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Dr Karen Lazenby strives for a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure.

A transformed University of the Free State (UFS) will be one that promotes social justice in everything it does, a university where its diverse people feel a sense of common purpose and engagement. The UFS is developing this through its Integrated Transformation Plan (ITP) introduced in January 2017. 

“The majority of the current systems and processes in student administration at the university are still manual. This lack of automation leads to inconsistencies and service failures,” says Dr Karen Lazenby. As Registrar for Systems and Administration, Dr Lazenby is responsible for ensuring a smooth and efficient student lifecycle across all three campuses. 

With the ITP, the Governance: Systems and Administration work stream strives to have a stronger, rule-based, and consistent governance structure with a single line of accountability in student administration across all faculties and relevant support departments on the three campuses. By ensuring this ease of use and access there will be an integrated student experience and greater empowerment of students.

“Our focus is on automation and self-services for students (such as the time-table, requests for additional and ad hoc exams and appeals), to ensure transparency and accessibility of rules and policies, decisions relating to admission, progression rules, awarding of qualifications and graduation and faculty and general rules,” Dr Lazenby said.  It will also entail the optimisation of PeopleSoftCampus (the Enterprise Resource Planning system).

“Through this automation, I would also like to get the university’s student administration to such a level that academic staff can focus their energy on teaching and research and student administration staff can focus more on quality assurance,” said Dr Lazenby.

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Odeion School of Music presents Melodies From Paris on 6 May 2016
2016-05-03

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On 6 May 2016, the French soprano Laetitia Grimaldi and pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz offer a programme of Romantic French songs, presented in the style of a Parisian salon concert from the belle époque, at the Bloemfontein Campus. From the heights of Marcel Proust to the decadence of the Moulin Rouge, the belle époque (circa 1871-1914) was a time when culture flourished more than ever in Paris. The salons of Paris became places where poets, painters, and composers would meet to share their art.

Items on the performance list include: Henri Duparc:  L'Invitation au voyage; Soupir, Chanson triste,  Franz Liszt:  Jeux d'eaux à la villa d'Este,  Gabriel Fauré:  Le secret; Clair de lune; Romance sans paroles, Op. 17 No. 3, Jean-Philippe Rameau:  Rigaudon, from Dardanus (trans. Godowsky), Reynaldo Hahn:  À Chloris; Quand je fut pris au pavillon, Charles Gounod:  Le premier jour de mai; Venise; Viens! Les gazons sont verts,  Georges Bizet:  Chansons-mélodies: Extase, Joseph Cantaloube:  Baïlèro, from Chants d'Auvergne, Charles-Valentin Alkan:  Recueil de chants, Op. 38 No. 1, Léo Delibes: Chant de l'almée; Les filles de Cadix.

Details of event:

Date: 6 May 2016
Time: 19:30
Venue: Odeion, Bloemfontein Campus
 
Tickets are available from Computicket at R130 (adults), R90 (pensioners, students and learners), R70 (UFS staff), and R50 (group bookings of 10+). For more information, contact Ninette Pretorius on +27(0)51 401 2504.

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