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January 2020 Edition

New year, same innovative UTO always working on something new. This third edition of <The UTO Source>, a monthly roundup of the biggest stories and examples of how the University Technology Office at ASU and its members further the innovative mission of the University, showcases that. Read about UTO's year-end accomplishments, press coverage and shout outs from President Michael Crow, and the leveraging of exciting new technology.

UTO By the Numbers Highlights Big Achievements

The ASU University Technology Office’s quarterly achievements number in the thousands and millions, displaying the integral services UTO provides for the University. Whether we’re engaging, supporting and protecting the ASU community, weaving our own culture, or shaping the future, UTO backs quantity with quality.


UTO Raises ~$6k for United Way at Holiday Celebration



The holidays were celebrated in charitable style last week by UTO, with employees gathering at Sun Devil Stadium to close out a year full of hard work and big achievements.



Intro to Accessibility Training Comes to UTO

Touch: Permanent, One Arm - Temporary, Arm Injury - Situational - New Parent; Hear: Permanent - Deaf, Temporary - Ear Infection, Situational - Bartender; See: Permanent - Blind, Temporary - Cataract, Situational - Distracted Driver

Thanks to Zella Muro of UTO’s Learning Spaces and Experience Center, every new employee hired by UTO will now learn about web accessibility and the importance UTO places on inclusion, diversity, and equal access. New hires will now learn what web accessibility is, why it’s important to ASU and how it affects their role at the university with a short introductory course. The “Introduction to Web Accessibility” course is available to all ASU employees through CareerEDGE or as a Canvas course.
Kathy Marks, UTO Web Accessibility Specialist



UTO Defined for Back to School

It's almost the start of a new semester, and in anticipation, UTO is excited to share a proof of concept (read: draft!) detailing our central story arcs that encompass the work we do together. Supported always by our three pillars -- strategic innovation, operational excellence and customer delight, these themes are helping us think through our storytelling and even governance efforts. Be on the look out this quarter for opportunities to provide feedback on our draft so we can make it even more reflective of UTO! The C+C team will be in touch.
Samantha Becker, Executive Director, Creative + Communications

In the Press: Smart Campus Innovations

Last week, EdTech Magazine covered the ongoing developments with ASU’s Smart Campus/Cities/Region innovations, speaking with UTO’s own Chris Richardson, Deputy CIO Development, Mobility and Smart Cities. Highlighting a lot of the big takeaways of our Smart Region Summit Flagship Event, the article was even shared by ASU President Dr. Michael Crow on Twitter and LinkedIn.

ASU and Sprint Launch Emergency Call Box Project

ASU and Sprint announced in October
 their collaboration to build out the Internet of Things (IoT) on campus and beyond with Sprint’s CuriosityTM IoT network. IoT is made up of all the devices that individually and collectively connect to the internet, and the relationship aims to leverage Sprint’s connectivity to build a smart campus. And now, ASU and Sprint are advancing their IoT efforts by collaborating on a “smart” emergency call box project.

Giving Back Hands Out Gifts in December

UTO's Giving Back to the Community team, in conjuction with the UTO Green, Health and Wellness, and Culture Weavers teams, supported three local families this year for a Giving Tree event. Participating in a program from the Tempe Community Action Agency, volunteers "adopted" three struggling families unable to provide holiday gifts for their children. These volunteers donated all the items the children wished for, as well as gift cards for the parents of the families. Formed in 1966, the Tempe Community Action Agency now serves one in eight Tempe residents, nearly 22,000 people, with their small professional staff and over 800 community volunteers. UTO is proud to have given back in this way during the holiday season!

Building Effective Communities of Practice



ASU ShapingEDU and the CoAction Learning Lab have published a new best practices resource for collaborators from higher education institutions across the globe. In it, they share lessons learned from their experiences and exemplars leading and participating in communities of leadership/practice.

Thank you for reading! <The UTO Source> will highlight UTO stories every month, showcasing the incredible work being done for the University and, most importantly, the people who do that work. Stay up to date by following UTO on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. And if you'd like to submit your own UTO story idea, fill out our story submission form!