Meet Our New USF Sacramento IT Staff- Andre Banks and Chris Palacios

Chris Palacios and Andre Banks

(i-r) Chris Palacios and Andre Banks

Andre Banks – IT Support

Tell us about yourself and how you came to this position.
I am a native Californian, currently living in Sacramento. I’m a former Marine, who participated in Desert Storm, and was discharged with honors. I’ve achieved an associate’s degree in Music, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on Psychology and Communication. I’m also a fitness instructor and certified personal trainer which is how I spend most of my recreation. I have an aptitude for computer technology, but my true love and passion in life is people.

What is the most exciting part of your job?
Being in a learning environment with the excitement of learning students is exciting to me.  Also working with a cohesive management team at the Sacramento Branch. IT support is something that comes easy to me, but it’s always the people and the culture that makes me excited.

What do you like to do in your free time?
For fun, I love to snowboard.  Recently I’ve been focused on growing myself as a leader and being much more involved in free enterprise and community outreach.

What advice would you have for faculty and students?
My advice is to always seek to manage perspectives that are different than your own.  Having multiple perspectives makes it easier to connect with others, and helps you have more options and choices when dealing with life.

Anything else you would like to share?
Please feel invited to reach out to me! I am very approachable!


Christian Palacios – IT Support

Tell us about yourself and how you came to this position.

I  was born and raised in Sacramento. I graduated from Asher College with an Associates Degree in Applied science of Business in Computer and Network Technologies. I enjoy working with people and helping to be of service. I really enjoy the environment here at USF and the people I have the opportunity to work with.

What is the most exciting part of your job?

The most exciting part of my job is being able to use my skills to help contribute to a great organization. I also enjoy being able to work with a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and ideas.

What do you like to do on your free time?

In my free time I like to spend time with family. I like to read. I like to exercise, play sports, I like getting outdoors and exploring, going fishing, hiking. I like to listen to music, eat good food. a big passion of mine is art. I love to draw, paint, be creative. I also like getting to know people.

What advice would you have for faculty and students?

Advice I would have for faculty or students is to be open and try to get to know me. Ask any questions I may be able to help with, I will try to the best of my abilities to do what I can and what I don’t know I will try my best to find out. Also I am big on self-growth, so if there is any feedback someone may have that may help me improve myself, please feel free to share with me.