STCL Houston programmer Sudha Antani shares expertise at technology conference
Sudha Antani, database programmer and analyst in the Information Services department, recently was selected to present to attendees at the annual Ellucian Live conference in Orlando, FL. In its fifth year, Ellucian Live brings together higher education professionals to explore new technological developments and solutions. More than 8,000 participants attended this year’s conference, dozens of whom submitted proposals to present during one of the week’s breakout sessions.
“I submit a proposal every year, and they usually are not accepted, which I don’t take personally because they receive hundreds,” Antani said. “So when I was notified that my proposal was accepted, it was unexpected and exciting!”
Students, faculty, and staff may be unaware that the tasks and projects performed by the Information Systems team are integral to many of our daily activities. For instance, Antani, who has a master’s degree in computer science, is responsible for developing the portal Clinics students use to track pro bono hours and the Registrar’s Office’s “Faculty Teaching Preferences” portal.
Antani’s presentation, titled “Faculty Load and Compensation: Bridge between HR and Student,” covered the functionality of Banner and the technical steps she took to create reports for daily communications, mass emailing to faculty about contracts acknowledgment, and automated processes to help the Human Resources team finalize faculty contracts in Banner. Antani spent several weeks researching, creating print materials, and finessing her presentation in preparation for the conference.
“The most interesting part of the process was realizing I got an even deeper knowledge of the subject as I worked to ensure the accuracy and reliability of my material,” she said. “I learned even more by teaching.”