Please join me in congratulating Michael Blandford as the recipient of the July 1999 Asprey Award. The award is funded by a generous donation from Bob and Jo Asprey and given monthly in recognition of C&N employees who have displayed outstanding service. Bob was an employee of C&N during the 1970’s and 1980’s and still understands the challenges our university gives us.
Mike joined C&N two years ago as a Lead Systems Programmer bringing with him a wealth of UNIX and computer security knowledge from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Mike has helped increase computer security for our core services. Mike also manages the workstation support group, which in part, ensures that campus network services like email, DNS, and NEWS are operational. Mike is often called after a network outage to monitor the large surge of email making sure that email and other services flow. His efforts are often unseen — when the network works nobody notices. Mike is one of the people who makes it work.