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UConn Emphasizes Economic Inclusion in Mission of Ensuring Diversity and Equity

Supplier diversity is critical to UConn and the state of Connecticut and UConn has a demonstrated commitment to economic inclusion in contracting for goods and services. To measure an institution’s commitment to diversity and equity, it’s not enough to boast about student enrollment figures, employee hiring statistics, and academic curricula that demonstrate inclusion of underrepresented populations.

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ACQUIRING COVID-19 PROTECTION ITEMS

Faculty, staff and researchers who cannot do their jobs from home and are approved by a department head or dean can submit requests through online web forms for face masks, hand sanitizer, pre-packaged disinfectant spray with paper towels and gloves through University Business Services. Other PPE can also be obtained during the normal procurement process through HuskyBuy. The provisions apply to employees at the Storrs and regional campuses, along with the agricultural extension offices.  For additional information please visit : https://uconn.edu/public-notification/coronavirus/covid-19-campus-operations/

 


Concur Go-Live

We are excited to announce the official University go-live of the Concur Travel and Expense system.

As of April 22, 2020, all employees (including graduate assistants, graduate interns, and post-docs) should utilize Concur and Key Travel to book, request, and expense travel.  There is a detailed overview of this transition (cutover plan), including how you should handle travel that began before 4/22, the requirements for pre-approval for travel booked prior to 4/22, and how to utilize your Unused Ticket Credits with Sanditz.

If you have not yet applied for a University Travel Card, it is recommended that you do so as it will contribute to a more seamless travel experience.  To obtain a Travel Card you must complete the required training and then submit an application for approval.  Once the application is approved, it will take 7 – 10 business days for you to receive the card.  Because faculty and staff are working remotely due to COVID-19, Travel Cards will be mailed to the home address you provide on your application. (more…)


FY21 Blanket Order Procedure

HuskyBuy is now ready for the processing of FY21 Blanket Orders and Requisitions

HB is now ready for submission of new requisitions and blanket PO requests for FY21.  For Blanket orders you can create a new requisition by copying an existing requisition of your FY20 PO.  Review and update pertinent information including account, dollar amount, contract number if applicable, PO valid from and to dates.

FY21 Procedure Guide


COVID-19 Surplus Store Update

Given the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the directive from both Governor Lamont and President Katsouleas to practice social distancing and limit large group interaction, the University’s Public Surplus Store is cancelled until further notice.  We apologize for any inconvenience, but believe that it is in the best interest of all of our community customers to ensure that everyone remains safe and healthy.  We will reopen the Public Store once it is safe to do so.   In the meantime, please feel free to check our website https://surplus.ubs.uconn.edu/ for updates.


COVID-19 Travel Update

Governor Lamont sent executive branch agency heads a directive designed to help prevent and delay COVID-19 in Connecticut, including freezing employee travel on state business.

University-Sponsored Travel Outside of Connecticut is Suspended: Though not an executive branch agency, UConn wishes to act in keeping with the governor’s goals. Effective immediately, all domestic and international, university-sponsored travel outside of the state by faculty and staff is suspended until further notice. Any exception needs to be approved by university leadership. (more…)


Urgent Update for International Travelers

As you may be aware, there is an ongoing outbreak of a respiratory illness commonly named the coronavirus – COVID-19.  This development is rapidly evolving. As such, travelers are urged to closely monitor Travel.state.gov and CDC.gov for important information.

Travelers are reminded to complete the travel waiver for travel to countries/regions which have been listed as level 3 or 4 by the U. S. Department of State.


W.B. Mason on HuskyBuy!

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We are excited to announce that W.B. Mason will be joining our team of office supply vendors!

W.B. Mason will provide UConn with competitive pricing, exceptional customer service, and fast & free delivery on all of their office supply products. Take advantage of their product offerings through their on-line catalog, which is anticipated to go live in HuskyBuy on Monday, March 2, 2020.

With W.B. Mason, you can expect:

  • Free Desktop Delivery by uniformed W.B. Mason drivers
  • No order minimums
  • A dedicated customer support team located in CT

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Interim Assoc Vice President of University Business Services

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On Behalf of the Office of the EVPACFO

I am pleased to appoint Greg Daniels, JD as interim Associate Vice President of University Business Services. Greg currently serves as Director of Procurement Contracts and Compliance. In this role, he is responsible for all contracting at the University – a role that has uniquely qualified him to serve as interim AVP. He is also an attorney with many years of experience in state government and the CSCU system. I look forward to working with Greg, and trust that University Business Services will continue to provide a high level of customer service, value to the University, and compliance.

Scott A. Jordan

Executive Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
For more information, contact: Office of the EVPACFO at evpacfo@uconn.edu