Assistant Vice Provost for IT Discusses DegreeWorks Marketing at Ellucian CIO Event

October 19, 2017


(Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D. presenting at the Ellucian CIO Roundtable event.)


Written by: Nicole Duff, Communications Specialist

Assistant Vice Provost for Information Technology Vanessa Hammler Kenon, Ed.D., served as one of the presenters at a CIO Roundtable event on October 18th. The all-day event, which was hosted by Ellucian, was held in the OIT Learning Studio (BB 3.04.16). It united CIOs from various institutions across the state including Texas A&M University – Central Texas and Lamar University.

The event focused on the theme “Implementing Cloud Solutions,” and was led by Interim Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Information Technology Bryan Wilson who served as the guest speaker. Wilson discussed UTSA’s plans to migrate the degree planning and degree auditing tool DegreeWorks and the student information system (SIS) Banner to the cloud.

During her presentation, entitled “Building Great Student Success Tools and Innovative Marketing so Students will Use Them!,” Dr. Kenon discussed various marketing approaches that OIT utilized throughout the last year to raise students’ awareness and usage of the interactive degree planning and auditing tool DegreeWorks.

Student panel at Ellucian event

(from left to right: Nestor De Hoyos, Sam Barrera, Edgar Guajardo, Carlos Rodriguez and Estevan Sanchez-Rodriguez participate on the student panel.)

Her presentation also featured testimonials from a student panel of OIT staff and student-workers, comprised of past and current UTSA students regarding their experiences with DegreeWorks:

  • Sam Barrera, technology support specialist I
  • Edgar Guajardo, IT assistant
  • Nestor De Hoyos, student assistant I
  • Carlos Rodriguez, technology support specialist II
  • Estevan Sanchez - Rodriguez, student assistant I

In addition to Dr. Kenon’s presentation, Jeff Ralyea, senior vice president and general manager of Cloud at Ellucian and Eric Shultz, account manager at Amazon Web Services also presented at the event.

Implemented in part by the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) grant, DegreeWorks is one of the technologies utilized by Academic Advising to foster student success.


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