Name: DJ Scullin
Graduation Year: 2007
Major: Management Computer Systems
Position in the UC: Website Maintenance
Current Position and Workplace: Systems Administrator at Rainbow Hospice Care
You’ve been out of college for about six years now. Can you tell us a little about your life since graduation?
I was fortunate enough to land a job right out of college. I was hired as a systems analyst at a company that wrote software that allowed smaller companies to sell their products to larger companies. Large companies handle purchasing transactions electronically using a variety of formats called EDI (Electronic Data Interchange). Our software was a sort of easy interface for a mom and pop shop to sell their widgets to Wal-Mart or some other larger company without needing to understand the technical mechanics in the background.
After two years, I was hired at Rainbow Hospice Care as their systems administrator which is where I work today. Rainbow is a community based non-profit hospice in Jefferson with an inpatient center in Johnson Creek. We serve patients with life-limiting illnesses and offer comfort, care and meaning at the end of life. I manage our team of 81 staff and 187 volunteers with their technical needs. Anything with blinking lights and buttons I do my best to keep running smoothly.
While not at work, I enjoy cooking with my wife and playing my guitar. When the weather was still nice, I often made a trip down to Whitewater to catch a quick round of disc golf, which I often did back in my college days.
How does your current position relate to the work you did at the UC?
We didn’t have any content management systems back then to support the website. Everything needed to be coded from scratch. Working on that website really got my coding and database chops off the ground which I still use today. The things I was learning in class I could directly apply to a real production website, which was really nice. We also had the freedom to take any piece of the website and improve on it. I’m still making websites at my current job using the same technology that I first got a glimpse at working with at the University Center.
What is the most valuable skill you developed while working in the UC?
I learned a lot of little things working at the UC but one of the best skills I took with me was the ability to teach. We had a lot of kids coming and going, all eager to pursue knowledge. It was extremely gratifying showing someone how little snippets of code querying a database maintained by one department actually rendered results on the front page of the University Center’s website (yes, we coded in production and I’m not ashamed).
Share your most memorable day of working in the UC.
I can barely remember what I did last week, so 10 years ago is a stretch. I do however remember hearing across the hall a wailing electric guitar. Being a fan of the 6-string axe, I had to make my way down and see what the commotion was. One of my fellow UC peers was taking a break from the grind and playing some mind bending riffs. After that moment, I’d always dreamed of having a guitar hanging in my office and now, I do.
What is the best piece of advice you can share with other undergrad students regarding their experiences here at UW-W?
Do not be afraid of learning new things. You have limitless resources and talent at your disposal; use it on something challenging yet gratifying. The projects you put your soul into during college will aid your future endeavors.