Gerrit DeWitt was born and raised in Auburn, Ala., attended Auburn High School and got a degree in Mathematics from Auburn University. He loves Auburn so much he decided to take a job here too!
He is an employee at the Media and Digital Resource Laboratory (MRDL) or as students call it the “DRL”.
Dewitt worked in the MDRL while he was in college. He gained a lot of experience working with Mac computers and after graduating he needed a job and the MDRL offered him a full-time position.
“They were hiring and it was fun, I like working here,” said DeWitt.
Auburn Universities’ website says “the Media and Digital Resource Laboratory (MDRL) was established in the Fall of 2004 to help students and faculty create and use multimedia materials in their class assignments, projects and scholarly research.”
The MDRL provides many different types of hardware including DELL and Apple computers, scanners and color printers. Students and faculty can checkout video cameras, tripods and video camera stands. An audio studio is available in the lab to record music with the help of a professional microphone, keyboard and amp. The lab also has a viewing room with turntable/cassette/CD players, DVD and VHS players as well as Television monitors.
Personnel who work in the MDRL spend hours upon hours each semester helping students complete intricate projects in order to meet class requirements.
“We have a very mature sort of clientele,” said DeWitt.
Many of the students seen in the lab are public relations, interior design, marketing, communication and graphic design majors. The work required by students requires many types of software that generally are quite expensive. For example, the computers are equipped with Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Dreamweaver, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Flash programs among others.
One of DeWitt’s personal goals along with the MDRL’s is to open up a mobile lap top lab. They also will purchase new software in May 2010, from Adobe Creative Suites CS5.
“We are expanding what we’ve got and keeping up to date,” said. DeWitt.
He can answer most of the student’s questions, but occasionally he gets stumped and has to do research and to find out what the answer or answers are.
“I am not ashamed to do that everyone has to do it sometime,” said Dewitt.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.”
DeWitt’s way of teaching and helping students and faculty in the MDRL could be compared to the words of Emerson.
“I am Auburn and I love it,” DeWitt said.