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September 3, 2021
July & August 2021 OBI Dashboard Enhancements
On July 13, 2021, three new fields were added to the Payments Dashboard: Minority Owned, Women Owned, and OU Supplier Type. The OU Supplier Type column indicates if the supplier is an Independent Contractor, EnergyCap supplier, or a FoodPro supplier. This column was also added to the PO Summary Dashboard. These fields will be included in your re...
September 3, 2021
New WorkForce Time Clocks to be Installed
In August, OIT replaced the current WorkForce time clocks across multiple campuses.  The University is opting to replace these clocks for several reasons: they are nearing the end of their life span, they are prone to failure (the magnetic stripe reader is a common issue), the current model is no longer sold, and support is being phased out ov...
September 3, 2021
Year End Balance Rollforward
FY21 financial activity has now been rolled forward. FY22 results should now be correct. The ADJ 2021-21 period contains the following FY21 activity: Athens Colleges – consolidation of UNR account balances to Operating Reserve (810250); subsequent transfer from Operating Reserves to Academic College Reserves (810210) HCOM, Regional Campu...
September 3, 2021
Purchasing Services Announcement
Please note: Purchasing Services is once again without a manager, in addition to several other vacant positions. Our processing times for RFPs, contracts, and service agreements will be impacted. The department has worked to cross-train existing staff to address backlogs and provide coverage during paid time off. Chad Mitchell was recently appointe...
September 1, 2021
Concur Enhancement – Edit Multiple Expenses
On August 27, 2021, Concur added a feature that allows users to edit multiple expense line items on an expense report.  For those users who accessed the Concur system prior to 2019, you may recall this feature was available in the previous user interface and Concur’s removal of this feature was a big pain point.  We are happy to report th...
August 27, 2021
Confidential Recycling Update
Effective January 1, 2022, Gator Shredding will replace Shred-It as the preferred vendor for confidential shredding services at Ohio University. Gator Shredding was selected through a competitive bid process with a bid evaluation committee comprised of service users or stakeholders, including: Bruce Tong (Internal Audit), Cheri Sheets (Arts and Sci...
August 2, 2021
Pocket Nurse Punch-out Catalog Available
Effective Tuesday, August 3, 2021, Pocket Nurse will be available as a punch-out catalog in BobcatBUY. As a preferred supplier to Ohio University, Pocket Nurse provides a broad portfolio of medical and science supplies for healthcare simulation education. The punch-out catalog in BobcatBUY will provide a streamlined shopping experience and built-in...
July 12, 2021
BobcatBUY User Interface Upgrade 21.2
BobcatBUY (BCB) will be unavailable from Friday, July 23-25, 2021 while a user interface (UI) upgrade is completed.  When you log in after the update is complete, you will be greeted with a new pop-up window.  Click the Yes or No radio button to see a Step-By-Step Tour and/or a video showing you some of the new features.  These are n...
July 2, 2021
Year End Reminder-OBI Dashboard balances
When viewing FY22 results for designated, student organization, and gift sources, the FY21 activity will not be rolled forward until mid-August when June is closed.  On the Revenue/Expense view, the Beg Balance column will show the FY21 beginning balance (it will not include FY21 activity).  On the Traditional view, the YTD Actual...
July 2, 2021
Increase in Enterprise Vehicle Rental Daily Fees
Even though travel is still restricted, we wanted to let you know that Enterprise has increased daily rates for vehicle rentals.  Vehicles of each class will see a $0.50 per day rate increase in the next two years of the University contract beginning November 1, 2021 (and again in November 2022).  Please note Hertz prices remain the same ...