We’re excited today to introduce a new series called IT Alumni Stories! We’ll be hearing from former IT students about how their time with us helped shape their careers and contributed to their success. First up: Chris Kobza.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m a native Okie that loves family, fishing, and fixing things. I’m also the Executive Director for Campus and Community Engagement for OU Information Technology.
What does success mean to you?
It’s using the things that make you unique to make the world a better place.
How did IT contribute to your success?
IT gave me a space to be challenged, to learn about myself, and to grow.
How did your time at IT help define who you are now?
College students have a lot happening on many different levels! As an IT student employee, I was able to apply myself in ways that challenged my self-expectation, and in turn, discover hidden strengths. Things don’t always play out the way you think they will; my early years in IT helped shape my professional ambitions.
What’s your favorite IT memory?
My first IT position was as an assistant in our computer labs. We had a massive virus outbreak once, and I volunteered to help remedy the situation, which in those days meant going lab-to-lab and computer-to-computer with recovery disks. \We ran around campus until 3:00 AM master keys, alarm codes, and caffeine in hand. I’m sure it was a headache for the veterans, but it was exhilarating to me!
What are you up to these days?
I’m still at OU, and I’m still loving it! My current role in OU IT provides me the perfect balance of working with people and working with technology. There are so many cool ways to get involved across campus, and I’ve had the pleasure of advising student organizations and teaching classes. When I’m not at work, I take every opportunity to expose my two beautiful little girls to the amazing world around us… and go fishing. 🙂