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August 2005
Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of new@OnePurdue, the monthly e-newsletter about OnePurdue! This is an important project and an exciting time in the University's history. OnePurdue will change the way we do business, and will eventually affect everyone attending, working at or teaching at any of the four campuses within the Purdue system.

In addition to the OnePurdue Web site, this publication will be a good way to stay informed about what's going on in the project.

This newsletter will not automatically be sent to you every month unless you want it. If you wish to continue receiving it on a regular basis, you will need to subscribe. (Instructions on how to do so are at the bottom of this page.)

In this issue

What is OnePurdue?

OnePurdue's kickoff

The project teams

Meet the OnePurdue leadership

Learn more about OnePurdue

How to contact OnePurdue

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What is OnePurdue?

OnePurdue is the University’s three-year, system-wide initiative that will change the way Purdue does business by integrating all enterprise data, information and processes. Once fully implemented, OnePurdue will be used by virtually everyone in the University community. To learn more about the project, visit its home page at www.purdue.edu/onepurdue.

OnePurdue team kicks off project in new home

Photo of Joe Faulkner and Andy Waters Andy Waters (right), OnePurdue's senior director of ERP implementation, holds the door for Joe Faulkner, a member of the Student Management Team. The entire OnePurdue team kicked off the project July 1, with everyone finally under one roof at the Ross Enterprise Center in Purdue Research Park.
photo by Steve Jones

The OnePurdue team, which now totals about 110 people, has moved into its new facility in Purdue Research Park. About 20 administrative personnel and consultants moved June 6 from a temporary office in South Campus Courts, and the rest of the team arrived July 1.

As OnePurdue Senior Director of Implementation Andy Waters greeted them at the door, the bulk of the team filed in, their arms full of boxes.

A week of “kickoff” activities for the entire team began that morning and continued the following week. These included a detailed orientation to the project; training on some of the tools the team will be using; sessions on data security and other topics; and the start of Phase II of OnePurdue, the “Business Blueprint” phase. (Phase I, “Project Preparation,” finished June 30.)

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The OnePurdue team: Experts in their fields
OnePurdue Executive Director Gary Newsom speaks to the entire team during kickoff activities July 1.
photo by Steve Jones
Photo of Gary Newsom

At its peak, the OnePurdue team will total about 140 people. Most will be Purdue staff (including individuals from the Calumet, Fort Wayne and North Central campuses), experts in a wide variety of subjects concerning University life, including data integration, security, technical infrastructure, admissions, financial aid, student recruitment, accounts receivable, purchasing, travel, payroll and benefits, just to name a few.

BearingPoint and SAP, the project’s consulting partner and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) software vendor, respectively, will also provide personnel to work with and guide OnePurdue staff in the implementation of the software.

The OnePurdue team is actually made up of several smaller groups. While the three "functional" teams are involved with the primary ERP modules – the Finance Team (led by Theresa Ashman), Human Resources Team (led by Susan M. Davis) and Student Management Team (led by Lori Shipley) – there are other, equally vital groups that will also play very important roles in the project.

Brad Skiles, the technical lead for data and infrastructure, heads a team comprised of four specific, individual subgroups: the Data Migration, Data Warehouse, Security and Basis Teams. (The Basis Team will deal with OnePurdue’s technical infrastructure.)

The leader of the application development group, Gary Yates, is responsible for both the Portal Development Team and ABAP Developer Team. (ABAP is the programming language for the SAP software.)

In addition, Colleen Robison, OnePurdue's director for change management and training, leads a group that will eventually include four instructional designers who will familiarize University personnel with the OnePurdue system.

In total, at least 10 functional, technical and training teams will be part of the overall OnePurdue organization.

“Working together, all of these smaller groups will make up the larger OnePurdue team and help make this transformation to the new software as smooth as possible,” said Andy Waters, the project’s senior director of ERP Implementation.

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Meet the OnePurdue leadership

OnePurdue is not just made up of the technical and functional teams described above. It also includes administrative, support and training personnel, each of whom make important contributions to the project every day. In future issues, we will profile each member of the OnePurdue team. This month, we'd like to introduce you to the leadership. (All photos by Steve Jones.)

