Staff

Farewell Chris Boucher, SAIT Tech Support Manager

 

Chris BoucherIt is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to Chris Boucher, SAIT Tech Support Manager. After 16 years at the University, Chris will be retiring at the end of May!

Chris began his employment at UConn working as a clerk at the campus bakery. He remembers filling cabinets with baked goods for the mid-day and dinner runs out to the dining halls. However, Chris’s career ambition was to work in IT, as he had 20 years prior experience in IT data center management. This experience, combined with impeccable work ethic, allowed him to move into a leadership position in the Dining Services technology group.

In 2004, when the SAIT department was formed, Chris was selected to manage the Technical Support team. At the time, Tech Support managed all help center calls as well as hardware, inventory and technical field support for the Division. Tech Support was also responsible for managing all SAIT student labor, which is the work that Chris is most proud of in his tenure with UConn. Several of his student workers have gone on to successful careers and Chris credits his ability to patiently and realistically prepare them with applicable skills in the real world. He remarked:  “Every day should be student appreciation day.”

During retirement, Chris plans to move to Virginia to be closer to his daughter, Shelli, who was once an SAIT student worker herself. Shelli received her DMD from the University of Connecticut in 2013 and currently practices dentistry, while also travelling internationally as a public speaker and dental coach. Chris plans to travel alongside Dr. Boucher as her assistant. He also plans to learn how to grow an organic garden near his new home.

On-Campus Reception

Please join us to wish Chris well!

Location: SAIT office in Rome Commons on the ground floor
Time: Tuesday, May 30th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

SAIT Welcomes Ryan Ferguson

Student Affairs Information Technology would like to welcome Ryan Ferguson to the team. Ryan joined the SAIT staff on February 3, 2017. He will be providing systems administration support on the Systems Operations Team, reporting to Padma Srimatkandada. Please join us in welcoming Ryan to the Division of Student Affairs.

Best Wishes for Marc Jones, SAIT Systems Architect

It is with mixed emotions that we say farewell to Marc Jones, SAIT Systems Architect. After 17 years at the University, Marc will be leaving to pursue a new job opportunity with Civic Actions – a nonprofit dedicated to digital government services.

Did you know Marc’s first job at UConn was as a student worker with the Biology department in 1999? He assisted with their information technology needs, while some other duties included photographing and writing scientific descriptions of moths. During his time with Biology he participated in a field trip to Costa Rica as part of a film crew to capture images of a species of army ants using newly introduced digital camera technology. Many of us in Student Affairs first met him when he joined the Career Services department as a technician. A position which he was originally denied, but eventually got a call back when the first candidate decided to leave after one month!

Marc was one of the original contributors in building the infrastructure that supports technology for the Division of Student Affairs in the mid-2000s. Marc has always placed a priority around staying ahead of security practices and risk mitigation. In Marc’s time with SAIT, our servers have not been impacted by a virus or had any serious security issues, resulting in consistent data retention. He is also proud of the work our team has done to create secure automation of data feeds between major University systems.

Marc will be missed, but we have no doubt his future will be filled with prosperity, success and hopefully more field trips to remote locations to try out newfangled technologies. Marc and his siblings have a dream of visiting every US National Park. So far, they are half way to their goal.

Please join us in wishing Marc well!

– From all of us at Student Affairs Information Technology


Join Us

Off-Campus Happy Hour
Happy hour at the Bidwell Tavern on Friday, October 28th starting at 4:00pm

On-Campus Reception
Cake and refreshments will be served on Marc’s last day in the office, please stop by!

Location: SAIT office in Rome Commons on the ground floor
Time: Monday, October 31st, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Contact: Padma Srimatkandada – padma@uconn.edu

Welcome to SAIT Aya Saleh!

SAIT extends a warm welcome the newest member of the staff, Aya Saleh. Aya joins our Software Development team alongside Tom Wood, Mike Keating, Michael Roberson and Manager, Valerie Puffet-Michel. Aya will provide support for custom application development for the Division of Student Affairs. Please join SAIT in welcoming Aya to the team!

