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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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Our upcoming Dx All-Hands luncheon will be held on Monday, December 4, from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM in the SC Ballroom. Many important updates and announcements will be shared, as well as delicious food. Don't miss out! 
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As the semester comes to a close on Saturday, December 16, we applaud the hard work and dedication of all students, faculty, and staff. 
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In observance of the holiday season, Utah Valley University's campus will be closed from Friday, December 22, through Monday, January 1. We wish the UVU community a joyous holiday break and look forward to a refreshed start in the new year.

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Brett McKeachnie, Senior Director of Product Portfolio Management

In the fast-paced, overworked world of Dx, it's easy to overlook the small victories that contribute to our collective success. I believe that every achievement, whether big or small, deserves to be celebrated. After all, it's the combination of these moments that drives our success and our motivation to accomplish even more. So, let's "stop and smell the roses" we have all worked so hard to cultivate.

Creating a culture of celebration isn't just about throwing a party when a major project concludes successfully—and let's face it, we're not very good about even doing that. Let's create a culture where we recognize that it's about appreciating the journey, recognizing individual efforts, and fostering a positive and motivating work environment for everyone.

The Power of Acknowledgment

Acknowledging achievements, regardless of their size, creates a sense of pride and accomplishment among team members. It fosters a positive atmosphere, boosting morale and motivation. When individuals feel valued for their contributions, they are more likely to give their best, knowing that their efforts are seen and appreciated.

Celebrating the Small Wins

While major milestones are undoubtedly worth celebrating, let's not forget the small wins that happen daily. Completing a challenging task, meeting a tight deadline, or collaborating seamlessly with colleagues—all these moments contribute to our overall success. By acknowledging and celebrating these small victories, we reinforce a culture of continuous improvement and excellence.

Building Stronger Teams

Celebrating accomplishments together strengthens the bonds within our teams. Whether it's a team lunch to commemorate a successful project or a simple shout-out in a team meeting, these moments build camaraderie and foster a sense of unity. Recognizing the unique strengths each team member brings to the table helps create a collaborative and supportive work environment.

Tips for Cultivating a Culture of Celebration

Regular Recognition Rituals: Implement regular rituals to acknowledge achievements, such as weekly shout-outs, monthly awards, or quarterly celebrations. Consistency reinforces the importance of recognizing both big and small wins. We try to celebrate a bit in Half-Time and in quarterly All-Hands meetings, but it shouldn't stop there. What works within your Dx group or with your project team?

Personalized Appreciation: Take the time to understand each team member's preferred form of acknowledgment. Whether it's a public shout-out, a personalized note, or a small token of appreciation, tailor your recognition to make it meaningful to the person or people receiving it. Some of us in Dx prefer to stay out of the limelight, so find the way that works for each individual.

Encourage Peer-to-Peer Recognition: Empower team members to recognize and celebrate each other's accomplishments. A peer-to-peer recognition system fosters a supportive community where everyone plays a role in uplifting their colleagues. Have you seen the Praise app built into Teams chats? It looks like an award ribbon. It's a great way to quickly and simply give a shout-out to a coworker who helped you out in some way.

Reflect and Learn: Use celebratory moments as opportunities for reflection and learning. What worked well? What challenges did the team overcome? By discussing these aspects, we can continuously improve and strive for even greater success in the future.

As we continue to work towards our Beach Picture in Dx, let's make a conscious effort to celebrate the journey, acknowledge the efforts of each team member, and build a culture where accomplishments—big and small—are cherished. You'll notice I didn't say anywhere in here that money or gifts were involved. We can celebrate with a handshake, a hearty pat on the back, or just a thank you message.

Here's to a future filled with countless moments of celebration!



Laura Busby, Director of Business Intelligence and Research Services

Dx hosted its third annual Data Summit with the theme of “Unlocking Our Potential” on November 14-15. Based on early survey responses and other feedback, it was a great success!

Thank you to Olivia Robinson Gledhill, Landon Conover, Chris Jones, and everyone else who helped, too, for their leadership and great event planning skills. Thank you to all who led concurrent sessions and gave engaging keynote addresses! 



Brian Hall, Associate Vice President of Platform Technologies

UVU is excited to announce the availability of new AI tools through Bing Chat Enterprise (also known as
Copilot). By signing in to Bing Chat Enterprise with your UVU credentials, you can access cutting-edge AI technologies such as ChatGPT-4 and DALL-E 3—for free!  Check out UVU's Bing Chat Enterprise page to see helpful how-to videos, details on data protection, and benefits of using 

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As of November 30, 2023, the following positions are open on Be sure to watch for upcoming opportunities. 
Is there an opening in your department that needs to be filled? Be sure to contact Brett McKeachnie. He is responsible for tracking all Dx positions and will guide you smoothly through the Dx hiring processes. People & Culture can answer questions about the UVU hiring process. Once the position is open, get the word out by submitting it via the form in Jira to Caitlin Tobler for next month’s newsletter.


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

  • Adam Davis, Director of Technology Partnership (Student Affairs/MarCom)
  • Michele Evans, Admin Support III - Dx Administrative Support 
Be sure to give everyone a warm welcome and a congratulations!