Welcome Peter Weinhold - IRT Liaison

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Peter WeinholdHaving joined the St. Thomas community February 13, 2012 as Associate Director for Client Services (Information Resources and Technologies), it has been my pleasure to begin to get to know the names and faces that define this organization. While I have technology experience in five different industries, education has always been closest to my heart. Although I am a lifelong Minnesotan, I spent the last year at Syracuse University in New York as Associate Dean/Director of Technology for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Coming back to Minnesota offers me not only an opportunity to reconnect with my roots, but to be in support of you all as well as the St. Thomas mission. These are indeed exciting times to be here!

As Associate Director of Client Services, my main focus is to manage the eight Academic Technology Consultants (ATC) that are assigned to either your college or department. The ATCs have a variety of skills and backgrounds, while working with you in a number of ways. From break/fix issues to technology consultations or training, I’ve been impressed by the scope of what they can offer faculty or staff. As many of you know, if you ever have any technology related question while here at UST, contacting Client Services via the Tech Desk is the “official” way to request support or a consultation. Since the ATCs are local to your areas, you should see them as your experts. Feel free to engage them; if they can’t solve your problem they can consult with others on the IRT team to help resolve an issue or suggest a course of action.

In addition, I’m trying to meet with as many colleges and departments as are interested. I’d like to create an ongoing technology dialog with as many of you as possible. It’s important to know not only how well we are serving you, but in what other areas we can provide assistance. Despite all the communication tools at our disposal, I still enjoy the depth and richness of a face to face meeting. I hope that you will take me up on the offer to connect and discuss how IRT and Client Services can satisfy your needs.

An interesting collaboration you may not know about is that we are working with Faculty Development to enhance our e-learning efforts. Building off the existing Faculty Center for e-Learning, we’re always looking at ways to improve how the St. Thomas community uses technology, particularly in the classroom, be it physical or virtual. As our planning continues, stay linked to Synergia for news, events and technology related articles by various people associated with this collaboration.

To sum up, I’m excited to be here and working for St. Thomas. I’m looking forward to seeing what great things we can do together.

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