Campus News - June 18, 2001
Garcia’s computer technology career full of heart
By Laurie Mellas-Ramirez
the winding, yellowed hallways in the old CIRT building and eventually you come
upon Alice Garcia the label wizard.
I love the Wizard of Oz, Garcia reflects, glancing at a poster
of Dorothy and crew on her office wall at UNM Computer and Information Resources
and Technology. Im the Tin Man, she notes, acknowledging that
after 27 years with the department she could use a few squirts from the oil
Garcia, user support analyst, had the brain and courage after high school
to enter the blossoming computer world.
She began with data entry and through the years put her heart into CIRTs
data control, operations support and currently applications support.
Ive done a little bit of everything, she says. Ive
dealt with a lot of different problems and learned from them so I could better
know what people need.
Garcia is probably best known for her work providing specialized mailing labels
to departments. She can provide a break down list of labels of every group imaginable
graduating seniors, conference attendees, divisions and departments and
even retirees receiving Campus News by U.S. Mail.
She also produces labels requested by outside entities including the University
of Arizona and United States Marines. Can anyone have access to UNMs lists?
They have to have a legit reason, Garcia explains. The data
owners have the final say.
Garcia provides systems support within CIRT and maintains the job scheduling
software. She also provides reprints of production reports by request.
I started here when we were doing punch cards. Everything was very manual.
Weve come a long way with technology. Its made my job less tedious,
but more complex, she says.
She enjoys her work, but theres no place like home for Garcia. Im
very family oriented, she says. My husband Michael and I have three
wonderful children and two beautiful grandchildren.
Im a softball mom. I spend a lot of time at the fields, says
Garcia of her free time. I volunteer to take score, run for ice, or whatever
Is retirement on the horizon?
Not until my daughter graduates from high school. Shes too expensive
right now, Garcia jokes.
There's a few more years to go behind the curtain.
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