Now Hiring Systems Administrator

We are currently hiring a Systems Administrator for Student Affairs IT. The right candidates will be able to demonstrate that they have at least 2-3 years of progressively responsible technology experience in an enterprise hardware and software environment. Skills we need: enterprise desktop computer virtualization, Windows and Linux configuration and management, Active Directory, Group Policy management, backup and recovery services. Applications being accepted until November 23, 2015.

View the Full Job Description and Find out How to Apply!

Now Hiring Software Developer

Student Affairs IT is seeking a Software Developer. Key skills you need: write code and automated tests in Python, CSS/HTML as front end, SQL as backend, working in a Linux environment. If you’re passionate about writing quality code, we want to talk to you! This is an opportunity to build new software business products for UConn staff and students. You will work with a small, dedicated team of software developers to deliver quality code early and often. Agile methodologies are at the heart of what we do. Applications being accepted until November 29, 2015.

View the Full Job Description and Find out How to Apply!

SAIT Announces the Retirement of David Fuller

With a mix of warm wishes and regret, Student Affairs Information Technology announces the upcoming retirement of our colleague, David Fuller.

In recent years, David has worked in SAIT helping end users with customer support. But did you know he has more than 34 years of history working for the University of Connecticut? Just prior to his employment at UConn, David worked for the State Department of Health. While in this position in the early 1980s, he decided to take a computer certificate program at Manchester Community College. It was then that he had his “A-ha!” moment and fell in love with computer programming. When he started working at UConn’s Department of Residential Life in 1985 as a mainframe computer programmer he couldn’t believe that he could actually get paid for doing such fun and interesting work!

David remained the sole computer support professional for Residential Life for about 10 years, from 1985-1995. He performed a variety of tasks ranging from programming to networking to technical support, as well as providing computer assistance to neighboring departments: Dining Services and Fraternity & Sorority Life. Through the mid-90s until 2005, David worked as a technical team member of the Residential Life Technology Department. When SAIT was formed in 2005, David transitioned from programming to a customer support role where he could work more with end users, sharing his years of knowledge to help train them on technology and software products.

Over the years David has been recognized many times for quality work, service dedication and once he even received an award from the President of the University. Though if you ask David, he says the most gratifying recognition has always come from the personal notes and thank you’s from the customers he supports in Student Affairs.

In his own words, David recently was married to the best woman, Rachel, whom he has some pretty amazing plans with as he takes these next steps into retirement. David and Rachel both enjoy travelling out west in search of ghost towns as well as thrill-seeking activities such as indoor skydiving and surfing! David also plans to assist the American Red Cross as an emergency communications amateur (Ham) radio operator. It sounds to us in SAIT that plenty of excitement and adventure await David and Rachel!

 

Please Join Us!

We are hosting a party on Friday, March 27, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the SAIT Student Union Office in Room 204. Cake and light refreshments will be served. Please join us in honoring a cherished and valued employee and wish him well in his retirement!

 

 

Contact Padma Srimatkandada in SAIT if you have any questions regarding the event. 6-4559

Farewell to Matthew Coolbeth

Matthew Coolbeth has announced he will be leaving SAIT for a new opportunity with ESPN in Bristol, CT. Matt has been a valued member of the team and has made several contributions to custom software development for the Division of Student Affairs. SAIT will miss his talent, smile and attitude around the office. Best wishes, Matt and may you have continued success in your career!

Welcome Mike and Kyle!

A warm welcome to our two new employees, Michael Roberson and Kyle Ciccaglione. Mike joins our software development team alongside Matthew Coolbeth, Mike Keating, Tom Wood and Manager, Valerie Puffet-Michel. Kyle joins the system operations team alongside James Chabot-Weingart, under the direction of Padma Srimatkandada. Check out our newly updated staff page for contact info.