Spring 2020 Highlights
Along with the rest of the CSU, Fresno State’s Technology Services division had to pivot from business as usual to a brand new virtual way of life. The division became responsible for supporting virtual learning and remote work as well as providing all necessary equipment for an ideal work environment.
The transition took place very quickly and has been an ongoing process. Below you will find some of what our staff has been able to achieve.
Our staff has been busy implementing and supporting the following:
- Set up of Apporto: Apporto will be available to the entire Fresno State student population in the Fall
Semester. Apporto allows students and faculty to stream computer lab applications
remotely to any device that has a web browser. For example students can use statistical
analysis applications such SPSS on an iPad, Chromebook, Mac, Linux, and Windows device.
So in the same fashion that people can choose and stream their movies from Netflix,
students will now be able to stream their favorite applications from any device and
time of their choosing.
- Purchased and distributed over 1,000 hot spots and iPads for students for Spring and
- Installed telephone software to allow staff to answer calls remotely (Service Desk
and ACD offices)
- DocuSign was rolled out to Faculty and Staff and so far there are over 1,500 users
benefitting from this new process.
- Created a new Remote Work Website with tips and resources for any issues that may
- Created a new website to include up to date COVID-19 information for the campus community.
- Changes were made to the VPN to allow for the increase in traffic.
- 315+ devices have been distributed to make remote work possible for staff members across campus.
Employee Recognition - High Five Recipients
During this unprecedented time, our staff has worked diligently to make sure our campus community has had as smooth a transition as possible. Our division has, as a whole, done an amazing job during this transition with some being recognized by our campus community. Some of the specific examples can be found below.
|Brian Beamer||Brian Beamer recently assisted me with something I needed for an important and urgent project. He has assisted me in the past and he ALWAYS goes above and beyond to help in any way that he can. He also provides excellent customer service!! No matter what it is that he has helped me with he is always so patient and very helpful. If he does not know the answer, he will go out of his way to make sure that he finds out and gets right back to me. I appreciate him very much and our department is so lucky to have him as our IT Liaison! Thank you Brian!!|
|Brian Beamer||On a number of occasions, Brian has come to our rescue! When we first faced the challenges of zoom, Brian was our hero. When we faced technical or connectivity issues, Brian solved our problems. When we needed to locate missing files, Brian "miraculously" helped us relocate them. Whenever we had a problem that Brian was not sure about, he would always troubleshoot, before referring us to another person. (The majority of the time, he would resolve our issue). As a result, whenever Brian enters our office, he is acknowledged similar to "Norm" from "Cheers"--instead, we say "Brian", with much respect, reassurance and appreciation!!|
|Cathi Scherer||Cathi, as always, provided excellent customer service. She was able to help me solve my issue and did it with kindness and grace. She also made sure to call me afterwards to follow up to make sure everything worked out. Thank you, Cathi, for your help!!|
|Daniel Nguyen||I could have put this in all three categories but the system only allows one. Daniel has gone above and beyond consistently to support faculty and staff during this Pandemic. Most recently, he was able to revive a printer to allow me to continue printing color copies when purchasing a new printer would be delayed due to demand and supply chain issues. This is only one example of his dedication and determination to assist his colleagues and keep things moving forward. I am truly grateful for his expertise and ability, especially during trying times such as these. Thank you so very much Daniel!|
|Fatih Yenen||Fatih was immensely instrumental in the development and launch of each of the College
of Health and Human Services’ 19 department and center websites. From conception to
completion, Fatih was there every step of the way to provide much needed guidance,
advice and assistance as we navigated our website redesign. His patience, attention
to detail and knowledge in the field made it a smooth transition and experience for
our website editors.
Fatih was also very generous with his time and spent many hours making sure we received the correct training and processes needed to move forward with our sites, with accessibility and user experience at the forefront of the project. Whether it was through google hangouts or zoom, he was always available to quickly assist when needed. Thank you, Fatih, for going above and beyond for our college!
