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Dick Pestinger to Log Off This Spring

Dick Pestinger, the man who helped change the face of information technology campus-wide, will log off this spring.

Date: 5/17/2007
By: Britt Kennerly
Phone: (513) 556-8577
Dick Pestinger, the man who helped change the face of information technology campus-wide, will log off this spring.

Hired in 1986 as a research associate in the Department of Physics, where he designed software and hardware interfaces for applications and experiments, Pestinger retires as director of McMicken's Information Systems department.

"I'm happy with what I did here. But the sad part about leaving is that I feel like I've grown up with so many people here and in the UCIT network," said Pestinger, also known as the man who never met a homespun witticism he wouldn't share. "We know each other well; we've seen the history and the pain and the problems."

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Dick Pestinger and his team celebrate his 60th birthday - if food was involved, Dick was in.

Pestinger's crucial role in helping wire the campus evolved quickly as technology needs became greater. The former computer business owner did it all, from helping setting up the deans' first e-mail accounts to answering how-to calls from points campus-wide.

Pestinger's staff and graduate students now manage 1,600 computers and 10 major and eight graduate computer labs for more than 500 faculty and staff members in nine buildings.

"When I got here, desktop e-mail wasn't even envisioned," says the winner of the 2005 McMicken Excellence Award. "We’ve been doing things on the leading edge for years. It has gone from simple and real hands-on and fun to very complex – it takes so many people to make things work. And even with so many areas of expertise, we still can't have total control."

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Former A&S Dean Joe Caruso's first campus e-mail account was set up by Dick Pestinger.

A Vietnam War and Army veteran who came to UC as a student in the early 1960s, Pestinger is president of the Greater Cincinnati Amateur Radio Association. He and his wife, Donna, are active members of their church, and Dick is the father of two and grandfather of four.

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A&S colleagues help Dick mark his 60th birthday.

He will, he says, continue computing, but strictly for the fun of it. That means no phone calls in the middle of the night and no "emergencies" that can't wait – a far cry from his busy tenure in A&S.

"I won't be going back into IT, but that doesn't mean I won't keep computing as a hobby," he said. "I love old computers, especially those from the late 1970s and early 1980s."

A reception for Dick Pestinger is from 3-5 p.m. May 30 in Great Hall, Tangeman University Center. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to Barb Stallmeyer at Barbara.stallmeyer@uc.edu or (513) 556-5858.

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