Information Services Employee Blog

  • This is IS- Desiree McGahey

    November 6, 2018, 16:30 PM by Evan Martinez

    • One word that best describes how you work and why? 
      • Dedicated.  I love my job, and after my family, my job is my next priority.
    • Current mobile device? 
      • iPhone 6s
    • How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
      • I’ve been at UTMB for 22yrs. I started as temp on month long assignment in Hospital Administration.The CFO at the time liked me since I always came to work with a smile on my face and asked me to stay on in a permanent role. The people keep me here. Everyone I work with are like my family.
    • Take us through a recent workday.    
      • When I get to work I identify one person I should express my gratitude towards (Thanks illumin-8!).  Starting the day on a positive note helps me remain positive throughout the day, and I don’t think we say “thank you” enough.  Then I check my email and calendar, go through my to-do list.  Then it’s meetings, meetings, and more meetings.  I usually leave the office to head home well after 5pm.
    • What is the funniest thing that ever happened at work?
      • Michael Johnson and I had an “April Fools game” every year. We’d play harmless pranks on one another. When he went to lunch one day I took an industrial size container of aluminum foil and foiled every single thing (computer, chair, paper clip, stapler, etc.) in his office. The best part was he had a meeting in that very office right afterwards.
    • What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without? 
      • Banking apps, Google Maps to get around because I am directionally challenged, my Kindle, and my miter saw and related tools for woodworking projects.
    • What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?  
      • Time management.  I’m able to fit a lot into 8hrs every day.
    • What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence? 
      • Prefer silence to help me concentrate and I don’t want to use up all the bandwidth by streaming music (chuckles).
    • What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser? 
      • Early riser.  I’m up by 6 and in bed by 9:30 almost every day, including weekends.
    • Who is your role model?
      • My Dad. He broke his neck when I was young and had surgery. He lost sensation in his neck and some of his shoulders but still went back to work as a pipe fitter to support his family of 6. He showed extreme dedication and resiliency, and I try to emulate that as best as I can.
    • Who are the people that help you get things done, and how do you rely on them?
      • My entire team.I rely on every single one of them and the part they play.I rely heavily on their knowledge and expertise.
    • How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?  What’s your ideal weekend look like? 
      • My newest hobby is woodworking I’ve been doing it for the past two years.  I’ve made an entertainment center for my son, trays for the Admin Support team and several small projects for my office and home. I’m currently working on a dresser for my daughter, and plan to build a dining room table for our home.
    • What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?  
      • Currently reading “Everybody Always” by Bob Goff, and I’d recommend that book specifically for others to read in that in touches on loving everyone always no matter the circumstances.
    • You were nominated by Kevin Daniels.  He wanted to ask you—How did you make the transition to an IS manager as effortlessly as you made it seem? 
      • “Smoke and mirrors hahaha”.  It hasn’t felt completely seamless.  Starting in a brand-new area, I feel like every minute has been a learning experience.  If I have made it look easy, it is definitely thanks to my team.  I’m not afraid to ask questions and they have been great at answering all of them, and taking the time to provide additional information to assist me.
    • I’d love to see Owen Huett answer these same questions as well as the following question: What was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome when transitioning from ADMC to UTMB? (And do you really wish Desi was never born? haha)
    • What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related. 
      • “Don’t worry about what other people think of you, you know your own worth” -my mother.
      Special thanks to Desi for her participation and to Cody Milligan for the interview. If you would like to be involved in publishing This is IS and getting to know other staff in the department please reach out to Cody Milligan, Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez.
  • This is IS - Kevin Daniels

    August 28, 2018, 15:29 PM by Evan Martinez

    KevinDaniels
    My son Matt, my wife Becky, and me in the mountains near Seattle where my son lives.

    One word that best describes how you work and why?
    -Remote.


    Current mobile device?
    -Samsung S9+.  Love the big screen, but it is fragile.

    How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
    -14yrs this month, I took a job because needed one, I’ve stayed here because there are a lot of different and interesting challenges compared to where I came from in the oil field. And the people we work with are pretty great.

    Take us through a recent workday.
    -Phone calls from field techs in the morning since everyone is remote.  In those calls I seek status updates on projects, and we create strategies to best achieve a desired end-result.