|Fatih Yenen||Fatih went above and beyond during the holiday weekend to fix some web links before the launch of Fresno State's new web pages. His quick response helped to reduce anxiety for others and his flexibility was much appreciated.|
|Geoff King||He is always ready to help and come up with a solution.|
|James Herrin||I had mentioned an issue on an application, but it wasn’t very pressing. I am sure he was busy with other tasks but he went to work on solving the issue and redeployed the application the same day!|
|James Herrin||We really had to crunch time as the beginning of the semester neared. James was there to help troubleshoot any issues I had with my labs!|
|James Herrin||James has been integral in the development of the HyFlex program. He is always available, never saying no, and is willing at a moments notice to assist to any request. Your dedication is infectious, thank you!|
|Juan Solis||A big THANK YOU to Juan for always coming to the rescue when it comes to DocuSign! I can always count on him for help. I appreciate his help with my last-minute requests. He's prompt, kind, supportive, and VERY patient. He is an excellent co-worker. He goes above and beyond! I appreciate you VERY MUCH!!!|
|Juan Torres||Juan helped me reset a very complicated voicemail box. He walked me through the process, was kind and helpful, and answered all of my questions. And when I called him back with even more questions, he was very gracious, kind and helpful again. I really appreciate him and he definitely went above and beyond to help me!|
|Lars Newlander||Lars supported me with an annual event, Transgender Day of Remembrance, that took place virtually from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Lars stayed behind the scenes until the end and supported me throughout the entire event via Google messenger. This event would have not been successful without Lars's support.|
|Robert Escamilla||Robert did a great job identifying obstacles for a project that was brought on at the last minute. This caused the project to be pushed to after the holiday break which was the right call to make. His thoroughness and attention to detail is to be commended.|
|Ty Cillufo||We have a bunch of Ethernet cables that were defective. The cables needed to be replaced or the connectors needed to be replace. Ty used his skills and an RJ45 crimping device to repair all of the ends. This helped out a lot and made the area a whole lot nicer and more reliable.|
|Will Tubbs||If I was able to select all the reasons to give Will a high five, I would. He is the most attentive IT person we have ever had. He checks in frequently to ensure our office is functioning as best as we can and always has a positive attitude. Thank you, Will, for being so amazing!|
|Will Tubbs||Will is the hardest worker I know. Always asks if anyone needs anything when he comes in the office. You can call him any time and he is willing to come by and see what the issue is or will walk you through a solution on the phone. He gives 150% of himself to all faculty, staff and student at the Craig School of Business. We would be lost without him. Thank you Will for going above and beyond!|
|Will Tubbs||Will is indispensable to the Craig School of Business. He made and continues to make the technological transition to online teaching manageable. His greatest strength is his ability to work pleasantly and respectfully with staff and professors. Without him, the transition and online teaching experience would be a nightmare and very stressful.|
|Will Tubbs||Will is so incredibly helpful. He has worked many hours outside of the working day to help my students. He has such a positive, approachable attitude when working with the students that he offers them assurance that the issue will be resolved.|
|Deb Reba||Deborah patiently assisted me in getting my remote Zoom working. I had an important Zoom lined up and was having trouble with the remote access. Thank you Deborah!!|
|Guillermo Gaeta||We face many urgent matters within our office, and I couldnâ€™t thank Guillermo enough for saving the bacon. Recently we had a file from a third party with issues and a posting deadline of the same day. I reached out to Guillermo and notified him that this was an urgent matter as the file needed to be sent back to the third party for corrections then re-submitted to our department for posting so students could see their charges. Guillermo was very responsive to all my questions and concerns explaining the ITS side and steps and of course was successful in sending the file to the third party to correct. This allowed our office to post the corrected file from the third party onto the student accounts in a timely manner. All your hard work, efforts and time on this recent urgent matter is greatly appreciated. Thank you for all you do for our department and saving the bacon!!|
|Holly Baum||Holly deserves a high five for figuring out an email SQL issue. By diving in and figuring
out what happened, she saved us time, frustration, and gave us the chance to correct
the email issue. Holly, I appreciate your willingness to use your expertise to help
me on short notice on multiple occasions. You are a great coworker.
