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CTC Retreat delivers learning and networking

Carolina Technology Consultants’ annual Retreat and IT Awards in October 2015 drew a couple hundred of UNC-Chapel Hill’s information technology professionals for a day of learning, networking, recognizing achievement and celebrating the 20th anniversary of the campus network.

The 2015 CTC Retreat at the Carolina Club informed Carolina’s IT professionals about new technologies and efforts from across the University and enabled them to make new connections and reconnect with colleagues they don’t encounter regularly on campus.

“The CTC community respects each other, wants to learn from each other, and at the end of the day knows how to throw a party,” said Clint Kale, 2015 CTC President.

Kathy Anderson, Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, called the CTC Retreat “the best opportunity I have all year to mingle with, learn from and celebrate our IT community.”

The sessions that attracted the largest crowds were “Diversity & Inclusion in IT” panel and an update on the Office 365 migration project.

Select IT Award winners pictured at top of page.

ITS expands mass email options

In January 2016, ITS rolled out a new look and features for mass email. A new visual formatting tool enables senders to format their messages beyond the previous simple text option. Users can format the message text, including selecting the font size and color, bullets and hyperlinks. The formatting options will help make messages easier to read and more useful to recipients. Other new features include a “test message” button and the ability to add an optional image header.


Digital Roadmap event promotes elevating digital marketing and communications

In March 2016, ITS and Kenan-Flagler Business School produced the Digital Roadmap event at the Carolina Club to bring together campus leaders who work in IT, marketing/communications, enrollment and development.

The more than 60 Carolina professionals invited to attend the event heard from presenters and a panel that the UNC-Chapel Hill campus community must elevate its digital marketing and communications game. Why? The speed of tech innovation is surging and communications increasingly rely on social and data.

Event panelists Kim Elenez, Jake Perez (College of William & Mary), Natalie Vizuete and Kate Hash
Event panelists Kim Elenez, Jake Perez (College of William & Mary), Natalie Vizuete and Kate Hash

The takeaways were that University organizations can improve their marketing and communications by increasing innovation, boosting integration between technology and communication, and by interacting more with one another. Attendees also learned that digital agility is critical as campus organizations determine how to strategically move forward to best serve applicants, students, alums and donors.

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