Karen Adsit Wins April's Blue Ribbon Award

The Computers are wired and wonderful things. At least, they can be, if you know how to use them. Dr. Karen Adsit, director of the Walker Teaching Resource Center, knows how. And she shares that knowledge with everyone who asks.

Adsit, who has been director of the center for two years, helps UTC faculty, as well as area teachers, use computer technology to better teach students. Adsit came to UTC from a similar position at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she aided in designing instructional technology for biomedical communications.

At UTC, Adsit has worked on a wide variety of projects, including the design of instructional programs, and formatting a music CD-ROM that plays music when inserted into a regular CD player.

Adsit also helps UTC staff with their computer problems. Deborah Stevens, principal secretary for the Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise, says she nominated Adsit for the Blue Ribbon Award after she helped with a computer problem that took several days to resolve. "She even came in on a Saturday to try and get the problem solved," said Stevens.

Adsit says she welcomes all types of technology-related problems. "I can't remember a time when we said, 'It can't be done.' That's just not our attitude."

In fact, Adsit is surprised that she is this month's Blue Ribbon winner. She laughs, "I solve all kinds of computer problems all of the time. It's part of my job."

by Libby Rich

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