In this post we recognize Julie Tumminia-Tomsuden, Sr Programmer Analyst at Information Technology Services, for her 25 years of Service to Middlebury. Julie shares some her recent relocation, some advice about working at Midd, and some special people from her career here. Read on to learn more about Midd from Julie’s point of view.
What did you do prior to work at Middlebury College and where were you located?
I had recently completed my bachelor’s degree at Johnson State College and was living in Montpelier, VT where I worked at the retail store job that helped pay my way through school.
What job titles have you held while working at Middlebury?
- Technical Support Assistant – until end of May 1992
- Programmer/Analyst/Applications Consultant
- Programmer/Analyst/Technical Lead
- Senior Programmer/Analyst since January 2005
Take us back to your first year as an employee at the College. What were the most significant things happening in your life outside of work then?
My first husband, Peter, and I were enjoying time learning about the history and people of the Champlain Valley.
What are the most significant things happening in your life outside of work now (that you’d like to share)?
I moved to South Carolina in August of 2015 after many years of putting the pieces into place. I’m a native Vermonter because that’s where my parents lived when I was born, but realized several years ago that my heart is truly southern.
Have your interests/hobbies/athletic endeavors changed over the past 25 years? Have any of these been influenced by your work at the College or due to your association with others who work here?
My second husband, Mark, is a hockey fan and we enjoyed being hockey spectators at Nelson Arena. I also took up a bit of cross country skiing at Rikert while my much braver son took snowboarding lessons at the Snow Bowl.
Many people change jobs/careers multiple times in their working life. Something must have kept you here for 25 years. Is it anything that you can put into words?
Many people I’ve worked with over the years have become like a second family, especially those who were there for me during my darkest days fifteen years ago when (Julie’s first husband)Peter’s life ended so suddenly. I’ve also enjoyed the diversity of the students and programs available which has fed my enjoyment of history and travel.
What are your plans for the next 25 years?
I will miss my “second family” at Middlebury but have made the decision to move on to a different career path. Twenty-five years in the technology world is more than enough for me!
Is there any person on campus (or retiree, former employer) that mentored you, or you feel helped you grow into your job, grow to enjoy your work and your time at the College?
Ron McKinnon worked with me as a Programmer/Intern and gave me assignments to stretch my abilities technically as well as speaking in front of a group.
If you could give one piece of advice to a new employee at Middlebury, what would it be?
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunities available for personal growth and cultural enlightenment. Don’t get too busy to enjoy those glorious Champlain Valley sunsets!