This month’s featured APA member is Joshua Wortz, Information Technologist I who serves as a Systems Administrator for Collaborative Services & Support @ IT Services.
How long have you been at MSU? Have you held other positions prior to your current one at the University?
I began at MSU in October 2009 at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This past November I moved to IT services
Can you tell me a little about what you do? Any specific projects you are working on?
I work with the Content Services and Support group, supporting the new CampusAD Active Directory and Exchange environment and Office 365.
(CampusAD is an Active Directory [AD] infrastructure that allows units on campus to more easily collaborate with others by securely sharing resources with other CampusAD users. For more information on the project, visit http://tech.msu.edu/campusad/)
What brought you to your job at MSU?
I grew up in Battle Creek, MI and after attending college and lived near Philadelphia for a few years. After my wife and I had kids, we wanted to move closer to family so I found a job at MSU and moved the family to Michigan.
What do you love about working at MSU?
I enjoy the camaraderie of being a Spartan and the family friendly atmosphere
Can you share a little about the challenges of working at MSU?
In 2011 my son was 4 years old and was diagnosed with Autism. When we began to seek out the therapies that he needed, we discovered that Autism was an excluded from receiving the needed speech and occupational therapies. This has put a financial and emotional stress on my family.
What are your favorite things to do when not at work?
I love spending time with my wife and 2 kids (Brayden 5 & Ava 4). I started coaching a special needs kids soccer team in Charlotte through AYSO. I am also studying for the MCAT in July and I will begin applying to medical schools in this June.