Author Archives: Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden

About Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden

Senior Programmer/Analyst
Library and Information Services

“Display Name” Updating Automatically

The “display name” (or alpha name) shown in the web directory, Outlook address book, etc. had in the past been set so that it could only be corrected or changed manually. This process has now been modified so name changes entered into the Banner database are flowing through the Active Directory table and are subsequently updating the web directory, Outlook, Segue, etc. in the format Last, First Middle.

One enhancement which should help people out as a result of this change involves the “Preferred First Name” field in the Banner database. For records that have had this data entered into Banner, the “Preferred First Name” is now appended to the “display name” and enclosed in parentheses in the format Last, First Middle (Preferred First).

Requests for “display name” changes should now be sent to the following:

  • Middlebury college staff or academic year faculty:  hr@middlebury.edu
  • Middlebury college undergrad students:  Commons coordinators
  • MIIS staff or faculty: hrmiis@middlebury.edu
  • MIIS students:  Seamus Dorrian
  • BLSE students or faculty:  Elaine Lathrop
  • Language School summer staff or faculty:  Sandy Bonomo
  • Language School students: Kara Genarelli

It would be helpful to include the words “change display name” in the subject line of the e-mail message.

Automatic Update of Display Name Coming Soon

The “display name” (or alpha name) shown in the web directory, Outlook address book, etc. has in the past been set so that it could only be corrected or changed by a manual process. This will soon be modified so name changes entered into the Banner database will flow through the Active Directory table and subsequently update the web directory, Outlook, etc. where the alpha name is displayed in the format Last, First Middle.

There is much work being done by data stewards of the Banner database to ensure that people who have requested a specific “display name” in the past won’t have that name replaced by this change. Look for the “display name” changes to be automated as soon as this work is completed.

One enhancement as a result of this change which should help people out involves the “Preferred First Name” field in the Banner database. For records that have had this data entered into Banner, the “Preferred First Name” will be appended to the “display name” and will be enclosed in parentheses in the format Last, First Middle (Preferred First).