The weather outside was frightful, but the LITS Holiday Party was delightful

Barbara Brandt (L) and Brenda Rockswold.

The LITS Holiday Party was held on December 20 and the rain and cold temperatures did not keep the revelers away.

Over 300 people attended the event, held in the Math and Science Atrium. Festivities included a DJ, trivia, and a prize raffle. This year also featured an excellent array of food, planned expertly by new LITS events manager Maya Cody.

CIO Rich Mendola delivered some kind words during the event. “I hope everyone is getting away to spend time with family and friends. Enjoy the season and accept my thanks, and that of the senior leadership team, for all that you have done this year to contribute to Emory’s mission.”

(L to R): Circe Tsui, Perry Eidson, Sharon Mason, and Jocelyn Ramirez.

Perry Eidson was perfect as Santa Claus. He posed for photos with various party goers and took down various Christmas wish lists. If you did not get what you wanted for Christmas, please see Perry.

The planning committee raffled several prizes including wine, beer, Echo dots, wireless headphones, and a Firestick. “The change in location was a big hit with everyone,” said Kim Comstock, LITS business manager. “People seemed to enjoy the opportunity to sit and talk with their fellow co-workers.”

Bonnie Jean Woolger wins one of the raffles!

Thanks to this year’s planning committee: Cressenda Bennett, Maya Cody, Kim Comstock, Michelle Crawford, Sebreana Echols, Wade Moricle, and Linda Richardson.

If you would like to download your photos from the event, please go to https://lits.smugmug.com/2017/12-20-17-Holiday-Party/.

 

 

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Shruti Uolligadla, ETL Developer, Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence

“Right now is the happiest I’ve ever been.” – Shruti Uolligadla

Shruti Uolligadla (pronounced SHRUE-the Oh-lee-GOD-lah) is a new extract transform and load (ETL) developer in Enterprise Applications. Before coming to Emory she worked for six months as an ETL developer at the Admin Office of US Courts (AOUSC). Most of Shruti’s experience has been on implementing Data warehousing and BI solutions for different clients. She has worked on several ETL tools like SSIS (Microsoft), ODI (Oracle) for designing and developing data warehouses during a three-year stint at Tech Mahindra in Bangalore, India.

Born in the northern part of Karnataka, India, in a town named Bidar, Shruti earned her bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from VTU (Visvesvaraya Technological University). She also has completed Salesforce developer and admin certifications.

For fun, Shruti loves to cook, play games like badminton, and tennis, and do outdoors activities such as rafting, jet skiing, kayaking and sky diving. She also enjoys painting and other crafts.

“Right now is the happiest I’ve ever been,” says Shruti. “I look forward to my future at Emory. I have a wonderful team which motivates me to work, learn and enhance the skills I have gained through the years.”

You can reach Shruti at shruti [dot] shruti [at] emory [dot] edu.

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Nora Wood, Business Librarian, Goizueta Business Library

“I’ve never felt more welcome.” – Nora Wood

Nora Wood joins the GBL team after spending two and half years as the sole business librarian at the University of South Florida.

A native of La Porte, Indiana, Nora earned her bachelor’s degree in English and German from Hillsdale College and received her master’s of library science degree from Indiana University.

Nora loves hanging out with her cats, Daphne and Belle Gunness, named after her favorite serial killer. An avid follower of true crime, Nora also enjoys the “My Favorite Murder” podcast. Having only been in Atlanta for less than two weeks, she also intends to explore the city and go to some concerts.

“I’ve never felt more welcome,” says Nora about her first few days in the GBL. “I’m really excited about this new team and meeting my students. Emory provides a different demographic of students than I have had in the past and I am looking forward to the job.”

You can reach her at nora [dot] wood [at] emory [dot] edu.

