jonathan hardy & not skype for business

photo: Elizabeth Rose

Jonathan Hardy is the IT Director for Systems Engineering and Telephone Services at the University of Georgia, where he leads teams on storage, virtualization, database, Office 365, and campus security.  Each day he works with something different behind the scenes. He started his career working in desktop support as a student, then he advanced into his full-time position. His father’s experience in electronics in the Navy inspired Jonathan to get into IT after always being around circuit boards.

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natalie williams & the many bird mascots of the OVC

For our final episode of the 2018 season, we chatted with Natalie Williams from Iowa State University. As the academic coordinator for men’s basketball and women’s softball, she monitors and supports student-athletes academically to ensure compliance with NCAA academic eligibility rules and to make sure they maintain their athletic scholarships. In college, she played volleyball so she believes her experience as a student-athlete can help her advisees. She loves how her job deals with both the athletic and academic side. We have a great discussion about the challenges of her job and her plans for the holiday season.

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christine figgener & the sea turtles

Christine Figgener is a marine conservation biologist, a Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University and Time Magazine recently recognized her as a ‘2018 Next Generation Leader.’ Christine is credited with helping spark the anti-plastic movement with her viral video of a straw being pulled from a turtle’s nose. She loves how research is connected to mentorship. After graduation, she hopes to focus on science communication to build the gap between scientists and non-scientists.

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kyle johnson & mainland amazon prime is better

Kyle Johnson is the Dean for Information Technology & Services at Chaminade University in Honolulu. He grew up in the Carolinas where he started working in higher ed at his alma mater, Duke University. Kyle serves as the chief information officer for the institution and we chat about life in Hawaii and the unique challenges dealing with information technology at a small institution on an island in the middle of the Pacific. We also discuss Chaminade’s mission to extend the educational experience to students on isolated islands in Micronesia.

And always remember, there are two people you should always make happy at work. The people that can fix your computer, and the people who buy the toilet paper.

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nicholas cifuentes-goodbody & there is no such thing as dry heat

Nicholas Cifuentes-Goodbody is associate director of the language center at the University of Southern California. Prior to his position, he lived in Qatar as a professor of translation studies. Nicholas talks about how the underlying foundations of education are different in parts of the world such as the pace of education. USC is overviewing proficiency tests, where they are collecting over several years to view the proficiency of spoken and written language.

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jenna hartwell & the almost adulting symposium

Jenna Hartwell works at North Carolina State University as the associate director for the Women and Minority Engineering programs in the College of Engineering. Women in Engineering program created a tool workshop for freshman students to learn the tools in engineering to help prepare them for a competition. Another initiative the program has is Dinner in Dialogue that connects students with professionals in engineering. Jenna implemented an intervention based program to help juniors going into their senior year called “The Almost Adulting Symposium,” which educates students on loans, budgeting, graduate school, and developing a reputation.

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