Orange Pride: Darrell Cole
Darrell Cole stays busy.
IT Services were especially busy in the spring and summer of 2020 as a global pandemic pushed the world further online than ever before. Spring classes were vaulted online, most campus staff started working remotely and dozens of classrooms had to be configured for livestreaming before fall classes began.
“I do like the problem solving aspect of my job,” said Cole, an IT Services Coordinator at OSU-Tulsa. “I think where I add value the most is just a willingness to get things done. Let’s make it work.”
Cole’s commitment to making things work for OSU-Tulsa faculty, students and staff has earned him the Orange Pride Award for Employee Excellence. His friendly disposition and work ethic has made him an invaluable member of a team of professionals that usually have to interact with frustrated people.
He was presented the award over the summer, during a time in which he and his colleagues were working tirelessly to set up livestreaming capabilities in 25 classroom on campus.
“That project was particularly satisfying for me,” Cole said. “I don’t always get to see the full results of my work. I may resolve an issue with a piece of equipment, but then I go away and don’t see it in action. But shopping for projectors, getting all the pieces working together and seeing professors use it every week to reach their students, that’s awesome.”
Cole’s interest in technology started early, taking apart IBM towers and his Commodore 64 home computer as a child. Now, tinkering with technology is his livelihood.
After working at Direct TV, University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University-Stillwater, he’s made a home for himself in Tulsa. He got married in November and is working on a Master’s of Business Administration.
Because of safety measures in place regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting faculty and staff has become a little more distant – but for Cole, some things on campus never change.
“Everyone at OSU-Tulsa is so kind and understanding and reasonable,” Cole said. “The people here are great, always – and if someone can be pleasant to be around while their tech isn’t working and they’re on a deadline, especially in the middle of a pandemic, then I know I’m in a good place.”
To recommend an OSU-Tulsa staff member for the Orange Pride award, complete this nomination form. Orange Pride recipients are selected quarterly and receive a framed certificate and $100.
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