 

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LITS recent headlines and upcoming events

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Recent LITS headlines:

Upcoming LITS events:

(go HERE for more information for each event)

  • January 18 – Event: Kevin Young Reading, 4:00-5:00 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • January 18 – IT Briefing: 10:15-12:00 pm, 4th Floor Auditorium, NDB
  • January 24 – Workshop: Teaching with ECDS Projects, 2:00 pm, Room 302E, Woodruff Library
  • January 31 – Workshop: Text Mining in R, 2:00 pm, Room 312E, Woodruff Library
  • February 1 – Event: The Publishing Life of Seamus Heaney, lecture by Rand Brandes, 5:00-6:00 pm, Teaching and Learning Studio, Woodruff Library
  • February 7 – Workshop: Intro to Digital Publishing, 2:00 pm, Room 303E, Woodruff Library
  • February 12 – Event: Feast of Words, 4:00-6:00 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • February 12-16 – Love Data Week, various locations to be announced soon
  • February 14 – Workshop: Data Cleaning and Manipulation, 2:00 pm, Room 312, Woodruff Library
  • February 15 – IT Briefing: 10:15-12:00 pm, 4th Floor Auditorium, NDB
  • February 16 – Event: Twelfth Night Revel 2018, 6:30-8:30 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Commons, & Schatten Gallery, Woodruff Library
  • February 17 – Event: Free reading by US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, 4:00 pm, Schwartz Center
  • February 21 – Event: The Rebel: In Celebration of Mari Evans, 6:30-8:30 pm, Jones Room, Woodruff Library
  • February 21 – Workshop: Publishing with GitHub Pages, 2:00 pm, Room 312, Woodruff Library
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ITIL Foundations class and certification

LITS will be hosting an ITIL Foundations training class, presented by Pink Elephant,  February 5-7, 2018. The Foundations course provides an introduction to the ITIL framework and many of the IT Service Management processes in use at Emory.

This 3-day onsite class includes the ITIL Foundations certification exam on the final day. The cost of the three day class is $725/person, which represents a 2/3 discount over the cost of an instructor-led class, without the hassle and additional cost of travel and lodging. Pink Elephant is a premier global ITSM training provider and consulting partner.

Registration will close in January, and there are limited seats remaining. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to obtain an industry-recognized certification, and to earn CEUs and PDUs towards other applicable certifications and programs.

Please contact Matthew [dot] Hodgson [at] emory [dot] edu to register or for further details on this offering.

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Jack Scott makes art from the detritus of IT

Photo of a piece of artJack Scott has a unique skill for creating art using old computer parts.

While some people look into the surplus room and see piles of dusty junk, Jack sees an opportunity to create something interesting.

As a high school student, Jack had interests in construction, then graduated from Emory with a degree in art history/visual arts. And from there what do you do with an art degree? “You go into IT,” chuckles Jack. Happily, his interests in construction, visual arts, and IT become fully realized through his art.

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iMac as art.

All of the items in Jack’s cubical art gallery are made from computer parts that have been languishing in surplus, waiting for their time to be recycled or demolished. Jack enjoys creating balls of string, not from actual string, but from old computer and Ethernet wiring. He noticed that if you weave together coated computer wire, it yields a satisfying result.

Everything in his gallery is made from damaged or out-of-warranty devices. Jack took an iMac with a broken screen and made a fully functional art piece. It only requires Jack to plug it into an external monitor to use. According to Jack, “It’s still a great computer.”

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Jack’s entry for the “It’s in the Cards” exhibit.

One item on display is a push-pin laptop that Jack created from an empty laptop casing. This creation became  part of Julie Newton’s It’s in the Cards exhibition for recycling old card catalog cards as works of art. Another interesting art form is The Cyclops, made from discarded packing material.

One of the serendipitous aspects of Jack’s career in IT is that he also provides support for the Carlos Museum, which further feeds his love for visual arts. “I fully support the work that they do and now I get to support them from an IT point of view,” says Jack.

Photo of a piece of artJack’s co-workers enjoy his talents. “Personally, I think it’s kind of neat,” says Dwayne Hamrick, Jack’s manager in Client Services. Recently, Jack fashioned a working Dell laptop from a paper box donated by Kim Braxton. “My dream is to bring this to a meeting to troll people.”

Next time you are on the second-floor staff area at Woodruff, drop by Jack’s gallery. Admission is free.

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