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  • January 23, 2014:

    For the past four years, the Office of the Vice Provost and Associate Vice President (Information Technology) has sponsored five awards to recognize the outstanding efforts of the University of Alberta's talented information technology faculty, staff, and students. Information about these awards and nomination criteria are located at: http://www.vpit.ualberta.ca/it_awards.

    The University of Alberta has many excellent IT staff across the University and we encourage you to submit a nomination. Deadline for nominations is May 1, 2014. Questions and nominations should be sent to vpit@ualberta.ca.

  • January 2, 2014:

    Welcome Dr. Mike MacGregor as (Acting) Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Technology)! Mike will be in this position effective January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014 while Dr. Duane Szafron is on a sabbatical leave that had been planned since his original appointment. Read the official announcement.

  • November 6, 2013:

    Dr. Mike MacGregor has been appointed as (Acting) Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Technology), effective January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014. Mike will be acting in this position while Dr. Duane Szafron is on a sabbatical leave that had been planned since his original appointment. Read the official announcement.

  • September 19, 2013: THANK YOU Josh!

    On December 1, 2012 the Vice-Provost (IT) Office was re-energized. That was the day that Josh Ryder joined us as a Strategic Initiatives Officer. The last 10 months has been a blur of high activity with Josh directing many innovative projects: Graduate Student Management Solution (GSMS), a transformation of IT Governance including the creation of the innovation Change Advisory Board (iCAB), progress on a Unified Communications Strategy that has resulted in the removal of long distance billing at the University and several Green IT initiatives including electronic Universal Student Ratings of Instruction (eUSRI) and Printer Consolidation.

    It is my sad duty to convey to you that Josh has chosen to continue his career path outside of the University of Alberta. Josh has a deep connection to the University of Alberta. He began working as a programmer for the Department of Civil Engineering, while he was an undergraduate student in 1996. Later he worked at the Computing Science helpdesk and after graduating with his BSc, he joined AICT as a full-time staff member in 2001. Josh completed an MSc in Computing Science in 2006, while working full-time in AICT. In 2008 Josh transferred to the Augustana campus where he became the Assistant Dean of Infrastructure and Technology, and during his time at Augustana Josh was recognized with the University of Alberta IT Leadership Award in 2011. He then transferred to the VPIT office in December 2012.

    Josh has often expressed to me his enjoyment and the sense of fulfillment he has experienced in his strategic initiatives officer role in the VPIT office. He is leaving the University of Alberta for an exciting opportunity in industry. Josh has made an indelible mark on the University of Alberta, with his enthusiasm, expertise and dedication. We will all miss him.

    Effective October 1, 2013, Scott Delinger will be assuming Josh's responsibilities. Josh and Scott have been working together for the past two weeks to smoothly transition Josh's projects and will continue transitioning activities for the rest of the month.

  • April 9, 2013: THANK YOU Shelagh!

    I would like to express my sincere thanks to Shelagh Hohm, who is retiring from the University of Alberta. Shelagh is currently the Director of Administrative Information Systems (AIS), but she has had a distinguished career at the University of Alberta in several different key roles over the past 30 years.

    Shelagh began working at the University of Alberta in 1981 as a student developing Cobol programs. In 1986 she worked as a Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS) mainframe systems programmer and became the supervisor of systems programming in 1989, responsible for all hardware and software systems on the MVS platform. In 1993 Shelagh was named team leader of the Oracle Enabling project that first deployed Oracle as our database platform. In 1997 she established and managed the technology infrastructure of the UofA’s PeopleSoft implementation and in 2000 was selected as the Development Manager for PeopleSoft projects, as she played a key role in the outsourcing of PeopleSoft application and management services.

    In 2004, Shelagh became Director of AIS, where she is responsible for the major UofA administrative IT applications for Financial Services, Research Administration, Human Resources, Research Ethics and Student Administration. In 2010, Shelagh led the team that selected Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as our application management vendor and IBM as our infrastructure management vendor. Shelagh has been the successful manager of this multi-vendor outsource arrangement for the past 3 years.

    She led the AIS team in winning University of Alberta and Project Management Institute (PMI) project of the year awards and a TCS award for the best-managed account among all TCS accounts.

    I want to recognize Shelagh’s dedication not only to AIS, but to the entire University community. We will miss her. I also want to express my personal thanks for her guidance and generosity during my 9 months as Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President (IT).

    I wish Shelagh all the best in her retirement from the University of Alberta and in her new position at MacEwan. I look forward to collaborating with Shelagh as part of Campus Alberta.

    Duane Szafron
    Vice-Provost and Associate Vice President (IT)

  • February 12, 2013: The University of Alberta is selecting a new synchronous learning tool as eClass Live! to replace Elluminate. Stakeholders wanted! See the linked page for details.
  • February 7, 2013: The University of Alberta will be hosting the first bi-annual Campus Computing Symposium on Thursday May 9th, 2013.
  • December 3, 2012: Welcome Josh Ryder! Please join us in welcoming Josh Ryder to the Office of the Provost and Associate Vice-President (Information Technology). Josh began his term as Strategic Initiatives Officer (Information Technology) on December 1, 2012.

    Josh comes to us from the Augustana Faculty, where he served as Assistant Dean (Infrastructure and Technology). Josh previously worked in AICT and earned an MSc in Computing Science at the University of Alberta.

  • October 2, 2012: The lecture by Sebastian Thrun about Massive Open Online Courses and Udacity is now on-line (courtesy of the Faculty of Science).
  • July 1, 2012: Welcome, Duane Szafron!
  • May 28, 2012: Read the proposal and FAQ for the new ITAC and ITEC committees.
  • March 18, 2012: Read the 2012-2017 IT Plan. Feedback is welcome and should be sent to .
  • January 1, 2012: Any laptop containing university data must be encrypted. Get more information and find out how to encrypt your laptop's data here.
  • Check out the uAlberta iPhone app. Also available: a mobile Web app for uAlberta.
  • IBM donates $1.2 million supercomputer to the University of Alberta. Full story. [MS-WORD]
  • Building the Universal Library. Read article.
  • SOA Versus Web 2.0? Read about the debate.
  • Oracle to provide "applications unlimited" continued enhancements to current Oracle applications. Full Story.
  • At least one billion people now use the Internet. Full Story.
  • The third complete draft [HTML] [PDF] [MS-WORD] of the University of Alberta E-Learning Report is now on-line.
  • Blackboard and WebCT announce agreement to merge. Full Story.
  • Alberta SuperNet is now operational throughout the province. Full Story.
  • IBM Canada and the University of Alberta renew agreement for computer services and training for PeopleSoft systems. Full Story.
  • The students, teachers, community groups, hospitals and government offices slated to be connected to the Alberta SuperNet will now have a broadband connection to the global system of research networks through NeteraNet. Full Story.