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  • Get to know CLA-OIT: Christopher Stordalen


    Name: Christopher Stordalen

    When did you start working at the U? January 5, 2002

    Current position? Assistant IT Director for Relationship Management

    What excites you about working at the U/CLA-OIT? Working to support and advance the liberal arts.

    What is your favorite accomplishment with CLA-OIT, so far? Beginning a successful relationship management team.

    What advice do you have for CLA-OIT constituents who are intimidated by technology? We all start our path to knowledge somewhere. You are not alone.

    Is there a technology trend that you think constituents should embrace? What is it and how could it be used to make their work/person lives easier? Paperless existence. I can help.

    What is your favorite place on campus? Northrup or Ted Mann

    Your hometown and the first place you lived after leaving your hometown? Hometown: Enderlin, ND. After leaving my hometown, I lived in Fargo, ND as I attended college and kept residence there during summers.

    What do you do for fun? Perform in and lead musical and theatrical endeavors. Coach baseball. Carpentry.

    What is your dream job (besides the one you have!)? Music Director for the Minnesota Orchestra.

    Motto or personal mantra: You'll get enough sleep when you die. AND If not now, when? If not, me, who?


    Author: J.R.R. Tolkein

    Favorite source of inspiration? I derive inspiration from music - particularly masterworks.

    Favorite word or word that annoys you? Annoys: Fixins

    Favorite food and drink? Steak (Ribeye). Red Wine (Merlot or Malbec) and Scotch

    Favorite TV show(s)? M*A*S*H and West Wing.

    Favorite musician or band? Styx (close seconds in Kansas and Boston). Sara Bareilles.

    People may be surprised to know: I narrowly escaped being detained by authorities at the Grand Canyon for "exploring".

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  • Folwell, Johnston Affected by Printer Security Transition on 3/2-3/3

    The printer security transition begins Monday, March 2. During the first week, the following buildings will have a printer outage of several hours as technicians secure ports to better protect data:

    Folwell Hall - Monday, March 2

    Johnston Hall - Tuesday, March 3

    Each unit will be contacted by email the week prior to scheduled updates.

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  • Fusion Tables: The Fabled Slicer-Dicer for (most of) your Data

    Have you found spreadsheet analysis in Excel, Numbers, Open Office or other packages good, but want something more? You should be delighted to hear that Google Fusion Tables is now available for Google Apps at the University of Minnesota. If you've heard about Fusion Tables (or never heard) but wonder what all the hullabaloo is about, and why this could be important, let's get a quick overview.

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The CLA Office of Information Technology (CLA-OIT) seeks ways to leverage technology for the benefit of students as part of our strong commitment to liberal arts education.

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