Tim Carson was hired in August of 1999 by the Department of Animal Sciences primarily to teach ASI 490, Microcomputer Applications. He has received high teaching evaluation scores from students and excellent ratings by students during exit interviews. Tim took the lead role in the application of technology for teaching, research and extension activities within Animal Science and Industry. He also installed, upgraded, and maintained computer and projection equipment within all classroom facilities in Weber and Call Hall (at least 10 different classrooms).
Teaching activities within Weber and Call serve well over 1,000 KSU students, and virtually none would be possible without Tim. He works to provide the latest technology in each classroom, yet ensures that it is reliable and easy to use. Tim Carson is the single “go-to” guy for any activity involving technology within one of the largest and most diverse departments on the KSU campus. Not only is Tim incredibly knowledgeable and capable, he is very willing to help out and often goes above and beyond.
Tim also facilitates multimedia activities that occur for the 800-1,000 visitors annually at Cattlemen’s Day, and can often be found troubleshooting equipment at events that occur on weekends and evenings. Tim recently spent an 18-hour day helping with scoring for a livestock judging competition. He truly cares about making these events go off flawlessly, and he never seeks recognition for his often indispensable contributions. Tim is one of those rare people who, when approached with a problem, will nearly always say, “Would you like me to take care of that for you?” Every faculty and staff member within the department knows that answering “yes” to that question is the first step to having a successful event.
Gina Nixon has worked as a valuable nontechnical person who is instrumental in making the technological aspects of her department understandable for those who aren’t tech professionals. She has assisted with technical tasks when called upon and shares her viewpoint in a courteous manner with IT professionals when IT changes are implemented. Her work with accounting and shipping activity as it bears upon IT is another valuable part of her service to the department and K-State.