    What is the funniest thing that ever happened at work?
    -Not too long after I started at UTMB, I was walking down the hall at the Jester Four unit (Mental Institution).  I was talking on my phone with my Bluetooth in my ear when I was approached by inmate who peeled off of the end of a long line.  He asked if I was with the FBI and I said I was with the extraterrestrial task force for some unknown reason.  The inmate said “I knew it” then promptly returned to the line he was in. I have no idea why I said that.

    What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
    -Email and text messages, as well as the calendar app to stay organized.

    If you were on death row, what would be your final meal?
    -If it were morning it would be the Spanish omelet from Bob’s taco station in Rosenberg.

    What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?
    -Reminders on emails, because it’s a simple remembering tool and remembering is 98% of the battle.

    What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
    -Managing and organizing people that I can’t see.  I have the ability to make sure everyone is organized and on-task. I call it herding cats.

    What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?
    -Prefer silence so I can concentrate and react .

    What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser?
    -Usually up by 7am and stay up pretty late.  I don’t need as much sleep as I used to.

    Who is your role model?
    -I have two, Don Garrett, father of a close friend, and Nolan Ryan because both have the same work ethic and intensity as I do.

    How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?
    -Bass fishing & bow hunting.  It’s nice to be able to shoot my bow in my backyard without alerting the neighbors, and to hook up to my boat and pull it out of the garage to one of the local lakes.

    You were nominated by Mary Lou Morales.  She wanted to ask you—What makes working in CMC unique over other areas in Information Services?
    -Everyone is remote.  People are in places that are difficult to get it and get out of so when appreciation is shown to me and my team it’s greater than anywhere else I have ever worked.

    -I’d love to see Desiree McGahey answer these same questions as well as the following question:  How did you make the transition to an IS manager as effortlessly as you made it seem?

    What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related.
    -Had a boss many years ago that messed up every old saying and he accidentally said “Don’t fix it so it’s broke”.  I really liked that saying and as an IS professional I do my best to make sure things aren’t broken when I’m finished with them.  I also have a current philosophy that and friend and I came up with after going through a difficult time that said “Carpe the hell out of every diem”.  You just never know how long you will be on this earth. We like it so much we had CTHOOED put on shirts.

    Special thanks to Kevin Daniels for his participation and to Cody Milligan for the interview. If you would like to be involved in publishing This is IS and getting to know other staff in the department please reach out to Cody Milligan, Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez.

  • Free Training Webinars and Webcasts

    August 21, 2018, 15:41 PM by Evan Martinez
    The American Management Association (AMA) provides free online resources for professional and leadership development, which can be found here.

    Thanks to Darwin VanDyke for submitting the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.
  • Text by Email

    July 24, 2018, 09:04 AM by Evan Martinez

    Fun Fact: you can email a text if you fully qualify the carrier. All you need is the # and the carrier.

    Just substitute a 10-digit cell number for ‘number’ for each carrier below:

    AT&T: number@txt.att.net (SMS), number@mms.att.net (MMS)

    T-Mobile: number@tmomail.net (SMS & MMS)

    Verizon: number@vtext.com (SMS), number@vzwpix.com (MMS)

    Sprint: number@messaging.sprintpcs.com (SMS), number@pm.sprint.com (MMS)

    Virgin Mobile: number@vmobl.com (SMS), number@vmpix.com (MMS)

    Tracfone: number@mmst5.tracfone.com (MMS)

    Metro PCS: number@mymetropcs.com (SMS & MMS)

    Boost Mobile: number@sms.myboostmobile.com (SMS), number@myboostmobile.com (MMS)

    Cricket: number@sms.cricketwireless.net (SMS), number@mms.cricketwireless.net (MMS)

    Republic Wireless: number@text.republicwireless.com (SMS)

    Google Fi (Project Fi): number@msg.fi.google.com (SMS & MMS)

    U.S. Cellular: number@email.uscc.net (SMS), number@mms.uscc.net (MMS)

    Ting: number@message.ting.com

    Consumer Cellular: number@mailmymobile.net

    C-Spire: number@cspire1.com

    Page Plus: number@vtext.com

    Thanks to Darwin VanDyke for submitting the information for this post.  Feel free to contact Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez with any ideas you might have for blog posts.

