FEBRUARY 2 – 4, 2021

Welcome to SIGConnect 2021 – a virtual conference where higher education professionals will come together to solve modern problems around streamlining operations on and off campus. Over 80 informative sessions and numerous networking opportunities to register.

Why You Should Register For This Event

SIGConnect will offer user and vendor led sessions on topics including:

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) including Slate
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Migration including AWS
  • Rapid Process Improvement
  • Ellucian Banner® including Finance, Financial Aid, Student, Student AR and Human Resources
  • Ellucian Colleague® Finance, Financial Aid, and Student
  • Ellucian Degree WorksTM
  • Technical and Database Administration

Reasons to Attend

Looking for justification to attend this year’s conference? Here is what SIGConnect will have in store for ongoing personal and professional development.

  • Network in an environment that promotes interaction
  • Participate in sessions sure to enhance your personal and professional development
  • Meet exhibitors with expertise in higher education systems
  • Discover training resources
  • Broaden your perspectives through a variety of interactive experiences
  • Learn new ideas, products, and solutions
  • Live demonstrations from industry experts
  • Virtual games with prize drawings
  • Networking lounge
  • Missed CoHEsion 2020? Don’t miss SIGConnect 2021!

Partners & Sponsors



Browse the Agenda by Track by selecting the green tab above, then scroll down to review sessions in that Track.

Agenda

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone

Tuesday Feb 2

  7:45am - 8:00am

Kick Off & Vendor Introductions

  8:00am to 9:00am

Keynote - "Ask for More" by Alexandra Carter




Conference Sessions

  10:00am to 11:00am

ET3

Rapid Process Improvement: Key to Digital Transformation!

Emily Rudin

David Miley

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  03:00pm

SH1

Social Hour: Mixology 101 - LIVE From Kennebunkport Maine

Emily Rudin



Wednesday Feb 3

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

ET1

Transforming the Student Experience One Process at a Time

Emily Rudin

David Miley

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall


Thursday Feb 4

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

ET2

The Story of a Successful Acquisition

Emily Rudin

David Miley

  10:00am to 11:00am

ET4

Feeling Stuck? Using Business Process Analysis (BPA) to Make Changes in Your Organization and to Adapt to the New Normal

Kari Blinn

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall



Conference Sessions

  09:00am to 10:00am

DB1

Leveraging Jenkins for More than Just ESM

Ian Becker

  10:00am to 11:00am

TE1

Customizing Banner 9 Self-Service Without Modifying It - Configure Page Components and Theming

Dan Arnold

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

TE7

How to Approach Enterprise IAM Planning and Design

Alice Kim

Tom O'Neill

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

DB6

Planning for a Smooth Cloud Migration!

David Miley

Kevin Goethe

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

DB4

Managing Banner Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Gabriel Tocci

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

TE4

Configuring Banner General Self-Service

Adam Travis

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

TE10

Single Sign On and You!

Alice Kim

Tom O'Neill

  03:00pm

SH1

Social Hour: Mixology 101 - LIVE From Kennebunkport Maine

Emily Rudin



Wednesday Feb 3

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

DB3

Containerization in AWS

Ian Becker

  10:00am to 11:00am

TE6

Introducing SIG Messaging Solution (SMS)

Adam Travis

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

DB5

Leverage ESM to Customize Your Banner Upgrade Process

Anthony Becker

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

TE8

Account Management - Tools and Processes

Tom O'Neill

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

TE12

PageBuilder Unleashed

Sohail Syed

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

TE5

Ethos Solutions

Brian Regan

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

TE9

Authentication!

Alice Kim

Tom O'Neill

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

TE11

Banner 9 Self-Service (are we really modifying or using PageBuilder?)

Dan Arnold



Thursday Feb 4

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

TE2

Banner Security Tips and Best Practices

Adam Travis

  09:00am to 10:00am

DB2

Cloud Migrations - Lessons Learned

David Miley

Kevin Goethe

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall



Conference Sessions

  10:00am to 11:00am

BI1

Cognos and Reporting: Scheduling and Distributing Reports in a Cognos Environment

Richard Blevins

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

CR4

Ready, Set, Go. Your NEW CRM is Ready for DATA!

Brian Regan

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

BD1

Streamline Document Processing from Remote Locations Using Basic Functionality (1 of 4)

Tom Braun

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

CR1

Are You Managing CRM Recruit or is CRM Recruit Managing You?

