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Announcing the Cloud Center of Excellence

Dear Colleagues,

Plans to modernize K-State’s IT infrastructure are an important part of the 2018 IT Strategic Plan as we work to deliver the IT services required of a top 50 public research University.  The damage to K-State’s primary data center caused by the Hale fire provides an opportunity to accelerate the timeline to execute a cloud first strategy. To support this important strategic objective K-State’s One IT is creating a Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) for the governance, advocacy, training and resources necessary to align cloud migration activities with K-State’s goals.

K-State’s Cloud Center of Excellence (CCoE) is a centralized cloud computing governance function that serves as an internal cloud service broker and acts in a consultative role for central and distributed IT, and consumers of cloud services across campus. The CCoE oversees functions such as cloud computing policy, cloud provider selection and relationships, cloud solution architecture, workload placement and governance. The CCoE provides guidelines and guardrails that improve outcomes and manage risks. The CCoE does not have day-to-day operational responsibilities, nor is it a sourcing or vendor management organization, nor a project management organization.

In the coming weeks, the core team will be meeting with entities across campus to explain the functions of the CCoE as we create the infrastructure for a top 50 public research university. More information about the CCoE is available from: https://www.k-state.edu/it-strategic-planning/ccoe/index.html


Gary Pratt, Chief Information Officer

IT Update

They’re back. Fall semester is in full swing and students and IT staff have hit the ground running. The first floor of Hale Library opened on UpdatesAugust 26 with more than 2,200 visitors during the first day. Information Technology staff are continuing with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Migration Readiness Project (MRP), the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) rollout, training for campus constituents and so much more.


As part of the IT Reorganization process, IT is emphasizing professional development including learning the principles of ITIL 4, the basics of cloud computing and so much more. We are also reviewing the performance evaluation process for today and for the future.

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August 23: Coffee and Conversation with IT and Global Campus staff

Come get your technology questions answered during Coffee and Conversation from 9-10 a.m., August 23 in the Konza Room, K-State Student Union.

Coffee and Conversation

IT and Global Campus staff will be available to answer your questions about technical tools, applications, provide assistance with a Canvas course, share the online course checklist and more. Come early and stay late. Get your questions answered prior to the start of classes.

Beware of Equifax settlement and Capital One phishing scams

Did we mention K-Staters need to be constantly on guard for protecting yourself against phishing scams? Scammers will target you both personally and professionally. Keep your guard up. Recent attacks include phishing scams for the Equifax settlement claim and the Capital One breach.

Equifax settlement claim

Cybercriminals are trying to trick you into filing an Equifax claim and receiving a $125 payment because your personal data was part of the Equifax data breach. Scammers are sending phishing attacks that appear to come from Equifax, however, when the user clicks the link they are on a fake website that mimics  Equifax. This website then attempts to steal your personal information.

Don’t fall for it. Forward this fake email to abuse@ksu.edu.

Equifax spoofed email

To file a claim, go the legitimate FTC website and click on the blue “File a Claim” button. The website checks your eligibility for that claim.

Note: Not everyone’s information was compromised. The link to the FTC site is: https://www.ftc.gov/enforcement/cases-proceedings/refunds/equifax-data-breach-settlement.

Capital One

Cybercriminals are trying to exploit the Capital One breach with a phishing email that is using a Windows security update as the bait. Clicking the link in the email will install a backdoor Trojan.

CapitalOne phishing email

Do not click on links in an email to install the software. Forward emails such as these to abuse@ksu.edu.

Breaches such as Equifax and Capitol One are prime opportunities for cybercriminals to trick K-Staters into giving up their credentials. Remember: Go to the organization’s website for information on recent breaches.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu).

IT Update

July means turn up the heat! This month we continue with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) – Migration Readiness Project (MRP), the Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) Town Hall meeting and so much more.Updates


Jan Elsasser was named Deputy CIO for Business Intelligence and Analytics. The Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation will remain unfilled. 


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Elsasser named deputy CIO for business intelligence and analytics

Jan Elsasser has been named Deputy CIO for business intelligence and analytics. Most recently, Elsasser served as assistant vice president/director of technology & information services in Student Life supporting student success and enrollment management. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in various capacities in admissions, information management, and network technologies for K-State and the K-State Foundation.

Notable projects include:

  • Oversight for K-State 360, the co-curricular tracking application
  • Expansion for CampusNexus CRM

Currently, Elsasser is leading the project team to implement a university-wide Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) solution to improve the management of student relationships for recruitment, enrollment, and student success.

Elsasser earned a bachelor’s of science in social science from Kansas State and a masters of science in human computer interaction from Iowa State University. She will serve as one of the four Deputy CIO positions who along with the CIO will make-up the executive leadership team for Information Technology Services.


IT Update

June is a favorite time of year with freshman and transfer students and families Updatesvisiting campus, some for the first time. During Orientation and Enrollment, ITS in conjunction with Hale Libraries and Housing and Dining are staffing a booth and sharing information about available services and the reopening of the first floor of Hale for fall semester.


Chad Currier was named COO/Deputy CIO for Enterprise Technology and remains CISO. Betsy Draper has been named Deputy CIO for Strategy, Planning and Enterprise Architecture. 

Two pending decisions are for the Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation and the Deputy CIO for Business Intelligence and Analytics positions. 

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Betsy Edwards retires on June 30

Betsy EdwardsElizabeth “Betsy Edwards retires on June 30 after more than 40 years of professional service to Kansas State University.  

Throughout her career, Betsy has served as a friend and colleague to many K-Staters, including IT and communications staff.  All are invited to a reception honoring her career 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in 146 Unger Complex (rooms G & H). Cards can be sent to the OME office, 146 Unger Complex.  Continue reading “Betsy Edwards retires on June 30”