Save the Date! It’s Spring 2020 Finance What’s Up?

Mark your calendars! The Finance What’s Up? event is on the horizon!

The Spring 2020 What’s Up? presentation will be held on Friday, April 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the MLK Library, Room 225. Our twice-a-year What’s Up? event is our opportunity to tell you about our projects, policies, procedures, and other goings-on of the Finance Service Group. We will have staff available from all of our departments to answer questions during and after the presentation. Our departments include Accounting Services, Budget Planning & Financial Management, Bursar’s Office, Distribution Services, Procurement to Payment, Risk Management, and Strategic Sourcing.  All members of the campus community with procurement, accounting, or budget responsibilities are encouraged, and most welcome to attend.

Please forward this message to any staff or faculty you feel should be notified. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fall 2019 Finance What’s Up?

Thank you to everyone who attended the Finance What’s Up? Fall presentation that was held on October 25th. We hope you found the topics discussed informative. Please refer to the Finance website for a copy of the presentation.

We would also like to follow-up with some answers and clarification on questions that were asked by attendees:

Q: Does FTS send approval notifications for Transfer Journals and HR Expense Adjustments?
A: FTS does general approval notifications for budget and expense journals. However, FTS does not generate approval notification emails for HR Expense Adjustments.

Q: What is the preferred naming convention for files uploaded to requests in FTS?
A: We don’t have a preference in how you name your files, except there cannot be any characters such as ?, #, *, and % in the name or else, FTS will reject the upload. To assist you in naming your files, we offer the following suggestions-

  • PO Invoice file is named Invoice #1234. Rename it to Invoice 1234 .
  • Quote file is named Quote–ABCD. Rename it to Quote ABCD .
  • Receipt is named Receipt@JSmith. Rename it to Receipt JSmith .

Q: What happens if Enterprise cannot provide the vehicle I had requested and I had to choose an upgrade or rent from another company?
A: If there are extenuating circumstances such as the rental office being closed at time of arrival or the vehicle reserved is not available, then you can upgrade or rent from another rental agency provided the Travel Authorization in FTS was completed before the trip. Provide an explanation of the situation in your Travel Reimbursement. In this situation, insurance purchased from another company will be reimbursed.

Q: I plan to travel to a restricted state. The Auxiliary (e.g. Research Foundation) has approved the trip and will fund it. Am I covered by insurance through work for this business trip?
A: You will be covered by the Auxiliary’s insurance policy for business travel.

We need to clarify on our response to a question asked about purchasing additional traveler’s insurance. Employees traveling on business can purchase traveler’s insurance, but the university will not reimburse the expense.

If you have any questions, please contact FinanceConnect at or 4-1558. See you in Spring 2020!