and potential career avenues.
  • Health and Wellness Retreats: Participating in retreats focused on health, wellness, or personal growth can offer a dedicated time and space for reflection, rejuvenation, and acquiring new tools and practices to enhance your well-being.

Remember, each person's fresh start will be unique to their circumstances and aspirations. It's important to assess your own needs, interests, and goals to determine which opportunities align best with your desired fresh start.


Opportunities are all around us to make a fresh start annually, monthly, weekly, daily, hourly, by the minute, or even every second! If something isn't going the way you want, you can change your mindset (the real fresh start) and begin anew to find a way to live your life more fully. We've all been dealing with a lot of changes. At this point, it feels constant. Responding to change with a fresh start will determine our resilience, which will ultimately affect our happiness. Let's all adapt, adjust, start fresh, and be happy!

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As of August 1, 2023, the following positions are open on Be sure to watch for upcoming opportunities. 
Is there an opening in your division or department that needs to be filled? Be sure to contact People & Culture for any questions about the hiring process. Once the position is open, get the word out by submitting it to Caitlin Tobler for next month’s newsletter.


The following individual(s) have been recently hired or changed positions in Dx:

  • Devin Krisle, Senior Director of Operational Excellence
  • Brian Hall, Associate Vice President of Platform Technologies
  • Olivia Gledhill, Administrative Assistant IV 
Be sure to give everyone a warm welcome and a congratulations!