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The Educating Illinois Task force hosted 2 open forums the past few weeks to provide an overview of Educating Illinois 2013-2018:  Individualized Attention, Shared Aspirations, the draft of the University’s next strategic plan.  The forums were open to all University constituents, as well as those from the local community.  Participants were given the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions about the draft plan.
Many of the goals outlined in the Educating Illinois draft directly relate to the LEAPForward Initiative.  Perhaps the most significant to us is Goal 4, “Enhance institutional effectiveness by strengthening the organizational operation and enhancing resource development.”  Outlined in this objective is “Build a modern IT infrastructure that supports the achievement of the University’s mission and goals.”  This includes the implementation of a new information system to meet the changing needs of the University, including student and financial information system, and creation of a modern business intelligence environment that provides ready access to data in a user-friendly format to inform decisions.
The significance of the LEAPForward Initiative continues to bear down across the University, and the open forums provided yet another chance to voice that importance.
Employee Spotlight:  Arturo Ramirez, Project Manager
Background:  I grew up in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico a nice and colonial city in the middle of the country. It served as the capital of the country during the French Intervention. I have a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and a Project Management certification from ISU.
What was your favorite food when you were a child?  My favorite food since I can remember is “arrachera” – (flank steak)
What is your favorite form of exercise?  My favorite form of exercise is playing soccer, tennis and snowboarding.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?  If I could throw any kind of party it would be a rock concert with classic bands like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and The Doors.

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