Gary Newsom has been with Purdue since 1965, with 38 years at the Calumet campus, where he was the vice chancellor for administrative services before being named as OnePurdue’s executive director last fall. Serving in numerous capacities during his years at Calumet, he played a significant role in transforming a small satellite campus with two buildings to the premier institution of higher education that it is today, helping to guide the overall development of the campus, its physical facilities and administrative support services. Gary also led E2=Q, a seven-year continuous improvement system for Calumet’s Administrative Services. As the executive director of OnePurdue, he leads a three-year, system-wide technology and business-redesign effort and a team that, at its peak, will total about 140 University staff and consultants. Gary has a bachelor’s degree in financial management and a postbaccalaureate certificate in higher education administration from Harvard University. He was awarded the Calumet Distinguished Service Award in 1994 by the Purdue Alumni Association-Calumet. He also is an ASQ Certified Quality Manager and Certified Quality Auditor. While not steering Purdue into the future, Gary enjoys spending time with his grandson, Caiden, and traveling with his wife, Jill, to whom he has been married for 30 years. Photo of Gary Newsom

Photo of Andy Waters Andy Waters joined OnePurdue in May as the project’s senior director of ERP implementation. In this capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of successfully transitioning the University’s current computing systems to the SAP software. Andy and his family have lived in Lafayette before, and he most recently worked for Cooper Industries in Wisconsin, where he managed the global implementation of its business system initiative, which was also based on SAP products. Andy received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Ohio State University in 1985 and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1995. He also earned Six Sigma/Green Belt Certification in 2004. Andy joined this project for the opportunity to help Purdue streamline its business processes and reporting capabilities while implementing a variety of self-services for the entire university community. In his leisure time, he enjoys coaching, outdoor activities and traveling with his wife, two sons and daughter. Andy is also training for the Chicago Marathon in October.

Prior to leading OnePurdue’s Human Resources Team, Susan M. Davis accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the University’s Business Office. She has held several managerial roles in the HR organization, included HRIS process manager, HR service team lead, BeneFlex administrator, interim assistant director for employment and interim assistant director for HR training and development. Sue has earned two degrees at Purdue: a bachelor’s in vocational home economics education in 1975 and a master’s in consumer economics in 1980. She joined the OnePurdue team to contribute and make a difference in the University community. “This is an exciting opportunity to be a part of such a history-making project,” she said. In her free time, Sue has another, equally challenging, multi-dimensional pastime: raising two teenagers. Photo of Sue Davis

Photo of Lori Shipley Lori Shipley, PMP, leads the project’s Student Management Team. Prior to joining OnePurdue, she was the project manager for the Student Services Continuing Support Team, supporting legacy student applications in ITaP Enterprise Applications. In addition to numerous interfaces to student systems, Lori and her team maintained several enterprise applications, including ones that supported recruitment, admissions, registrar, bursar and financial aid processes. During her nine years at Purdue, Lori has led numerous projects and served on a variety of committees related to improving University systems and business processes. She has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s in higher education business and finance management – both from Purdue. She also has earned Project Management Certification. Lori joined the OnePurdue team to play a critical role in transforming Purdue’s future through the information systems that support students, faculty and staff. She enjoys spending time with her family and hopes to start piano lessons one day soon.

