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Technology Trainings

Spring 2019

The Fall 2018 Technology Trainings are sponsored by the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues (PACWI) and the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). Each session is open to all USC faculty, staff and students. Face-to-face workshops are limited to 25 participants and webinars are unlimited. Registration is free. For more information, contact Gloria Washington at thomasgy@sc.edu.


February

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Presenter: Charity Nix
Location: 1244 Blossom Street, Room 320

Office 365 and OneDrive
OneDrive for Business is a part of USC’s Office 365 enterprise subscription.  In this session participants will learn what OneDrive is, how to access it, and best practices to help users work more efficiently anytime, anywhere, on any device. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.

About the Presenter

Charity Nix has been in the education field for 18 years as a K-12 teacher, technology coordinator, technology integration specialist, professional learning specialist, National Geographic certified educator, MineCraft certified trainer, Microsoft Surface Expert and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.  She is currently employed in the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) at The University of South Carolina as the manager of knowledge and training.  In her spare time, she contracts with NCCE and travels the globe providing professional development and training on Microsoft and other technology integration products.

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March

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Location: Center for Teaching Excellence, TCL Room L511

Women in IT Panel Discussion
Hear from a panel of women leaders who work in various areas of information technology across the university. Listen as they discuss their careers, challenges they faced, how they found success in a male-dominated career field, and how they maintain their seats at the leadership table. These engaging women will answer questions, offer encouragement, and inspire women from any career field, not just IT.

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Panelists:

Michelle Foster
Michelle Foster is the Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Governance for the Division of Information Technology. She has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years, focusing on public relations and communications. She is a former president of the South Carolina School Public Relations Association, former Vice-President of Communications for the South Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and currently serves on the School Improvement Council of Chapin Middle School.

Laurel Eddins
Laurel Eddins is the Strategic Services Director for the Division of Information Technology (DoIT).  In addition to her Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from Columbia College, she is a Certified Public Manager in the state of South Carolina, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and an Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITILv3) Expert.  She led the Office of Reporting, Research and Special Projects for South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services before joining the Division of IT in 2012.  Laurel is currently working on the Service Delivery and Support Program, where she and her team are responsible for the implementation of new applications on the ServiceNow platform and the adoption of IT best practices. 

Deborah Staley
Deborah Staley is the Associate Director of Strategic Technology Initiatives in the office of Undergraduate Admissions.  She has a master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs from USC and bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Furman University.  With over 20 years in the IT field, the past 18 years have been in the higher education realm specifically with USC.  Throughout her career, Deborah has provided hands on leadership with database implementation and maintenance, customization of software products, training, and desktop support.  Additionally, Deborah sits on several university and national committees such as the Student Systems Council and the Ellucian Customer Advisory Board.

Janeen Blanton
Janeen Blanton is the Executive Director of Project Management and Service Delivery for the Division of IT.  Janeen has over 25 years of experience in IT working as a programmer, the head of a multi-million dollar IT services company, and everything in between. With a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and an MBA, she is dedicated to using technology to solve problems and advance business objectives in a way that delivers ongoing value to the organization. Janeen is passionate about developing people and has spoken at conferences across the US on leadership, career skills, gender bias and work life balance.

Veronica “Ronni” Wilkinson
Ronni Wilkinson is the Director of Information Technology Services for the College of Engineering and Computing. She has a collection of degrees from the University of South Carolina, including a Master of Science degree in Computer Science. During her 20+ year tenure at USC, she has served in many roles, currently including part time instructor for Computer Science and Engineering, teaching such courses as digital forensics and ethical hacking. Her current interests include Social Engineering, Open Source Intelligence, and Privacy. She is the mentor for USC’s Cyber Security Club and Cyber Defense Teams.

Nancy Blaisdell (Coming soon) 


April

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Presenter: Jeremy Parrott
Location: Center for Teaching Excellence, TCL Room L511

Personal Cybersecurity: 7 Actions You Can Take Today To Protect Yourself Online
A cybersecurity expert shares his Top 7 Security tips. In this hands-on session, you will learn exactly what you can do to better protect yourself online. Bring your laptop or phone! We will walk through easy, yet powerful steps to stop hackers in their tracks.

About the Presenter

Jeremy Parrott is a Deputy Chief Information Security Officer at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). For over 20 years, Jeremy has helped thousands of individuals secure sensitive data. At UofSC, he helps departments find solutions to cybersecurity problems. Jeremy’s mission is to remove the complexity of security and make success as simple as possible.

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May

Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Presenter: Michelle Foster
Location: Center for Teaching Excellence, TCL Room L511 

Email? Meeting? Phone Call? GroupMe? How Do I Send My Message?
Once upon a time, there were limited ways to communicate. Professionals used telephone, memos, and fax messages. Things have certainly changed. Now, there are so many communication channels it’s difficult to know which is more effective for various audiences. Come hear about a few communication methods that have gained popularity, when to use them, and how to analyze your audience to determine the best channel to use.

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About the Presenter

Michelle Foster is the Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Governance for the Division of Information Technology. She has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years, focusing on public relations and communications. She is a former president of the South Carolina School Public Relations Association, former Vice-President of Communications for the South Carolina Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and currently serves on the School Improvement Council of Chapin Middle School.