ONLINE SHOPPING COMING IN DECEMBER
December 2006 is the announced launch date for a new electronic procurement system, UVa Marketplace, that will allow users to browse, search, view product images, comparison shop and buy from a large number of U.Va.’s most commonly used and preferred supplier catalogs.
The online shopping environment, provided by SciQuest, will seamlessly link U.Va.’s Integrated System into the commonwealth’s Electronic Procurement Program (eVA) in a way that meets the business needs of the University as well as the e-procurement requirements of the state.
The UVa Marketplace will offer numerous benefits. A single sign-on will access multiple Web catalogs and line-item purchasing details. Better pricing and supplier diversity will result from the easier access to negotiated discount pricing, to preferred suppliers and to featured SWAM vendors. Order processing time will decrease as orders are transmitted electronically, with no manual intervention. Large-volume vendors will use electronic invoicing, decreasing the number of invoices that must be manually handled by Accounts Payable.
Plans call for the system to debut with 50 online vendor catalogs, 10 of which will be certified as woman- or minority-owned vendors. To follow progress of the UVa Marketplace project, visit the project website at www.procurement.virginia.edu/main/uvamarket/UVAMarket.html.
“New Faces on Grounds”
Donald Sundgren Chief Facilities Officer
Donald E. Sundgren, formerly president and northwest region manager for Swinerton Builders, is the new chief facilities officer for the University, as of July 10.
Sundgren, 62, has spent more than 35 years in the construction industry, including extensive experience in capital expenditures and working with multiple stake-holders in projects. At Swinerton Builders, he was responsible for overall operations for Seattle; Portland, Ore.; and Honolulu. He spent two years in the Army Corps of Engineers in the resident engineer office in Augsburg, Germany, and taught
engineering officers at
Ft. Belvoir, Va. Sundgren has held a variety of construction posts, including project manager, superintendent, project engineer, vice president and president.
As a former teacher, Sundgren said he is looking forward to returning to an academic environment. “It’s a different feeling,” he said. “Our future is in the education of people.” A Buffalo, N.Y., native, Sundgren said the move from Seattle also puts him and his wife, Vicky, closer to their family on the East Coast.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering, Sundgren also completed the executive development program at the University of Tennessee and the construction executive program at Stanford University.
“He has a collaborative, customer-focused management style that I think will fit well in the University community,” said Colette Sheehy, vice president for management and budget.
- Joseph Allen, professor of psychology, and Robert Pianta, professor of education, “What Teenagers Want,” Greater Diversity.com, July 4.
- Barbara M. Brodie, emeritus professor of nursing, “Vern Leroy Bullough, 77, Noted Medical Historian, Dies,” New York Times, July 3.
- Bernie Carlson, professor of science, technology and society, “Lighting Up The World — Again / He’s Been Dead Since 1943, But This Might Be Nikola Tesla’s Best Year Yet,” Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada), July 1.
- Jonathan D. Haidt, professor of psychology, “Some Dark Thoughts On Happiness / More And More Psychologists And Researchers Believe They Know What Makes People Happy. But The Question Is, Does A New Yorker Want To Be Happy?” New York Magazine, July 8.
- Dean W. Krehmeyer, executive director of the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, “Pepsi Did Right Thing; Some Don’t, Experts Say,” Baltimore Sun, July 7.
- William Lucy and David Phillips, urban planning professors, “City Invites Public to Help Plan Future/Atlantans to Share Tips on Transit, New Streets, Sidewalks, High-Rises,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 2
- David A. Martin, professor of law, “Immigration Compromise Difficult To Forge,” National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” July 6.
- Charlotte Patterson, professor of psychology, “Kids Have To Hear Gay Parents Vilified,” Baltimore Sun, July 2.
- Robert Tai, assistant professor of science education, “Positive Parenting / The Science of Teaching Kids Science,” Miami Herald, June 29.
- Robert R. Turner, associate director of the Center for National Security, “Ex-Soldier to Be Tried in Federal Court in Iraq Rape, Killings,” Associated Press, July 5.