Monthly series: 10 burning questions for you:Jim Engebretson
This monthly relay Q&A series features a member of Cerritos College (administrator, board member, classified, confidential, faculty, manager, and part-time employee). When you receive the baton, it's your turn to answer 10 questions and pass the baton to the next person - it's as simple as that. For the month of April we asked Jim Engebretson, Information Technology 10 questions we received from the campus community. Enjoy it!
1. Tell us what you do and for how long.
I've been a computer programmer since 1986; primarily within the Education industry.
2. What do you do to relax?
My wife, Carol, I belong to a social group which focuses on Medieval History (www.sca.org). Our camping trips usually have between 1200 to 2000 people doing a variety of activities like medieval armored fighters firing a trebuchet, fiber geeks spinning and weaving, scribal folk designing scrolls, as well as musicians, woodworkers and leatherworkers.
3. What are the three significant things that you like about Cerritos College?
The variety of "hats" I wear ...
- Staff -- I consider myself blessed in working with classified, faculty and managers on a variety of projects in support of our students.
- Teaching - For a few years, I was a part-time instructor within the CIS department. It's rewarding to know that you are helping students toward their careers.
- Being a woodworking student - Our WMT department has a Furniture Making and Cabinetmaking programs lead to job opportunities in the wood industry. For me, woodworking classes provide a creative outlet away from computers. I've built a variety of furniture; using hand tools and power tools. The quality of beautiful furniture you build can exceed anything you can buy.
4. What was your childhood dream?
Build a sailboat and sail in the ocean.
5. When you finally get your new passport, what country would you like to visit first and why?
Ireland ... As part of my ancestry, I'd like to meet others with the same kind of Blarney that I have.
6. If you were an animal then what would you be?
Tundra Wolf ... they exist in well-organized social groups. As a pack, they coordinate efforts to accomplish the task at hand.
7. We hear you are big into archery. What is the largest hooved land animal you killed and at what distance?
I'm a beginner at archery with a recurve bow and am learning to make a long bow. I shoot at paper targets. I'd only shoot at land animals if people were in danger nearby.
8. Please tell us what happens to a student who receives a 38 in arithmetic, a 90 in elementary algebra and 60 in college level math?
Their algebra assessment score would place them in "Math 70, 80A Placement". If in doubt, they should ask a counselor.
9. If you could meet any celebrity or other personality in the world, who would it be and why?
If I could "roll back time", it would be to meet Sam Maloof. He was a well-known furniture designer and woodworker. Art at the service of utility is the essence of Maloof's philosophy of design.
10. Who are you going to pass the baton to?
In the month of May, the Campus Connection will ask Tim Kyllingstad, Information Technology, 10 burning questions! If you have questions that you want to ask Tim, submit the questions by Tuesday, May 7! If you have comments or suggestions about this new series, please share them with us using Campus Connection contact form!
The Campus Connection - April 16, 2012