Aviso: How and when did you get started here at Malone?
Klemann: That’s a long story. I started as a student in 1997, and then began working for Info Tech as a student worker the following summer. I actually pulled all of the data cables into the residence hall rooms. So I’ve been here for a little while. I took a 2 year break, graduated in 2001, and my wife and I got married and moved to Miami, Ohio. She did her graduate work there and I worked for the support desk down at Miami University, and then we moved back here.
Aviso: What does a typical day look like for you?
Klemann: There’s not really a typical day for me. One of the things that I try to do is to act as a technology advocate for faculty, staff and students. So that could be anything from trying to get something to work correctly to showing somebody a new technology that might fit their needs better. So there’s not really a typical day.
Aviso: If you could clear up one common IT question for students reading the Aviso, what would it be?
Klemann: There’s a lot of little things. But the thing I would say is that, if you’re having trouble with something, let us know. Because we can’t fix it if we don’t know it’s broken. So don’t be afraid to ask to get something fixed, or if something’s not working as you’d expect it to, please just let us know. We’ve had folks live with problems for months or whole semesters and it is as simple as a button pressed, or something like that. Technology can be frustrating, but just ask the folks that know how to use it, and we can help.
Aviso: Do you have any unique Thanksgiving traditions?
Klemann: The IT department has a turkey bowl every year where we do a flag football game, which is pretty funny–a bunch of geeks out playing football. That’s a pretty good and regular Thanksgiving tradition for us.
Aviso: Will you go or have you ever gone black Friday shopping?
Klemann: Yes. Not every year, but I’ve gone out and gotten little Christmas presents and then got my little $20 shop vac, which my daughter now uses to clean up after her pets.
Aviso: If you could have front row seats to any concert, who would you like to see?
Klemann: I really like David Crowder, so probably a David Crowder concert.
Aviso: What is one goal you would like to accomplish this year?
Klemann: I’m actually finishing my masters degree next month, so that is my big goal. Secondly, we’re hoping to sell our home and then move a little bit closer to Canton. So we have lots of things.
Aviso: If you could have any view from your back porch, what would it be?
Klemann: Lots of trees, a natural landscape.
Aviso: Who is someone, past or present, who has inspired you in some way?
Klemann: C.S. Lewis. Actually, I’m a big fan of Lewis and Tolkien and that crew. They were contemporaries with each other. It would be great to sit down with that group of folks and just listen to them.
Aviso: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Klemann: An electrical engineer, actually. So I got close.