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Monday, November 9, 2015

Get to Know LATIS'S Reed Munson

Name: Reed Munson

Current Position: Departmental Consultant with LATIS. My portfolio includes Johnston Hall Administration and departments in Nicholson Hall and Nolte Center.

Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? La Crescent, MN - Apple Capital of the world (hometown), Minneapolis to attend the U

When did you start working at the U? October of 1996.

What is your favorite aspect of your job?  I really enjoy relationship management. In my role as departmental consultant, I have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff to discuss technology and innovation. Helping people find solutions and achieve remarkable goals is very exciting!

Have you had a mentor while at the U and what did you learn from them? Pete Oberg has been an important mentor to me. He is always cheerful, friendly, and upbeat. Pete has great enthusiasm for the mission of the University and his positive attitude is highly contagious!

What is your favorite accomplishment with CLA? I managed the CLA Service Desk from 2009 to 2013 with Taylor Olson. We had a great team of student technicians - many of whom have gone on to impressive careers! In 2014, I was nominated to (what was then) the CLA-OIT Wall of Fame.

Is there a technology trend that you think people should embrace? What is it and how could it be used to make their work/person lives easier? I’m excited about virtualized desktops - I’m hoping we can soon do all of our computing in a virtual cloud space. All of our tools and resources in one place and closest to the data source.

What is your favorite place on campus? I love browsing the stacks in Wison Library - better selection than any bookstore!

Favorite book/author and do you prefer paper or e-book? I’m an avid fan of English classics - 18th/19th century fiction - I prefer regular books.

Top highlights of your life? Getting married and the births of my four daughters.

People may be surprised to know: I won first place in individual solo competition for brass performance in Drum Corps International in 1990.

I’m happiest when: playing music.

Motto or personal mantra:

Go right on working