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Updates from the Fall Conference

Thanks again to our colleagues at Bethel University for hosting. As we begin our 10th anniversary year, we welcomed back and recognized a retired Bethel member who was project manager for the Banner implementation at Bethel and the primary leader in forming UMBUG and who actually came up with the UMBUG name. Ellucian sponsored the Fall Conference and we were pleased to welcome 140 plus members and guests. You can see photos and find information on the topics presented on the News page.

Member Institutions

Bethel University, St. Paul, MN
Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI
College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN
Concordia College, Moorhead, MN
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Moraine Park Technical College, Fond du Lac, WI
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
St. John's University, Collegeville, MN
St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI
University of Northwestern-St. Paul, St. Paul, MN
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Waukesha County Technical College, Pewaukee, WI

Steering Team adopts a new blueprint for UMBUG going forward


In response to the challenges of finding meeting times and schools to host; requests for greater lead-time and shorter sessions, and more opportunities to build community among those doing similar jobs using Banner, the Steering Team adopted the following changes:

  • Move to one large conference per year in October - the summer conference that has been in June will be dropped; seeing as there are 4 Wisconsin schools and 10 Minnesota schools, there will be 2 conference locations in MN for every 1 in WI
  • Annual conference format - 2 full days; sessions of 50 minutes each; high demand sessions may be repeated; replace the keynote with one large morning session on day one for the global Ellucian topics; stay away from EDUCAUSE to help ensure greater Ellucian participation
  • Proposed annual conference times and locations - these are pending approval:
    • October, 2018; University of Northwestern St. Paul
    • October, 2019; St. Norbert College
  • Establish track chairs to engage those by functional groupings such as Student, Financial Aid, Finance, Advancement, Human Resources; Planning Team will meet to discuss how we can develop and support these tracks with the intent that each track would meet twice a year this may vary depending on the business cycles associated with each respective track. Track chairs would also assist in identifying sessions and presenters for their respective tracks at the annual meeting. UMBUG will acquire a standard tool to use for communications such as a web-ex tool.