Jenzabar Annual Meeting Reaches Record Attendance on Tenth Anniversary

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Avila University Receives Inaugural Jenzovation Award at JAM for Admissions Portlet Implementation

Jenzabar, Inc., a leading provider of software, services and strategies for higher education, announced today that Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting (JAM), held in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this month had record attendance on its tenth anniversary. The inaugural Jenzovation Award was given to Avila University, located in Kansas City, Missouri, for its outstanding use of Jenzabar technology.

Featuring a variety of best practices sessions, networking opportunities, as well as hands-on training, this year’s conference set record attendance with an increase in new customer participation and multiple attendances from client institutions. JAM offered nearly 350 sessions to over 1700 attendees including executives, IT professionals, and end users. Mike Eruzione, 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team Captain, delivered the keynote speech where he addressed the importance of teamwork, respect, and commitment and also signed autographs of the iconic team photo.

Open to the Jenzabar client community, the annual Jenzovation award honored an exceptional project that was deployed at Avila University for its recruitment and admissions process. Leveraging the Enrollment Management tools in the Jenzabar EX enterprise resource planning system and Jenzabar’s Internet Campus Solution (JICS), the University developed an Admissions Notepad portlet to keep track of all communications with prospects and share information with multiple offices across campus including general admissions representatives, faculty, and coaches.

“We needed to find an innovative, yet simple way, to make our process more efficient without sacrificing our commitment to our students or creating more cumbersome processes on our faculty and staff,” said Sue King, Vice President for Information Services and Vice Provost at Avila University. “This admissions portlet will be easy to use by other departments who travel and talk with potential constituents of the institution. We also anticipate that we will offer functionality to Advancement staff to enter notes for prospective donors and/or alumni as they travel on visits.”

The recruitment process is time consuming and requires a high amount of communication between faculty, staff and students. In times of budget challenges, Avila did not have the resources to continue to grow faculty and staff numbers while the student body continued to expand. Users of the admissions portlet at the University can now easily enter and access information anytime and anywhere. The new efficient process will significantly benefit prospective students as well as the institution during the recruitment process, ensuring messages are accurate, clear, and are not repetitive.

Spring Arbor University’s Chief Information Officer, Jeff Edwards, was named the Jenzabar Customer of the Year and presented with the 2011 JenzaStar Award. The CIO was chosen for his motivation and leadership in leveraging the capabilities of Jenzabar solutions to improve operational efficiency and constituent services.

“The strong attendance this year represents the importance of networking and learning best practices that lead to meaningful and measurable benefits,” said Robert A. Maginn, Jr., Jenzabar chairman and chief executive officer. “Providing our clients with an opportunity to share knowledge and successful solutions that they can bring back to their institutions to implement is highly valuable, and we congratulate both Avila University and Spring Arbor University for their generosity and effort in educating their peer institutions.”


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