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Active Projects

The project list contains the current work in progress. For more information about the projects, contact the project manager.

Updated 7/19/2021

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Full Position Management

  • EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): Becci Menghini—VC for HR and EOC Executive Sponsor; Nathan Knuffman – VC for Finance and Administration Executive Sponsor; Mike Barker – VC for ITS and CIO
  • SPONSOR(S):  Vicki Bradley—AVC for HR and EOC Sponsor; Steve Agostini—AVC for Finance and Budget Sponsor; Mechelle Clayton—Interim AVC for ITS Enterprise Applications; Linc Butler—AVC for HR Sponsor
  • DIVISION OR GROUP: Office of Human Resources
  • PROJECT MANAGER:  Project Director: Don Hepp
  • CHANGE MANAGER:  Anita Collins—ITS Change Management Manager; Rebecca Jones—ITS Change Manager
  • STATUS: On Track

PeopleSoft, the software that forms the backbone of ConnectCarolina, can be structured by positions, appointments, or a mix of the two. During UNC-Chapel Hill’s ConnectCarolina HR/Payroll implementation, the decision was made to:

  • use positions for SHRA and EHRA Non-faculty (non-student) permanent and temporary positions (64% of employees).
  • not use positions for faculty, Post Docs and EHRA Non-faculty student positions (36% of employees).

Since the ConnectCarolina HR/Payroll go live seven years ago, the University has been translating our appointments (which don’t have positions) into positions. The reason is that those managing finances at the Board of Trustees and at the University System-level think in terms of positions when discussing budgets. Translating this data is an unstable process that gets increasingly complex as the System Office requests more data.

The Full Position Management project is improving this process by changing ConnectCarolina and related business processes to require all appointments to be associated with positions. This change affects everyone who works with HR actions (including funding swaps) or who posts positions in PeopleAdmin.

Project Website for Full Position Management

New NIH Requirements

  • STATUS: ON TRACK

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is requiring stronger proof that a person logging into their system is who they say they are. Starting in September 2021 multifactor authentication will be required when logging in to their system, and by December 2022, appropriate levels of identity assurance will also be required.

Project Website for New NIH Requirements

Carolina Key

  • SPONSOR(S):  ETHAN KROMHOUT, DENNIS SCHMIDT
  • TECHNICAL LEAD:  CELESTE COPELAND
  • PROJECT MANAGER:  CHAD REDMAN
  • CHANGE MANAGER:  REBECCA JONES
  • STATUS: ON TRACK

UNC-Chapel Hill is moving towards passwordless logins with a new option called Carolina Key. Carolina Key represents several different methods of authenticating logins for faculty, staff, and students. When used along with their Onyen, Carolina Key eliminates the need to enter a password.

Project Website for Carolina Key Passwordless Login

GradStar Student Payments

  • EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): RACHELLE FELDMAN
  • SPONSOR(S):  JACKIE COPELAND, BEVERLY WYRICK
  • DIVISION OR GROUP: OFFICE OF STUDENT AID AND SCHOLARSHIP
  • PROJECT MANAGER:  GINA FOGELSONGER
  • CHANGE MANAGER:  ANITA COLLINS
  • STATUS: ON TRACK

To ensure UNC-Chapel Hill is compliant with federal and state regulations, the University has taken a comprehensive look at payments to students and recommended some changes. These changes should not only ensure compliance with regulations but also provide timely disbursement of awards and reduce the instances when students may be asked to return funds to the University. One of the key changes is to begin using GradStar to process some student payments (such as training grants) that up to now have been processed using the ConnectCarolina Voucher application. Processing them through GradStar will include them as part of the student’s financial aid package paid to the student’s account instead of paid as a check directly to the student.

The project team is a cross-functional team made up of staff from ITS, The Graduate School, Office of Scholarships and Student Aid, University Finance (Accounts Payable, Cashier, Payroll), Office of Sponsored Research and campus departments.

Project Website for GradStar Student Payments

New and Enhanced Phone Services

  • EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): MIKE BARKER
  • SPONSOR(S):  KATE HASH
  • TECHNICAL LEAD:  CHERI BEASLEY
  • PROJECT MANAGER:  BRENDA CARPEN
  • CHANGE MANAGER:  JACKIE TRESCHL
  • STATUS: ON TRACK

The University’s phone service is moving from Verizon to AT&T. When the University’s contract ends in 2023, Verizon is discontinuing the service we use. This provided the opportunity to evaluate other providers, save money, and provide additional features that support mobile and remote work settings. The move affects all campus phone lines, such as fax lines, conference room phones and main lines.

Project Website for New and Enhanced Phone Services

New More Accessible Onyen Self Service Page

  • EXECUTIVE SPONSOR(S): DENNIS SCHMIDT
  • SPONSOR(S):  DENNIS SCHMIDT
  • TECHNICAL LEAD:  CELESTE COPELAND
  • PROJECT MANAGER:  CELESTE COPELAND
  • CHANGE MANAGER:  REBECCA JONES
  • STATUS: ON TRACK

In summer 2021, the page faculty, staff, and students visit to manage their Onyens and password is getting a makeover. The page will still have all its existing features plus a more modern look. The change affects anyone who has an Onyen, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, affiliates, and retirees. The simplified look and navigation reduces accessibility barriers and works better with mobile devices.

Project Website for New More Accessible Onyen Self Service Page


Older Projects

Service Management Technology

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Adobe Creative Cloud

In September 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill began providing all students and 2,000 instructional faculty and staff with access to Adobe Creative Cloud, a collection of creative desktop and mobile tools, including … Continued

2-Step Verification

On October 5, 2016, UNC-Chapel Hill implemented 2-Step Verification, a process designed to secure and safeguard personal information and vital University data and credentials. At a time when phishing scams … Continued

Office 365

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Pervasive Campus Wi-Fi Initiative Project

Following on the heels of the recently-completed ResNet Wi-Fi Upgrade, ITS Communication Technologies is now beginning a 42-month project to provide pervasive Wi-Fi coverage within all remaining campus buildings. Inasmuch … Continued

CarolinaGO: Mobile App

CarolinaGO, the official University mobile app for UNC-Chapel Hill, is now used by some 10,000 members of the campus community. The app enables students, faculty and staff to easily access … Continued

Carolina Residence Halls Welcome Wi-Fi: ResNet Wireless Upgrade

For years students sought Wi-Fi access in their individual rooms, and in 2013 the University Budget Committee identified funding for this long- awaited service. As a result, all on-campus University … Continued

Neutral Hosting/Distributed Antenna System (DAS)

The Neutral Hosting/DAS initiative is a multi-year effort, funded by the DAS licensees (a consortium consisting of Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T), to provide reliable outdoor and indoor cellular coverage and capacity across … Continued

Securing sensitive, University-owned information on Secure NAS

Secure Network Attached Storage, also known as Secure NAS or SecNAS, is a file storage solution for sensitive information. Sensitive information, as defined on businessdictionary.com, is “Privileged or proprietary information which, if compromised through … Continued