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ITS Beyond the Keyboard: Beth Dority and the PMC

07/28/10
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Do you recognize this woman?

Beth Dority is the Director of Open Source Applications and has worked in BC Information Technology Services for over 20 years.

Beth started out as a programmer for MIS in 1987, working on applications for many different departments on campus, including:

  • a Freshman Room Placement application that matched freshmen to their dormitory rooms and with their new roommates;
  • the Financial Aid Awards voice response (VRU) application which read to students their financial aid award package information; and
  • the Flynn Recreation Complex member access application that allows members to swipe their ID cards to access the Plex.

Beth also supported the University’s Integral payroll system, which was in place before PeopleSoft Human Resources. She was the only programming support person for the system and still remembers the 1:00 a.m. payroll problem wake up calls. Beth led the technical team through the successful implementation of the PeopleSoft HR system used today. Beth moved into a management role in 2001, accepting the position of Associate Director for Internet Strategy and Technology group.  In 2005, she became the Director of the newly-created Enterprise Infrastructure group, and in 2009, took on her new duties as the Director of Open Source Applications.

Beth stays equally active outside the office.  Her friend, Ann Murphy (from Network Services), introduced Beth to cycling about 20 years ago and she took to the bike like a fish to water, becoming an enthusiastic cyclist. In 2006, she found a way to blend her biking passion with her desire to help others.

Several years ago, Beth read a story about the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) bike-a-thon. The PMC is a pioneer of athletic fundraising events, and today raises more money for charity than any other single event in the country. Founded in 1980, the PMC has since raised $270 million for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC generates more than half of the Jimmy Fund's annual revenue and is Dana-Farber’s single largest contributor.

Beth talked about the ride with her friend and fellow cyclist, Terri, who was in the process of recovering from a life-threatening cancer, stage 3 melanoma. They made a pact that they would do the PMC ride the following year, which became a goal for her friend’s recovery.

So in 2006, they both signed on for their first PMC ride, the two-day, 192-mile, fundraising ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown. That first year’s ride was a truly amazing experience, both humbling and rewarding. Beth and Terri have been riding in the PMC every year since.

Their 2008 and 2009 rides were dedicated to a BC ITS colleague and friend diagnosed with melanoma.

Since 2006, Beth has raised over $18,000 for the PMC and the Jimmy Fund. She will be riding in the 2010 PMC August 7-8. If you’re interested in supporting her ride and donating, please visit www.pmc.org and search for “Beth Dority” on the PMC homepage.