On July 24, the University of Houston (UH) hosted the 2017 South Central HEUG Regional User Group (SCHRUG) conference, a two-day event focused on helping higher education professionals utilize technology to assist students in a variety of ways.

The SCHRUG conference serves as a regional event for the Higher Education User Group (HEUG) of the Alliance Conference, attended by users of various Oracle database systems. UH uses Oracle through its PeopleSoft software in various ways across campus, which includes student information systems, financial software, and HR uses.

Both HEUG and SCHRUG offer opportunities for higher education institutions using Oracle systems to network, share resources, and increase communication with its members. The conferences also help empower professionals to use Oracle and its database-managing technologies to increase efficiency and accuracy when dealing with students and their records.

UH’s own Teeba Rose, Student Housing and Residential Life marketing manager, served as the keynote speaker. In addition to his role at UH, Rose is an author, speaker and business owner. Rose’s first book, You’re Closer Than You Think: 5 Habits for Obtaining Financial and Professional Success, was recently published and is targeted at helping high school and college students to become financially literate.

This year’s conference had an increased focus on how to better assist students with Oracle systems. One of the highlights was a student panel session, during which conference attendees heard direct feedback about their experiences with student information systems, specifically myUH. Students discussed what they liked, what they do not like, and what they wish the systems were able to offer.

“This year is extra special” said Amy Ramirez, assistant registrar for the Office of the University Registrar at UH. Ramirez emphasized that Oracle’s “eye is always on development and with such a strong regional conference as SCHRUG, they want to use our campus, students, and conference attendees in their development efforts.”

In total, more than 347 people from 14 states attended the conference. Oracle employees were also in attendance to host focus groups with students, faculty and staff; these small sessions were instrumental in helping Oracle develop and improve software and systems in the future.