Teams & Issues: Best Practices & Technology Team

Technology / Best Practices Team

2014 Team Roster (PDF)

Team Wins:
U-M StaffWorks 2011 Technology and Best Practices Conference

U-M Staffworks Technology & Best Practice Conference for Staff by Staff - May 17, 2011

U-M StaffWorks 2011 Technology and Best Practices Conference was created by the VOICES Technology/Best Practices Team. It took place on May 17, 2011, in the remarkable facilities of the Ross School of Business. This full-day event was a showcase for Michigan staff to share insight, innovation, experience, and expertise in the use of technology and/or best practices to support the services and operations of the university.

U-M StaffWorks featured 63 poster presentations and 15 speakers sessions by staff, for staff. Topic areas included: Communications, Development, Faculty and Student Services, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Patient Care, Plant Services, and Research.

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VOICES of the Staff Guidelines for the Use of Social Media

To help faculty and staff identify and avoid potential pitfalls, VOICES is pleased to share “Guidelines for the Use of Social Media,” a product of the VOICES of the Staff Technology/Best Practices team. This document is a compilation of suggested behaviors and considerations for members of the U-M community who choose to engage in social media.

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The VOICES of the Staff Technology/Best Practices team will be dedicated to learning about the best processes, practices and systems across campus and peer institutions. The team will explore ideas concerning how to integrate those processes and systems to provide optimal levels of service and information.


To examine the selected topic of Technology/Best Practices by:

  • Listening to and learning about staff experiences with best practices using a variety of venues to promote and improve the leveraging of technology to optimal levels at U-M.
  • Learning about the major enterprise processing and reporting systems and how they are supported.
  • Learning about the best current ideas for using “social networking” technologies on campuses.
  • Exploring best practices using alternative schedules and technology to accomplish work.
  • Learning about best practice methods to distribute information and reporting.
  • Exploring where technology could be used to save resources.
  • Learning about technology information available to staff to manage their professional and personal computing needs.
  • Finding ways to share what is learned with the wider staff community.

More Team Wins

  • Project Managers for the Space Utilization Initiative, which aims to help the university make better use of its classroom, research and office space and save taxpayer and tuition dollars. came and shared information on the various projects.
  • Laura Patterson, Associate Vice President Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, spoke with the team in November to talk about the main Information and Technology Services (ITS) initiatives and how VOICES can be involved.

View the Technology/Best Practices Team's poster presentation from the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Network Team Members

2014 Rosters will be updated in July. For the current list, see the 2014 Team Roster (PDF).

Technology & Best Practices Team Photo

Team Members Department

Armstrong, Amy

Michigan Unions

Barnett, Luis

MCIT Ent Device Engr Mgmt

Connolly, Sharon

Emergency Medicine

DeCicco, Barry


Edwards, Douglas

School of Music

Gonzalez, Maria

School of Education

Hunt, Dwight


Hurst, Donna

UMH CVC Clinic

Larowe, Erin

Plastic Surgery

Pandey, Sheela


Poissant, Connie


Read, Michelle

Nursing 5D

Stubleski, Loretta


Trevino, Alison

Med Proc Unit

Vreeland, Robert

Plant Operations

Willis, Linda

CW Anesthesia Obs

Zogaib, Joseph

UMHS Financial Services

Zona, Victor




Team Members Department

Shawn Sieg

UHR Computing Support Services

Matt Snyder

HR Communications



Team Members Department

Josh Simon

College of LS&A

John Thompson

Hospital Security Services


2014 Team Roster (PDF)

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