  • This is IS – Mary Lou Morales

    July 23, 2018, 13:44 PM by Evan Martinez
    MaryLou

    One word that best describes how you work and why?
    • Team player.  I am always willing to help.
    Current mobile device?
    • LG Android.  As long as I can text, and do the little things I need to get done on my phone – then life is good.
    How long have you worked at UTMB, what brought you, and what has kept you here?
    • I’ve been at UTMB for 3yrs. I came to here because my husband had gotten sick, and I needed a better job opportunity to help care for my family.  What has kept me here is all the people I work with.  Especially, the Admin Support Team, they are a great group of ladies to work with.
    Take us through a recent workday.  Can you give us perspective of working in different areas?
    • The first thing I do when I come in each morning is check my emails and respond accordingly.  I also refer to a notebook I keep which lists all tasks that must be completed.  Once that has been done, I check on any ASRs (Administrative Service Requests) that are submitted through innovations, and process any that are outstanding, which may include any travel requests, requisitions, etc.   I also order supplies/equipment for the IS-CMC Tech Ops, as well as send out any supplies/equipment that they may need.
    What is the funniest thing that ever happened at work?
    • I asked my co-worker, who is much younger than me, if she liked the Eagles.  She had this confused look on her face, and said “No, that’s my football team’s rival.  I said not the football team – the band. At that point, by the look on her face, I realized that she probably was not too familiar with the Eagles (band) – Big generation gap!
    What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
    • Google Maps – I often travel to Corpus/San Marcos to visit family, and this app is so helpful in finding the quickest, non-congested routes.
    • Online banking – check this on a daily basis.
    What is your favorite food or meal?
    • Shrimp boil
    What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack? 
    • I like to iron my clothes each night before going to bed so that I am not in a rush the next morning.
    What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? 
    • I am a planner.   I like to have my whole day planned out and make sure everything goes as planned.
    What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence?
    • I have a recommended playlist on YouTube – I love music from the 70’s & 80’s.
    What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser?
    • I am definitely an early riser.  I am in bed by 10:30pm, and up by 6:00am – and sadly but true, I even wake up early on weekends.
    Who is your role model?  
    • My Dad.  Though he had to leave school at an early age to support his family.  He did not allow this to get in the way of his dream in becoming a business owner.  My father is a shoe repairman, and has operated his family owned business for approximately 45 years.
    What’s your least favorite thing to do, and how do you deal with it? 
    • *Disclaimer:  I do love my job.  However, scheduling meetings is definitely not my favorite thing to do.  Not because it is hard, but trying to schedule a meeting with top executives who already have busy schedules, and then to locate a date/time that they all are available at the same time can sometime be very tricky and time consuming.  I have learned to not think about the time it may take to schedule it, but to just do it.
    How do you recharge? What do you do when you want to forget about work?
    • After a long and stressful day, I love to put on my headphones, and go for a ride on my bike.
    What are you currently reading, or what’s something you’d recommend?
    • It has been a long time since I have sat down to read a good book, however, I did enjoy reading books by Danielle Steel.
    You were nominated by Rev Sellappan.  She wanted to ask you: What has been the most difficult thing you had to overcome in life?  How did you do it and what did you learn from it? 
    • I started working at UTMB in Nov. 2014.  One month later, my husband passed away.  Not really knowing any of my co-workers very well to be able to talk to– I had to come to work, put a smile on my face, and pretend all was good. It was a very difficult time for me.  I don’t believe I will ever overcome this, but time has softened the pain.  Throughout this, I have learned that despite all that has happened, I am still standing strong. One step at a time.
    •I’d love to see Kevin Daniels answer these same questions as well as the following question: What makes working in CMC unique over other areas in Information Services?
    What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Doesn’t have to be work or productivity-related.
    • Life is too short – live every day to the fullest.

    Special thanks to Mary Lou Morales for her participation and to Cody Milligan for the interview. If you would like to be involved in publishing This is IS and getting to know other staff in the department please reach out to Cody Milligan, Darwin VanDyke or Evan Martinez.