TMC Technology and Learning Specialists

The TMC Technology and Learning Specialists work under the supervision of Professor Dick Kuettner in the University's languages and humanities lab. Using a variety of technological systems and computer programs, the assistants support professors and fellow students in all of their endeavors, while making various multimedia sources available and accessible to them.  Striving to use technology in innovative ways, assistants are familiar with various programs and tools so they may instruct others how to use a variety of resources. Whether it be administration of exams, digitizing films for classes, preparing materials, organizing FLAVA conferences/webinars, or managing websites for the annual Governor's Foreign Language Academies, the TMC Technology and Learning Specialists play an interesting and integral role in the support and development of W&L. They facilitate the sharing of cultures via foreign music, TV, film, books, and video conferencing with students and educators around the world.

Name: Marc Wonders
From: Akron, Ohio
Class Year: '15
Major: Physics and Business Administration
Favorite Foods: Chinese food
Favorite Movies: 21 Jump Street
Hobbies: Sports, reading
Why work for the TMC?: Positive atmosphere to work in
Favorite quotes: "Never give up."
Name: Deirdre Tobin
From: Fairmont, West Virginia
Class Year: '15
Major: Computer Science
Favorite Foods: Barbecue chicken
Favorite Movies: A Walk To Remember
Hobbies: Watching movies, baking and hiking
Why work for the TMC?: It's a great opportunity to work on my French and help others use technology to work on their own languages.
Favorite Quotes: "Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."
Name: Cole Malizia, TMC Intern
From: Tampa, FL
Class Year: '16
Major: Business and Accounting
Favorite Foods: Deep Dish Pizza
Favorite Movies: Gladiator and Talladega Nights
Hobbies: Swimming, reading the news, exploring wikipedia, watching sports, hanging out
Why work for the TMC?: Just when you think you know enough about computers, there's something new to learn.
Favorite Quotes: "Going in one more round when you don't think you can, that's what makes all the difference in your life." Rocky Balboa
Name: Abigail Pannell
From: Ft. Hood, Texas
Class Year: '16
Major: German and Studio Art
Favorite Foods: Macaroni & cheese, pizza and apples
Favorite Movies: Men in Tights and Lord of the Rings
Hobbies: Drawing, hiking, biking and reading
Why work for the TMC?: The experience to gain working for the TMC is wonderful, and I think it is an amazing opportunity to better one's skills in technology and academics.
Favorite Quotes: "When the world is running down, you must make the best of what's still around." - The Police

Name: Yiwen Wang
Shanghai, China
Class Year:
Accounting and Business Administration, Math minor
Favorite Foods:
Sushi, shrimp, fish
Favorite Movies:
Inception, Anna Karenina, Life is Beautiful, Les Miserables
Traveling, piano, origami, and paper quilling
Why work for the TMC?:
It's a great opportunity for me to learn new things, help others, and have fun!
Favorite Quotes:
"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters." - Audrey Hepburn

Name: David Thomas
From: Austinburg, Ohio
Class Year: '15
Major: Politics and Education Policy
Favorite Foods: Anything my mom makes!
Favorite Movies: Lincoln, Gran Torino, Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Hobbies: Discussing Politics and Current Events, Hiking, Star Gazing, Reading
Why work for the TMC?: I really enjoyed having a friendly face help me while I took my foreign language tests in the TMC and now I wanted to be a help to other students!
Favorite Quotes: "As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death." - Leonardo da Vinci
"Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong." - Abraham Lincoln
Name: Sofia Sequeira
From: Heredia, Costa Rica
Class Year: '15
Major: Psychology and Philosophy
Favorite Foods: My mom's food
Favorite Movies: The Shawshank Redemption, The Help 
Hobbies: Playing tennis, watching soccer games, reading 
Why work for the TMC?: I love languages and enjoy helping people out, and the TMC combines both of these.
Favorite Quotes:"You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it" - Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Name: Conor Duffey
From: Boxford, Massachusetts
Class Year: '15
Major: Accounting and Business Administration
Favorite Foods: Steak, Lobster
Favorite Movies: Blade Runner, Lost in Translation, A Clockwork Orange
Hobbies: Playing guitar
Why work for the TMC?: I enjoy working with computers and technology and was looking for another way to get involved on campus.
Favorite Quotes: "You have enemies? Good. That means you have stood up for something, sometime in your life." -Winston Churchill
Name: Socrates Manzoni Ruiz
From: Managua, Nicaragua
Class Year: '16
Major: Accounting and Business Administration
Favorite Foods: I don't discriminate between them
Favorite Movies: Dude, Where's My Car? and Bicycle Thieves
Hobbies: Golf, Man Men, and DoodleJump
Why work for the TMC?: I want to help other students maximize their use of the learning tools available in the TMC.
Favorite Quotes: "I'm pregnant." -Peyton Manning's mother in 1976
Name: Dalton Greenwood
From: Franklin, TN
Class Year: '17
Major: Undeclared
Favorite Foods: Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Bagel, Fish and Chips
Favorite Movies: Inception, Captain America, Robin Hood (Disney Version)
Hobbies: Reading, Gaming, Hiking, Swimming
Why work for the TMC?: The TMC is a hub of learning of Washington and Lee University, in foreign languages, and I believe that helping others to integrate into global community by learning languages is one of the greatest things one can do.
Favorite Quotes: "Things are only impossible until they are not." -Cpt. Jean-Luc Picard

Name: Elizabeth Caldwell
From: Sandy, UT
Class Year: '16
Major: Business Administration and Spanish
Favorite Foods: Chocolate and Pickels
Favorite Movies: Zoolander
Hobbies: Marathon running, hiking, writing
Why work for the TMC?: Being a Spanish major, I spent a lot of time there to start, so I figured might as well make it official
Favorite Quotes: "I sound my barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world” –Walt Whitman

Name: Ashley Ooms
From: Whitehouse Station, NJ
Class Year: '17
Major: Biochemistry
Favorite Foods: Carrots, peanut butter, snickerdoodles, and tuna
Favorite Movies: Harry Potter, The Proposal, Shutter Island, and The Hobbit. 
Hobbies: Running, riding horses, playing squash and travelling. 
Why work for the TMC?: As a dual citizen of both the Netherlands and the United States, I have always appreciated other languages and cultures. 
Favorite Quotes: "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past" - F Scott Fitzgerald 

Name: Will Mason
From: Virginia Beach, VA
Class Year: '17
Major: Economics, Philosophy and Chinese
Favorite Foods: Fried chicken, sushi
Favorite Movies: Mystery Men, Neighbors
Hobbies: Playing/appreciating music
Why work for the TMC?: I love helping others learn, especially when it comes to languages.
Favorite Quotes: "Don't stop the party." - Pitbull

Name: Timothy Holder
From: Barbados through Columbus, OH
Class Year: 2016
Major: Chemistry-Engineering
Favorite Foods: PB&J, Reese's Puffs cereal, and BBQ chicken
Favorite Movies: The Dark Knight, Inception and MegaMind
Hobbies: Racquetball, Ping Pong, and Drumming
Why work for the TMC?: Learning languages is an important bridge between cultures and I enjoy helping people form those bridges.
Favorite quotes: "It's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you." Rachel Dawes, from Batman Begins

If you wish to become a TMC Assistant, you can fill out an application here.