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ATS Newsletter, Vol.3 - June 2017

ATS Strengthens Training Options for Faculty

Academic Technology Services (ATS) has reviewed the data and feedback from the Departmental Incentive Program, BeachBoard Focus Groups, and BeachBoard focused surveys conducted over the spring semester. The initial results indicate a clear desire and need for expanded training opportunities. Academic Technology Services would like to thank the faculty from over twenty departments and programs who participated.

To support this need, ATS is creating a position known as “Training Lead” and appointing Rica Young to the role. Rica will create, design, coordinate, and promote a variety of in person and online training options related to technologies and practices of teaching and learning. She will supervise our in person drop in support, ensure high quality resources, and conduct an ongoing needs assessment to refine offerings to best meet campus needs. The ATS training offerings will include short focused sessions on a variety of topics as well as more comprehensive courses themed to meet various needs identified by faculty. Lastly, the Training Lead will curate external training resources to respect faculty time.

In addition to the new Training Lead, a new ATS training room will open this fall in AS120. As peer learning communities and other training related initiatives come online, the Training Lead will expand communication through this newsletter, our revised website, and other media channels to ensure you can find the training resources you’re looking for. More resources will come online this fall as we prepare for BeachBoard 2018.

Do you have any particular requests for training this fall? Send us a request at

Need help? Visit ATS in person at our temporary location

We are temporarily located in PH2-116 while our AS-120 home is undergoing renovations. This summer, you can get BeachBoard and instructional design support from 8AM to 5PM, Monday through Thursday. Starting August 14th, we will resume normal hours 8AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday in PH2-116 until we move back to AS-120.

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Meet the staff: Rica Young

Rica Young

For the past 15 years, Rica Young has trained faculty and students on educational technologies that enhance teaching and learning as well as computer applications that increase efficiency and productivity in the workplace. She currently serves as the Training Lead for Academic Technology and a part-time lecturer for College of Education.

Rica completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science at the University of St. La Salle, Philippines and her Master’s Degree in Educational Technology at California State University, Long Beach. She currently pursues her Doctorate in Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Rica finds joy in helping people succeed and is most thankful for having supportive family and friends. Her guilty pleasure includes shopping, live concerts and balloon art.


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ATS Leadership

Shawna Dark, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President, 
Academic Technology

Doug Butler, MBA 
Administrative Support Manager

Jonathan Blake Huer, MFA 
Director of 
Instructional Technology Support Services

Dennis LuPresto, MBA 
Classroom Support Services Coordinator

Liem Nguyen 
Learning Technologies Coordinator

Scot Woodyard, MBA 
Project Manager