Sakhorn Sipraseuth, a network administrator in University College and Extension Services (UCES) at CSULB, has been selected by his coworkers as the university’s Employee of the Month.
In honor of his selection, Sipraseuth was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the campus’ University Student Union, and the walk was renamed “Sakhorn Sipraseuth Lane” for the month.
“The recognition makes me feel tongue-tied,” said Sipraseuth, who joined the university in 2002. “It feels great to be named by my peers and I am surprised that anyone would put me up for this.”
CSULB President F. King Alexander praised Sipraseuth for his hard work and willingness to help others in need no matter where on the campus it takes him. “Sakhorn is knowledgeable and very easy to work with,” he said. “He is always there when he is needed most with a great attitude and an easy smile.”
Sipraseuth joined CSULB in January 2002 in Academic Computing Services as an equipment systems specialist before joining UCES as an information technology consultant and moving on to his current position as network administrator.
“It’s my job to help UCES deal with its computer problems,” Sipraseuth explained. “I handle everything associated with the UCES network. My main job is to make sure the servers run all day. If any problems occur, they get fixed quickly. I also help to support between 150 and 200 desktop computers as well as the students’ laptop computers.”
Sipraseuth first became interested in computers on his way to graduating from Long Beach’s Woodrow Wilson High School in 1989. He went onto earn a bachelor’s in computer technology from CSULB in 2002.
His skill set includes a mixture of people skills and technology. “I deal with people issues every day,” he said. “For me, dealing with people is one of the strengths of this job. I like going out to help others. What is a big problem for some users is not always a big problem for me. I try to assure them that there is always a solution or a way around it.”
A typical day’s challenges might include a printer that doesn’t work or a firewall that needs rebooting. “When someone in UCES can’t get their e-mail, they call me,” he laughed.
When he isn’t saving UCES from computer meltdown, Sipraseuth enjoys spending time with his wife, Cindy, and their sons Jovani and Justin, the latter of whom was born in November.
His goals include Microsoft certification and, perhaps when his sons are older, a master’s in computer technology. In the meantime, he enjoys working at CSULB and recommends the experience to others. “There is a good life here,” he said. “Working at CSULB allows me to spend more time at home with my family and that is great for someone like me.”
Sipraseuth received several gifts with his recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, two tickets to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, a $10 gift certificate for Katella Deli, four tickets to a CSULB home game in the 2007-08 school year and a coupon for one free Whopper from Burger King.