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Staff Spotlight

Jim Nelson

Analyst/Programmer — Lead

Applications and Data Services (ADS)


What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

Any quiet, unpaved hideout along the creek; no better place to clear the mind and enjoy nature in the middle of a busy day. Another spot would be the WREC at lunchtime if I need to blow off a little steam.

What are your hobbies? Explain.

I strive to spend as much time outdoors as possible, hiking, backpacking, trail running, swimming, boating, fishing. However, my primary hobby/obsession is mountain biking; I try to ride in Bidwell Park 2-3 times a week and race a few events each year. Best of all is sharing these experiences with my 2 boys, Oliver (8) and Owen (5). They are amazing hikers, swimmers, and overall nature lovers. They bring a whole new level of enjoyment to any adventure.

If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go and why?

I would love to go back to Costa Rica. I visited in 2007, and would love to go back for more. There is so much to see and do. I hope to be zip-lining across the rain forest canopy with sloths and toucans one day, then spending an entire day surfing and lounging on the beach with capuchin monkeys and iguanas the next. It is truly paradise.