Mari Fugate

Major: Human Resources
Hometown: Crescent City, CA
Class: Senior
Program Position: Support Assistant | IT Department

How did you first get connected with the AS Information Technology Dept?
I knew the AS was a good place to get a job even though I didn’t know anyone here. I looked on-line and saw a data entry student position available. I didn’t even know it was for IT, but I applied, interviewed and was hired in Oct. 2010.

How would you describe your current position with IT?
I maintain the internal reporting system; run reports for the Financial Services Office; fix computers and other devices like monitors; and manage the BMU computer lab which has 45 computers and two printers. I work at AS locations all over the campus — at the WREC, at Sutter, at the AS Child Development Lab, etc. I also maintain the reporting system for the CSU, Chico Research Foundation.

What does working in for IT do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I have gained so much knowledge about technology — more than I ever thought I would. I’ve met a lot of awesome people at the AS, and I feel so supported. I’ve had many great opportunities for personal connections and professional experience for my resume. In 2010-2011 I was named the Student Employee of the Year for Corporate Services which was such a surprise. I’m a pretty shy person, but I’ve really grown in this job. I have to go into new situations where I don’t know anyone and introduce myself. When I was first hired I would go into someone’s office to work on a computer, and they’d say, “Oh, a girl? We have a girl in our IT department? It’s about time!”

What do YOU bring to the table in your position as support for IT?
I’m very organized and efficient, and I work quickly. I’m friendly to all our users. I’m always willing to learn, and I’m even willing to get up on very tall ladders in the WREC to work on the display monitors! I really like my job, and I’ll be around for another year and a half so I’ll definitely continue to learn more skills.

What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
After I graduate I plan to join the Peace Corps. My minor is Spanish so, hopefully, I’ll be able to use that, but I’ll go wherever they assign me. With my background in finance, human resources and technology, I’ll have a great skill set that will set me up for success in many jobs. After serving in the Peace Corps, you get a year’s priority for federal jobs, so I might end up in a government job. But first, I want to travel!