The leader of OnePurdue's Financial Team, Theresa Ashman, CPA, has spent 13 years in a number of positions within the University's Business Services. She most recently served Purdue as its associate comptroller, responsible for accounting, the Bursar's Office, e-commerce and credit card operations, accounts receivable, and student loans. She joined OnePurdue so she could "be in the thick of things." Theresa earned bachelor's degrees in both biology and accounting at Purdue, in addition to an M.B.A. from Indiana Wesleyan University. Actively involved in karate in recent years, she loves wine and good mysteries. Theresa has three sons, ages 4, 7 and 9. Photo of Theresa Ashman
Photo of Brad Skiles A self-described “certifiable data nerd,” Brad Skiles is OnePurdue’s director of data management and shared components, a position that includes such responsibilities as overseeing the Business Warehouse; data conversion; extraction, transformation and loading; security and BASIS administration. He has worked at Purdue as an Oracle database administrator, data administrator, manager, and previously served as the director of information resource management in ITaP's Enterprise Applications unit. Brad has a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Ball State University and a master’s in speech communication from Miami University (Ohio). “I've long felt there was great value in centralizing and opening up Purdue’s information resources,” he said, adding that he joined OnePurdue to be a part of something that will lead to recognition of the University throughout higher education for implementing a preeminent information architecture. First and foremost in Brad’s life is his family. He and his wife, Kathy, have four children, the oldest of which was married in June. In addition to giving motivational and educational speeches, Brad also enjoys paintball, which he finds to be a great stress reliever.
A part of the Purdue family for 17 years, Gary Yates served as an analyst/programmer in ITaP Enterprise Applications prior to joining OnePurdue as its team lead for application development. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, and the following year began a Ph.D. program at Purdue studying molecular modeling. Two years later, Gary realized he was spending more time playing with the computers than working on chemistry, and he later accepted a position in the newly formed networking division of Purdue’s Administrative Data Processing Center. He volunteered for the OnePurdue team because “it’s a once-in-a-career opportunity to be involved in such a sweeping project.” Gary lives in western Tippecanoe County with his life partner and two small dogs. For fun, he does home automation and enjoys watching movies in his home theater. Photo of Gary Yates
Photo of Rita Clifford As OnePurdue’s director of operations, Rita Clifford is responsible for the overall strategy and direction of operational plans and activities in support of the project. In this capacity, she is in charge of facility management; program logistical support; leading the coordination of human-resource recruitment and development; and implementing policies, procedures and standard processes that form the basis for executive and operating decisions within OnePurdue. Rita came to the OnePurdue team from ITaP Enterprise Applications, where she served as director of organizational effectiveness. With more than 11 years of information technology and administration experience, she has also held various other positions at the University, including director of standards and integration; project manager for process improvement initiatives; analyst/programmer; and information systems coordinator. Rita received a bachelor’s degree in computer technology from Purdue in 1987. She and her husband, David, enjoy spending time with their two daughters, hiking, swimming, daily walks and vacations, sometimes joined by their two shih tzus, who are a big part of the family.
OnePurdue's director of change management and training, Colleen Robison came to the project from Purdue University Calumet, where she began as its training specialist in 1994. She was appointed as the University's quality excellence consultant in 2000, and later served as the interim director for conference operations and special events at PUC. Prior to joining Purdue, Colleen worked as a corporate trainer for R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company. A certified facilitator, she has a bachelor's degree in management, a master's in instructional design, and holds ASQ Quality Manager and Quality Auditor certifications. Colleen also served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. On the OnePurdue team, she is involved in all aspects of the project's change management, training and communications work. In her spare time, Colleen volunteers as a cheerleading coach for Pop Warner Cheerleading and the Booster Club for her daughters' gymnastics team, for which she has led various fund-raising efforts. Photo of Colleen Robison
Photo of Jeff Whitten Jeffrey L. Whitten has been at Purdue for 25 years, initially as a faculty member, then a department chair, and most recently as the associate vice president for ITaP Enterprise Applications. While an assistant professor, Jeff developed a five-course systems analysis and design course sequence, the most ambitious curriculum of its type at the time. He has twice won the James G. Dwyer Award as the best teacher in the School of Technology (selected by the school's students). With undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue in management and computer science, respectively, Jeff is also the co-author of "Systems Analysis and Design Methods," a textbook now in its sixth edition and adopted by more than 700 colleges and universities. Jeff created the OnePurdue vision and built community and administrative commitment to it. As OnePurdue's chief architect, he is responsible for the overall vision, architecture and technology for the project. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys NASCAR races, his home theater, listening to music and collecting postage stamps (pre-1900 U.S.). His prized possessions include a 5-cent Franklin, the first postage stamp issued in the United States, and a tire from the winning car of the 2002 Bristol NASCAR race, won by his favorite driver, Indiana's own Jeff Gordon.

As its director of financial affairs, Mark Cripe provides business-office functions to OnePurdue, in addition to financial oversight to ensure that the project stays within budget. He has two degrees from Purdue: a bachelor's in computer science in 1980 and a M.B.A. in 1997 from the Krannert Graduate School of Management. In his spare time, Mark enjoys reading, listening to music – especially bluegrass - and outdoor cooking with Dutch ovens. He is also involved in his community, including volunteer work with a Boy Scout troop in Rossville, the Clinton County Jail Ministry and his church. Mark and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, one of whom is a Purdue student. Photo of Mark Cripe
Want to learn more about OnePurdue?
Check out the new and improved OnePurdue Web site at http://www.purdue.edu/onepurdue. It's your one-stop place to stay up to date with the project and learn more details about it.
How to contact OnePurdue

Business Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Closed Fridays)

Ross Enterprise Center
1801 Kalberer Road
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone, Fax:
office: (765) 494-2400
fax: (765) 464-2233

General OnePurdue Mailbox (for project-related questions and comments):

Campus Mail Building Code: ROSS

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