New Era and New Support opportunities

Hello hello! If you’ve been following this blog you know it’s been ages since I’ve written on here. I was always told hosting a blog can be a lot of work and challenging – but I’ve always had so much fun doing it – and I will continue – so no worries. However, you may also know that I’ve changed positions at the University of Guelph and am no longer the Stats Consultant for OAC and as a result there will be a few changes around here.

First notice that the URL and name of the blog has changed – it is now the Agricultural Statistics blog and the URL is now . You can contact me 2 ways now: or . Drop me a line to say hi or with a question!

More changes to the blog happening over the next week or so – I will be marking all workshops blog posts with an ARCHIVE note – the materials will stay but please note that they are older materials created in my old position. The plan is to update/create new materials over the year or so.

Now for the fun and good news! I will be posting a new blog with a specific topic once every 2 weeks. If there is any coding to be included as examples – I will try to include both SAS and R coding. If you have any questions about the blogpost – please comment or send me an email.

We’ll see what the response is to the new blogposts. I am willing to entertain after hours virtual workshops in the future for a nominal fee. If this is of interest – please let me know. This is something that I will only consider IF there is interest.

Alrighty – with that – I have some cleaning to do here. Hope to see you here on the new Ag Stats blog.

SAS Studio – “site cannot be reached”????

Good day everyone!  So…  you’ve been using SAS Studio (Free University Edition) on your laptop for the past year or more?  You just tried to open it and received the message that says  ” your site cannot be reached”?  What do you do now?

You probably received a few emails from SAS regarding their shift from supporting the version you’ve been running on your laptop to the same version running in the cloud.  Yes – you can still access and use SAS for free – but you will need to create an online account at SAS OnDemand for Academics | SAS

Once you have your account and login – you will see that it is the same interface – phew!!!

Hang on though!  The next thought that probably floats by is “Where are my files?  My Data?  My SAS programs?”  No worries – they are all on your computer still.  I will walk you through on how to find them 🙂

If you do NOT remember where the SASUniversityEdition folder is on your laptop – search for it – in your File Explorer – type SASUniversityEdition in the Search box.  Once you find it – open it up.  If you created folders IN your SAS Studio – you should see them here.  Open the folders to see your data and SAS programs.  You will need to upload these onto the Online SAS Studio in order to use them.

Note of Caution:

This version of the SAS program resides on a server in the US.  First please review any size limitations that may exist – but I suspect you will not hit the top end of this limit.  

Secondly and more importantly, if you have data that has proprietary or confidential information, please remove this information before uploading the data to the online SAS environment.  This is something you should do regardless of where you run your analysis.

ARCHIVE: New workshops and new website??

I’m back! and feeling energized and very excited to be starting workshops again real soon! Ok May 4 will be the first set.

I’ll be offering SAS workshops on Tuesday mornings, R workshops on Tuesday afternoons, and what I like to call Crimes of Statistics workshops on Thursday afternoons. Yes, we’ll be continuing to use the TEAMS 0nline platform, and I encourage everyone who joins me to get involved in the workshops!

Where are the workshops? Too many to list here – so please visit the registration sites:

Tuesday workshops –

Thursday workshops –

Oh I did say something about a new website?? Well… it’s a Sharepoint site – it was fun to play around with it. What does this mean really? It’s a landing site for all of our workshops. I like to think of it as a one-stop-shop. Ok, I’m really hoping that it works out to be the one-stop-shop. If you drop by, let me know please!! Oops – would you like the link too Now you can go check it out 🙂

Well that’s all the news for today – I’m aiming to keep this site a bit more moving along with my SASsyFridays blog – so stay tuned.

Take care everyone and get ready for that snow!!

ARCHIVE: Spring 2021

Good day everyone! I know I know – it’s been a while since I’ve been in here. I never thought I’d admit this – but teaching a full course in an online format has been exhausting! But no worries – I’m coming back with workshops and blog posts on a number of exciting topics real soon!

Keep an eye out for workshop schedules coming real soon!

Also – reach out to me if you’re interested in a new workshop topic – you know I love to teach and I love to learn new things too!

Is there a topic you’ve been curious about? Let me know and I’ll a blog post and/or a workshop.

See you all once the W21 semester is complete!