New IT Director Brings Enthusiasm and Experience
New Director of Information Services Mary Kaselouskas could have been in North Carolina instead of Chicopee today.
Corporate restructuring at UTC Aerospace Systems, her previous employer, led to a move of corporate headquarters from Connecticut to North Carolina and she was certain her position would not be far behind. The lifelong Pioneer Valley resident recalls: "I knew right away that I was not leaving this area and it was time for a change."
Mary is something of a higher education technology veteran. Prior to working at UTC, she worked for more than 15 years at Bay Path College, and is familiar with the challenges common at small private colleges. Time and money constraints complicate to-do lists, and ever-changing technology means constantly playing catch-up with campus software and hardware. Nonetheless, she loves the diversity of working on a college campus.
"You get to see staff, faculty, students--different types of people," she said. Working at a college is "different than working for the bottom line," she added, "it's about the students and being a part of their future."
Mary and her staff are gearing up for several major projects this year, including an overhaul of the phone system, exploring Scan optimization to better serve campus needs, and preparing the technological infrastructure for the new Center for Natural and Health Sciences.
While the work may seem daunting, Mary is confident in her team. "I was really pleased at their level of expertise. Everyone knows what they need to do, they have their hearts in their jobs, and often go over and above. They're very dedicated," she said.
Alongside her most immediate priorities, Mary is also considering long-range improvements involving new funding sources, internet-based phone systems, and tablets in the classroom.
New to campus late in the semester, Mary has not yet met many members of the Elms family, but wants to make sure they know her door is always open. "I'm always willing to hear about their needs and concerns and see if we can come up with solutions to try and make everyone happy," she said. Emphasizing accessibility and collaboration, she is eager to work with the entire community, nothing that "we're all here for the same purpose."