Jaymalee Johnson

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

CR5

It's a Trap! Avoiding the Siren Song of Multiple Slate Instances

Brian Regan

Kathryn Lucas

  03:00pm

SH1

Social Hour: Mixology 101 - LIVE From Kennebunkport Maine

Emily Rudin



Wednesday Feb 3

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

BD2

Step Up Your Game to Make BDM Work the Way You Need! (2 of 4)

Tom Braun

  09:00am to 10:00am

CR3

Is it Time to Consider a New Advancement CRM System?

David Smittle

Brian Regan

  10:00am to 11:00am

BI3

Cognos Analytics Report: Understanding the Auto-Group and Summarize Feature. Or, how NOT to report a student with a 3.00 GPA as having a 9.00 GPA.

Richard Blevins

  10:00am to 11:00am

CR8

Best Practices for Document Management in Slate and Beyond

Brian Regan

Kathryn Lucas

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

BD3

Smart BDM - Leveraging Other Applications (3 of 4)

Tom Braun

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

VN1

Evisions: Innovating For Your Institution’s Future

James Buxton

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

BI4

Extending the ODS Using the 'Abbreviated Method'

Richard Blevins



Thursday Feb 4

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

BD4

Take it to the Limit – Extended BDM in ACTION!

Tom Braun

  09:00am to 10:00am

VN2

A New way to Manage Financial Aid - Dashboards Focused on Student-Centered Funding

Heather Hutchings

John Van Weeren

  10:00am to 11:00am

BI5

Simplifying Your SQL with the 'With Clause'

Richard Blevins

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

BI2

Scheduling and Distributing Reports in an Evisions Argos Environment

Tom Braun

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

CR6

Data Imports 101

Brian Regan

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

CR7

Configurable Joins - How to make them work for you!

Kathryn Lucas

Brian Regan




Conference Sessions

  10:00am to 11:00am

CS4

Baseline Colleague and Self-Service Functionalities to Streamline Services

Joan Bowen

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

CF1

General Ledger Reporting

Drue Strickland

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

CS1

Streamline Your Colleague End of Term Processes

Joan Bowen

  03:00pm

SH1

Social Hour: Mixology 101 - LIVE From Kennebunkport Maine

Emily Rudin



Wednesday Feb 3

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

CA3

Colleague's Baseline Financial Aid Packager

John Windham

  10:00am to 11:00am

CS3

Leverage Colleague Student Planning for Advising in a Remote World

Joan Bowen

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

CF2

Purging Colleague Finance Records

Drue Strickland

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

CA2

Cal Grant Processing with Colleague

John Windham

Eric Lane

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

CS2

Self-Service Features to Make Your Add/Drop Forms Obsolete

Joan Bowen


Thursday Feb 4

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

VN2

A New way to Manage Financial Aid - Dashboards Focused on Student-Centered Funding

Heather Hutchings

John Van Weeren

  10:00am to 11:00am

CA4

Communications Management…From Home

John Windham

  10:00am to 11:00am

CS5

Required Agreements and General Announcements

Joan Bowen

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

CA1

Optimizing Cal ISIR Processing for Colleague

John Windham

Eric Lane

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

CS6

Tips and Tricks for UI 5

Joan Bowen

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

CA5

Financial Aid Self-Service Check Up

John Windham

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

VN3

Make the Move to Modern Accounting with Blackline

Kevin Guyton

Patrick Carmody




Conference Sessions

  9:00am to 10:00am

AR1

Streamlining AR Communications with BCM

John Brown

  9:00am to 10:00am

DW5

DegreeWorks New Releases and Product Enhancements

John Crispino

Dennis Crowson

  9:00am to 10:00am

FA1

Streamline Financial Aid Student Communications

Ivelisse Melendez

Leanna Phan

  09:00am to 10:00am

FI1

My Requisitions in B9 Finance Self-Service - It Really Works!

Steve Barcus

  09:00am to 10:00am

HR2

Managing Faculty Assignments and Compensation using Faculty Load & Compensation Module (FLAC)

Suz-Ann Olofson

  09:00am to 10:00am

ST3

Automate Processes Using Action Item Processing, Page Builder, Workflow, and More

Adam Travis

  10:00am to 11:00am

FA2

Transform Managing Student Changes Using Period Based Budgeting

Patrick Scott

  10:00am to 11:00am

HR1

Managing HR-Payroll Approvals Remotely - Banner 9 Personnel Actions 9 (PA) Can Help!

Vi Rapuano

Adam Travis

  10:00am to 11:00am

ST1

Responding to Urgent Banner Data Changes

Kimberly Saving-Sherman

Sohail Syed

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

DW2

Get the right Classes! Integrating Banner Registration & Degree Works – realizing the full potential of your software.

