Meet a Geek: Benjamin Garrison

November 12, 2015



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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 Benjamin Garrison, OIT Support Services Manager.

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1. Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I grew up largely in Connecticut, but have been in San Antonio for just over seven years now and have a lovely six year old daughter. I studied History at the University of Connecticut, which is why I am gainfully employed in Information Technology!

2. What attracted you to this job?

I was working as a Knowledge Manager at the Army Medical Command at Ft. Sam Houston. I knew I wanted to get back into management and that I enjoyed working in the higher education environment, and so my position here in OIT seemed like a good fit. And it still is!

3. What would you like to learn and why?

The list of things I wouldn't like to learn might be shorter, but for the moment, let's stick to Spanish. I still need to become fluent in Spanish. Also, how to add hours to the day. That's a learned skill, right?

4. What is your favorite candy bar?  

Baby Ruth. I have a killer sweet tooth.

5. What special talents do you have?

I play the euphonium and the trumpet, though no instructor has ever called me "talented". I am a member of the Helotes Area Community Band, though my participation is on hiatus while I finish graduate school. Also, I am also good at asking people awkward questions that other people want to ask but are afraid to, without causing offense. That's my super power.

6. Star Wars or Star Trek  

Start Trek: The Next Generation. This answer is easy. I mean, I drink Earl Grey Tea every day. But I am still stoked for a new Star Wars movie.

7. Do you have any hobbies that you would like to share with us?

Aside from playing music, I would say hiking, reading, and binge-watching cooking shows are on the list. Lately I am obsessed with the musical Hamilton and am reading biographies of folks from the Revolution with whom I am less familiar (currently Sarah Vowel's new biography of the Marquis de Lafayette).