Student Affairs Projects

The SA Projects Team provides project management support for departments and individuals. We are here to help you request and implement projects, ensuring projects are well-defined, on time, and within budget.


Request a Project

A project is a temporary, organized effort to create a unique product, service or result. Projects can focus on technology, procurement, communications, business development and other areas. The first step is to bring your request to your AVC or SA Executive representative for approval. They will contact the Divisional Director of Purchasing (Amy Weissenbacher) and Communications (Ellen Topp) to get your request started. Technology requests can be initiated by emailing Katie Dustin in SA Projects. Examples of projects include:

  • Technology: Security reviews or implementation of new software
  • Purchasing: A purchase that requires bids or an RFP
  • Communications: The creation of a new website, or a major website refresh (See details on communications project requests)
  • Business Development: Generation of new revenue opportunities through programs, projects and campus/corporate partnerships


Timeline for Project Requests

Technology requests must be submitted January 1-March 15, 2020 for projects to be initiated in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. This detailed timeline provides information about each step of the tech submission process.  Purchasing, Communications and other projects may be requested at any time.


Project Approval 

Technology requests are prioritized and approved by the Student Affairs Executive Team. Purchasing and Communications requests are prioritized by the Divisional Directors and approved by the requesting unit’s AVC/SA Exec. Approvals are based on the following factors:

  • Alignment with Division and Department goals
  • Cross-Department Collaboration
  • Purpose
  • Cost
  • Timeline
  • Size
  • Impact
  • Risk


Project Funding 

In addition to departmental funds, grants may be used to pay project implementation costs. Please explore the Student Tech Fund and the Wellness Fund for funding opportunities.


SA Projects Team

Katie Dustin, PMP - Project and Portfolio Manager
Norm Cheng, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSM - Project Manager 
Ellen Rinker, PMP, MIS - Project Manager

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