Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LOCAL Q&A: D. Jay Cervino

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

LOCAL Q&A: D. Jay Cervino

Article excerpt

This week, we're getting to know a little about the Sassafras Center via its board member D. Jay Cervino, an information technology manager, family man and pork lover.

Q:

Who are you?

A:

My name is D. Jay Cervino. I am an information technology manager, a father of three daughters, spouse of a University of Alabama faculty member and board member of the Sassafras Center for Arts and Environment and the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.

Q:

What do you do? Tell us about your job and how you became involved with it.

A:

I work for UA's Office of Information Technology as director of systems and network services. I've been with the university for four years, and before that worked for the University of Texas as assistant director of identity management. Prior to that, I worked for Intel Corporation in San Jose, Calif., for 11 years.

At UA, my team keeps the network up and running as well as all the servers for administrative and academic systems.

Q:

Where are you from? What brought you to or keeps you in Tuscaloosa?

A:

I'm originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., but grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. My wife, who is a faculty member in the department of history ( at UA), grew up here in Alabama. We see Tuscaloosa as a wonderful place to raise our three daughters close to family. We also enjoy the cultural and community benefits of living in a thriving college town. The ribs aren't bad, either.

Q:

What do you tell people or friends who have never been here about living in Tuscaloosa?

A:

I tell them it's an exciting time to live in Tuscaloosa. I love the potential of Tuscaloosa to be a hub of culture and community in Alabama. Over the past four years, I've seen Tuscaloosa grow and develop so much. I saw our community come together after the April 11th (2011) tornado. I've witnessed an emerging arts and music scene. How can you not fall in love with a place like that?

Q:

Where are the top places you take visitors and why?

A:

There are so many great places to go here in Tuscaloosa and more showing up all the time. When family is in T-Town, we normally hit the Arboretum and Riverwalk for strolls or head downtown to Epiphany's for dinner. …

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