Meet a Geek: Carlos Rodriguez

October 02, 2015


 We at OIT were curious about how well we really knew our colleagues.  In this blog post series, we'll interview the many faces of OIT to get a better understanding of the people who work with technology at UTSA

So with no further ado, let's meet Carlos Rodriguez, OIT, and Network Technician II/Support Services II


1. Tell us a little about yourself?

I have been a UTSA Network Technician II/Support Services II since July of 2014. Previously I worked at Texas A&M University, San Antonio. I'm also a student here at UTSA earning my BA in English with a Creative Writing Focus. I am married to a wonderful woman and I enjoy the arts, in general, and poetry, specifically.

2. What attracted you to this job?

The opportunity to work with an established university and the higher level of training UTSA offers to IT personnel was a big draw for me.

3. What would you like to learn and why?

I look forward to learning about Apple systems and working on certifications for both Dell and Apple. I know as my training increases, the more I'm able to support the faculty and staff here at UTSA for all their IT needs.

4. What special talents do you have?

I have been writing under the pen name of Rod C. Stryker for over 30 years with 2 books published. One of these books, Exploits of a Sun Poet (Pecan Grove Press), was given 2 awards: The Barnes and Noble Author-of-the-Month (February 2003) and the San Antonio Current's Best Book of 2005. My 3rd book, Native Instincts, is set to be published this fall by Human Error Publishing (Massachusetts).

5. Star Wars or Star Trek?

Both, in equal measure.

6. Do you have any hobbies?

As mentioned earlier, I write poetry, but I wouldn't classify it as a hobby. It's better described as a passion that I will be involved in for the rest of my life. I also am founder and host of San Antonio's longest running weekly open-mic poetry reading (over 20 years) called the Sun Poet's Society. I have supported, nurtured, and encouraged hundreds of poets and writers not just in San Antonio but all over the world. It's a calling I have been extremely blessed with. I've also recently been involved in art photography. I've had art shows and sold many of my photographs at First Friday and in art galleries here in San Antonio.

7. If I was not doing this job I would probably be?

  Writing for a living. 

Thank you Carlos for your honesty and sincerity. It was great to get to know you!