UAccess Symposium

UAccess Symposium

The 2020 UAccess Symposium is Postponed Indefinitely

Friday, March 13 - As you likely suspected and have probably been expecting, we are not going to be holding the 2020 UAccess Symposium this year on April 14th. We all know the circumstances under which we are currently operating. It's important to keep each other safe and healthy. Hence the postponement. I'm using the word 'postponed' advisedly, hoping we might be able to resurrect something later in the year.

Thank you to all of the presenters who've been working hard developing content. Thanks, too, to Catherine Zavala and the BOTAC Committee, who have been vetting those presentations and helping the presenters become even more proficient and professional in their delivery.

Thanks to those of you who've registered. You'll get an email momentarily with this same information. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!


Steve Singkofer and the Symposium Team

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Where: North Ballroom, Catalina Room, and Rincon Room at the Student Union Memorial Center

The 2020 UAccess Symposium brings together University of Arizona staff and faculty who are interested in furthering the use of UAccess systems in their workplace. The Symposium provides a forum to discuss ideas, find resources, connect with colleagues, and learn about best practice approaches.

Register today! Review your options, pick your favorite presentations, then get your name on the list! Register today!

Registration will close on April 7th, so don't delay. 

Presentations and Presenters

Our presenters come from all across campus, and they will be coming to tell you all about their particular business processes or what specific challenge, obstacle, or issue they've successfully addressed in their organization. Each of the presentations will definitely have broad appeal. You just have to decide where your interests lie.

Keynote / Opening Presentation | Liesl Folks, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Liesl Folks, our new Provost, will provide the keynote presentation for the eighth annual UAccess Symposium!

The Student Center Modernization Project | Eileen Seegmiller, Senior Business Analyst, Student and Academic Technologies, University Information Technology Services (UITS)

The Student Center Modernization Project is guided by user-centered design practices to provide students with an improved user experience for UAccess Student. A modern, UArizona-branded design will highlight and clarify the most critical interactions at each point in a student’s progress. The initial phase of the project scheduled for February 2020 focuses on common transactions such as class search, enrollment and financial aid. For these transactions, the modern Student Center will deliver streamlined workflows, increased accessibility and optimization for mobile devices and tablets.

Intro to Analytics - Making It Less Scary | Samantha Sowerby, Manager of Finance & Administration, Norton School of Family & Consumer Sciences, College of Ag & Life Sciences and Jessica Thornburg, Senior Project Manager, Office of Strategic Initiatives

New to Analytics? Overwhelmed when you log in? In this session, our goal is to walk you through some fundamental areas of Analytics to help you navigate this powerful tool. We will be reviewing useful tips for you to get what you need out of Analytics confidently.

A Journey in Manager Self Service (MSS) | Andrew Wang, Research Administrator, Research, Innovation & Impact - Business Services, and Menghao (Fiona) Chen, Senior Accountant, Pharmacology, College of Medicine

This is an introductory session designed for beginners on their journey with UAccess Employee/Manager Self Service (MSS). We will explore common MSS transactions used in hiring an employee, and payment made using supplemental compensation.

Please use this time to make contacts within the Community, but don't forget to support our sponsors!

UAccess Student Power User | Inara Lysne, Senior Developer, Student & Academic Technology, University Information Technology Services (UITS)

Do you want to find students faster? Do you want to enter data more efficiently? Do you want to customize UAccess Student for your personalized needs? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, this presentation is for you!

Academic Program Financial Forecasting and Reporting | Silvia Xu, Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration, College of Nursing

Financial forecasting and reporting for academic programs has been one of the most important things in my job, as such data is very helpful for the college leadership team when making decisions. A few people have reached out to me to see what the College of Nursing has done. Although each college/unit has different financial structure, it can be helpful to share what we have done with the finance community in order to deepen the conversation on this topic.

Managing Risks with Strong Internal Controls | Stacey Lemos, Assistant Vice President & Comptroller, Financial Services Office

Having strong internal controls is essential for any organization, and for the University, they set the foundation for the successful achievement of all pillars in the UArizona Strategic Plan. This session will explore what internal controls are and why they are important. Attendees will learn about best practice approaches to establishing and maintaining a strong internal control environment and what the consequences are of control failure.

    Lunch - 12:00-1:00 PM

External Awards and Scholarship | Christine Wong, Project Manager, Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid, and Michelle Mixer, Associate Director, Scholarships, Development Office

Do you know how to determine students’ need? Do you know if an external award has disbursed to the student’s account? Do you know how to fund your scholarships from the Foundation? Come to this presentation for strategies on using the Student Fin Aid & Fin Details Analytics dashboard to determine student need, monitor student awarding, and transfer funds from the Foundation.

Eight Steps to Complete All Funds Budget in the New Budget System | Garth Perry, Assistant Director, Office of Budget and Planning and Rosa Fung, Director, Business and Financial Analysis, College of Medicine

How the College of Medicine Tucson coordinated and implemented the All Funds Budget in the new Budget System. Lessons learned will help with next year's budget cycle.

Processing and Best Practices for Hiring Student Employees | Richard Chavez, Coordinator, Personnel Affairs, College of Medicine and Brooke Trentlage, HR Representative, Campus Recreation

This presentation will include the benefits of hiring student employees and the best practices for the hiring and compliance processes. 

Please use this time to make contacts within the Community, but don't forget to support our sponsors!

Discussion Panel / Q&A 
Moderators are Steve Singkofer, Analytics Outreach Coordinator, UAIR and Nick Letson, Communication Specialist, UAIR

Fill out the form in your Symposium packet and drop it in the box at the Registration desk throughout the day (but by 1:00 PM). We will collect your questions, collate them, and pose as many of them as possible to our illustrious panel during this one hour session. Time may be available for additional questions from the floor. 

Scheduled panelists are Ravneet Chadha from University Analytics & Institutional Research (UAIR), Abbie Montenegro from Workforce Systems, Alex Underwood from Office of the Registrar, Garth Perry from the Office of Budget and Planning, a representative from Sponsored Projects, and another from the Financial Services Office.

Register today!

Use our easy Registration Form and get signed up for your favorite presentations!


If you have any questions, please contact the UAccess Symposium Team.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Check out our 2020 UAccess Symposium Sponsorship Opportunities page!


North Ballroom, Catalina Room, and Rincon Room at the Student Union Memorial Center