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20 Questions with User Support Coordinator Tyler Chelf ’05


December 15, 2011
Tyler Chelf '05 User Support Coordinator Tyler Chelf ’05
1. Position at Centre?
User Support Coordinator in Information Technology Services.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Glasgow, Ky. Very much like Danville, and the birthplace of many famous Kentuckians like Diane Sawyer and Luska Twyman, the first African-American mayor in Kentucky.

3. What are your hobbies?
I am a gamer, so you can frequently find me playing video games, but I also enjoy reading and cooking with my fiancée.

4. What is your dream vacation?
I once read about how the Russian government would let you go into space in one of their rockets for just a few million bucks, and I think that would be pretty cool.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
“The Great Wave Off Kanagawa” by Katsushika Hokusai has always been a favorite of mine.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
I am a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft, particularly the short stories “The Doom that Came to Sarnath” and “The Statement of Randolph Carter.”

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
I like to watch The American Le Mans motorsports series and have been to the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta twice now.

8. Favorite TV show?
If I had to name one, “Futurama,” but I also love watching “Mantracker” and reruns of “Star Trek.”

9. Favorite album?
Right now, I would have to say “Agony & Irony” by The Alkaline Trio.

10. Favorite holiday?
While thinking about this question I discovered that there is a Leif Erikson Day … I think that has just become my new favorite.

11. Favorite food?
I always enjoy a good steak and baked potato.

12. Most prized possession?
My dogs, Henry and Flapjack.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Greene and Arthur C. Clarke, just to hear their discussions on space, science, technology and the future of humanity.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Besides solving problems and helping people, I enjoy that I get to design new services and features of our computing environment in an effort to improve and simplify the end user experience.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Taking a month-long trip with my aunt, uncle and grandparents from Kentucky to Colorado, up to the Dakotas, over to Washington and then all the way up to Alaska.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Probably customer tech support in the corporate environment.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Getting a job as a tech in ITS when I was a student. If it were not for that job, I wouldn’t have realized my interest in Information Technology and probably wouldn’t be doing what I do.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Dr. Who. I would love to be able to explore the wonders of the galaxy, though I could do without all the monsters he runs into.

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
The Sinking Spring just down the hill from McReynolds. It’s just one of those quiet, natural places to sit and relax.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Learning to be self-reliant is one of the most important things you can ever learn. Striking the balance between study and relaxation is extremely important, but if you learn to do things for yourself without relying on others to do it for you, you will succeed in both school and life.



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