Wednesday, July 18, 2018


Cool stuff around the University that you might've missed

Talent Development has published their 2018 offerings!  Check them out here.


Have you seen something cool at UVA that might be useful or interesting to your colleagues? Send it to and maybe we can share it in the blog!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Coming Soon: An interactive hub for the finance community!

This August, we're expanding the Jive platform used for the UBI Community to include space for all of Finance. For both central finance and our partners across Grounds, the online community will be a place for all things Finance Strategic Transformation:

  • Timelines and updates
  • What's going on behind the scenes
  • Conversations with Melody and other Finance leaders
  • Forums for submitting ideas and getting your questions answered
  • Great stories, video content, online events, and so much more!

Watch for more news as we move toward launch! 

 In the meantime, don't be shy: we're building this forum for YOU -- tell us what you'd like to see in the community in the comments below or via

Financial Planning & Analysis Welcomes Devin Foster

Devin Foster has joined Financial Planning & Analysis in the role of Financial Analyst. Foster comes to UVA most recently from Liberty University, where he worked as an Academic Budget Analyst II for nearly six years. He has a bachelor's degree from Guilford College and a masters from Liberty University and has worked in a variety of industries.

In his new role, Devin will manage Operating Financials for UVAFinance, account reconciliations, assist with documenting and streamlining budget processes. He will also work closely with the Administrative Services Group.

His work experience at UVA has started out well: "The team has a great work ethic, and UBI gives you a lot of information."

Foster admits "I moved from the land of the FOAPAL account structure to the PTAEO," he laughed.

Outside of work, Foster, a longtime UVA football fan enjoys keeping up with college football, and he stays outdoors quite a bit, hunting and fishing.

He and his wife Dominique have two children: Dillon, 8, and Della Rae, 4.

Our Grounds are Getting Greener

We drink a LOT of coffee.  
If you've gotten a coffee in the Carruthers Hall cafe area lately, you may have noticed a couple of new recycling boxes for K-cups.

A cooperative effort between the Carruthers Hall Green Team and Procurement and Supplier Diversity Services, these boxes are part of a new program that allows all of our used K-cups to find new life outside of a landfill: the coffee is composted, and the plastic pod is recycled.

Procurement worked with the University’s strategic office supply provider, The Supply Room Company to get the Keurig "Grounds to Grow On" program up and running in Carruthers Hall. You can see more about this K-cup recycling program here:

The next time you get a coffee from the cafe, don't forget to toss your used K-cup into the Grounds to Grow on bins -- as you can see in the pictures below, those K-cups mount up quickly, and we want to keep them out of the landfill.

These two boxes have been
filled so far, each within about

Watch for more changes soon in the Carruthers Hall Cafe, as the Green Team works to make it more sustainable.

Behind the Scenes in Payroll: Testing 1, 2, 3

Payroll staff, technical trainers, and subject matter experts were busy testing Workday during June to make sure both the team and the system are ready to pay everyone at UVA correctly and on time when the system goes live in January.
Payroll Team members deep in the testing process.

The team of 15 payroll staff performed "cross-sequential" testing and training, which means they focused on a diverse cross-section of workers and their payroll results over the course of the year. With this type of testing, the team was able to confirm the various types of earnings, deductions, and taxes as they calculated and accrued toward limits in an environment that mimicked the natural payroll cycles, which spanned 26 Bi-Weekly and 12 Monthly pay periods. They worked with a test population that represented employees from the Academic Division, the Medical Center, and University Physicians Group. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Working on your mid-year review?

We have a podcast about that!  Take a quick listen to the latest episode of Finance Matters for some helpful tips for now and the future.

Click here to listen!

Monday, July 9, 2018

UBI Delivers!

Click the graphic for a larger view.

That's a lot of accomplishments on the graphic above!  Read more about UBI Engage here, and don't forget to check in with the UBI Community to stay abreast of the new modules.

Desktop Scanner Winners

Here are the Travel & Expense whizzes, nominated by their colleagues, who won the desktop scanners in a giveaway from Procurement.  Almost 50 entries were submitted, and, based on the nominations, five winners were chosen:
Thank you to ALL of our TravelUVA and ExpenseUVA rockstars!

  • Kathy Alderson, McIntire School of Commerce
  • Michelle Busby, Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Cathy Froelich, School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Crystal Haislip, Curry School of Education
  • Valerie Rudman, Center for Transportation Studies

Read the nomination letters here.

Congratulations to everyone who won!

2018 Service Awards: Celebrating the UVAFinance Team

UVAFinance Team members were recognized for their years of service.  Pictured:  Yvonne Metheny,  Jessica Marvin, Laverne Beasley, Lori Ponton, Melody Bianchetto, Palvi Sharma, Kevin Crabtree, and Meredith Dixon.

See all the pictures on University Human Resource's Flickr page!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Be mindful of student/parent visitors: Dates to avoid the South Parking Lot

Students and their families will be wrapping up orientation activities during July, and will likely make Student Services in Carruthers Hall one of their stops before they head out of town. This means higher-than-usual visitor parking needs in the South Lot.  The peak dates in July are listed below. 

During this time especially, please be mindful not to use the South Parking lot if you are not a permit holder.

Guidelines for visitors during July’s peak visitor parking days:
  •   Guests of Carruthers and Michie residents should be directed to park in the North Lot visitor’s spots.
  •   If possible, choose to have large meetings with many visitors in another location.
  •   Suggest that guests to Carruthers/Michie carpool.
  •   Avoid using the South Lot if you are not a permit holder – even short-term parking during these peak times is highly discouraged.

Thank you for helping make our corner of UVA a welcoming place for our new Hoos!