Technology Spotlight: Academic Technology
In this edition of Technology News, we’d like to introduce you to the Academic Technology Services Team. Academic Technology Services provides specialized support for instructional technology. They provide Blackboard training and support, Statistical and Research consulting, multimedia and web assistance and more.
Brad Boeke serves as the Director of Academic Technology Services. He has worked at SMU for the past three years. His favorite technology gadgets are his Apple TV and his Mac Book Pro. One of the strangest jobs he's had was as a mover with an art packing and trasnportation company in New York. In the midst of trasnporting mutli million dollar art pieces, Brad was able to peek behind the scenes in major museums and galleries, meet famous artists in their studios and tour weathy collectors' beautiful homes! His role at SMU offers a different learning experience. He truly enjoys working with all the people on campus and discovering how people are using technology. One thing you may not know about Brad, is that he is an excellent cook.
Steve Snider has worked at SMU for the past 17 years. He is the Blackboard guru on the team and truly enjoys solving unusual Blackboard issues! His favorite technology gadget is his iPhone. The strangest job he had was working for Chuck Howley Uniform Rental. He wrote RPG II for an IBM System/3 to keep track of Mr. Howley's pure bred cattle. Steve collects hats, enjoys old TV westerns, and going to a shooting range to fire his pistols.
Ian Aberle has worked at SMU for 15 years. He supervises the STAR students and provides multimedia support. His favorite gadgets are his Classic KitchenAid Stand Mixer or his iPad. "That thing can do just about anything… except mix my dough for pie crusts or grate cheese. Guess I have to use my KitchenAid for that :-)" His strangest job was working in a restaurant where he was responsible for checking the food before sending it out to the table. He enjoys working with the students and loves their creativity and talent. A surprising fact about Ian is that he is an avid photographer. He spends his vacation time traveling Europe photographing American dance companies at the Tanzsommer dance festival. He has won several awards for his photos, including recently the KERA Art & Seek Photo of the week and the SXSW Photowalk Contest.
Shirlene Pearson serves as the Statistical and Research Consultant. She has worked at SMU for 12 years. Her favorite technology happens to be Visual Studio. She enjoys the interaction with facutly and staff that her current job affords. Shirlene's surprising fact is that she composed a piano solo at the age of 8 and played it on the radio.