IT to absorb CASIT and CMET

Update: UO to start using 2-factor identification, someday. No word on whether they’re also going to make me change the duckweb password I’ve used for assigning grades and direct payroll deposit since 1995.

Town Hall today at 1 in the Knight browsing room. Thanks to an anonymous reader for forwarding:

From: Jessie Minton <>
Date: May 24, 2019 at 5:00:41 PM PDT” <>
Subject: [IT-Pros] CASIT and CMET to join Information Services

Two UO IT groups, CASIT and CMET, will be joining Information Services. Initial work to transfer all staff and open positions to IS has started, with in-depth work beginning in June.

These changes do not signal a shift in how Transform IT’s User Support Services (USS) implementation will occur. USS will continue to take a service-based principles approach with all campus IT services, including those provided by CAS, CMET, and Information Services.

A draft of the transition plan lists the following changes:

    • Ben Brinkley reports to Noreen Hogan, and Loring Hummel, along with the web services team, continue to report to Ben Brinkley. CMET’s Canvas and LMS administrators will also report to Ben Brinkley.
    • CMET’s audio/visual design and engineering team will report to Andy Vaughn in the Technology Infrastructure team.
    • Sam Crow’s CASIT support team reports to Patrick Chinn.
    • Chad Little (CASIT computer lab management) and Tyrone Russ (CASIT buyer) will report to Sara Stubbs. CMET’s video production team and classroom technologist will also report to Sara Stubbs.
    • Liz Pehaim (CASIT account technician) will join Information Services’ business team.

I will present the upcoming User Support Services implementation project at a town hall on Transform IT on Tuesday, May 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room. (The event will also be available via streaming for Portland staff in White Stag 150.) I will share the vision for the USS implementation project and touch on how the transitions will happen. This event will be a great opportunity for anyone to ask questions. If you prefer sending in a question ahead of time, please email it to

I want to take the time to note that these changes are designed to strengthen the work, the collaboration, and the university. We will continue to work with our partners across campus to provide excellent service. Take care and I look forward to connecting with everyone soon.

Jessie Minton | Vice Provost & Chief Information Officer



UO provides safe space for anonymous comments about IT reorganization


For years the UO administration has harassed me over this blog’s policy of honoring Ben Franklin’s Silence Dogood’s precedent of anonymous criticism. But our new leadership is actually encouraging people to submit comments to the Blustain report on IT reorganization anonymously.

However, while the New-England Courant put Ms Dogood’s letters and responses out there for everyone to see, two-hundred and ninety-four years later that is still a bit too revolutionary for the University of Oregon. The comments you submit will only be seen by authorized persons. So if you do use their google form, you might consider also pasting your ideas into the comments anonymously here too, so that your colleagues can see them and respond. I’ll pass it all on to the House of Lords.

Official release of the Blustain report here:

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More, and anonymous reporting form here:

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8/12/2016: Blustain’s comments on “The Oregon Way” leak out:

Back in 2011, former VPFA Frances Dyke paid consultants from Huron  $1.789M to write a report on the VPR’s office that included this definition of “The Oregon Way”:

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