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Division of Social Sciences Financial Forum

Greetings,

I've received suggestions from DSS staff that it would be helpful to have a regular forum for staff who have fiscal duties to discuss current and future financial challenges. In that spirit, I would like to introduce the DSS Financial Forum, in order to provide a venue for staff to discuss financial issues with their peers and set up a strong divisional network to solve problems and identify areas that need to be improved.  The forum would give us an opportunity in a group setting to discuss topics such as and issues within: 

  • post-award administration
  • disbursements
  • FinancialLink
  • convert from a shadow system to MyFunds
  • vacation liabilities on grants
  • clean up old indexes
  • Queries
  • additional training needs

The mission of the group is to:

  • Provide a venue for information sharing and training for Social Science fiscal staff
  • Share best fiscal practices
  • Provide opportunities to make the most of automated systems
  • Create opportunities for networking among fiscal staff.

I'll provide the computer and projector so we can see samples of online systems. Please feel free to bring copies of financial reports or any details that you want to discuss.

The forum will not replace the monthly Academic Affairs Fiscal Group or the Academic Affairs Fiscal Officers Advisory Group (FOAG) which has developed a new training program designed for fiscal staff in Academic Affairs, with plans to enroll our first set of participants in Fall 2010.  Please see http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/resource-admin/budget/fma/ for more info. The Financial Management Academy (FMA) is designed to supplement existing courses taught through Staff Education and Development and will provide fiscal staff with a solid foundation of knowledge of a broad range of UCSD financial functions.  Please feel free to contact Kathy Farrelly, kfarrelly@ucsd.edu, Linda Thai Schlossmanlthai@ucsd.edu.

Feel free to call Barb Fager at x4-0201 or email bfager@ucsd.edu if you have any questions.

Barb Fager

Divisional Business Officer

Division of Social Sciences

Related Links

Blink Finance Page

Academic Affairs Fiscal Contacts Groups

Academic Affairs Budget and Finance Resources - Budget and Staffing tools, resource allocations, funding for faculty award programs