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Monday, June 19, 2017

Get to Know LATIS's Karen Haselmann

Name: Karen Haselmann

When did you start working at UMN?  2004

What is your current job title and describe what you do ? Regional Multimedia Specialist. I help students and faculty access and explore technology to create their work.

What brought you to your current job? Previously I worked as Videographer and Media Installation Tech at the Walker Art Center.  

What is your favorite aspect of your job? I enjoy when students are excited to play with technology I helped them access. It’s even better when they use it in ways I had not anticipated.

What is your best/more amusing U-related memory? I organized a virtual reality painting party and pancake feed.  Students and faculty created their 3D masterpieces while a DJ mixed tunes. It was a fun way to introduce people to the Tilt Brush painting app for the Vive and let them know what’s available at the ETC Lab at LATIS.

What was your worst or most unusual job? I was a hotdog vendor in New Zealand. The food trailer I worked in specialized in selling hotdogs at music festivals. I soon learned that whenever a didgeridoo player got on stage, that’s when most people in the audience decided it’s time to get a hotdog. The didgeridoo has its place, but it’s the ultimate party killer because you can’t dance to a drone tone.

People may be surprised to know:  I won the blue ribbon for crop art at the State Fair.

Before I die, I would like to: I’d like to be the bingo caller at the Saint Albert the Great's fish fry during Lent in South Minneapolis.

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