UMASS provided an opportunity to create my own major. I selected courses from Computer Science, Engineering and Art to create an Interactive Multimedia degree track for myself.
While at UMASS, I had two jobs for the University. I produced, edited, and videotaped lectures to be distributed as distance learning courses for online and DVD. This research lab was called RIPPLEs, Research In Presentation Production for Learning Electronically (pretty solid acronym right?). My position at RIPPLEs led me to meet Dr. F.S Hill Jr., whom I would co-author a texbook with (more details below) for Prentice Hall. Second job at UMASS was for the Office of Information Technology's PC Hardware Support. I had the luxury of repairs the campus community's desktop, printers and laptops. I know my way around jumpers, ribbon cables, and tiny screws.