Congratulations to André Siedentopf, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Employee of the Month for August 2015. Hired in 2006, André has dedicated over nine years of service to the College as an Instructional Computing Systems Coordinator. He has worked diligently to manage most of the classroom instructor station computers on four of the five campuses and centers in the District.
SRJC Director of Information Technology (IT) Scott Conrad commends André “as an exceptional SRJC employee” and compliments his work in supporting the Doyle Library, Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) and other computing labs on the Santa Rosa campus. “André has been leading a project to upgrade all computers in the Doyle Library this summer (approximately 300 new PC’s).” Pointing out that this bond-funded project is the first large-scale upgrade of Doyle Library computers in seven years, Conrad added, “André is a key staff member for IT and a valued SRJC employee. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to honor André for all that he does for the District.”
André recalls, “My greatest accomplishment, early on, was the development of the Dual Boot Mac Mini Instructor station computers. This allowed us to provide two independent operating systems in one computer. These days, it’s working with my IT and Media Services colleagues to provide better services to keep our equipment up to date and running smoothly.” André also mentions, “I have the best co-workers anyone could ask for; they make it possible for me and our team to shine!”
When André isn’t at work, he likes going to movies and flea markets with his 7-year-old son, and works on old trucks in his free time. He is also a volunteer representative for classified employees in the President’s Institutional Technology Group. André’s generosity doesn’t stop there, though. “André also reconfigures used computers on his own time at home to donate to K-6 schools that don’t have computers,” Scott Conrad said.
Though he was born in Escondido, California, André was raised in Santa Rosa and graduated from Santa Rosa High School. After graduating high school, he attended West Hills College, Coalinga, and Empire College, before continuing his education at SRJC. Prior to being hired at SRJC in 2006, he worked as a Computer Technician for Lockheed Martin and for the Mendocino County Office of Education.
André said he was deeply honored to be selected as Employee of the Month, and celebrates this recognition with his wife Traci and his son AJ, as well as his extended family, most of whom live locally.