|Mike Harding||After accessibility concerns were raised with visual elements of our newsletter less than two days before being released, Mike Harding took time from his lunch break to rectify the situation. His recommendations not only fixed the current situation, but he took the time to teach me how to make our content more accessible moving forward and offered his future services. Thank you, Mike, for helping me on short notice and saving my bacon!|
|Nick Petitti||Nick was able to resolve an issue we were encountering in our labs. He worked after hours to ensure that the lab would be able to function before the first class the following day. He kept me updated throughout the evening on his progress. Excellent help, saved my bacon!|
|Pawn Sayphengsy||A last minute request came in and Pawn worked with us to get us what we needed, above and beyond!|
|Robert Guinn||Robert was receptive, collaborate, and kind when it was most needed. I've always enjoyed working with Robert, and am grateful for his leadership and teamwork, especially when it's down to the wire.|
|Sree Annapureddy||Sree was so awesome to rework a form we desperately needed last minute. It took a lot of hard work, but Sree got it done.|
|Boon Mo||Boon is consistently helpful and works hard to ensure staff have their needs met and questions answered. Not only does he put up with all of my (many) questions, he goes out of his way to explain fully and kindly about whatever issue I need help with. In addition, he was able to troubleshoot and suggest new (and better) solutions than what I'd thought might work to solve a physical setup technology issue. Boon's commitment to his work combined with in depth knowledge and kind service make him such an asset to our campus.|
|Elyse Pancotti||Elyse is so helpful! She always has the answer or will find it out quick and help our area go forward! Thank you for your help with all of our operations!|
|Greg Chapman||Greg is always helpful when I have questions regarding anything Windows or MCEM related. He always takes his time to share his knowledge anytime something isn't clear. He also provides good beer recommendations.|
|Guillermo Gaeta||Guillermo has always provided helpful service for me. I can always count on him to talk through issues, and it is always with a positive attitude. If I miss something on a process, he doesn't judge, and he helps fix the issue. He is always quick to respond to issues too. It's nice to have a trusted person to help when a technology issue presents itself. Thanks G!|
|I had placed a work order and Jarvis regularly communicated with me regarding the issue. He spent a lot of time determining the cause of the issue and explained how the tests that were being done. He also communicated this information to my IT liaisons so that everyone would be a part of the process and solution. He was able to find the problem and get it corrected. He even followed up with a phone call to ensure that everything was working properly. I really appreciate his customer service, problem-solving skills and great communication.|
|This High Five is long overdue. Jeff is responsive and timely. He is knowledgeable and always figures out the best solution (sometimes the desired end result is not always clear). I very much appreciate his helpful nature, especially his patience :) Thank you, Jeff!|
|Whenever an issue comes up with our websites, Jonathan is always very quick to follow up and get the problem solved in a timely and precise manner. This was evident during the College of Health and Human Services’ website redesign process. Jonathan kicked it off by holding multiple training sessions (via zoom) for our staff and was always available to assist us whenever we had questions, website edits or work orders. His expertise and collaborative nature was very much appreciated, and essential, as we navigated our website redesign. Thank you, Jonathan!|
|Joshua Tolbert||Josh did a great job of troubleshooting a non-functioning Emergency Phone. His diligence and attention to detail helped him resolve the issue and get the Emergency Phone back up and running. We appreciate him!|
|Juan Torres||Juan was very instrumental in helping our department with phone extension updates, phone trees and with the ACD software installation. Whenever we have a question, require training or need to make modifications--he is always cordial, patient and respectful. He ensures that individuals have a full understanding of the system, are familiar with the various options, and are aware of the pros and cons. In addition, he is always readily available to assist us--even on his days off!! Thank you Juan, for continually providing us with excellent customer service!!|
|Michael GilletteBerg||Michael is a stellar employee on many fronts. He is always ready to assist with any task. He thinks of innovative new ways to get tasks done. He is courteous and professional on every interaction. He is knowledgeable and humble. He is a go to person when help is needed!|
|Michael GilletteBerg||When I returned to campus after being away for 18 months, I found myself locked out of the desktop computer in my office. I couldn't remember the password. I had been trying for the past several weeks and finally gave up and called Technology Services today. Michael responded right away. But when he came to my office to help me log in, we discovered my computer wasn't the typical setup. All of the normal protocols didn't work. Michael didn't give up and he didn't get frustrated. He was kind and patient, and after about an hour, he got in, and I was able to reset my password. I know this may sound like a minor deal, but Michael's humor, professionalism, and problem-solving capabilities stood out. He deserves a huge high five and much more. Thanks, Michael!|
|Vivian Fang||Vivian has been so patient with me while we have been working on a new project for my office! She is very prompt with emails, she's always willing to meet, and is very detailed and thorough in her explanation of the process. I greatly appreciate her work and support! Thank you, Vivian!!|
|Eileen Schlundt||Eileen's kindness was shown by her patient and supportive attitude in helping me to get set up for working remotely. And as always, she communicates with the utmost respect no matter how many times I have to reach out to her for help.|
|John Wagenleitner||John modeled the principle of ACCOUNTABILITY.
John met with me to get the parameters of the needed task and responded with the needed information in a timely and detailed manner.
|Kris Ratliff||Kris was KIND... He fostered a sense of belonging and demonstrated compassion, empathy, care, and concern! He contributed to making Fresno State a welcoming community for me; his mindful actions and good intentions made me feel happy!|
|Rafael Villegas||Rafael modeled the Principle of being ACCOUNTABLE.
He clearly communicated what he would do and in a very quick timeframe and held true to that commitment.
Thank you Rafael
|Ty Ciluffo||Ty was KIND... He fostered a sense of belonging and demonstrated compassion, empathy, care, and concern! He contributed to making Fresno State a welcoming community for me; his mindful actions and good intentions made me feel happy!|