Posted January 15, 2015 by James Van Roekel 

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Jack's Leatherman

Leatherman wave multi-toolSome of you may have met my friend and colleague Jack Flynn—he’s the guy with a phone, flashlight, radio, and Leatherman on his belt. Yes, Jack is in operations. Some of my other colleagues and I have a past of teasing Jack about his Leatherman: he brings it to meetings, lunches, and just about everywhere, but this teasing has stopped as we have all come to respect, nay, love Jack’s Leatherman.

Jack’s Leatherman is the Wave model that, as with most models, carries a pair of pliers, knife, saw, can opener, and the like. This model also features a pair of scissors, screwdriver with swappable bits, mini-screwdriver, and a ruler. Jack also carries the Bit Kit, which holds Allen keys, Torx, Posi, Phillips, and standard heads. Both tools combined cost about $125. He has two other sets that are checked out to crew supervisors.

I have seen Jack’s Leatherman used to fix toilets and elevators; tighten down loose door hinges and mulls; lift floor box covers and rewire XLR terminations; cut out sheetrock; and install televisions. While it is a bit after the holiday season, it is never too late to give your Ops folks a Leatherman. It truly is a toolset that fits in your pocket.
James Van Roekel

James Van Roekel is the Director of Student Affairs Technology at Sam Houston State University.

James has more than 18 years of higher education experience as a faculty member and administrator in academic and student affairs. His research, which can be found in 25 publications (including three books), and teaching focus investigates the utilization of free and off-the-shelf hardware and software toward the development of multimedia and digital applications in student learning. His grant writing has brought in more than $725,000 to engage faculty and students in current and emerging technologies. He is a member of EDUCAUSE, Infocomm International, and the Region II Leadership Team. James is a past recipient of SHSU’s Sammy Award and the Vice President's for Student Services Bearkat Spirit Award.


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