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February RAN Post-Meeting Updates

RAN materials now online 

We enjoyed an informative and energetic Research Administrators Network (RAN) meeting this past Thursday, February 12, emceed by Craig Reynolds, Associate Director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. 

Next RAN Meeting

  • Date: Monday, May 4, 2015
  • Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
    (The U-M Office of Research Staff Recognition Awards follow at 3:30)
  • Location: Michigan League Ballroom

Our "Love Boat" themed-event was a great opportunity for networking and, we hope,  ♫ "set a course for adventure" with "something for everyone!"   If you didn't get to attend (or, if you would like more information), the RAN presentations are now available online.

RAN Survey Still Open

We are still collecting input about RAN meetings in our RAN Survey. If you missed the opportunity to take it, there is still time! Your feedback is important regardless of whether you are able to attend RAN meetings.

Details on upcoming SSC training from the AST Shared Services Project Team!

The Shared Services Center (SSC) transition is going live on April 20th. To get ready, we encourage unit staff and approvers to attend the following training sessions from the Administrative Services Transformation (AST) Shared Services Project Team. See below for instructions on registration!. 

  • Accounting Customer Service (FN100)
  • Approver Table Maintenance (FN200)
  • SOA Reconciliation for Units (SOA100)
  • Requesting Journal Entries and UDCs (SOA101)
  • Travel and Expense Going Forward for Units (TE150)

Each course has multiple offerings of the same presentation. In addition, each course has one session that will be live streamed and recorded for later viewing.  The schedule follows:

FN100: Accounting Customer Service Going Forward (3 offerings)

  • Thursday, February 26, 2:30 – 3:00 pm, Wolverine  Tower Suite 18
  • Monday, March 2, 2:00 – 2:30 pm, Lurie Engineering Johnson Rooms  (LIVE SIMULCAST)
  • Thursday, March 12, 9:00 – 9:30 am, School of Social Work Educational Conference Center

FN200: Approver Table Maintenance (6 offerings)

  • Monday, February 23, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Wolverine Tower Suite 18 (LIVE SIMULCAST)
  • Tuesday, February 24,  2:00 - 3:00 pm,  Lurie Engineering Johnson Rooms
  • Wednesday, February 25, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Palmer Commons Forum Hall
  • Tuesday, March 3, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Lurie Engineering Johnson Rooms
  • Wednesday, March 4, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Wolverine Tower Suite 18
  • Thursday, March 5, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Palmer Commons Forum Hall

SOA100: SOA Reconciliation for Units (3 offerings)

  • Tuesday, March 3,  2:00 - 3:30 pm,  Palmer Commons Forum Hall
  • Thursday, March 5, 10:30 am - 12:00 noon, Lurie Engineering Johnson Rooms (LIVE SIMULCAST)
  • Monday, March 9, 2:00 - 3:30 pm, Wolverine Tower Suite 18

SOA101: Requesting Journal Entries and UDCs (3 offerings)

  • Wednesday, March 4, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Lurie Engineering Johnson Rooms (LIVE SIMULCAST)
  • Tuesday, March 10, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Palmer Commons Forum Hall
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Wolverine Tower Suite 18 

TE150: Travel and Expense Going Forward for Units (3 offerings)

  • Thursday, February 26, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Wolverine Tower Suite 18 
  • Monday, March 2,  2:00 - 3:00 pm, School of Social Work Educational Conference Center
  • Tuesday, March 10, 9:00 - 10:00 am, Lurie Engineering Johnson Rooms (LIVE SIMULCAST)

How to Register or Attend via Simulcast

Register online to attend one or more course sessions. 

To attend a live simulcast virtuallyyou do not need to register, but you will need to log in to participate. 
  • On the day of the event, go to the AdobeConnect Webcast 5-10 minutes before the program starts.
  • Select the "Enter as a Guest" option.  Type your uniqname, and then click "Enter Room."
  • The meeting will also be recorded and available on the AST website - Services for Units page a few days after the meeting  

Please share this information with others in your unit who may benefit from participating in these training sessions. If you have any questions, please contact us at astsharedservicesproject@umich.edu.

The RAPid is a joint communication effort from:



With special thanks to:
  • Thom Madden and Lisa Harris of the AST Shared Services Project Team
  • The Research Administration Advisory Council (RAAC) Communications Subcommittee
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