UWF degree and year of graduation:
BS System Science: Business, ’86
What were your goals as a student?
I really wanted to learn all I could and make the best of my time here so that I could prepare for the real world.
Why did you want to work at UWF?
As a student, I liked the service-oriented atmosphere, so I really wanted to eventually work here. I took a position as an OPS employee for two years to get my foot in the door because it was such a comfortable atmosphere.
What do you do now?
I am a software applications engineer for Information Technology Services at UWF. I wear a lot of hats. I’m a programmer and work on the mainframe and the Web. I also help explain software to users, troubleshoot problems, perform upgrades and develop new features.
How did UWF help you progress to this point?
I’ve really benefitted from all of the workshops and classes that UWF offers. Recently, I enjoyed taking a ColdFusion class. I’m always looking for ways to learn and stay up-to-date as a programmer.
Outside of work, what activities and organizations are you currently involved in?
I love to read and I spend a lot of my time caring for my elderly mother.
What quality makes UWF special or unique?
UWF is relatively small, so the class sizes are not too big and each student gets the attention they need. The professors know the students and that makes a difference.
What scientific or technological changes have you witnessed during your time at UWF?
When I first came here as a computer programmer, the things we could do were limited. The potential of what you can do now is unlimited. But one thing has stayed the same and that’s change. That is why I am constantly working to stay up-to-date.