MUMAA Honored for Contributions to Advising Community

Tue July 12, 2016

This past May, the MyUW-Madison Academic Application Development (MUMAA) service received two campus awards for their contributions to the advising community. Team members honored include Mike Farnham, MUMAA Service Leader; Saikat Sengupta, MUMAA Developer; and Andy Goldstein, Assistant Director of Learning Solutions.

Nominated by the Center for the First-Year Experience (CFYE), MUMAA was named a Campus Partner of the Year by the Dean of Student Life for their work on the SOAR Advising Module (SAM). Chris Verhaeghe, CFYE Assistant Director of Orientating Initiatives, presented the award and shared details on the partnership’s history that began in 2011 and current work that includes the student-facing side of SAM.

“The developers have been great to work with over the last five years,” commented Verhaeghe. “They are always eager to learn about the SOAR advising process, how they can improve the experience for both students and advisors, and have always been patient with my numerous requests for changes.”

On May 24, 2016, the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administration presented the Advising Gateway team with the Administrative Improvement Award. The Advising Gateway is a collaborative initiative between the Office of the Registrar, Office of Undergraduate Advising and Division of Information Technology (DoIT), which includes our MUMAA team.

“The Advising Gateway has been a resounding, thundering success, and our team has been at the center of delivering a high-value, high-affinity tool to campus that will serve the advising community now and well into the future,” notes Goldstein. “They also have been effective in pulling in other collaborators from across DoIT into this work to deliver an outstanding end product for their constituents.”

Advisors and other members in the advising community nominated MUMAA. This included Nikki Bollig, CALS assistant dean for academic programs and policies, who said “It goes without saying that your work individually and collectively has made a significant impact to the advising community and campus.”

Work on these two projects continues for MUMAA and Andy Goldstein remains closely connected to the advising community by serving as a co-leader on the Advising Architecture Review Board.

MUMAA, DoIT & Parners Receive Advising Gateway Award

MUMAA, DoIT & Parners Receive Advising Gateway Award

Saikat Sengupta, Mike Farnham & Chris Verhaeghe at Dean of Student Life Partner Award Ceremony

Saikat Sengupta, Mike Farnham & Chris Verhaeghe at Dean of Student Life Partner Award Ceremony