Volume 80 | Issue 6
November 2012

Profile: Eric Andrada

What is your primary responsibility? Andrada

I ensure the safety, security, and comfort of all occupants of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center while creating a culture of personal and professional development for our student team members.

What would your staff, colleagues, or students say about you?

I have learned over the years that I am a good active listener. I make every effort to have all the information before making a decision or responding to a question or comment. I am also very particular with words. I prefer using the term “team” instead of “staff” and like to say we want to “improve” a situation instead of “change.”

What’s one innovation or project of which you’re proud to have helped implement?

I am most proud about my time as audio-visual coordinator for Associated Students, Inc. at California State Polytechnic University–Pomona. I started a process in which my student audio-visual technicians were each assigned to upcoming events depending on their availability. Well before the day of their assigned events, they would contact the performer or presenter. Going over technical requirements in advance would ensure we provided the appropriate equipment and gave my students the opportunity to build upon their communication, time management, and organizational skills.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned while working in the profession?

Networking does work! My life would not be what it is if not for ACUI. I met my wife through ACUI. I am in my current position because of ACUI. Thank you, ACUI!

What is one phrase to live by or bit of advice you might have for future generations of union professionals?

Do everything you can to challenge and support your students.

Is there anything else you would like ACUI members to know about you?

I am available for consultations regarding audio-visual equipment and installations.