Hi, my name is Tanner Matlock. I am junior informatics major with a business cognate and a security minor. This is my first semester being a part of TeachIT! I have worked with both the SICE Outreach and Ellettsville Boys and Girls club. It was a lot of fun to work with the kids at Ellettsville, and it was awesome to see them become more and more familiar with technology. Working with Outreach and helping Michele this semester was incredibly fulfilling, knowing the things we were preparing were going to help teachers in Indiana further teach computer science. This first semester was amazing and I can not wait for next year to get back and start again!
Hi, I am Karen Koswara, a junior majoring in Informatics with business cognate. This is my first semester with ServeIT and I am in the Maintenance Team creating Orange County Community Wellness Network (OCCWN) website. The purpose of OCCWN is to better life in the Orange County, Indiana. OCCWN connects people in Orange County with providers who offers services and events. It has been a pleasure to work with the maintenance team where I gain experience close to that of a real job. I learn many great skills such as php, sql, and WordPress.
Hello! My name is Maritza Castaneda and I am currently a senior this year in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. I am majoring in Informatics with minors in Human-Centered Computing and Public and Environmental Affairs. I am really passionate about front-end development as well as focusing on the usability of technology and applications.
This is my fourth and final semester being involved in the Serve IT Clinic. I am currently the team lead for the Orange County Recycling Co-Op (OCRC) team in the clinic. The OCRC team is a client team working to design and develop a functional and easy-to-use website for the Orange County Recycling Co-Op organization, which is located in Paoli, Indiana.
At this point in the semester, our team has gone through several design iterations after meeting with our client and the Serve IT Design and User Testing team. Since our prototype has been finalized, we have been working on developing the website and making it responsive on multiple device screens. Within our site, we have also added a Volunteer form and a Membership form for interested candidates looking to get involved with the organization. We hope our website will help to get the word out about Orange County Community Co-Op and its mission to promote the value of recycling.
Hello, I am Emma Flohr. I’m a junior studying Informatics with a cognate in Media and a minor in Human-Computer Interaction Design. This is my first semester with Serve IT, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I’m currently on the client-facing team for Dimension Mill. The Mill is Bloomington’s center of gravity for innovators, remote workers, entrepreneurs, and creators. It completely renovated a 103-year-old building from the Showers Brothers Furniture Company and transformed it into a 19,000 square-foot coworking and incubator space, home to 15 companies and 150 members. We are currently helping to make changes to its website, as well as with its overall online presence. We have also created logos for its funding campaign, and worked on its web app. With Serve IT I have been exposed to working with a multifaceted team of students, as well as directly with our client, and been able to put my skills to good use.
In my spare time, I am a shift manager at Baked! of Bloomington, as well as work for IU’s University Information Technology Services. I know my experience with Serve IT has built a great foundation of working in the technology field and will prepare me for anything the future can throw at me.
My name is Ben Gaither and I am a junior at Indiana University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in informatics with a minor in business. This is my first semester with Serve IT and I am part of the Teach IT team where we volunteer at local after-school clubs to teach the children basics of computer science and computer skills. It is always great to see the kids enjoying the lesson plans that we have created for them and it is very rewarding when they actually take away useful skills as well. Not only this, but Teach IT has allowed me to meet some great people on the teams that I work with. I see my team members multiple times a week and we all have fun with what we do while also sharing a common goal which is a great experience that I will be able to build upon for my future. Serve IT is a great place to get real world experience, meet people from all different backgrounds, and fell like you are a part of something that can make an impact. For all these reasons I am very glad to be a part of Serve IT and the Teach IT division of it.
Hello! My name is Ashley Bochner, and I am a sophomore studying Informatics with a cognate in Cognitive Science and a minor in Human-Centered Computing. This is my first semester as an intern with Serve IT, and I am beyond happy with my experience so far. As an intern on the Teach IT team, I can work with children in the community to create a positive environment for them to explore technology outside of a classroom. I have been able to build my skill set throughout this semester and I am excited to see where I go with Serve IT throughout the rest of my time here at IU.
I’m Elizabeth Lee, a senior graduating in May of 2019 with a degree in Informatics, minor in Business, and a focus in Human Computer Interaction! I have been with the Serve IT clinic for the past three semesters. My first and second semester I was working exclusively with Teach IT and the SICE Outreach team. I spent my time volunteering at local Boys & Girls Clubs in Bloomington, Indiana teaching simple computer and coding skills to early elementary students. I am currently working as a capstone intern on the Problem Bank team and a co-team lead on the Dimension Mill team. My experience with the clinic has been very rewarding, as I have gained incredible real-world experience with each of these teams along with significant leadership skills. I will be able to carry these important capabilities into my career working with Oracle in Austin, Texas this July!
I’m Reed Orr and I’m an informatics major here at IU. My cognate is security and I’m senior graduating in December of 2019. This is my first time in ServeIT, but my second time in a tech support position. The Tech Support team is constantly growing our client base. The Tech Support team takes in donated computers, many of which come in from the City of Bloomington, and installs them into places around Bloomington. The computers that we get are totally wiped, so after getting the OS set up we take them to the clients location. Sometimes the clients have different needs. One example would be Girls Inc, who asked us to install some parental controls. There are many places around town that are in need that you wouldn’t think about. Just last week we delivered and installed computers to three different locations such as a women’s ministry clinic, a shop in the square, and a homeless shelter. We intake hundreds of donated computers over the semester, and it’s great that we can repurpose so many of them without wasting them in a salvage yard. All of our clients are so grateful, and the computers really can help them. It feels great to be helping the community when I am also gaining experience as an intern.
Hi, my name is Asher Hall a senior at Indiana University studying Informatics with a specialization in technology innovation. This is my 3rd semester working with the ServeIt clinic and my 2nd semester being a co-team lead for the Tech Support team. This semester we are pleased to be able to help many organizations with their various technological needs. We have helped non-profits obtain new computers and recycle the old, imaged computers with the latest software, and fixed various wiring issues to name a few. It is great to help out these various non-profits and enable the next generation of youth to learn and grow from the work we have provided. This experience as a co-team lead has helped me grow as an individual in more ways than one and I am grateful to be a part of this community that ServeIT has created for us and these organizations.
Hi! My name is Shawn Wang and I’m a junior majoring in Informatics with a minor in Human-Centered Computing and cognate in Graphic Design. This is my first semester with the Serve IT Design and User Testing team.
I joined Serve IT’s Design and User Testing Team because of my interests in design. I think Serve IT is great because it provides opportunities to work with real clients and help with their design works. I was lucky enough to work with a local nonprofit and it practiced my design skills. At the same time, we helped another team with their design works. There was one time, I held a training session to teach another team to learn industrial level design tools. I felt the power of design and happy to help them in the future.