Feature Friday with Wayne Tamagi

Job title: Desktop Systems Analyst

Hometown: New Westminster, BC

How long have you worked at LFS/UBC? 

6 years

What are three adjectives that describe you? 

Helpful, dependable, thoughtful

Let’s talk work…

Describe what you do for LFS:

I provide IT computer support for faculty, staff, and undergraduate students located in the Macmillan and FNH buildings, UBC Farm, UBC Dairy, and Plant Care Services. I help faculty with replacing and purchasing new equipment, setting up new equipment (desktop computers, laptops, printers), troubleshoot client and system related issues, and setup key card access into MCML.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the student loan out pool and home kits for teaching. This involves purchasing laptops, webcams, headsets, docks and coordinating pickup of equipment for loan out. In particular I’m working with Jennifer Black’s team in moving from Workspace to OneDrive/Teams for sharing documents and I’m preparing the technical side of things for the Future of Agriculture event on February 5th. Also I have purchased new equipment to replace the Dietetics staff laptops and will be issuing the laptops to staff in the coming weeks.

I’m also setting up zoom conference calls and preparing for the technical logistics and support for the upcoming Human Dimensions of Biodiversity job candidate research and teaching seminars beginning on February 8th.

What do you enjoy the most about working for LFS? 

I enjoy meeting faculty, staff, and students visiting the Learning Centre and helping them with their computer issues, whether it’s fixing a computer problem, email issue, seeking advise, or just needing some reassurance.

What challenge have you dealt with that you are most proud of? 

I think organizing the United Way Ramen lunch Fundraiser event for LFS back in November 2019.

Let’s get personal…

How do you like to recharge?

Currently I try to go for walks or runs in the morning before work and maybe get another walk during the day time. As well, I’ve started meditating to calm and relax myself and learn to let go of things.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

My superpower would be to vaccinate everyone in one day and have the world return back to normal.

What was a favourite vacation or trip you’ve taken? 

Not sure I don’t take many vacations. I will definitely plan a family trip when the pandemic is over.

What was the last book you read?

Last book I read to the end and enjoyed was Rare Birds by Edward Riche.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had? 

When I was 10 years old, I had lunch with my Mom at the old Woodward’s in downtown Vancouver. Nothing fancy, just a roast beef sandwich, but it always makes me smile when I think of that moment with my Mom.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Who inspires you and why?

I think my wife Marcia inspires me as she knows me well and is such a strong person.

What’s one thing your co-workers don’t know about you?

If you go down to wreck beach in the early morning, you might find me there shouting and/or screaming out to the open water. I also dream of having a black stallion.

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