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CLA NOW is an important communication channel for CLA business.  Department admins are critical to this process and depended upon to read and share appropriate information with their units. This page serves as an archive of all information that appeared in the administrative focused CLA NOW (News on Wednesday) weekly newsletter dating back to August 2016. 

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Spring Appointments - Payroll Office Reminder - CLA NOW (12/13/2017)

posted Dec 14, 2017, 8:32 AM by Rana Murphy   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 8:35 AM ]

The deadline for spring appointments (both paper and Intersections) to be received by the financial service teams is 12/18/2017.  This is the date that your appointment will be guaranteed to be entered in time. Every effort will be made to enter appointments received after this deadline but there can be no guarantees. 

If you have your spring appointments ready, please do not wait to send them to your team or enter them into Intersections. We have begun entering spring documents. Please submit offers and payroll information as soon as offers have been confirmed and avoid waiting until the last minute if at all possible.

Taming Conference Room Technology - CLA NOW (12/13/2017)

posted Dec 13, 2017, 9:31 AM by Sara Danzinger   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 9:39 AM ]

If conference room technology stresses you out or you’d just like to build confidence in using it, join Reed Munson for one of his upcoming hands-on tutorials. Each session will be held over the lunch hour in Johnston 202. Bring your own laptop to practice using WebEx, Mac Minis, and Apple TV technology. All three systems are commonly used throughout campus.


Happening from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Johnston 202, chose a date that works for you:

  • Wednesday 12/13

  • Wednesday 12/20

  • Wednesday 1/3

  • Tuesday 1/9


Invite a colleague and grab your lunch and laptop. Hope to see you there!


Next AIM - CLA NOW (12/13/2017)

posted Dec 13, 2017, 9:30 AM by Sara Danzinger   [ updated Dec 13, 2017, 9:39 AM ]

The next AIM is tomorrow (12/14) at 9 a.m. and will be held in Hasselmo Hall 2-101 (second floor, room 101, next to Coffman) on the East Bank.  In addition to regular business topics, Nanette Hanks and Brent Gustafson will also share more about the instruction funding allocation decision making process.


In person attendance is appreciated, though if you are unable to attend, you can find a webinar link in the calendar invitation.


Spring Appointments - Payroll Office Reminder - CLA NOW (12/7/2017)

posted Dec 7, 2017, 7:32 AM by Rana Murphy   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 7:35 AM ]

The deadline for spring appointments (both paper and Intersections) to be received by the financial service teams is 12/18/2017.  This is the date that your appointment will be guaranteed to be entered in time. Every effort will be made to enter appointments received after this deadline but there can be no guarantees. 

If you have your spring appointments ready, please do not wait to send them to your team or enter them into Intersections. We have begun entering spring documents. Please submit offers and payroll information as soon as offers have been confirmed and avoid waiting until the last minute if at all possible.

Now Open: 2018 Academic Innovation Grant Funding Program - CLA NOW (12/6/2017)

posted Dec 5, 2017, 9:42 AM by Sara Danzinger

The application process for the Academic Innovation Grant is now open. This grant program supports innovation and student-centeredness in teaching and learning through the integration of technology. Awards range from $1,000 - $30,000. CLA instructors (faculty and P&A) are eligible to apply. To learn more about the program, criteria, and how to apply, see the Academic Innovation Grants web pages.


Important Dates and Deadlines

All proposals for the Academic Innovation Grant program are due March 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. A consultation with LATIS is required, and must be completed by February 23, 2018.


Proposals are reviewed by the Academic Innovation Grant Committee in the spring semester with decisions announced in mid-May. Purchases can be made upon receipt of award letters, and reimbursements begin July 1, 2018.


Questions and consultation requests can be directed to Cristina Lopez, cla-acadtech@umn.edu.

Executing Purchasing Contracts Webinar Available for Viewing (CLA NOW - 12/6/2017)

posted Dec 5, 2017, 9:39 AM by Sara Danzinger   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 1:42 PM ]

A recording of last week’s single topic forum regarding executing purchasing contracts is now available. Play recording (57 min 28 sec) and follow along with the helpful handouts (new tab).

2018 Academic Innovation Grant Program Opens Friday - CLA NOW (11/30/17)

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:01 AM by Sara Danzinger   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 9:40 AM ]

The application process for the 2018 Academic Innovation Grant program opens Friday, December 1, 2017. More information will be sent directly to department administrators, chairs, and academic technologists to share with faculty and staff and can also be found in The Neighborhood.


Academic Innovation Grants support faculty and department innovation and student-centeredness in teaching and learning through the integration of technology.

Awards range from $1,000 - $30,000.


All proposals for the Academic Innovation Grant program are due March 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. via the application portal found in The Neighborhood. Results will be communicated in mid-May 2018.


Additional questions and emails of interest can be sent to cla-acadtech@umn.edu.

Single Topic Forum - Executing Purchasing Contracts - CLA NOW (11/30/17)

posted Nov 30, 2017, 6:00 AM by Sara Danzinger   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 9:40 AM ]

The next single topic forum is tomorrow (Thursday), November 30 from 9-10 a.m. in 110 Shevlin. Angela Downin with the University’s General Counsel’s office will address executing purchasing contracts. She will walk through what contract to use, what needs to be sent to OGC, Delegation of Authority, and general contracting tips when working with vendors. Please invite any staff who work with contracts and vendors. If unable to attend, you can view it live via Webex. A link to the meeting is in the calendar invite and listed below.  A link to the recording will also be provided in next week’s CLA NOW.


Join Webex Meeting

  https://z.umn.edu/contracts17
Meeting number: 740 837 439

University's Policy on Allowability and Proper Accounting for Hospitality Expenses and Holiday Parties- CLA NOW (November 15, 2017)

posted Nov 16, 2017, 11:07 AM by Ebony Brent   [ updated Nov 16, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to reiterate the University's policy regarding the allowability and proper accounting for hospitality expenses and holiday parties.

Under University of Minnesota policy "Hospitality and Other Special Expenses", expenses for bona fide University hospitality activities, such as donor relations activities or employee recognition events, may be charged to University funds in accordance with the Hospitality policy "Expense Allowability Grid". These expenses require additional documentation and substantiation to meet IRS requirements, audit standards, and the test of public scrutiny. If your unit will be holding hospitality events, please ensure that the documentation requirements are clearly met.

The cost of holiday parties is never an allowable expense under University policy. No expenses for holiday parties can be charged to, or reimbursed from, any type of University funds, public (such as O&M or sponsored) or private (gifts). Events held solely to celebrate any of the seasonal holidays should be paid for by employees from their own personal funds. 

For your reference, the Hospitality Policy, the Expense Allowability Grid, and the documentation requirements and procedures can be found at the following web sites:
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the University Financial Helpline 612-624-1617 for assistance. 

Sincerely,

Suzanne Paulson, Assistant Controller


View the above information as a memo on U letterhead. (pdf)

UM Foundation Invoicing Deadline

posted Nov 8, 2017, 9:00 AM by Ebony Brent   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 9:03 AM ]

UM Foundation Invoicing Deadline CLA NOW (November 8, 2017)

Wednesday, November 15 (noon) is the UMF invoicing deadline for funds to be received in EFS by December 31. Please let your accountant know about any invoices you need in advance to allow time for invoice entries and authorized signatures.

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