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My Skills

As an Interactive Web Management major I studied website design, social media management, and internet marketing. I have have a passion for social justice, with an emphasis in LGBTQ social justice issues.

During my undergraduate time, I became a Tier 1 S.A.F.E. (Students and Faculty for Equality) Trainer [Safe Zone Training]. I also served as a student panelist on S.A.F.E. Training student panels as well. I intern at the UW Oshkosh LGBTQ Resource Center and specialized in library and multimedia resources at the resource center library. I served on various committees all related to the UW Oshkosh LGBTQ community, including LGBTQ Education and Advocacy Council, Campus Pride Index Task Force and Sports subcommittee, along with the Harvey Milk Commemorative Dinner planning committee. I was an active member of the LGBTQ community and served as an executive board member for the student organization Rainbow Alliance for Helping Others Perceive Equality (H.O.P.E.).

I am currently pursing a Masters of Science in College Student Affairs at Eastern Illinois University. I am a graduate assistant in the Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity, serving as the center assistant, and in the Department of Housing and Dinning Services, serving as an Associate Resident Director.

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WordPress CMS
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HTML 5

My Portfolio

My Experience

Experiences
Owner
October 2018 - Present
Kurt Ness Support, LLC
  • Created multiple client websites using the WordPress CMS
  • Troubleshot client website and email errors by email and phone support
  • Setup and configured cPanel website and email hosting for multiple services clients inside Web Hosting Manager (WHM)
  • Configured WordPress plugins including IDX real estate addon and WooCommerce
  • Configured and responded to support tickets through professional ticketing system
Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity Assistant/Associate Resident Director
July 2018 - June 2020
Eastern Illinois University
  • Supervised center interns and volunteers
  • Created a new website with updated content and materials
  • Maintain library, and moved library to an online system
  • Oversee and manage the social media accounts for the GSD Center
  • Responded to crisis situations
Summer Associate Resident Director
May 2019 - August 2019
Eastern Illinois University
  • Managed 3 residence halls with camps checking in and out and overnight guests for orientation
  • Communicated with building service workers when camps would be checking in and out
  • Met with camp staff to understand the camp wants and needs
  • Supervised a staff of 5 undergraduate students
IT Intern
Janurary 2018 - June 2018
Pacur, LLC
  • Assisted with purchasing new computers and hardware, while working with an outside IT form for purchases
  • Created documentation for internal systems and backup recovery
  • Troubleshot and repaired malfunctioning computers and other hardware
  • Managed G-Suite/Google Apps email system
  • Managed, maintained all company websites and created 3 websites
IT Intern
October 2016 - May 2018
UW Oshkosh Center for Customized Research and Services
  • Researched, created a technical and users need requirement list, and coordinated a search for an applicant tracking system
  • Implemented and configured an applicant tracking system
  • Coordinated with staff members and UWO IT to upgrade all the computers and phones in the office
  • Created multiple websites through the WordPress CMS, conducted brand research, and wrote contract addendums for clients of CCRS
Website Editor
September 2014 - May 2018
The Advance-Titan
  • Designed and created the new website using the WordPress CMS, which took 9th place for Best of Show for large schools over 10,000 students at the National College Media Convention
  • Created web article publishing standards to make all articles on the website look the same
  • Coordinated entire hiring and onboarding process for the Assistant Web Editor and conducted training for them
  • Coordinated with campus IT computer replacement and re-imaging of computers and phones and the purchase of website hosting for years to come
  • Worked with Campus Procurement Office to purchase website hosting through a state bid process
IT Intern
November 2016 - December 2017
Covey, Inc.
  • Coordinated IT needs for off site large events, to allow for registration, payment, and printing on a local network
  • Researched, and created technical needs list, and coordinated a search for a Human Services Database software solution
  • Assisted with Facebook and social media development
  • Created a Microsoft Access database for Respite Clients and providers
Web Design Intern
January 2017 - April 2017
Happy Face Apparel, Inc.
  • Built a new e-commerce website featuring an SSL certificate, website security, and over 400 products for sale, including customizable and variable products.
  • Researched, compared, and implemented a solution to integrate WooCommerce with Quickbooks Online.
  • Researched and presented my findings to the CEO and COO for website hosting needs, security needs, shopping cart needs, and integration needs between the shopping cart and Quickbooks Online
IT Intern
December 2015 - October 2016
Hortonville Area School District
  • Troubleshot, repaired, and computers and other technology for the 7 buildings inside the district
  • Communicated the school districts online learning needs to perspective vendors for online learning management software systems
  • Configured and programed the security cameras for the districts buildings
  • Responded to IT support tickets in order of severity for help with technology
  • Supervised 4 high school students in the department
Activities and Involvement
Lead Safe Zone Trainer
August 2018 - May 2020
Eastern Illinois University
GSD Advisory Committee
August 2018 - June 2020
Eastern Illinois University

Chair from August 2019 - June 2020; Vice-chair from August 2018 - July 2019

EIU PRIDE Co-Advisor
November 2018 - June 2020
Eastern Illinois University
Housing Social Justice Diversity Community Engagement Committee
August 2018 - May 2019
Eastern Illinois University
Tier 1 S.A.F.E. (Zone) Trainer
September 2013 - May 2018
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Campus Pride Index Task Force
February 2016 - March 2018
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
LGBTQ Education and Advocacy Council
October 2016 - March 2018
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Awards

Outstanding Queer Student Leader

Outstanding Queer Student Leader

At the UW Oshkosh Lavender Gradation, I was honored with this award because of role with SAFE Trainings as a Tier 1 leader, and performing 10 of the 50 SAFE Trainings in the past year.

Associated Collegiate Press

Best of Show Award- Website Large School -- 9th Place

The website I created for The Advance-Titan (advancetitan.com), the student newspaper for The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, took 9th place for Best of Show Award for Website Large Schools. The Best of Show Award was presented at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in October 2016, where it was judged among other college media websites at schools with over 10,000 students nation wide.

UW Oshkosh Odyssey

Outstanding New Captain

At the UW Oshkosh Odyssey Leader banquet in Fall 2015 I was honored with this award for going above and beyond the expectations for Odyssey Captains during Advisement & Registration for new students.

Happy Clients

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Cheryl Lauritch

Founder of Brand Bags, LLC

“I am so grateful and glad I got to partner with you on this project ..you brought my vision to life in ways I didn’t even know I could.”

Vicky Vogel

Chief Operating Officer at Happy Face Apparel

“Kurt is professional and works hard for his customers. He is knowledgeable and does a great job consulting with his customers so they understand their options and can choose a direction best for them. I highly recommend him for website design and building.”

Get in touch with me

I can be reached via phone at (715) 446-0406 or send me a message below, and I will get back to you soon.

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