IRT News

A collection of stories, successes and 'what's new in tech' from your friends in Information Resources & Technology.

Students: Team up to apply for the 2019 Deloitte StartUp CSUS Competition!

Dream up, team up and make your pitch now! Student teams are invited to participate in the Third Annual Deloitte StartUp CSUS. This annual innovation competition supports problem solving through tech, and is an event Deloitte hosts at several universities across the country. The competition helps spur innovation for campus improvements, provides mentoring opportunities, and also helps connect students with possible internships and careers at Deloitte.

The winning idea from 2018's competition was an artificial intelligence-driven social listening solution that would monitor students’ social media accounts to help identify mental health issues before they reached a critical point. Previous entries have also included a parking app and class selection app. All ideas are welcomed that you feel passionate about, and that have the potential to improve operations at Sac State, or help your fellow students.



What's involved
Students form or join a team to propose a technology related improvement, solution, or new opportunity for Sacramento State. If chosen to participate, student teams will:

  • Receive one-on-one time with Deloitte practitioners over a 3-day period to develop an idea from concept into a business case-ready pitch.
  • Pitch the idea to a panel of judges comprised of Sacramento State faculty, Deloitte Consulting senior leadership, and this year, IRT's own Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Dr. Christine E. Miller

In 2018, approximately 25 students participated. Beyond great mentoring/networking opportunities, and developing hands-on innovation experience, prizes are awarded to the winning team!

How to apply
Gather your team and idea, and register by April 22, 2019!

Sac State Shines at 2018 Cal State Tech Conference  

When a conference session is entitled “Dude, you’re all out of parking spaces,” it will be anything but an average technology conference. Such was the case at the 2018 Cal State Tech Conference, hosted at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento from July 31 – August 2, 2018. The three-day event welcomed Academic and Information Technology leaders, faculty, and staff from all 23 CSU campuses and the Chancellor's Office. The event provided an opportunity to collaborate across the university system and discuss innovative technologies used inside and out of the classroom. 

“I really appreciated the fact that there were non-IT staff and faculty in attendance, and there was a real focus on integrating IT into the fabric of the CSU campuses. It’s this kind of collaboration that gives the CSU a substantial advantage over other universities.”

– Marc Hendricks, Information Security Officer, Sacramento State
Presenter: “Implementing Multi-Factor Authentication with Duo – Lessons Learned by 3 CSU Campuses”

Of the more than 300 attendees, Sac State supplied over 40 participants who attended, presented, or served as panelists including a number of student leaders gave voice to important needs and issues they face. Workshops, panel discussions, and presentations focused on learning tracks, including: academic technology, collaboration and partnering for excellence, innovation and emerging technologies, organizational and professional growth, diversity, and student success technologies.

“It’s wonderful to see where we have come over these last several years in regards to collaboration between campuses and the Chancellor’s Office. More and more, we’re collectively leveraging the good work done at our colleague campuses, rather than being 23 independent trailblazers.”

– Marc Fox, Senior Director Enterprise Systems & Campus Applications, Sacramento State

President Nelsen provided opening remarks for the Awards Dinner and recognized the contributions that technology makes to student success and other campus goals, and of course, he led the crowd in a stirring round of “Stingers up!” The Awards Dinner recognized initiatives on multiple campuses, and the Sac State won the Gold Award for Collaborating Across Boundaries for enhancements to the Commute features of the Sac State Mobile app.

Published August 27, 2018

Cybersecurity is Hornet Family Business

Sacramento State’s Information Resources & Technology team leads campus in the shared responsibility for cybersecurity and cyberawareness. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the IRT team is taking an active role in making sure campus stays safe through an updated Information Security web page, increased social media messaging on Facebook and Twitter, and the following coordinating activities:

  • Sacramento State is a NCSAM Champion: Sacramento State became an official champion of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, joining hundreds of organizations and higher ed institutions in the commitment to spread awareness and empower users.
  • CIO Miller Speaks at CA Cybersecurity Education Summit: On October 10, 2017, Vice President and Chief Information Officer Dr. Christine E. Miller was among a panel of speakers featured at the State of California Cybersecurity Education Summit 2017. This annual event gathers thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to engage, inform, train, and empower California to stay ahead of cyber threats. California State University, Sacramento hosts this event in conjunction with four state partners including the California Department of Technology, the California Office of Emergency Services, the California Military Department, and the California Highway Patrol. Visit the Cybersecurity Education Summit event site for more information.
Published October 12, 2017

Smart Planner Tool Improving 4-Year Enrollment Rates

Comstock’s Magazine recently covered Sac State’s new Smart Planner tool, and the University’s culture shift toward blending new tech with hands-on guidance to support student success and improve graduation rates. IRT’s Vice President and Chief Information Officer Christine Miller offers insights into how this new approach ― coupled with tools like Smart Planner ― supports greater transparency and empowers students to take charge of their academic futures.

Miller says so far about 17,000 students have begun using the tool kit, including the financial aid meter and Smart Planner. Students made aware of the platform have been fast to adopt it.

Miller: Students definitely get this. They are always on their tablets and smartphones. They immediately know how to use this.

Read The State Hornet article celebrating Smart Planner's First Birthday.

Published September 15, 2017

The Power to Finish in Four

Tech magazine Business Review USA & Canada recently profiled interim VP and Chief Information Officer Christine Miller about Sacramento State’s commitment to student success and reducing time to degree through smart technology. Read the full e-mag article The Power to Finish in Four on pages 232-245.

Published May 12, 2017

AIRC Tops Four Categories in “Best of Sac State”

The State Hornet recently polled the Sacramento State community and ranked results across a broad segment of categories including eateries, best times to be on campus, best Instagram backdrop and more. The AIRC ― home to IRT ― was honored to garner four top nods, including Best Bathroom, 4th Floor.

Yes, you read that right! Read on to learn what else the Hornet Family ranked as faves.

Published May 11, 2017