Chris Roselli, Program Director, WWU Alumni

Thanks for joining us on Whatcom Workflow, Chris! What role do you play with the WWU Alumni Association?

I’m the Program Director of Young Alumni & Student Programs.

How long have you been doing what you’re doing?

Nine years!

What’s a unique word or phrase that describes how you work?


Tell us about your desktop computer.

I have a Surface Pro with two monitors, and the Surface serving as a third when necessary. It is relatively new to me and I enjoy using it so I can take my computer with me to meetings, home, etc.

What software applications do you use to get your work done and why?

Office Products (Word, Excel, Outlook)

What mobile phone and/or tablet do you own?

I own an LG G5 Mobile Phone. My Surface serves as my tablet for work purposes. I don’t use a tablet at home.

What apps on your phone can’t you live without?

Weather; Amazon (shopping, video, music); Facebook (primarily because it’s how I communicate with so many people); Google Maps; Outlook; USA Today.

Describe your dream workspace and technology. No budget limitations. Sky is the limit!

Dream workspace has access to an outdoor patio so I can work in the fresh air using my surface. Sometimes I’ll take my surface and find a bench and work on emails in the sunshine as a way to stay keep my head clear, be healthy, and be happy. Dream technology would be that my phone would work as my computer. Simply come to work, put my phone on my desk and via bluetooth, I can use my monitors and keyboard. Dream workspace would find an alternative to the paralysis of email.

Where is your favorite place to get work done in Whatcom County?

My deck in our backyard. It’s peaceful, beautiful, and quiet. I can get a lot done, but am surrounded by beauty.

Where do you go to relax in Whatcom County?

My backyard, our trail system, Whatcom Falls Park, Shuksan Golf Course, or any of our other amazing parks.

What does Whatcom County need more of?

Little League Fields. I know that seems out of the blue, but while our county is extremely supportive of untouched, natural parks, we lack space for organized sports (like baseball). I coach baseball and softball, and our lack of fields is disappointing. Where I grew up, there were set up ball fields throughout the city where people could play anytime, and little leagues were well established. Some would say that Bellingham is a soccer town, and it’s no coincidence that the one sport that has dedicated fields and a non-profit organization running it, is soccer.

What are some struggles you currently face with your technology?

That the gap of what people are willing to try vs. those constantly introducing new methods is still really big. I know people who still don’t know basic email etiquette and also know people who are suggesting to try some new fandangled technology as a model for the entire work team to try (only to find out that it is too new and not established enough to stick). I’m content with a happy medium.

What is your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

Every morning when I wake up in bed, I grab my phone and read a news article, check the weather, and open my email. I respond quickly to any emails that require a simple response and delete all garbage emails. That way, when I get to work, the emails that are in my inbox are the ones that need the most thoughtful attention and I don’t have to dig around clutter to get to it.

Besides your phone and computer, what else (analog or digital) can’t you live without?

I’m actually a pretty simple. But, I feel naked without my watch. It’s much quicker to look at the time on my wrist than by pulling out my phone.

What artists do you listen to while working, and what music source do you use?

I listen to stations, not specific artists. Everything from Tom Petty to AC/DC to Maroon 5 to piano music.

What books or magazines are you currently reading?

I am currently reading “The Advantage” by Patrick Lencioni. It’s a useful and quick read about organizational health. I read my kids’ Highlights Magazine, but other than that, I don’t read too many mags. Usually do all of my news/popular culture reading on my phone.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

It’s a quote. “Very little is needed to make a happy life.”

Fill in the blank: I think ____________ should be a featured professional on Whatcom Workflow.

Chris White

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