Dennis Crowson

Jacob Jones

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

FI2

Configuring SSB9 Overview and My Journals SSB9.4

Steve Barcus

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

FA3

Streamline Your Financial Aid Processing Flow

David Gilmore

Mary Krallman

  03:00pm

SH1

Social Hour: Mixology 101 - LIVE From Kennebunkport Maine

Emily Rudin



Wednesday Feb 3

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

DW6

DegreeWorks Responsive Dashboard and Latest Student Educational Planner (SEP4) - Functional Review

John Crispino

Dennis Crowson

  09:00am to 10:00am

ST4

Quick Steps to create Block Schedules for Banner 9 Self-Service Registration

Ellen Jetto

  10:00am to 11:00am

DW3

Better Than a Crystal Ball! Schedule Forecasting Using SEP and CPA

Dennis Crowson

  10:00am to 11:00am

FA4

Communicating to Students Using Self-Service Banner and Banner Emails for Withdrawals

Mary Krallman

  10:00am to 11:00am

FI3

Salary Planner Overview and the Feed to Finance

Steve Barcus

Vi Rapuano

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

FI4

General Accounting Operating and General Ledger Queries

Steve Barcus

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

AR2

Why don’t we use a PopSel to do that?

John Brown



Thursday Feb 4

All times are Pacific (GMT-8) Time zone


Conference Sessions

  08:00am to 09:00am

Wellness on Demand - Expo Hall
  09:00am to 10:00am

FI5

Create a Comprehensive Crosswalk for a New Chart or Modified Chart Element

Steve Barcus

  09:00am to 10:00am

HR3

Providing Remote Workforce a Place to Go for Employment Information

Vi Rapuano

  09:00am to 10:00am

VN2

A New way to Manage Financial Aid - Dashboards Focused on Student-Centered Funding

Heather Hutchings

John Van Weeren

  10:00am to 11:00am

FA5

SAP in Banner Self-Service

Gary Davis

  10:00am to 11:00am

ST2

Banner 9 Self-Service Overview and Enhancements

Kyle Jackson

Jacob Jones

  11:00am to 12:30pm

Lunch

Roundtables – Live Wellness – Expo Hall
  12:30pm to 01:30pm

DW4

Automating Graduation Processing Using DegreeWorks, Banner, and BDM

Dave Neil

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

FA6

Streamlining Document Collection with CampusLogic StudentForms and Banner

Laurie Neil

Heather Minehart

  12:30pm to 01:30pm

FI6

Overview of the Research Accounting Module

Brian Nolan

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

DW1

Course Program of Study (CPoS): Are You in Compliance?

John Crispino

Mary Krallman

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

HR4

Managing a Remote Workforce Effectively Using Banner Time Entry/Leave Reporting

Dominic Martinez

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

ST5

COVID and Paper make for an Unfriendly Mix-Workflow & PageBuilder Can Help

Jacob Jones

David Gilmore

  01:30pm to 02:30pm

VN3

Make the Move to Modern Accounting with Blackline

Kevin Guyton

Patrick Carmody

Frequently Asked Questions

SIGConnect will provide a platform in which all who register can share what we have learned this past year, talk about challenges ahead, and share stories that may inspire innovation in the world of Higher Education. Therefore, SIG is waiving all registration fees and hopes you will join us.
You can see the entire conference Agenda on this site. You may set your own calendar reminders now for the sessions you wish to attend, then login to the conference from the top of this page after January 27, 2021. Browse the sessions agenda and add the sessions you are interested to your calendar. Be sure to set the appropriate reminder times on your calendar. You will also be emailed the Agenda each morning before the conference starts, based on your responses to the registration question about which track(s) you are interested in.
If you have registered, you will be able to login on January 27, 2021 to begin selecting the sessions you wish to attend and adding them to your calendar. Your login credentials will be emailed to you after registration.
You will have on-demand access to the sessions and Vendor materials until March 7, 2021.
We recommend using Chrome or Firefox browsers and having a minimum 3.0 Mbps download internet connection available for conference days. Search on the internet for “internet speed test” and use any of the tools that come up to measure your connection speed. For optimal bandwidth, you can download the Zoom app ahead of the conference from zoom.us/download and use the app to connect to live sessions during the conference. The Information Desk at the conference can walk you through this day-of.
Send an email to sigconnect@getvfairs.io for technical assistance. Send an email to sigconnect@sigcorp.com for assistance related to content, participation or agenda. Chat and phone support will also be available once the conference goes live. Head over to the Information Booth inside the event for that information.
SIGConnect is not an accredited conference for 2021 so CE credits are not being issued for the conference.

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