UAB IT is committed to empowering the success of the University’s students, faculty, staff and researchers through technology.

To ensure that UAB IT is responding to those technology needs, the University community is invited to become active participants in building an IT roadmap for campus. Visit uab.edu/empoweruab to see a timeline of the strategic plan process, read about the strategic imperatives and see the schedule of town halls.

“UAB is a world-class educational and research university that deserves a world-class IT organization,” Vice President and CIO Curtis Carver said. “We want our students, faculty and staff to help co-author the IT Strategic Plan to help us prioritize technology improvements worthy of advancing UAB.”

Seven committees — one for each of UAB IT’s strategic imperatives — will begin meeting April 4 to preview the draft strategic plan. The following week, UAB IT will begin hosting 14 open town halls, with two scheduled for each imperative. Click here to view the schedule for town halls.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the town halls to provide input on the plan. After those meetings, the committees will review and incorporate feedback before a series of review poster sessions.

Students, faculty and staff will then be able to review the draft strategic plan and make comments before the final strategic plan is published in June.


Oracle users have the opportunity to add a new layer of security to the system that houses employees’ financial and personal information at UAB.

UAB will deploy a security challenge, a series of questions for which Oracle users will provide unique answers. Each time a user logs in, he or she will be presented with a random question.

The security challenge is part of a series of improvements to make the Oracle system more secure, which have been made with the support and endorsement of the President’s Risk Cabinet.

If users opt in to the security challenge, they will also have the option to click a “Remember Me” box, which will skip the security challenge using cookies in the user’s browser. If a user switches to a different device or a different browser or clears the browser’s cookies, the user will be prompted to answer a security challenge question again.

The security challenge in Oracle will be optional at first, then mandatory for users beginning in early summer.

Last month, Oracle changed its login page to match the Central Authentication System screen used on other UAB systems. And last year, UAB introduced a new Oracle RedFlag notification system that uses the same technology as the B-Alert system to notify employees if changes have been made in their personal information, direct deposit accounts or tax withholding forms via Oracle Self Service.
UAB’s Oracle login page has changed to match the Central Authentication Screen used on other UAB systems.

The change is part of a larger plan to make the Oracle system that houses employees’ personal and financial information more secure.

“This is one of the first steps we need to take to implement greater security measures for UAB employees,” said Dr. Curt Carver, vice president and chief information officer.

In coming weeks, employees will be able to opt in to an extra layer of security in Oracle, a security challenge that uses employees’ unique responses to ensure greater safety when they log in to the system. When the security challenge function is implemented, it will be optional for employees at first, then required after an introduction period.

“These measures will provide enhanced security for all of our employees and their personal information,” said Alesia Jones, chief human resources officer.

Last year, UAB introduced a new Oracle RedFlag notification system that uses the same technology as the B-Alert system to notify employees if changes have been made in their personal information, direct deposit accounts or tax withholding forms via Oracle Self Service.

“With the support and endorsement of the President’s Risk Cabinet, these security measures help protect the data and payroll information in our system of record,” said Stephanie Mullins, interim chief financial officer.

TechConnect, UAB IT's storefront at the Hill Student Center, will host a Dell showcase Wednesday, March 16.

Dell representative Kyle Amos will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to demonstrate Dell products and answer questions for students, faculty and staff. Amos will demonstrate several Dell machines, including the Precision 5510, which is geared toward engineering students, as well as the XPS 13 and Inspiron 15 5000.

All students, faculty and staff are invited to stop by TechConnect, located near the dining area on the first floor of the Hill Student Center, to meet Amos and learn more about Dell.

TechConnect is a storefront and web site that gives UAB students, faculty and staff a chance to take advantage of educational pricing on computers and other technology from partner vendors Dell, Apple, CDW-G and Microsoft.