Mississippi Public Universities
2008 Finance, Business and Administration Winners
First Place: Delta State University
"Energy Conservation"
Raising the energy conservation awareness of faculty and staff at Delta State University reduced energy consumption to historic lows in FY08. Beginning in fall 2007, Delta State began an aggressive program of reducing energy consumption. During the Thanksgiving break, the campus heating and lighting systems were closed down. The program intensified during the Christmas break, resulting in further savings. In January, an energy newsletter was issued each month to the campus, encouraging energy wise consumption through such practices as turning off desktop computers, lights, and other electronic devices at the end of each day. A table calculating the cost savings from turning off computers was widely publicized, inspiring faculty and staff. An energy website was created and it now serves as a campus resource on energy issues. A campus "hotline" was also established, encouraging campus personnel to report energy savings ideas or wasteful practices to energy@deltastate.edu. Because there are few state of the art HVAC control systems on campus, manual systems were created that further reduced consumption. Set point temperatures were standardized. Air handlers, lights, pumps, and other equipment are monitored, whereas before they ran constantly.
Second Place: University of Mississippi
"Interactive Employee Appraisal System"
Over the past three years, the University of Mississippi (UM) has designed, developed and deployed an online, interactive employee appraisal process for university faculty and staff. This development was the result of a collaborative effort between the offices of the Provost, Human Resources (HR) and Information Technology (IT) to deliver more streamlined, efficient, and robust 'self service' applications to the university community. Built in reporting tools allow the Office of Human Resources to monitor the progress of appraisals to assure that departments meet stated deadlines for submission, which results in an overall higher number of completed appraisals by the published deadlines. The electronic storage of this information will greatly reduce the need for paper files for each employee.